Why I Am Voting To Re-Elect President Obama

I am voting to re-elect President Obama to a second term as President of the United States. Here is why.

The Case For The Imcumbent

President Obama was handed a terrible economic situation. He continued a stimulus program, and targeted critical American industry to minimize the economic damage. He kept his promises to get the US out of the useless war in Iraq. He is keeping his promise to get us out of Afghanistan, where we have no vital interests. His economic policies first slowed, the reversed the loss of jobs that the economic downturn caused. He worked through a massive overhaul of insurance company practices (not health care as is claimed by hysterical conservatives). He has not lied during his re-election campaign. The President spearheaded removal of the odious Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, and allowed our gay citizens to serve in the military with the honor they deserve. No one can say that Obama isn’t strongly continuing the war on terrorists. His defense budgets have increased every year (although somehow, Republicans have screamed that Obama is “gutting” the military).

The case is not all positive. The American Gulag at Guantanamo Bay is still open. Terrorist suspects are still to be tried there instead of in accordance with American law. Many parts of the horribly-named “PATRIOT Act” are still in place. The horrid so-called Defense of Marriage Act is still in place, but isn’t being defended by the Administration. We haven’t had legislative changes to encourage companies to move jobs back to the United States from places like China.

The Case for The Challenger

A Romney Presidency will certainly roll back many things that should not be rolled back, including ObamaCare, cutting of good programs, keeping low taxes for the rich, and balancing the budget on the backs of the poor and middle class. Worse, Romney picks for the Supreme Court will be a disaster for the public.

His economic policy is exactly the same as Reagan and both Bushes: trickle down. Trickle down does not work. It transfers wealth from the poor and middle class to business and the rich. Romney refuses to define what his exact policy will be. He and running mate Ryan talked a lot about a 20% across the board tax cut, say it will be revenue neutral, but will not define what cuts must be made to accomplish that revenue-neutral concept. In fact, he even denied that he supported a $5T tax cut, even though any reputable economist could calculate that.

Speaking of which, Romney is a serial liar. If you don’t like that word, he’s a flip flopper. Republicans were quick and frequent to say John Kerry was not qualified to be President due to alleged flip flopping. Why is a serial liar like Romney qualified, Republicans? He has changed position on abortion, gun control, universal health insurance. He supports cutting Medicare and replacing it with a voucher program. Even now, he has refused to meet with reporters or answer questions.

Other Factors: The Republican Party

I am planning on voting Democrat all the way downballot, for only the second time in my life. All of the elected officials that represent my areas (they certainly do not represent me), to include James Lankford, Mary Fallin, James Inhoff, and Tom Coburn, are every single one conservatives first, Republicans second, and Oklahomans and Americans a distant third. They listen to party first, or maybe industry, and people far second.

The national Republican party has truly been an active menace to the economy. They have not participated in the process of lawmaking. Their policies are not rooted in any kind of reality, but in the fantasy of the tea party. They caused the country to have a credit rating downgrade. Their tax cuts only policy, while only cutting from critical social programs, is cruel.

The Republican Party has shown the worst disrespect for the President of the United States. They have given the wink-and-nod treatment to the “birthers”. They have declared implacable opposition to the President, to the detriment of the entire country.

Republicans, who claim to be a party of freedom, have been in the forefront of voting suppression. This is a strike at the very heart of our voting freedom.

The Republican Party of 2012 is not the loyal opposition. They are a rabid, biting zombie that can’t die off fast enough.

The Bottom Line

I will be proud to cast my vote for President Barack Hussein Obama, and Vice President Joe Biden, for 2012.


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