Sunday, October 14, 2012

Who Will You Vote For?

As I sat, watching the Vice Presidential debate the other night, I found myself rooting for both guys. Joe Biden has been a decent Vice President, and my daughter got to hear him speak last spring at Maury High School in Norfolk. Paul Ryan went to my university--Miami of Ohio. Unfortunately, I didn't listen with the expectation that either man would help President Obama, or Governor Romney, respectively, institute the ideas they were bickering about. Instead, I wondered about which of them, or their bosses, would fight the hardest against a system designed to stop them from carrying out those ideas. But let me not be cynical, that is the way American government was designed: To prevent one man (or two) from having unfettered ability to impose his will on the country.

Let's consider the most important economic issues facing the next President and follow that up with my analysis of what , if not who, is the right way to pursue them:

1) Are government spending cuts important? I tell economics classes there is little evidence that net government spending cuts have ever occurred. Therefore, if government spending cuts are important and they have never occurred it is extremely important to understand prior to the election how the current candidates will propose accomplishing the impossible. What will Mitt Romney or Barack Obama do that George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, John Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton could not do?

2) Is cutting the budget deficit important? If cutting the budget deficit is important, consider number one above: Must the deficit be cut with spending cuts, or are tax increases feasible? If it is impossible to tax anyone more because the economy is so weak, and if it is impossible to cut spending just because it is then should Americans, like lambs to slaughter, simply wait until budget deficits cause a bigger problem?

3) Is there an entitlement mentality in the United States and if so, is it important to change that? I have said in economics classes that the danger of the budget deficits in the United States is that they will create an entitlement mentality. Please note that I am not referring to entitlements as defined by the federal government. Social Security and Medicare are entitlements and this means that American citizens have paid for them and therefore are entitled to them. By contrast, I am referring to a way of life that suggests that a person is entitled to a standard of living whether he or she earns it or not.

4) Are large defense cuts feasible? This relates to number one above, but two related questions must be answered: Can the country be protected from all reasonable threats with significantly lower defense costs? and...Could President Obama or Governor Romney actually work with Congress to preserve a net government spending cut if there are significant defense cuts? 

5) Is it feasible to cut Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid? This relates to number one, and it sounds good to push health care and survival costs for the elderly, children, and relations without comparative advantage to families and off of the government. But will it work?

Well...I conclude that government spending cuts are not particularly important. From statistics I have seen, the United States is not out of step with other major world economies in the level of government spending as a percentage of GDP. To the extent that President Obama or Governor Romney insist on spending cuts only, as a way to balance the federal budget deficit, I will be tempted to vote against him.

Moving the federal budget toward balance is somewhat important though. It is true that our Federal Reserve (FED) and money system provide significant opportunities to print money and borrow without Americans truly feeling pain. On the other hand, I think recent FED policy has pushed the envelope, or been aggressive, and cannot be sustained. It is not lost on me that the only time a federal budget has been balanced in my adult lifetime was by President Clinton (a Democrat) and a Republican Congress. Although, President Obama does not possess the exact same strengths (or weaknesses) as Mr. Clinton, and the current Republican Congress does not posses the exact same attributes as the one in the late 1990's either, the party and ideological comparisons are striking and tempting.

President Dwight Eisenhower, the World War II hero, warned of a vast military industrial complex, which would prevent frugal defense decisions from being made: Generals, admirals, and defense contractors would threaten that any decision to save money would actually put national security in jeopardy if for no other reason than to preserve their own interests. He was right of course. And yet, who among us, other than those generals and admirals (if not the defense contractors), is qualified to tell us what will or will not threaten national security?  I will be tempted to vote against either the President or Governor Romney if either argues that balancing the budget is possible by significantly cutting defense.

