- The Washington Times - Friday, November 7, 2008

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

I voted for John McCain, and I am proud it. I accept our new president, Barack Obama, but not necessarily what he stands for.

I moved out of my parent’s house at 18 and have worked every day since then to have the lifestyle I currently enjoy, never accepting a handout and struggling painfully for many years to find success, which didn’t happen until I was in my late 20s and early 30s.

Twenty years later, I have paid a lot of taxes, helped those in need and given the equivalent of a year’s salary to people who never thought twice about not paying it back.

Wednesday, when I read e-mails like, “I am so happy, I don’t have to work anymore!” and “I took the day off because I deserved it,” or “We should all take the day off from working,” I was saddened. What has the nation become when the thought of socialism eclipses capitalism?

I believe many voted in frenzied blind faith for President-elect Obama and the illusion that the free-lunch program begins now; that many would rather accept defeat of success than yearn for success; that the capitalist society that I and millions of other Americans, both Democrat and Republican alike, have worked so hard to support will now crumble under the weight of those who stand en mass waiting for their handout. Neither the nation nor I can afford this.

Ask any of the youth who voted for Mr. Obama to expound upon his fiscal policy, foreign policy or education policy, and they will look at you with glassy eyes and say, “He’ll get us out of Iraq” — lacking the clear knowledge that one man alone does not make that decision.

Those who are expecting to get handouts from the government, which come from those who pay taxes, might just have to wait a little longer. By not supporting entrepreneurship and capitalism, we don’t grow an economy, we don’t provide jobs and we don’t generate income taxes.

Liberals have no one else to blame for the next four years. They control both houses in Congress and the White House. If you don’t get what you want from your vote, you’ll have to look no further than Washington.

ARIF RAZVI

New York

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