I voted for Bush for several reasons.
Mainly, was that I think Bush will try harder to keep taxes lower. Politicians like to say he gave a tax cut to the rich, and I am OK with that, because I think they pay more than their fair share anyways. The rich and upper middle class pay a tremendous amount of taxes in the US. I am not in favor of redistribution of wealth. If I earn my own money, I want to keep as much of it as possible. This philosophy carries over to other things like health care, etc. I do not want a national health-care-for-everyone policy. Other nations already have this, and their tax rate is simply more than I am willing to pay. When everyone has health care, the rich and middle class tend to support the lower earners. This is simply a fact. In my opinion, this does not encourage people to innovate and go after the dream in the same way that hardship does.
Kerry had a lot of social programs he would like to fund, I did not see a way of paying for them without increasing taxes. As someone who thinks we already pay too much in taxes and that government should be smaller, not bigger, I have problems with that.
Kerry’s senate record identifies him as someone I do not want leading our country. His large record confirms his stance on military and taxes much more than the debates did.
I feel it is in the US’s best interest to do what is in the US’s best interest. This does not make it necessary to go to the UN at all to ask for permission for anything. The UN is largely an uneffective body that says much and does little. Bush shares my feelings about the UN. For all the people that bitch about Iraq, review all the UN resolutions re: Sadaam/Iraq. There were at least 12, with no real action. This is not the type of governing system I want my country to have when it comes to my citizen’s well being and safety.
I think the economy has very little to do with Bush, and I think it is pretty strong right now. Similarly, I think Clinton had very little to do with the economy of the 90’s.
Kerry does not strike me as being honest. He has clearly been acting more moderate than he has in the past, this is a warning sign that he is not necessarily who he says he is.
Kerry seems like a member of the anti-Bush party, not a part of the Democratic party. It seems so many people that call themsevles Kerry supporters are just people that don’t like Bush. This is a problem. A true leader should be able to have a following because of his/her ideas, but because he is the “other” candidate. I never heard enough detail about Kerry’s plans to find that they were any good. He always just said he had a plan, but did not offer much detail.
I think finishing what we started in Iraq is paramount. We simply can not leave without finishing, it is not fair to all the people we are there to help. From personal experience, Kerry does not have the respect that Bush does among the majority of those in the military.
I think we need to have a very strong military, Kerry’s record has shown he wants to cut military.
There are more, but this gets me started.