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Presidential Election 2012 The battle between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney Articles about AObama is Pro-Choice.

He voted against the Born Alive Infants Protection Act. He was the only state senator to speak against this law on the floor of the Illinois Senate. He was of the opinion that the law as written could be interpreted loosely to ban all abortions.

Voted "no" on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion

Sponsored a bill providing contraceptives at taxpayers expense.

Signed a bill to make sure that U.S. funds will be available for abortion in other countries.


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Obama is Pro-choice. Pro-choice does NOT mean pro-abortion; it means the decision whether to continue a pregnancy should be made by the woman, not by the government. Obama's voting record clearly indicates he believes the government should not be involved in regulating women's reproductive choices. That doesn't mean he thinks abortion is a good idea.
choiceObama is Pro-Choice.

He voted against the Born Alive Infants Protection Act. He was the only state senator to speak against this law on the floor of the Illinois Senate. He was of the opinion that the law as written could be interpreted loosely to ban all abortions.



The portrait of Barack Obama's presidency is that of an egocentric -- not only incapable of leadership, but someone who views the office as a vehicle for the satisfaction of his delusion that the world not only owes him a living, but a sumptuous one.

A trait common to many who espouse socialism, inclusive of dictators and Democrats, is an insatiable appetite for self-indulgence. While those on the conservative side of the political spectrum are often accused of hypocrisy when it comes to matters of sex and morality, those on the left are equally guilty, if not more so, in matters of money, paying taxes, and lifestyle.

Regardless of the public image they may convey, Barack Obama and his wife never fail to take full advantage of a lifestyle that would be the envy of any modern-day monarch while the bulk of the American populace struggles to afford life's necessities.

He is but another in a long line of those who promote socialism and proclaim to be "of the people" with only the interests of the citizens at heart -- as they duplicitously pursue a personal agenda. Beyond the unquestioned belief by those on the left that they are the most capable, thus superior and pre-ordained to govern the masses, the traits most common to the vast majority of self-described "progressives" in positions of power are jealousy, greed, and massively inflated delusions of entitlement.

Many in the West who espouse a Euro-socialist government model, inclusive of an implausible cradle-to-grave social compact with the people in order to garner votes, have toiled either in public office, government bureaucracy or within the education establishment. Private wealth is, according to ideological first principles, "ill-gotten" and tainted with the blood, sweat, and tears of the honest workers exploited to attain it.

Yet there is no sociological taint associated with the money accumulated by government through excessive taxation of these same "evil-doers" in order to pay for generous public-sector salaries and lavish benefits, particularly for those in elected and appointed office.

However, the lifestyle achieved by the affluent, who made their money through private wealth and job-creation, is much to be desired. In the myopic thought process of many of those on the left, they, as moral and intellectual superiors to the greedy capitalists, are also entitled to this same standard of living -- particularly as they "sacrificed" so much for the welfare of the common folk by toiling for so "little" while the rich and famous live well, having made their money so easily on the backs of others and without any perceived "sacrifice."


The risk-taking process and the overall societal benefit of private wealth accumulation is foreign to the thought process of the adherents of socialism, particularly among the governing class in Western Europe and the United States, as virtually none have created wealth or jobs. Despite publicly denigrating them, it is not a coincidence that so many leaders and upper-level bureaucrats in government are eager to socialize with and get in the good graces of the accomplished "wealthy." Once out of office or no longer in government and with their earning power enhanced by fame, a mad dash begins among these people to accumulate as much wealth as quickly as possible, and those connections are invaluable.

Bill Clinton, whose net worth was less than $200,000 when he became president, has focused much of his post-presidency on becoming a multimillionaire. Thanks to speaking fees, inside investment information, and book royalties, his estimated net worth is now $80+ million. Al Gore reported a net worth less than $1 million when he became vice president, yet he has parlayed his connections into amassing a net worth considerably in excess of $100 million.

Not to be outdone, Tony Blair, former Labour Party prime minister of Great Britain, was worth about $350,000 upon assuming office in 1997 (he resigned in 2007). He now owns three homes in England and has net worth above $35 million. Many of his former ministers have accumulated significant wealth while taking excessive advantage of taxpayer largess while in office.

Among those in the House of Representatives and the Senate who espouse Euro-socialist doctrine, many have amassed considerable wealth not only upon leaving office, but while still in the Congress, where they live a life of exaggerated privilege at the expense of the American taxpayer.

