I was actually planning to publish a post titled “Vote on Tuesday? Don’t Bother.” Both parties run on platforms designed to energize their base and then, when elected, move toward the middle. The result is that both parties are indistinguishable and nothing ever changes, at least not on the critical issues of immigration and trade.
Then this came in the mail yesterday:
It seems that Lance Enderle is running to replace incumbent Mike Rogers in Michigan’s 8th Congressional District. Since moving to Michigan in ’01, I have supported Republican Mike Rogers because of his opposition to illegal immigration and amnesty for illegals. But, like virtaully all Republicans and Democrats, Mike was a staunch supporter of free trade. So I had to hold my nose each time I voted. Besides, Mike’s opposition to illegal immigration was more passive than active. Being in a “throw the bums out” frame of mind, I’d probably have voted against him this time around anyway.
As you should know by now, there are only two issues that I believe affect the direction of this economy – trade and immigration. Everything else is a side-show that ultimately has little impact on our economy. Since both parties generally support high rates of immigration and free trade, I’ve had no enthusiasm for this election. They’re all the same and no one is going to take a stand on these issues.
But, as you can see, Lance Enderle has clearly stated his belief that NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) should be repealed, and he believes in raising tariffs on all imports. While that actually goes further than I would (I’d only raise tariffs on manufactured imports from overpopulated nations), it’s a step in the right direction. Tariffs on all imports would be better than what we have now. At least now I have a reason to go to the polls on Tuesday. And, if Enderle is elected, at least we’d have one advocate for sensible trade policy in Congress. If he makes it, I hope he doesn’t disappoint me on these promises in the way that Obama did.