There is a Chinese curse that warns, be careful, you may get what youwant. Let us consider then what a Romney presidency would be like.


He has refused to get specific and changes his positions regularly, sothe best clue to his views may be in the speech where he indicated nointerest in the 47 percent of us who pay no income tax, along with his fondnessfor the positions of Paul Ryan when he chose him for his vice president.


As president, we should expect him to want to cut deeply into socialprograms such ďObamacareĒ, Medicare, Medicaid and the safety net thathas been built over 70 years. These being of vital interest to Democratsin Congress, as well as being popular with the public, the Senate shouldbe expected to require 60 votes for passage, a procedure honed toperfection over the last four years by Republicans. We should expect thatthere would be very little reduction in expenditures, perhaps less than if Obama were re-elected, as he would have more influence than Romney.


On increasing revenue, Romney has promised not to raise tax rates,particularly on those like himself. Instead, he claims, again withoutdetails, that he will raise revenues by putting millions of theunemployed back to work. The only way in the past that has worked was byfederal stimulus, and he has shown zero interest in doing that.


Bottom line, there would be gridlock on reductions in spending and noincrease in revenue, with the result of four more years of trillion dollardeficits.


The only bright spot of a Romney victory would be that Obama would allowthe Bush tax cuts to expire, knowing Romney as president wouldperpetuate them.


To avoid this ugly scenario, we need independent voters nationally andin our state to vote for Obama.


Victor Reilly


Aiken