In his brilliant satirical allegory of the Russian Revolution, Animal Farm, George Orwell devastatingly indentifies the mindset of the left. In the book, the pigs, who represent the socialist ruling class, insist on keeping all the milk and apples to themselves. The other animals, the working class, think they should be shared as the socialist/Marxist philosophy espouses.

The excuse the pigs proffer to the rabble:


Comrade, you do not imagine, I hope, that we pigs are doing this in a spirit of selfishness and privilege? Many of us actually dislike milk and apples. We pigs are brainworkers. The whole management and organization of the farm depend on us. Day and night we are watching over your welfare. It is for your sake that we drink that milk and eat those apples.

The success of the revolution and an ultimate classless society, explain the pigs, depends on their leadership; therefore they must eat the best food. In essence, the pigs lavish excess upon themselves to better serve the workers and prevent the evil capitalist, personified by Farmer Jones (the overthrown owner of the farm) from returning and "exploiting" the animals.

No one is a better example of this mindset than Barack Obama. His sense of entitlement stems not only from a deep-seated belief in socialist theory and an overweening sense of superiority, but also as a man obsessed with his skin color and payback for his perception of Western colonialism (as detailed in his autobiography Dreams from My Father). He is determined to exact a measure of personal revenge by "transforming America" and taking full advantage of all the perquisites of office.

Of the world's major democracies, only the United States merges the functions of the titular head of state and the leader of government into one office. Barack Obama, however, views himself as the head of state only, and as he has no concept of what leadership is -- he cannot be bothered with the day-to-day responsibility of governance. He delegates those responsibilities to other hardcore doctrinaire fellow travelers toiling in the background, many of whom are answerable to no one, as Barack Obama cares not what they do as long as the socialist agenda is advanced.

As head of state, President Obama can concentrate on state dinners, White House receptions, golf, overseas travel, exotic vacations, backslapping other like-minded politicians, union leaders, crony capitalists, Hollywood celebrities and the super-wealthy, and endless campaigning in order to continue deceiving the electorate.

The presidency of the United States to Mr. Obama is nothing more than a stage upon which he, in his convoluted sense of destiny, can act as head of state for the world. He is much too busy enjoying the trappings of royalty, despite his oft-declared disdain for that class, to be bothered about the dismal future of the United States. His future and political agenda are the only things that matter.

Socialism/Marxism has always failed and will never succeed. The leaders who espouse these governing philosophies will inevitably succumb to the major pitfalls of human nature: envy, greed, and self-aggrandizement. However, the end result of these failings will fall most heavily on the everyday people whose standard of living will be severely degraded and, taken to the extreme, their society beset by violence and revolution.

The American people need to understand that when a politician stands before them, asking for their vote while extolling the virtues of massive central government, promising cradle to grave security, and claiming that he or she understands their pain and is on their side against the "evil" capitalists, their only real interest is themselves.






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Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/09/barack_obama_man_of_the_people.html#ixzz26rgLJo5u On Aug 14, 1936, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act. Besides paying retirement benefits to the primary worker, it brought forth the first national unemployment compensation program, provided aid to the states for various health and benefit programs, and started the Aid to Dependent Children. So, FDR signed into law broad programs of which Social Security was just a part. In 1939, the law added survivor’s benefits and benefits for the retiree’s spouse. In 1956, disability benefits were added. Finally, on July 30, 1965, Medicare was established and incorporated into Social Security during the Lyndon B Johnson presidency.

During Ronald Reagan’s term in 1983, the income tax law incorporated the potential for taxation of Social Security benefits. During the past 76 years, Social Security has become a building block in providing Americans with retirement and disability cash flow and Medicare services, especially for the elderly. Most of us now accept the Social Security program in a matter-of-fact way, and it has evolved to provide less stress for survival in the daily lives of the retired and disabled population. The advancements made to the Social Security Act over three quarters of a century are a model for the health-care system in America.

On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed into law the health-care reform bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This legislation, along with the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, created the climate for long overdue changes for wider delivery of health care in our country.

With nearly 50 million Americans in need of insurance, health care had become an immense burden on society. After repeated failed efforts, including those of Bill and Hillary Clinton in 1993, America was becoming the butt of jokes as this country was not providing health care like other modern nations.