Skepticism is necessary with regard to the feasibility of cutting Social Security, Medicare, and/or Medicaid. While cost increases in these programs need to be minimized as our entire population ages, the likelihood that there can be significant cuts to them appears unlikely at best. Put another way...it would be great if everyone else's family cared for their elderly, children, and incapable relatives, but I can't care for mine. Oh, I do pretty well by my daughter I think, but as a single parent, that leaves me little in the way of extra resources (financial or attention-wise) to care for my two parents who need nursing level care, or those family skeletons one finds in every hard-working American's closet. Faced with the prospect of quitting my job to provide the necessary attention, or spending my daughter's college fund, the mortgage payment, and automobile maintenance costs on their care, I'm not sure there is a serious alternative to letting Mom, Dad, Uncle Fester and the other closet skeletons starve on the street corners in the absence of the government programs. I will be tempted to vote against anyone who plans to balance the federal budget with significant cuts to these government programs unless the candidate addresses how the fallout would be dealt with.

This brings us to the entitlement mentality problem. I am not aware of an American who has seen an increase in any federal tax since 1993. On the other hand, wealthy and middle-income Americans received tax cuts under President George W. Bush on income, capital gains, and dividends in 2001 and 2003. They also got a Social Security tax cut under President Barack Obama in 2010. Poor and middle-income Americans received Bush's tax cut on income and Obama's on Social Security although they generally can't afford stocks or other capital investments and therefore didn't benefit much from those related cuts. In my opinion, shielding any of the aforementioned revenue-skimping Americans from some tax increase amounts to encouragement of an entitlement mentality.

What then of Mom, Dad, Uncle Fester and the other family skeletons? In my mother and father's case, they worked hard all of their lives and paid every required cent to Social Security and Medicare. Those programs protect them today for that reason. But my Uncle Fester (and other skeletons), and many moms, dads, and relations of other Americans have simply shrugged hard work, low pay, and/or the Social Security and Medicare with holdings. These people have little income, great expenses, and in some cases have thrust their dysfunction on their minor children. How do we alter Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid  to make them look at these entitlements as last resorts rather than water at the trough? Although politicians are notoriously poor at telling their voters they will have to endure pain and sacrifice, I will be tempted to vote for either man that proposes logical alternatives to make the entitlements last resorts rather than first ones. However, because I would not take a candidate seriously who said he would make the other guy's voters do all of the sacrificing, I'd be tempted to vote against one who did that. For example, I don't take the proposal to let tax cuts expire only for the rich seriously or as reasonable.

If you are seeing both candidates in there--sometimes I said I'd vote for each, but others, I said I'd vote against him--don't you see how tough it is to be me this election season? But then enough about me...how will you vote on November 6th? I'll drop my answer close to or on election day, when I have one.

38 comments:

Erin Maddox said...

I too am torn in my decision on which candidate to vote for in the upcoming election. On the one hand Governor Romney wishes to do away with the Roe v. Wade ruling, and therefore would do away with abortion even in cases of rape or incest and I cannot agree with that decision. On the other, President Obama will use cuts from medicare to fund at least one-third of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which is unacceptable for many older Americans who are a part of my family. Even just with these two opposite views, I am torn over which candidate to vote for in the up-and-coming election.

Christopher Fyffe said...

The miserable state of the economy seems to be the big issue that both presidential candidates are spending most of their time talking about. I agree that our nation’s economic situation is a huge issue and will be one of my deciding factors of who I will choose to vote for. Mitt Romney seems to think that giving tax cuts will solve all our economic problems. I guess the almost twelve years of the Busch tax cuts haven't been good enough. Everything that he says he wants to do just sounds like everything that the Busch administration has already done and it failed miserably. He talks about the debt problem that this country has and in the same breath promotes increases in military spending without raising revenue to pay for them. What happened to revenues minus expenses equals profit? We keep increasing our expenses (from both parties), but the republicans want to do nothing to pay for them. President Obama wants to increase our revenue by taxing those making $250,000 or more annually. Although this alone will not fix our debt problem, at least it is a step in the right direction. I do not agree with the president on all of the issues, but when it comes to fiscal policy he has my vote over Mitt Romney.

