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Why I’m Voting For Barack Obama

April 13, 2012 3 comments

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.

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Hilary Rosen Rightly Called Out Claiming Ann Romney “Hasn’t Worked A Day In Her Life”

April 12, 2012 3 comments

I’m making a bit of a comeback today as I really wanted to comment on the recent media spat between First Lady hopeful Ann Romney and Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen.

First things first.  I think that Rosen was rightly called out on her obvious poor choice of words when she said that Romney as a stay at home mom “hasn’t worked a day in her life”.  To be fair, I don’t believe that’s what she meant but someone in her position certainly should know better that making a situation-specific comment like that can easily be generalized into a sweeping statement.  I think it was refreshing actually to see politicians from both sides coming to Romney’s defense.

Rosen’s statement obviously requires a little context.  The comment came as a result of something that Mitt Romney said on the campaign trail.  He claimed essentially that he understands the plight of American women right now because of his relationship with his wife.

First of all, I’m getting tired of just about every politician in America talking about how they can identify with the average American.  They can’t.  Most politicians in Washington are wealthy, lead privileged lifestyles and don’t have to think about many of the issues that middle income families are dealing with.  To say that they can “relate” is in its best case scenario condescending.

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