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Why I Voted For President Barack Obama

Last Post Before the Result.

I just returned from my generator charged polling place to cast my vote for President. I proudly voted for President Obama for a second term. Here is why.

In January of 2009, President Obama took office while the nation was reeling from two wars and an historic recession. His cry for hope and change was heard by a nation that was tired of the Bush years and the failed financial policies of trickle down economics. The President understands that the greatness of our nation lies in recognition that the future must be different than the past, that climate change is real, that equal pay is essential, that the rights of all Americans must be protected and chrerished, that Government can play an important role in improving our lives, that shared sacrifice is in our soul as a nation, that infrastructure repair saves money, that green jobs, alternative energy and redcuing reliance on foreign oil is good energy policy, that education and training prepares Americans for the jobs of the future and that America is at its best when we respect each other instead of destroying each other.

The President has stayed true to these values and in his time of office has accomplished much. He signed a bill allowing women to sue for equal pay for equal work, he ended the war in Iraq, he authorized the Navy Seals to kill Bin Laden, he provided Federally backed loans to save the auto industry (paid back to Americans with interest), he signed legislation to protect consumers from deceptive credit card practices, put restraints on banks for their most egregious practices, he pushed through a stimulus that helped, contrary to the Republican narrative. The stimulus saved two million jobs, accounted for programs to improve rail, airport runways, electric grid systems and school construction.

He got us as close to universal health as we could have, an accomplishment never achieved by his predecessors. He ended Don't Ask Don't Tell, allowing gays to serve openly in defense of our nation. He pronounced his support for gay marriage, putting love above bigotry.

He has helped to create 5.5 million private sector jobs over a 33 consecutive month period. He has NOT doubled the defecit as his opponents suggest, but in actuality has reduced the pace of growth of government. He has presided over a growing economy during world financial crisis and has helped reduce unemployment from a high of 10.2 to under 8 percent while his opponents filibustered jobs bills.

He has suggested entitlements be put on the table for considered reductions to be balanced with some revenue increases. He has appointed two female Justices to the Supreme Court including the first Hispanic. He has by executive order helped young patriotic immigrants avoid deportation due to the decisions of their parents, keeping their skills and diversity as part of the American dream.

He built a coalition of nations in support of Libyan rebels, accounting for the death of Muammar Qadaffi. He has kept us out of another foolish and costly war and has a plan for the end of the longest war in American history.

He has presided with skill over national crises such as the BP oil spill and Sandy in a bipartisan and respectful fashion. He has been thoughtful in his approach, respectful of his enemies and has acted with dignity, compassion and has avoided a major scandal. He has acted to give Israel the greatest defense and intelligence support in history, this earning him Israel's largest newspaper endorsement.

He is a family man who sets the highest standard of family values and acted with skill in doing his job, against all odds, under constant hateful abuse from his enemies and has elevated the United States back to its respected place in the community of nations.

I pray he is our President for four more years to finish the work he has started.

The reasons why I did not vote for Mitt Romney are simple. He lies. He has not been a job creator. He wants to overturn Roe v. Wade. He wants to shut Planned Parenthood. He wants to reduce Pell grants. He wants to defund FEMA.

His vetoes as Governor were overturned at high levels, mitigating his recent narrative about crossing lines to work with the other party. He is against the right of marriage for same sex couples who love each other. He supports candidates that want to jail women who wish to abort a fetus created through rape and incest. He has picked a VP candidate who says the President is against Judeo Christian values.

He pretends to understand the Middle East, pandering to my fellow Jews without an ounce of understanding of Israel's soul and historic importance. He has mocked Palestinian efforts toward a two state solution only to change his mind.

He has told his donors that half of America wants to stay on welfare, lied about the Presidents welfare to work support. He has lied about auto jobs to China. He is a charlatan, a fake and a man with no connection to the Middle Class values that make this nation great.

Go Obama. Please vote. Where are you Americans for reason and truth?

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Steve November 26, 2012 at 02:51 AM
To answer your one question (which you answered incorrectly): Yes, economics Nobel-laureate Paul Krugman DOES support this "notion."
Will November 27, 2012 at 01:33 AM
I stand corrected, one lone economist. The same Nobel winner that felt we should have doubled down on Stimulus 3....which was so sucessful. He's been widely debunked for his "solutions" to the economy. But I'll admit it, he's devout tax and spend liberal economist that still believes this....well, tax and spend notion that provides growth to lower unemployment. Now that the election is over, let's see if another 4 years of tax & spend policies bring about the prosperity that the President keeps saying we'll have. It's NEVER worked before, and it won't work now.....talk to you in four years.
Mister B November 27, 2012 at 03:46 AM
Steve, let's not overlook the fact that Krugman is a self-proclaimed liberal who would rather we put all the money into one pot and hand it out equally to everyone regardless of the contributions people make to society. He's a strong critic of the Obama administration for not going far enough with stimulus packages as he believes there is no way for our society to outspend its means. I'd propose that Krugman is the most followed because his positions are so extreme that it gives all other rational-thinking economists a feel for how far they can argue something without being viewed as "going too far." Krugman works exclusively in theory and not real world application of his knowledge. His views are so extreme that nobody in a position of power accepts them as possibilities. Even Obama's economic team (including the clueless Tim Geithner) haven't dared come close to implementing Krugman's views because they are so left field.
Mister B November 27, 2012 at 04:12 AM
Steve, I'm not questioning the pretty little plaques Krugman hangs on his office wall over in Princeton. I'm simply pointing out that for all his praise from academia, none of his policies and proposals are being embraced anywhere in the civilized world. If they're so brilliant, why does nobody in a position to implement such plans follow them? I'm sure that as many economists praise Krugman's academic insight, we can find equally as many Cato Institute affiliated on the other side to counter his proposals.
Steve November 27, 2012 at 04:17 AM
Wrong again, Mr. Will (as well as Mister B, who severely mischaracterizes Krugman's economic views and beliefs). It's Paul Krugman who has done all the debunking, which is why he won the 2008 Nobel Prize in economics, as well as the prestigious John Bates Clark Medal from the American Economic Association (the leading society for academic and practicing economists, who roundly acknowledged the worth of their colleague Krugman and his views). Krugman is also widely considered to be the most popular and widely followed economist now living. (Although he has indeed earned the enmity of many Republicans and the purveyors of their "fairy dust" economics.) And yes, who would deny -- Republican or Democrat, including the president -- that the Obama administration could be doing better on the economic front, which is what Krugman urges (demonstrating that his economics transcends mere politics).


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