It’s down to the wire. Americans are already voting but for the few out there who are still persuadable, Glittersnipe strongly encourages you to share these eight reasons with your friends and family on why they should vote for President Obama.
1. The Economy
When President Obama took office, we were losing over 800,000 jobs per month. As a result of his policies, such as the stimulus and auto bailout, Obama was able to stop the hemorrhaging of job losses. Last Friday, it was announced that 171,000 jobs were created in October. Since taking office, the president has regained more than 4 million jobs lost as a result of the recession and has added an additional 759,000 jobs in the private sector. As of July, the economy has created an average of 173,000 jobs per month; therefore putting us on the right path.
If Governor Romney had won the Republican nomination in 2008 and the subsequent presidential election, he would have taken a different approach. As he stated publicly, he would not have saved Chrysler and General Motors through the auto bailout, and he would have opposed a stimulus package similar to what Obama successfully implemented. If Romney’s decisions in the past have proven to be wrong, then why would his future ones be right?
2. Authenticity and Credibility
Surely there is not a single voter who is 100 percent in alignment with all of Obama’s policies over the past four years, however, there is one thing that you can count on: you know where he stands on issues. When the president saved the auto industry, the policy was polling at a 10 percent approval rating. As a result of that strategy, he saved the economies of Michigan, Ohio, and other areas within the Midwest.
Authenticity and credibility matter and whereas Obama is nuanced in his decision making and open to evolving, all of Romney’s opponents during the Republican primaries agreed on was that the governor was consistently inconsistent on every issue.
The president has long been a proponent of the Dream Act, which allows qualifying undocumented youths to be eligible for a six-year-long conditional path to citizenship after attending college or serving two years in the U.S. military. Obama has also been a supporter of and advocate for a comprehensive immigration bill, and recently stated to The Des Moines Register that he believes he could pass the bill within the next year.
Romney, however, stated that if the Dream Act were passed, he would veto it. As for the governor’s approach to immigration, he would propose a system where undocumented people would “self-deport.” Romney’s self-deportation position flipped before he flopped when he appeared on a Spanish-speaking forum on Univision. (See number two.)
4. Women’s Rights
Obama has repeatedly stated he believes that women, along with advice from their doctors, are better able to make their health care decisions than politicians.
In 1994, Romney shared those views when he ran for U.S. Senate. Today, Romney believes that Roe v. Wade should be overturned. Additionally, Romney has pledged to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which provides a bevy of women’s health services, including breast and cervical cancer screenings, as well as birth control. Even worse, Romney’s running mate, Congressman Ryan, co-sponsored a bill with the now-infamous Congressman Akin to redefine rape.
5. Gay Civil Rights
The president signed into law the Matthew Sheppard Act that had been stalled in Congress for ten years. This law expands the federal hate crime laws to include sexual orientation as a protected group. Obama also repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” which banned gay service men and women from serving openly and freely. Additionally, Obama endorses marriage equality rights, and opposes the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which would ban same-sex marriages from receiving more than 1,000 different federal benefits.
In 1994, when Romney ran for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, he said he would be “better than Ted [Kennedy] for gay rights.” Like everything else, he’s changed his position in this area, too. Today, Mitt Romney favors a federal Constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. Furthermore, his vice presidential candidate voted against the Matthew Sheppard Act and the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
Romney was a proponent for gay rights in the 1990s and now he wants to institute a Constitutional Amendment to deny gay rights. (We would again like to draw your attention to number two.)
6. National Security
Obama, as promised, ended the war in Iraq. The President is also winding down our engagement in Afghanistan, where we are on track to responsibly end the war by 2014. The President also kept his promise that “if he were elected president, he would be willing to launch strikes against Al Qaeda targets in Pakistan with or without Pakistan’s approval.” And he did. The President successfully ordered the killing of our number one enemy, Osama bin Laden, as well as eliminating fifteen additional Al Qaeda leaders.
Conversely, Romney criticized the President for ending the war in Iraq and announcing the timetable of withdrawal for Afghanistan. Now that the withdrawal from Afghanistan is popular, Romney supports the President’s timeline. When asked in a Republican debate whether he agreed with Obama’s promise to capture Bin Laden, the governor said, “It’s not worth moving heaven and earth; spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person.”
Romney now thinks that the president and his administration should be commended for eliminating Bin Laden. (You may want to reread number two again.)
President Obama passed “Obamacare,” which likely caused him to lose Democratic control of Congress. While Obamacare will not be fully implemented until 2014, some aspect of the legislation has already passed, like allowing parents to insure their children until the age of twenty-six; seniors on Medicare now have free preventive services and lower costs on prescription drugs and monthly premiums; and insurance companies can no longer rescind coverage of ill patients, among other benefits.
By 2014, the law will eliminate annual limits on insurance coverage, stop insurance companies from charging women more than men for healthcare coverage and prohibit insurance companies from denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions.
Mitt Romney, the leader who once championed this type of insurance exchange in Massachusetts, now vows to repeal Obamacare, which would adversely affect millions of Americans. Romney thought Obamacare was a great idea when it was Romneycare, and now he thinks it’s terrible. (It’s enough to make your head spin, isn’t it? Refer to number two, please.)
8. Supreme Court
President Obama appointed two women to the Supreme Court of the United States. One of those justices is Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina to sit on the bench. During the next four years, three Supreme Court Justices will be eighty years old. The Court is one seat away from becoming even more conservative and the balance of the Supreme Court directly affects women rights and gay civil rights.
Mitt Romney opposed Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination. If a seat were to open up in the Supreme Court, Romney promises to appoint a justice who would repeal Roe v. Wade. Not surprisingly, the governor once supported the Roe v. Wade decision. (At this point, we’re pretty sure you know to which number you should refer.)
There are stark contrasts between President Obama and Governor Romney. One question to ask yourself is which candidate is the most reliable to protect and fight for you, and which one that you can trust. Our economy is growing and heading in the right direction. Obama deserves the chance to further improve our great nation.
But if you would risk it all on Romney roulette and have no idea what to expect from one second to the other — then except a whole lot of Number Two. That’s guaranteed.