I’m voting for Obama: Part 2
I had planned an entire series of “I’m voting for Obama” posts, but Hurricane Sandy screwed that up. Anyway, here is the penultimate post on why I’m voting for Obama.
(Unfortunately, I don’t have time to unleash the humongous essays on various issues I had planned, so I’m only providing the Cliff Notes version on limited topics.)
I tend to think of the Pentagon as an organization that knows what it’s doing – or, at the very least, knows what it needs. Last summer, Congress was trying to force the military to build more ships and more drones that it didn’t want, and Mitt Romney has said similar things in recent speeches and debates. This is a crazy idea and I tend to agree with President Obama’s policy on military spending… which I can’t find right now, but he has made it clear that he certainly has no interest in ramming aircraft and watercraft down the military’s throat and this seems logical to me, even if it means that members of Congress can’t paper their states with military spending contracts. That creates jobs, sure, but that doesn’t seem like the right way to go about it.
I’m not sure I know what Mitt Romney’s policy on taxes is these days – he doesn’t seem to be for tax cuts for the wealthy anymore even though he was as recently as this summer (and keep in mind it’s only been fall for a few weeks now), and now, he keeps saying he’ll close tax loop holes to increase revenues, but what loop holes, I haven’t heard him say nor have I been able to find out by any means. I favor President Obama’s plan to increase taxes on those who can afford it (I believe his number is those bringing in an annual salary above $250,000 would pay more in taxes) while sustaining the payroll tax cut.
Mitt Romney is pro life and the word ‘except’ doesn’t appear on his website’s page concerning the issue of abortion. That is astounding. President Obama is pro choice, and while I don’t think that’s what we would practice in my home, I do believe that this should be the law – which it currently is. Packing the Supreme Court with judges that would overturn this law (if the opportunity came up) would be a mistake.
Mitt Romney believes in self deportation. That is all I have to say. Also seems ignorant to the fact that about 40% of illegal immigrants in the United States are those who have simply over stayed their legal visas – by which I mean they came here legally and simply haven’t left. Sure, focusing on 60% isn’t a lost cause, but immigration isn’t as black and white as he makes it out to be – but this is at least better than he went on his off the cuff tirade about defunding Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which would save less than 0.01206% of the federal budget instead of focusing on one of the bigger ticket items, like, say, military spending, which he wants to increase.
I could go on, but I guess the bottom line is Mitt Romney and I just don’t think about things the same way. He’s against the Dream Act, which puts him to the right of the Governor of TEXAS. His instincts are… I don’t know, contrary to my own. Remember during the primary debates, when he challenged someone (was it Rick Perry again?) to a $10,000 debate and I remember thinking, “Really? You’re on TV right now, running for President. Does this seem like the appropriate forum to challenge people to bets, never mind mind bets for ten grand?” Oh, and I can’t vote for a guy who drove from Boston to Canada with his dog in a kennel strapped to the roof of his car. Can’t do it.
On the other hand, I am please with President Obama overall. During the 2008 election, I was thinking that we’d never get our troops out of Iraq or find Osama Bin Laden, but both have come to pass. I didn’t get everything I wanted in health care reform, but something happened, and people have been talking about some kind of health care reform since… what, the 1920s? That’s amazing. It took him a while, but Obama finally came around on gay marriage and getting rid of “Don’t ask, don’t tell” is a step in the right direction, too. Obama’s energy policy has a lot to like, as well as investment in new energy, which gets a lot of attention for failures and almost none for it’s successes.
There are a lot of reasons to vote for someone. Policy, character and record are all viable attributes to weigh when picking a president. I encourage you to look up the positions of the candidates, take a look at politifact and see how what the candidates say is rated against reality, but mostly, think about yourself for a moment. Think about you, and who you are. Think about how you make your money, where you live and what you want for the future. Think about how policies that don’t seem to effect you could effect you – if not now, then later. But ultimately, unless you’re rich or making a ton of money (and by ton, I mean well over six figures), I think you’re going to find that President Obama is your man. But don’t take my word for it – do your own research and your own thinking.
And don’t forget to vote tomorrow!