Why I’m Voting For Barack Obama
Now that Rick Santorum has officially dropped out of the race for President, we can finally focus on the race between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama in November. (Yes, I’m aware that Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich are still in the race but it’s been a long time since they’ve been considered contenders.) Some elections are intriguing matchups between two good candidates that I’m torn between. But this year is not one of them. For me, the vote is easy – Barack Obama.
In some circles, Obama is villified. His health care reform package, affectionately known as Obamacare, has drawn the ire of people who feel that the government shouldn’t force them to buy healthcare coverage (although in most cases it’s probably a good idea that they have at least some insurance coverage so the average taxpayer isn’t forced to foot the bill). He’s taken a large chunk of the blame for the flailing economy (even though the table was already set for a recession when he took office) as well as for the bailouts of the auto and financial services industries. OK, the auto bailout I can understand about being upset about but the bank bailout? I know it was unpleasant but it was necessary. Can you imagine what the economy would’ve been like had the whole financial sector completely collapsed? Not nearly as pretty as it looks now.
Obama’s presidency has not been perfect. But it also hasn’t been the disaster that Republicans are painting it as. For their part, Republicans haven’t exactly been able to put a better alternative in front of voters. Sarah Palin, thank God, never entered the race. Chris Christie would’ve been a great candidate but he never entered either (hopefully, Romney realizes this and make him his running mate). Guys like Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio have potential as well. But Mitt Romney is just not worth getting out of your chair and cheering for.
The main reason is that with Romney it’s hard to know what position you’re supporting. He changes his position on issues often and that makes it very difficult to project exactly what he’s going to do if he reaches the White House. Plus, his constant stumping that he’s able to identify with middle America comes across as nothing more than disingenuous and condescending. You’re worth millions and millions of dollars, Mitt. You have every resource of the world at your fingertips. You can do anything you want whenever and however you want. Your father was the governor of Michigan so you’ve probably experienced privilege your entire life. Most Americans are just trying to get to the next payday. When Mitt have you ever had to wait for the next paycheck just to get by?
I’m not faulting him at all for his business career or his accomplishments. By all accounts, he’s been a wildly successful businessman and his professional accomplishments have afforded him the lifestyle that he and his family enjoy. But don’t pretend that you know what it’s like for most of America. You don’t.
Whether I believe it’s right or not, Republicans have been set up for a legitimate chance to make Barack Obama a one-term President. I think they’ve failed to take advantage of it. I think Barack Obama has done a better job than he’s been given credit for and it’s why I’ll be voting for him again in November.