Libertarians against Dean

Charles Hueter writes that voting for Howard Dean may not be the best strategy for libertarians.

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I really don't know what to

I really don't know what to think of Dean. The comments I see about him in both mainstream and blogosphere media are all over the map. Most of it is negative, as it appears he's ready to spend us and 'protection' us into oblivion. And another baby step toward socialized medicine looks to be a lock with Dean in charge.

Then I read a smattering of libertarians, of all people, giving him praise. And I come across articles such as this one, describing many of his fiscal conservative policies as governor of Vermont:

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I'd vote for someone who is 'fiscally conservative and socially liberal' (and has proved it on his resum?) in a heartbeat, but, thus far, I'm certainly not convinced Dean is that guy. I guess I'll wait for the debates to heat up next spring.

I posted a few comments at

I posted a few comments at the "Libertarians for Dean" blog that were critical of Dean's support of statist policies.

I was banned from the site, and my comments were removed.

So much for open discussion.

Thanks for the link. I

Thanks for the link.

I remember when the first rumbles of a "single payer" nationalized healthcare system started coming out of the Democrats' presidential camp. Egads am I repelled by that notion. I simply will not vote for *anyone* who endorses such an idea. Ditto for protectionism, affirmative action, etc. How a libertarian can embrace such a platform is beyond me.

Don't vote in desperation!

>I remember when the first

>I remember when the first rumbles of a "single payer" nationalized healthcare system started coming out of the Democrats' presidential camp. Egads am I repelled by that notion. I simply will not vote for *anyone* who endorses such an idea.<

Well good, because Dean doesn't support a single payer nationalized health care system.

>Ditto for protectionism,<

Wonderful, Dean isn't a protectionist like Gephardt, Kucinich, or Bush.

>affirmative action,<

Well, I guess this is one issue where we feel that it's better to have a president that support affirmative action than one that supports a Big Brother warfare state managed by Ashcroft and Rummy.

Mr. Feree, I have replied at

Mr. Feree, I have replied at length to you here. Please feel free to comment on my blog.