[quote]I would like to see an overhaul of the tax system - something similar to Romney's proposal with lower rates offset by fewer deductions and revenue neutral overall.
This comment renders the rest of your discussion about Obama moot, in that such a change would a) do nothing to deal with the deficit, b) do nothing to deal with Medicare funding, and c) is impossible, since you cannot make such changes revenue neutral, which is why Romney will not, and can not, provide any details about his tax proposals.
The bottom line, of course, is that taxes will have to increase, since taxes are at historically low levels. The biggest difference between the candidates is not whether they will raise taxes, it's whose taxes they will raise. Romney will put that burden on the lower and middle classes; Obama on the upper.
[quote]Also, Obama wants to reduce corporate tax rates while increasing the individual tax rates (which impact small businesses). The tax rates of corporations will be at least 15 points lower than my tax rates. How is that fair?
Obama has proposed lowering the corporate tax rate to 28%. That is not "15 points lower" than your tax rates, and it's higher than the rate that Romney has proposed. Further, Obama has proposed making that cut revenue neutral.
[quote]Secondly, the health care bill isn't working the way we were told that it would.
Yes, actually, it is. It is doing exactly what it was supposed to do, for the provisions that have cut in already.
[quote]Obama promised that insurance premiums would go down when the bill was passed; meanwhile, our rates have gone up more than ever.
Oh, garbage. The ACA hasn't even fully kicked in yet, with only a few provisions currently in place and with the remainder set to take effect in 2014. Rates have gone up because health care rates have been climbing for the past forty years or more. Out in the real world, the rate of growth of health care spending has *declined* after the passage of the ACA, as various providers and insurance companies are retooling in anticipation of 2014.
[quote]Third, the number of regulations have increased significantly under Obama
Bullshit. Obama has passed significantly *fewer* regulations than did his immediate predecessors at this time in their administrations. This is a long-debunked talking point.
[quote]Fourth, the President and his administration have been pretty dismissive of small business.
And this is bullshit, as well, as that has been Obama's primary focus and he has proposed or passed multiple executive orders and legislation to help small businesses.
[quote]The "you didn't build it" was overplayed by the Republicans but there it did represent, in many ways, how Obama thinks and feels.
That's because it happens to be true. It wasn't "overplayed" by Republicans; it was lied about by Republicans. Obama was talking about the infrastructure necessary to support your business. And guess what, *you didn't build that*. What Obama said was exactly correct.
[quote]We think we're doing a good thing by employing people yet the administration seems to feel the opposite
Bullshit. This is just partisan drivel, devoid of reality or substance.
[quote]Sixth, the new bank regulations and uncertainty in the banks has inhibited lending by those banks to small businesses.
Also bullshit, which is why you can't support this assertion any more than you can anything else you've spouted here.
Man, is this really the best you can do? Tired talking points and partisan spin?