Anonymous said...

The Economic Policy seems to separate the "Haves", and the "Have-nots".

I've read that one of the Candidates wants to increase the Corporate tax rate to 25% and the President 28%. Why not just devide it in the middle at 26.26%.

Obama wants to increase capital gains tax to 20%. What would that mean to the upper, middle and lower taxpayers.

The uppers would probably find more loopholes. The middle class might just hold their breath and pay it off. The lower taxpayers would most likely not have any capital gains.

The Employment percentages came out in favor of Obama. More people with jobs helps the economy move towards Full employment. This increases spending and provide more money towards paying down personal debt.

With more employees with jobs, perhaps they can get 401K's,buy stocks so that they can now pay the 20% in capital gains.

But will they feel more "wealthier"? That's the question.

I'll just vote for Obama.

It's a shame that Mrs. Clinton was not on the ticket. She could have won.

Freda (:

eugene anderson said...

by beening former military i am on the fence now with the defense cuts. I feel and know personal that cutting the military is not a way to go. i also feel that if the taxes are placed on the middle class the ecomony will not grow because now the middle class will be stuck with the high taxes, while the rich will get richer, and the poor really wont give to sticks.

Katherine Conner said...

I believe there's never going to be a perfect candidate. You really have to look at every aspect of an election. I think Romney and Obama both have good points. I still haven't fully decided who I plan on voting for. I think equality and education are major factors in my decision. Being a college student, I look at each candidates plan for fixing the economy. I still have a lot of research to do before making my final decision, but I look forward to seeing who will win.

Michael Dunlevy said...

One of the most important issues in the United States today is the national debt crisis. The facts that I have seen tell me that Obama has raised this debt since he has been in office. Romney managed the 2002 Winter Olympics which started out being $379 million short in revenue and after he took position as the manager there was a 100 million dollar revenue surplus. This makes me lean towards his vote because it shows he can balance a budget and move to the right direction of lowering the debt in America. However, this is only one issue in America and until the election I will be comparing between the two candidates to make my choice.

Cam Layton said...

Obviously, no president can be perfect, they all have good and bad things about them. The way to decide who you are going to vote for is to ask yourself, does the good outweigh the bad? Personally, I think that Mitt Romney is a better candidate to run our country for the next four years. Obama has had his chance to turn or "change" this country like he promised and he has failed to do so. The President promised that he would lower the national deficit, create jobs, and decrease the countries dependency on foreign oil; all of these things have only worsened. I think Romney is a better candidate because he is able to balance his personal fortune and is a respectable businessman who obviously knows what he is doing. I also like Romney's Christian background.

Cameron Layton

Cam Layton said...

Obviously, there is no such thing as a perfect president or a presidential candidate. Everyone will always find one thing they don't like in the candidate at hand, but they have to figure out which person has qualities and proposals that outweigh the bad. Personally, I think that Mitt Romney would make a better president. When Obama was campaigning for his 2008 election, he made promises that made the people of the US very eager to get him in office. Once in office he did not do what he said he was going to do such as lower fuel costs, create jobs, and lower our dependence on foreign oil. I think Romney is better because he has successfully ran large companies and managed his personal wealth all while keeping his image as a respectable business man. I like what he stands for and what he represents.

Dionte Hall said...

Well this will be my first time being able to vote, and I am leaning more towards Obama. I do not support Romney's plan to do away with Abortion. I have a family member who was sexually assaulted a few years back and planted with a child against her will. If it were not for abortion, she would have been stuck with a child that that was forced upon her from some random crook, making it harder for her to get out of high school.

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Victoria Snyder said...

