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The big picture?

Published on -5/3/2013, 7:56 AM

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The big picture?

Maybe it's the little picture, considering the re-election of a president who pretty much failed during his first four-year term. The question of the day or maybe it's one of the biggest questions thus far into the 21st century for this country. Are voters, when they vote, looking at the big picture?

I could make a good case more voters last time around in November did not consider the big picture. The big picture last election was about our economy, jobs and taxes. Polls show Obama was not doing a good job with those things, yet more people than not voted for the man?

If Obama was not elected on those agendas representing what the majority in America saw as the "big picture," how did he win re-election? No doubt many voted for him because he was black, tall, handsome or personable, and that clearly has nothing to do with the big picture.

Did young people vote for him simply because Obama is liberal and young people tend to be liberal, especially those in college? Did he get the women's vote for free contraceptives or having the government provide free stuff, especially to single parents? Did free stuff, rather than the unsustainable spending, or self reliance, determine one's vote? Looking at the big picture, how can we keep giving away the farm and have far too many people not working and not wanting to work?

Take the issue of the rich paying their fair share of taxes. Our president has been unmerciful, demeaning this group to the point many went to the polls just to vote against the rich and have Obama raise their taxes. How many ignored the big picture? The rich might hunker down and find loopholes to protect their wealth rather than hire more workers. Maybe even take their companies to another country since America has the highest tax rate (or at least second highest) in the world. Being envious of them is the little pic, and encouraging the rich (especially when it comes to creating jobs and new products) is the big pic, obviously.

Take the issue of amnesty for illegals, especially those good workers who will work for less than minimum wage. But what about taking jobs away from our citizens, and the many who will add to our welfare roles that already are unsustainable?

What about small businesses being forced to pay a higher minimum wage and getting socked with higher taxes? The end result is a smaller payroll. Fewer workers.

On the social front, same-sex marriage will have to lead to lots of other non-traditional marriages such as polygamy and whatever one can imagine. What about the fact that our kids brought up in "the" traditional family are, on the average, more successful in whatever way you want to define success. Equality and pop culture "love" is not a good enough argument to overlook the big picture.

The scenarios I could give are endless. The point is, if we are to continue as the best nation on planet earth, we need more voters looking at all aspects of issues as opposed to voters who just zero in on one or two things when they go to the polls.

There is absolutely no way (zero chance) this country would have put the 44th president back in the Oval Office for another four years had a majority in America looked beyond the end of their noses, or shall we say, "seen the entire forest and not just a few trees."

Les Knoll

Victoria and Gilbert, Ariz.

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