When the Utes are playing one of their worst games in years, its a good time to post on the blog about politics:
I had a friend (Sean Anderson) post a request on facebook for any reasons why Barack Obama deserves another 4-years in office. We all know about the big differences (abortion, gay marriage, Mormon, African-American, etc.), I took this as an opportunity to explore the differences between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama on concrete issues that impact me and my family. Following are mainly duplicates of the comments that I posted.
what I can tell, Obama and Romney are very close on foreign policy.
Both support Israel, both support the UN and NATO and both defer to the
military as to when the war in Afghanistan should end. One of the big
exceptions is with regards to Cuba. Obama wants to open travel and lift
parts of the embargo, Romney wants to keep things as-is.
believes in global warming, Romney doesn't. Obama wants to continue to
preserve and protect National Parks and Forests, while Romney doesn't.
Personally, I think that for us to be good stewards of the earth is
critically important (Considering that we drive a Highlander Hybrid and Chevy Volt as well as purchase wind power, this may have already been apparent).
think that Obamacare has gotten a bad rap from many people who haven't
read or don't understand just what the plan entails (I'm not defending
it, but just pointing out that much is
misunderstood). Most people agree that something needs to change with
our health care system, but few people can agree upon what that change
should be. I like that the process has been started, now lets start to
optimize it. The absolute best explanation on Obamacare (with citations
and links to the actual bill was posted on Reddit.com a couple of
months ago: http://www.reddit.com/r/explainlikeimfive/comments/vb8vs/eli5_what_exactly_is_obamacare_and_what_did_it/c530lfx). Take a moment to read through this. I found it absolutely enlightening and it made most of Obamacare must less scary.
One of the other big things that I struggle with is the tax cuts for
the rich that the Republicans are so obsessed with. First off, recall
that the last time the
budget was balanced was under Bill Clinton (granted the economy was
growing like mad), but this was also before the huge tax cuts of 2001
and 2003. Yes they have benefited me and my family, but they were an
enormous benefit to the rich and super-rich. Obama supports extending
the tax cuts for those of us making less than $250,000 while eliminating
the tax cuts for those making more than that. Luckily (or not so
luckily), I fall squarely in the making less than $250,000 camp so this
won't impact me at all. Refer back to Ben's most recent ramble (http://jennandben.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-ramble-four-things-you-should.html)
where he believes that the tax cuts should be extended to US
corporations (and I assume, not to the rich people, although that is
100% speculation). This I agree with as well. Anyways, I'm still in the
undecided camp, but these are a few of the reasons why I'm certainly
not against Obama. Clearest choice in a generation? Not yet for me.
I've got to prioritize my issues before I can make that choice.
Obama supports citizenship for children of illegal immigrants born in
the USA, Romney doesn't. Some of these kids have lived in the USA for
15+ years and don't
speak the language of the countries that they would be deported to.
Also, Obama supports temporary amnesty for illegal immigrants working in
the US, Romney doesn't. Additionally, Obama would allow the children
of illegal immigrants access to government subsidized healthcare.
From recent news, I appreciate the Mitt Romney has released his tax returns validating the claims that he has been making over the last few months. His tax returns are an indication of his honesty, his generosity and his ethics (he paid a higher tax rate than he had to in support of his principles).
Lastly, Obama supports net neutrality while Romney does not. Net neutrality is "a principle that advocates no restrictions by Internet service providers (ISPs) or governments on consumers' access to networks that participate in the Internet (see Wikipedia - Network Neutrality)." Specifically, Obama supports FCC regulations that force ISPs to provide equal access to all content on the Internet, while Romney would prefer to leave these issues up to the open market. Unfortunately, this would allow my ISP (Comcast) to slow-down my connection speeds when I am streaming something from Netflix, or prevent me from accessing http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/ or http://www.howardstern.com/. [Source: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2012/09/21/obama-romney-ne-neutrality/]
So what do you think? Are there other issues that are more pressing or important than those that I've posted above? As an undecided voter (mostly) in a state where my vote will not count, why specifically are you supporting one candidate over the other?