So, after 14 months of taking office, with some cooperation from Congress, President Obama was able to create the change which history will judge to be monumental. The new law takes several years for its pieces to be fully implemented. Many changes were created; but primary among them are the following: In 2010, expanded health insurance coverage was made available for young adults to age 26, and access to insurance became possible by establishing health-care pools for uninsured individuals with pre-existing conditions. In 2014, health-care exchanges will be established. Coverage of preventive health-care services was also included, and annual and lifetime benefits were greatly expanded. Rebates were also established to cover Medicare part D’s prescription “donut hole.”

In summer 2012, the Supreme Court decided by a five-to-four vote to uphold the law’s basic constitutionality. Many believe that this step concretely cements that health-care reform is now truly a reality.

One issue in this fall’s election is Romney’s promise that the Affordable Care Act should be repealed. It is unclear how a repeal would succeed, given that the US Senate’s rules about filibuster might prevent action on repeal without 60 votes.

No matter what happens in the November elections, history will judge the Obama administration’s passage of health-care reform as truly a significant feat and long overdue.

The perspective from the future will be, why did it take America so long to catch up with the other modern nations of the world? 1.From Colorodoan.com-
"On Aug 14, 1936, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act. Besides paying retirement benefits to the primary worker, it brought forth the first national unemployment compensation program, provided aid to the states for various health and benefit programs, and started the Aid to Dependent Children. So, FDR signed into law broad programs of which Social Security was just a part. In 1939, the law added survivor’s benefits and benefits for the retiree’s spouse. In 1956, disability benefits were added. Finally, on July 30, 1965, Medicare was established and incorporated into Social Security during the Lyndon B Johnson presidency.

During Ronald Reagan’s term in 1983, the income tax law incorporated the potential for taxation of Social Security benefits. During the past 76 years, Social Security has become a building block in providing Americans with retirement and disability cash flow and Medicare services, especially for the elderly. Most of us now accept the Social Security program in a matter-of-fact way, and it has evolved to provide less stress for survival in the daily lives of the retired and disabled population. The advancements made to the Social Security Act over three quarters of a century are a model for the health-care system in America.

On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed into law the health-care reform bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This legislation, along with the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, created the climate for long overdue changes for wider delivery of health care in our country.

With nearly 50 million Americans in need of insurance, health care had become an immense burden on society. After repeated failed efforts, including those of Bill and Hillary Clinton in 1993, America was becoming the butt of jokes as this country was not providing health care like other modern nations.

So, after 14 months of taking office, with some cooperation from Congress, President Obama was able to create the change which history will judge to be monumental. The new law takes several years for its pieces to be fully implemented. Many changes were created; but primary among them are the following: In 2010, expanded health insurance coverage was made available for young adults to age 26, and access to insurance became possible by establishing health-care pools for uninsured individuals with pre-existing conditions. In 2014, health-care exchanges will be established. Coverage of preventive health-care services was also included, and annual and lifetime benefits were greatly expanded. Rebates were also established to cover Medicare part D’s prescription “donut hole.”

In summer 2012, the Supreme Court decided by a five-to-four vote to uphold the law’s basic constitutionality. Many believe that this step concretely cements that health-care reform is now truly a reality.

One issue in this fall’s election is Romney’s promise that the Affordable Care Act should be repealed. It is unclear how a repeal would succeed, given that the US Senate’s rules about filibuster might prevent action on repeal without 60 votes.

No matter what happens in the November elections, history will judge the Obama administration’s passage of health-care reform as truly a significant feat and long overdue.

The perspective from the future will be, why did it take America so long to catch up with the other modern nations of the world?" 2. From Barack Obama is a Democrat Barack and Joe are Democrats The Democratic Symbol is 2. From UT San Diego-
Editor's note: It's a presidential election year, so we thought we'd weigh in with our list of the five worst presidents. We start with, yes, the current incumbent. See our other choices at U-T Opinion online.

He took office at a time when the U.S. economy was on its worst slide in 75 years, but pushed policies using borrowed money that were more meant to preserve government jobs than broadly help the private sector where the great majority of Americans work, ensuring the jobs crisis continued. He railed against the heavy spending and big deficits of his predecessor, but blithely backed budgets that had triple the deficits ever seen in American history.