In this election, like all elections, there are many controversial issues to examine before one should cast their vote. One issue that bothers me above the numerous other issues is our country's defense being cut underneath President Obama. Unfortunately, our country has enemies throughout the world. This is nothing new and is bound to happen, but the fact of the matter is that we as a country should be protected. The United States had the strongest form of defense throughout history, yet slowly and surely has begun to drastically weaken underneath President Obama. I truly do not believe it is safe or fair to the American people to have their defense stripped away. Spending should not be cut when involving the American people's every day safety. With this said, I will be leaning towards Romney while casting my vote.

Kenneth Taylor said...

Kenneth Taylor
Macro/ACC 211

Even though its kind of early to decide on whom Im voting for in the 2012 election I have decided to stick with the Barack campaign. I believe cutting government spending is difficult to do but I have faith in President Barack to make it happen. Over the last four years the lacks of jobs have been terrible in the country. Which ever president win the 2012 election over the next four years the president will increase job opportunities.

Mariah Hart said...

Mariah Hart said...
History has shown that it has taken more than one term in office before a president can make his footprint in history, whether that footprint is good or bad. President Obama, has faced more scrutiny than an other president in any time in America's history. Such personal scrutiny has impacted his ability to effect the changes that he spoke upon before his election and continues to affect his ability in the upcoming election.
Mariah Hart

Mariah Hart said...

Mariah Hart said
History has shown that it has taken more than one term in office before a president can make his footprint in history, whether that footprint is good or bad. President Obama, has faced more scrutiny than an other president in any time in America's history. Such personal scrutiny has impacted his ability to effect the changes that he spoke upon before his election and continues to affect his ability in the upcoming election.
Mariah Hart

Anonymous said...

Kelly Crafford Nelson
I think that obama has had his chance to run our country and not done the things that he promised . I do not support his new health care plan . To my understanding people with late stage cancer will not be covered under this .I just dont understand how people would think this is ok . What a horrible burden to place on a family that is already going through such a hard time. There are things that i dotn agree with about Romney , but at this years election he will have my vote .

Anonymous said...

I used to be big on party affiliation until I was able to understand how voting for a specific candidate impacted me, and the future of my family. When we place our vote we need to understand that some of the polices that our favorite candidate wants to implement do not just effect us, they effect future generations. After careful consideration I will vote for the candidate who's polices will bring forth a brighter future.

Benjamin Jemmott said...

I used to be big on party affiliation until I was able to understand how voting for a specific candidate impacted me, and the future of my family. When we place our vote we need to understand that some of the polices that our favorite candidate wants to implement do not just effect us, they effect future generations. After careful consideration I will vote for the candidate who's polices will bring forth a brighter future.

Anonymous said...

No one is perfect, no one can ever do anything to please everyone and with that being said Obama has my vote. Americans need health insurance, there are alot of elderly and children that needs that. There are also many terminal illed Americans who may have used their life savings to pay for treatment that can use help from the government. America has been in debt for years, how can anyone expect Obama to make things right when he is a man that is hated by so many fellow Americans? The destruction was created before he took office. I believe he has a plan and plan to vote to help him get the opportunity to make things happen.
Applewhite Acct211

Anonymous said...

I will be voting for candidate Romney because he seems to know what he is doing with his own finances and has been a successful businessman. President Obama will not be receiving my vote because his spending is outrageous and I do not think he is on the right track with "ObamaCare", we have the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness NOT health care. I believe you should work for what you have and be taxed appropriately. The sense of entitlement will only be continued and strengthened the way Obama is handling business and I do not want to pay for other peoples mistakes nor their healthcare.

Kristi Aderhold said...

I find your blog very interesting. I do not believe that either candidate is the perfect candidate. Further, I do not believe that either candidate is truthful & has only answered how they think the public expects their response. I will not base decision on how Obama led our nation the last 4 years. If I used the last 4 years to rate Obama what would I use to rate Romney's leadership? I will base my decision on how both candidates led their states and the changes made while both candidates held offices at the state level. However, it is importate to remember that the President is only as good as his Congress & changes will not be made unless supported by Congress.

Joshua Lee said...

