We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
There are no disciples of small government in the Democratic Party, and Barack Obama fits right in. His economic program is based on the assumption that the economy is to the president what a marionette is to a puppeteer, requiring his direction and responding to his every wish.
Anyone partial to free markets, restrained government, fiscal discipline and light taxation approaches a Democratic nominee's economic platform with trepidation, expecting one fright after another. Obama does not disappoint.
Read the whole thing. Of course, Repubs are only marginally better because people in government tend to become enamored of - and dependent upon - the power. To vote as a statist, you must believe in the supreme wisdom of the State and its (our) employees. Few Americans believe that.
In the end, the dividing line is between those who trust in the power and wisdom of The State vs. those who have faith in the wisdom and potential of the individual. I happen to think that The State is an ass, and foolish when it is not self-interested. No Pasaran has a bit on Statism.
These are the things folks need to be considering in these elections. Americans are ambivalent about government.