He promised a smart, sweeping overhaul of the U.S. health care system, but ended up giving us a Byzantine mess promoted to the public with myths: that offering subsidized care to tens of millions of people would save money; that people would keep their own doctors; that access to care wouldn’t change; and that rationing would never happen.

He promised a more sophisticated approach to the economy than that of his predecessor, but had so little common sense that his health law actually gave businesses a big financial incentive to discontinue providing health insurance to their employees.

He offered hosannas to genius entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs in his prepared remarks, but when speaking off the cuff betrayed his faculty-lounge view of the world, saying of businesspeople, “if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own.”

He swore to bring overdue oversight and honest accounting to the corporate world, but made flagrantly dishonest claims about General Motors paying back its government loans that would have triggered a criminal fraud investigation in the private sector.


He denounced his predecessor for permitting harsh interrogation tactics with suspected terrorists, but once in office somehow concluded that a better, more moral approach would just be to use drones to assassinate such suspects without getting any information from them. And in December 2011 – at a time in which one-quarter of American adults who wanted full-time work couldn’t find it, after a year in which the federal deficit was a staggering $1.3 trillion – here was what Barack Obama had to say for himself in a CBS interview: “I would put our legislative and foreign policy accomplishments in our first two years against any president, with the possible exceptions of Johnson, FDR and Lincoln.”

Unbelievable. If self-reverence were a crime, our current president would be facing a life sentence. For the good of America, let’s pray we have someone else in charge of the federal government come Jan. 20, 2013. He promised to set a high new standard for ethics in the White House, but used a baffling claim of executive privilege to shield his embattled attorney general from the repercussions of a cover-up involving the death of a federal law enforcement officer.

He denounced his predecessor for permitting harsh interrogation tactics with suspected terrorists, but once in office somehow concluded that a better, more moral approach would just be to use drones to assassinate such suspects without getting any information from them.

He presented himself as a shrewd student of Washington politics, but once in office displayed a counterproductive standoffishness to many Democratic lawmakers eager to embrace him, never developing the broad range of personal relationships that often mark a successful presidency.

He ran as a unifying force who would bring in a new era of civility and racial healing to Washington, but once in office embraced ugly, Chicago-style political hardball that saw nothing wrong with his supporters’ loathsome practice of depicting opposition to his policies as being driven by racism.

He constantly offered praise for the wisdom and insights of the American public, but reacted to the broad discontent over Obamacare, high unemployment and vast deficits by saying it was a failure of his administration to properly explain its glorious record to a confused populace – not a predictable reaction to his struggles and ineffectiveness. He promised to set a high new standard for ethics in the White House, but used a baffling claim of executive privilege to shield his embattled attorney general from the repercussions of a cover-up involving the death of a federal law enforcement officer.
He presented himself as a shrewd student of Washington politics, but once in office displayed a counterproductive standoffishness to many Democratic lawmakers eager to embrace him, never developing the broad range of personal relationships that often mark a successful presidency.

He ran as a unifying force who would bring in a new era of civility and racial healing to Washington, but once in office embraced ugly, Chicago-style political hardball that saw nothing wrong with his supporters’ loathsome practice of depicting opposition to his policies as being driven by racism.

He constantly offered praise for the wisdom and insights of the American public, but reacted to the broad discontent over Obamacare, high unemployment and vast deficits by saying it was a failure of his administration to properly explain its glorious record to a confused populace – not a predictable reaction to his struggles and ineffectiveness. 3. From CentreRight
Five good things about Barack Obama



"I had a drink with the blogger Gege on Monday evening and he challenged me to write a positive post about Barack Obama.

So... deep breath... here goes...

1. It would be wonderful to see a black American become President. It would prove that there are now no limits to what a black person can achieve in the world's (second) greatest nation. European critics of America who dwell on its racist past would be silenced (at least for a time). A black American would have achieved the ultimate office. No minority European has become a PM/ President/ Chancellor. Former Bush speechwriter Mike Gerson described the importance of such an event:


“So much of our history is the history of race and it would be an historic day in America for him to take the oath of office on the West Front of the Capitol, given how divisive these issues have been. It will take place 100 yards from where there used to be slave pens, where slaves were sold in the 19th century. It will be a dramatic moment, one of the great culminating moments of American history.”

The hairs on the back of my neck stand up just thinking about that. We can be sure that an Inaugural from the finest speechmaker since JFK would be memorable, too.