Joshua Lee
During this presidential election I felt that both of the canidates had good points and bad points. People are saying that the Obama administration had spent to much money in the last 4 years to people who can get jobs but are to lazy to work and just wanted the government to give them free money. If we look at Romney I feel sense he is a business man that he understands and knows what needs to be done in order to help this country. But we as people don't know sense both candidates are just saying ideas that they may enforce or not enforce.If the government keeps on spending I feel that the country is going to be in hole that they can not climb back out.
In conclusion, I am leaning more towards Romney because he has history on his side as being governor of Massachusetts, who did really well for his state.I feel that we need to change. Also I feel that the country can not keep going like we had the last four years and that whoever wins must change that.

Anonymous said...

Joshua Lee Said...
During this election and campaigning I am leaning towards more on Romney's side because he has history on his side for doing well as being the governor in the state of Massachusetts.I feel that people must look at the canidates history as well as what they are explaining what they can do for our country now. People say that sense Romney was in the same party as Bush that he is same as Bush but people must understand that he is a different person and that he has different ideas. I understatnd that Obama had spent the governments money to help the economy due to the Bush's adminstration but I feel that he is having problems on how to make that money that he had spent. I believe sense Romney is a good business man he would know what needs to be done to make money and know how to spend it wisely.The Obama adminstration had spent to much money and given it away to people who can get jobs and work but are to lazy to get a job.I feel that he had dug a large hole and is having difficulties climbing back out.

In conclusion,People must understand and weigh out what both canidates are saying. But I believe that the last four years that we had was not not good. I feel that whoever wins though must really change the government to help the country grow again.

Anonymous said...

Libertarian
Gary Johnson

Women’s rights: let women do whatever they want with their bodies. It’s her body. An abortion is her burden to carry- no one else’s. Her contraceptives are her risk of health issues later in life- no one else’s.

College: REWARD TEACHERS/PROFESSORS AND LOWER COSTS OF COLLEGE. college is so expensive… too rich for financial aid but too poor for college. Help out the students that strive for an education and sort them out into technical schools as well. Give kids hope that they belong somewhere.

Gay marriage: Seriously, a gay couple getting married does not harm anyone/anything. Love is love, and keep the Bible out of the picture- state and church are separate.

Welfare: It’s not free money for no reason; make people work for welfare and make them take a drug test. if you fail the test, you're not getting any money; military style.

RoxDavid ACC 211

Kyera V said...

Kyera Vandyke,

I voted for Obama four years ago and I am not dissapointed with the job he has done. But, now here I am four years older, and I am choosing not to vote. I really believe that the large corporations run and control this country and that they choose the candidates they want to run for each party. This guarantees them safe regardless of who wins. I consider the election as a ploy to distract the american people from the real issues of the country such as us, America being controlled by the federal reserve and institutions.

Kyera V. said...

Kyera Vandyke,

I voted for Obama four years ago and I am not dissapointed with the job he has done. But, now here I am four years older, and I am choosing not to vote. I really believe that the large corporations run and control this country and that they choose the candidates they want to run for each party. This guarantees them safe regardless of who wins. I consider the election as a ploy to distract the american people from the real issues of the country such as us, America being controlled by the federal reserve and institutions.

Jessica Jordan said...

I'm not actually sure who I'll vote for, but lets just say it's not going to be governor Romney. He wants to cut welfare, medicare, school grants, etc. He's basically saying screw you poor people, go get a job; hey grandma, I know your old and sickly but you should have been more productive in life and prepared for old age, cause your not riding on my dime; whats that, your struggling college student who can't afford your books, let alone the tuition, aw that's too bad, everyone's not meant to go to college! Romney is a rich political fat cat who is clearly detached from the needs of everyday working people. And I'm terrified of what he will do once he is in office. If he is bold enough to mandate such things before he has even won the vote, what will he do in full power. As for President Obama, I don't know what to think. He is not the same man that I voted into office. His morals have completely changed, from christian to, I'll do whatever the hell that makes me feel good. I think he's a little to concerned and friendly with foreign countries. And his flower child way of dealing with certain issues, just isn't cutting it, everyone can't be your friend. I'm not saying start a war, but just be tough, stop compromising at every turn. So as you can see, I'm in a serious dilemma. I really would prefer not to have either candidate, but seeing as they are my only two options, I guess I'll wait for mister wizard to create a third candidate in the fourth quarter. If nothing comes of that, I'll review my initial options again!

