I used to be a gushing liberal fanboy, but, as I get older, I feel increasingly conservative. I'm frustrated by the democratic party for which I voted in late 2006 (that has done little), and I'm similarly frustrated by what I see as nothing more than an emotionally-driven belief in Obama's messiah-like excellence.Ideologically, I'm turned off by standard conservative notions like right to life and free-market, but, by the same token, I feel that the democratic party is too inept to institute liberal policies. To make matters worse, my own political encounters have been 1) student loans, where I feel like the democrats made a HUGE mistake with their programs (free market would have been better for purposes of keeping tuition levels sane) and 2) I earn little and the federal income taxes take much from a single without considering my high COL area. I'm feeling increasingly sympathetic toward the idea of a small government, particularly a small federal one.
I think it is the norm people become more conservative as they get older. Life experiences harden the notions of giving out the 2nd, 3rd, 4th chance to people and I think a lot of people settle into the mindset that all these government initiatives don't work and they are just a waste of money. Having key platforms of the Democratic party fizzle out hurts and it's hard to see these ideals not work out time and time again....that being said, there's no way in Hell I'd vote Republican and I find myself agreeing with every post Julie Ferm writes. I don't think I share your issue, but I understand where it's coming from.
God, compared to you guys, I'm a fascist