- Oct 29, 2003
I'll believe it when I see it. I'm still highly upset with the GOP for such abuses as Terry Schiavo, defending DOMA, denying adoption to gay couples, and numerous other social/cultural issues.I am focused on financial, tax, regulatory, foreign policy and defense issues as I believe they are the places where the current government is going the wrong way. And I expect these are in the top 10 for Romney/Ryan.
Both candidates are, however, strong family values advocates and have elsewhere argued that the foundation of a strong nation rests in culture and the building block of that is a strong nuclear family.
Does this perspective trump the five issues I note above? I don't think so as the policy proposals and legislative initiatives that each has out there don't reflect any substantive agenda for social mores tinkering. The perspective is more likely the motivation behind the complex yet practical approach they are shooting for.
There are lots of hot buttons for American liberals like abortion and gay rights, but despite what Romney and Ryan feel individually these are not shown as being in any way a legislative or regulatory priority. They are not activists in those arenas.
Based on everything I am reading and listening to, they really do believe that if the economy is fixed, many social issues will be as well.
Trust in them to focus only on fiscal/regulatory/tax issues must be earned, not bestowed.