On the other hand, the Democrats appear to have fiscal irresponsibility hard-wired into their Keynesian genetic code ("Got a problem? Let Big Government spend its way to prosperity!). The result of these seemingly entrenched and equally repulsive ideologies is to leave me without a viable political party I can, in good conscience, vote for come election day. For many years, I believed I was an odd duck, lonely in my political vacuum. However, there are now signs of a shift in the tectonic plates that undergird our political world. Voters identifying themselves as "independent" now appear to be a large and growing percentage of the voting population.