Anonymous said...

Well I guess I'm the 47% Mr. Romney speaks of, if a man who wants to be President of the United States seperate people like this surely he won't get my vote. Sure Presidents do not live up to all his promises,what President do. I know, who I will be voting for on my Birthday Nov. 6

Chris C.

Matt Hooker said...

I must admit, it is somewhat refreshing to read a brief outlook over our nations financial obligations. Without, being force fed thirty second emotionally tied ads; misleading uninformed voters. Unfortunately, those very commercials are the basis for many American’s political opinions. Which is not unheard of, with Americans working sometimes multiple full time jobs all while juggling “ the skeletons in the closet” these thirty second commercials are all our citizens have budgeted time for.

In regards to government spending cuts; I have seen various employment/training opportunities once offered by the federal government become virtually non existent. When inquiring upon the removal of these positions, the first and most common response I hear is “there has been a freeze on all non-essential hires.” This result has been blamed upon the cut backs on government spending. This decision is in some regards quite acceptable, although it is still discouraging to hear the continual sky rocket of national debit without a reasonable solution in the near future.

When cutting the deficit, we can look ad debt as an addiction; we won’t change unless the circumstances make it unbearable to remain addicted. The rock bottom where; it is actually more tolerable for us to change then remain the same.

The entitlement mentality is a significant moral issue the American nation is facing. My personal view is; part of this conception is the result of broken families. Back when America was booming, the American family was stronger, divorce rates were lower, and mothers were home to raise the children. Now the highest valued asset today appears to be money, not just the cost of living but money to fund our consumer lifestyle. We need to get back to the things that matter in life, focusing more upon family, instead of the next iphone. Who knows? We might even loose a few “skeletons in the closet” with this outlook.

tjg said...

My opinion on the presidential election is that it is very much like a trial and error. When one president is not working out, try out a new one. Mitt Romney has very big plans to help make the debt get smaller. President Obama has put our country in more debt with the four years he has been in office than President Bush did in eight years. All of the fuss about Mitt Romney being rude is just an excuse to bash him, when in reality an aggressive leader is exactly what we need in this country. Tim Goodwin Accounting 101

aboone said...

I have not a clue as to who i will vote for in this election, if i vote at all. But one thing is for sure i will not be casting my vote for Mitt Romney. His attacks on Big Bird and cutting federal aid and medicare are a personal problem for me. My 6 year old watches PBS and i need help going to school. I have family members who need medicaid. I believe that if President Obama is given a second chance he would do what he says. We can move forward. But only if he changes his morals. One day you are a christian and the next you are the horse of a different color. If not carful we will become a Somdom an Gormor. and that is why i don't know who i will be voting for.

Anonymous said...

I have been an avid Obama supporter. I agree with his policies on the economy, jobs, and education and I believe that he possess a sincere ability and has a true passion to want and execute said policies for a better america. I understand that in rebuilding a country truly in debted by pass presidencies and policies that money has to be spent things that are not popular must be done and with the best interest of all americans in mind. Furthermore, I dont like that Romney stance is not a stable one. His goal and reason for wanting the presidency is unclear and he lacks the sincere passion for caring and wanting the best for ALL americans. I do not agree with his stance on women issues, his stance for struggling americans, education, or the fact that he changes his mind every moment. I see him as the salesman he is peddling whatever product is trending for the moment, and that is not what america needs. We need Forward motivation.

jadesha Courton said...

