Friday, October 17, 2008

What We Need For The Right Change

There is one thing I ask from next president of the United States: To be responsible.

I don't mean that they keep their words on everything they talk about once they move into the office. They say a lot of things to get votes and to win the election--this is a wise thing to do, although many voters may get upset. I understand that's what they have to do, and that they may not have enough resource to keep their promises later.

Instead, what I mean is to instill the sense of responsibility of being the world's leader to the citizens of this country. Fareed Zakaria, a Newsweek journalist that I love, quotes economist Jeffrey Sachs in his great article, "There Is a Silver Lining" in latest issue: "'We've wanted lots of government, but we haven't wanted to pay for it.' So we've borrowed our way out of the problem." We were so adamant about raising tax rates, the main source of income for our government, that anything that we got became the national debt. Now, the debt became so big that National Debt Clock in New York City has ran out of space to display the figures.

National Debt Clock with the calculated value of your family's share.

I think both campaign got it right: it's time for change. The right change. And I think Republicans with their no tax but more spending policy isn't it. We got to downsize what we don't need (like fat and ugly military) and invest in our future (like our children's education and infrastructure of better living standards).

Everyone's following today's presidential race closely. If you're yet to do so, I hope you do. It's our future. And yours, too.