I am a reader of the Northern Virginia Daily and I am curious about how independent voters will vote in the upcoming election.
Assuming the polls show the two presidential candidates running neck and neck, let's say 49 percent and 49 percent, that would mean that half of the voters will vote Republican and the other half will vote Democratic.
How will the independent voters vote? Since they are already undecided, there is no guarantee that they also will be divided the same as the dedicated voters. Let's assume that only 40 percent of the total U S population will vote at all. That would be 40 percent of 300 million people, or 120 million voters. If the independents represent 2 percent of these 120 million, that would result in 2.4 million votes, a very significant factor in the overall election.
Some will vote Democratic or Republican because their father or their grandfather was one or the other. Some will vote Democratic because they are aware that President Obama has been successful in passing nearly 300 pieces of worthwhile legislation in the four years he has been in office or because he is a decent family man who appears to be on the side of the general public.
Why would the rest of them vote Republican? I've listed below the things that Republicans have stated in public debate they will do if elected. These are preceded by a letter of the alphabet. Comment on this story at nvdaily.com to let me know which letters of the alphabet you would choose to prompt you to vote Republican.
A - The main promise by Romney is to create millions of jobs. Where are these jobs going to come from since 18 million people are already unemployed because there are no jobs available?
B - He will do away with government regulations that hamper banks, large corporations and Wall Street from maximizing their profits by unscrupulous tactics.
C - He will give large tax cuts to the wealthiest people in the United States.
D - He will eliminate the Affordable Care Act, even though it is the best health care plan the United States has ever had.
E - He will get rid of the government deficit by firing police, firefighters and educators.
F - He will rescind any bill that promises women equal pay for equal work.
G - He will end Medicare as we know it and substitute a voucher plan to partially pay for elderly care.
H - He will outsource American workers' jobs to other countries to reduce the daily wages manufacturers have to pay, increasing profits for CEOs and stock holders.
I - He will refuse women's rights to the continued health of their own bodies by refusing to pay for contraceptives, health planning centers and abortions under any circumstances.
J - He will increase the size of our military budget and send our troops to places like Syria and Iran to bring the misbelievers into line.
K - He will let the top 1 or 3 percent of the wealthiest people in the United States decide what future freedoms the poor and middle class will have left.
Do any of these choices appeal to you as an independent and make you want to vote Republican? If so, pick a letter or two and let us know which ones you think the way of life in America should be.
Jack A. Rickel is a Front Royal resident.