I am voting democratic because that’s the life I have lived. I wish I could be wealthy for period so I could see both views of the candidates but some how I can only understand the slogan “working for the middle class”. As I continue to oppress my decision, I feel that the decision really comes down to Congress. Every choice the sitting President makes comes down to Congress. I think instead of paying so much attention to one man we should focus on the three branches of the federal government. So my question is why don’t Americans vest much attention or spend 2 billion dollars when voting members into Congress?

Anonymous said...

JaDesha Courton

I am voting democratic because that’s the life I have lived. I wish I could be wealthy for period so I could see both views of the candidates but some how I can only understand the slogan “working for the middle class”. As I continue to oppress my decision, I feel that the decision really comes down to Congress. Every choice the sitting President makes comes down to Congress. I think instead of paying so much attention to one man we should focus on the three branches of the federal government. So my question is why don’t Americans vest much attention or spend 2 billion dollars when voting members into Congress?

Anonymous said...

Over recent years many Americans have lost trust in our president, making it rather difficult to decide on which candidate to vote for. Being that I feel we need a strong military force I would have to lean toward the republican candidate, Mitt Romney who is in favor of strengthening our military, especially being we had a military pay crisis under President Obama. I also feel that President Obama has not lived up to his promises he made in the 2008 election allowing the American debt to reach an all-time high, as well as let our economy fall back into a recession, and allow the unemployment rate to be over eight percent. Obama has failed on his promises, and I feel his time for a change has expired.

Brittany Absher (online) Acc 211

Anonymous said...

Over recent years many Americans have lost trust in our president, making it rather difficult to decide on which candidate to vote for. Being that I feel we need a strong military force I would have to lean toward the republican candidate, Mitt Romney who is in favor of strengthening our military, especially being we had a military pay crisis under President Obama. I also feel that President Obama has not lived up to his promises he made in the 2008 election allowing the American debt to reach an all-time high, as well as let our economy fall back into a recession, and allow the unemployment rate to be over eight percent. Obama has failed on his promises, and I feel his time for a change has expired.

Brittany Absher (online) Acc 211

Anonymous said...

Over recent years many Americans have lost trust in our president, making it rather difficult to decide on which candidate to vote for. Being that I feel we need a strong military force I would have to lean toward the republican candidate, Mitt Romney who is in favor of strengthening our military, especially being we had a military pay crisis under President Obama. I also feel that President Obama has not lived up to his promises he made in the 2008 election allowing the American debt to reach an all-time high, as well as let our economy fall back into a recession, and allow the unemployment rate to be over eight percent. Obama has failed on his promises, and I feel his time for a change has expired.

Brittany Absher (online) Acc 211

D. Sheffield said...

D. Sheffield
I am voting for President Barack Obama.I went to Washington, D.C. on that cold day to see the first African-American, to be sworn in office. It was a great feeling. President Obama has a true spirit and this country has came a long way from the last eight years. I didn't think that the President was going to change everything in four years but he has turned the economy around. I don't want to bring up race, but you know were I am going. So whom ever wins just don't take us back let's go forward.
Acc 211
November 4, 2012 12:45am

Laura Bell AC211 said...

I am not in any way impressed with either of the "popular" canditates. I know that I personally have NOT been 'better off' under the Obama administration, nor do I care for many things that have done during his admistration. However, I am finding it difficult to bring myself to vote for Romney. I don't agree with his stance on taxes, the wanting to de-fund Planned Parenthood, his stance on abortion/rape, nor his 'waffling' views during the debates.

My personal opinion is that we CAN cut the 'military' budget .. if we would quit funding wars and re-building countries around the world. We need a president (and house/congress) that have the best interests of the AMERICAN PEOPLE in mind, not the American Corporations and their 'pockets', nor the policing of the world. Worry about US first!

On that note I have had numerous discussions with people who complain about our president(s) and have told them that this is NOT a dictatorship, our House and Congress are every bit as much to blame for the state that our country is in.