Presidential Election 2012

Democrat: Barack Obama

President Obama came into office in 2009 to a country in shambles. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, America had lost 1.4 million jobs. Wall Street had almost collapsed. The once “too big to fail” auto-industry, which included mega-employers such as General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler, were nearly bankrupt. Home foreclosures had increased 225% between 2006 and 2008. And the poverty rate had increased to 18.3%. John Kenneth Galbraith once said “All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time.” President Obama is that leader.When confronted with a crippled American economy, he passed the American Recovery
and Reinvestment Act. This alone gave California $33,288,877,152 to spend on projects in fields such as education, energy, transportation, and infrastructure, in addition to adding 18,226 jobs. Nationally, it helped stall the recession and put us back on the road to recovery. Then, he did what many great leaders tried and failed to do, he established near universal health- care in the form of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act which gave health coverage to previously uninsured Americans, including nearly 3.1 million young adults since 2010. With regards to foreign policy, the President ended the war in Iraq and is withdrawing American sons and daughters from

Afghanistan.
Mitt Romney’s attacks on the

Obamacare are shaky, since the health care he enacted as governor of Massachusetts is strikingly similar to the one he disapproves of. Neither he, or Paul Ryan, his running mate, can give specifics
as to when all of our troops will come home from Afghanistan. And because he believes that America should follow the “everyone for themselves” mentality, he is pro- posing to drastically reduce the social safety net programs that help people in need.Under a Romney administration, it is up to you to fend for yourself without government assistance. He even wants

to end the Medicare program for the elderly as we know it. Do we,
as voters, want our government to assume such an extremely passive role, when the purpose of government is to be there for the needs
of its constituency? Its difficult to make out who Romney really is and what he stands for since he flip-flops on issues as important as abortion and gun control. Although I can understand the frustration and concern of conservatives, it

is too easy to criticize President Obama and his administration without taking into consideration the state of the country when he took office. For any leader, whether it be Mitt Romney, John McCain, or Barack Obama, it is difficult to move forward, without first ad- dressing the “anxiety” of the time. Upon taking office, he did what all great leaders do, and that was taming the beast that was our down- ward-spiraling economy. Whether you’re a conservative or a liberal, or stuck somewhere in between, you must acknowledge the fact that America is better now than it was four years ago.

Stick with what you know has and will work for America: President Barack Obama.

ARIANNA SUE

GUEST WRITER


Republican: Mitt Romney
This November voters have a crucial decision to make, one in which they will decide between two polar opposites with little common ground between them. It will be a time in which we choose the path we want to head down for the next four years and possibly the ultimate direction of our nation. The question is whether we want another four years like those that precede us or true reform and a turn back toward our country’s fundamental capitalistic and democratic ideals. Mitt Romney is the candidate that will make that change. He can turn our country around, just as he transformed the Salt Lake City Olympics from a potential economic disaster to one of the most successful Olympic Games in history, and bring us out of the mess created by our Presi- dent over the past four years.
President Obama came into office promising change, which
he did deliver. Unfortunately, that change was not for the better. For instance, how much do you or your parents spend on gas now? Too much, many would argue. When the President took office the national average was $1.89 for a gallon of gas, half of what it is now. Instead of helping the situation, Obama has made it worse. He blocked the Keystone Pipeline, he has helped other countries drill but hindered domestic drilling, and he helped Solyndra get a $535 million government-backed loan. Solyndra subsequently went bankrupt, another prime example of this
administration’s wasted spending and poor economic choices. Governor Romney, on the other hand, wants to invest wisely in energy of all types, including coal. He would welcome more domestic energy production, rather than hinder
it. He proposes North American energy independence by 2020 and would like to expedite the permit- ting process for drilling for oil on federal land.
Mitt Romney’s Five-Point
plan will get our country back on track to prosperity. Romney wants the 21st Century to be another American Century. The first part
of his plan, which I have already mentioned, is his goal of energy in- dependence by 2020. Romney also wants to open up trade that will benefit the United Stares and help our global standing. Additionally, Governor Romney strives to better educate our youth and provide training in all forms for our generation, the future of America. Mitt Romney seeks to cut the deficit and reduce the out of control spending of the Obama administration. He champions small business, unlike our current president, who believes the government creates wealth, not the people. Governor Romney knows that small businesses are the backbone of the American economy and stresses the importance of comprehensive tax reform and lowering tax rates for all Americans. Above all, Mitt Romney is a leader. He knows what we need to do to get this country back on track and will lead us in the right direction, just as he did
in Massachusetts with successful bipartisan cooperation.
Ultimately, one question will decide the course of this election: are we better off now than we were four years ago?
The honest answer is no.

JAMES VILLANUEVA

GUEST WRITER

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