2. Barack Obama has a big view of the Presidency. I attended a Democratic presidential debate in South Carolina last July. Each candidate was able to broadcast one video during the debate. This was Obama's choice:



I don't agree with Senator Obama on climate change or ending the war (I'd prefer America won the war) but there's a boldness that should characterise the most important and powerful position in the world.


3. He has a chance to push back anti-Americanism. All opinion polls show that Europeans, in particular, want him to win in November. He has an opportunity to give the USA a fresh start in European eyes (I emphasise European because his global popularity is far from uniform). If he takes the tough decisions on Iran and the environment, for example, Europeans may quickly become less enthusiastic. I happen to believe that Americans shouldn't aim to please Europeans - the aim should be to do the right things and win (grudging) respect - but anti-Americanism depresses me and it would be a relief to see it recede.

4. His rhetoric is unifying. His policy positions less so but he is giving people hope and not just on the Democrat side of the aisle.

5. He could pull his party back to the centre. He may not do this - particularly if, on his coat-tails, the Democrats win a lot more House and Senate seats. The protectionist, anti-war positions of Pelosi and Reid may be irresistable but I hope (and it's only a hope) that he might be a more centrist president than he's been a senator. If he can pull his party back towards free trade and liberal interventionism he will have restored some healthy balance to American politics." Mitt Romney is a Republican The Republican Symbol The Republican symbol Articles about Mitt Romney 1. 1. From the Moderate Voice
1.From themoderatevoice.com
"I believe most people make their biggest mistake by looking primarily at how a Presidential candidate does in national polls. This is a terrible indicator for multiple reasons, but the biggest is that this is not how Presidential campaigns run. It is no mere “technicality” that you have to win the Electoral College, it is a firm reality that forces all Presidential candidates to run their campaigns a certain way: to conserve resources, they will expend little to no effort in states they think they have no chance of winning, a little but not a lot of effort defending states they believe they will easily win, and expend most of their time, effort, and money in states which might go either way. Love it this way or hate it, it’s the way it is. It is almost impossible for a Republican to win California and they know it; it is almost impossible for a Democrat to win Texas and they know that too. So they generally only put up a token effort in those places, and concentrate on the places where they know they have a decent shot at winning.

But Mitt Romney can change the game. He is a Republican who has managed to win in Massachusetts. Yes, everybody knows that a Republican may occasionally win there, but it’s quite rare. Normally, Obama would not have to spend much effort to win Massachusetts, but with Romney in the game he will have to try harder there. Furthermore, a Republican who can win Massachusetts can make other states that are normally pretty safe for a Democratic candidate look dicey; to cut right to it, any look at the electoral map should tell you that a Republican who wins California likely wins the Presidency, and a Republican who wins in Massachusetts could indeed win in California.

Before anybody squawks at me: I did not say Mitt Romney would win California. I said he could. I didn’t even say he would win Massachusetts. But Obama will likely have to fight hard in many states like this where he would normally have an easy win. On the flip side, it is almost inconceivable that Obama could force the same onto Romney; Obama has almost no chance of winning any normally-solid “red” state–thus putting him in a position to not just have to compete hard in the “swing” or “battleground” states that normally decide elections, but to simultaneously play heavy defense on states he would otherwise pretty safely assume would be his for the taking.

Obama is unlikely to find any “red” states that will choose him over any Republican. In theory there may be a little of that, wherein some states that only tilt Republican go for Obama just because dispirited conservative voters stay home rather than vote for Romney. But odds are that Romney keeps most or all the normally “red” states, stays competitive in swing states, and is able to stage a serious threat in waters that are normally very safe for Democrats.

Now, because a lot of conservatives don’t like Romney, the advantage to Romney isn’t completely overwhelming. Some conservatives will no doubt stay home in disgust, or lodge a third-party “protest” vote, unable to stand voting for either Romney or Obama. The fact that Romney appeals to some liberals and centrists will repel some of them.

Nevertheless, despite my own distaste for Romney I can think of several reasons why he might attract voters. Among conservatives, his chief advantage is that he is not Barack Obama. For centrist voters, well, the answer is obvious: Romney’s a centrist. And for liberals? Here’s the kicker: he created statewide health care in Massachusetts, and while he does not like Obama’s very similar plan as a national plan, he does say he wants to make sure every American has health coverage. Maybe you don’t believe him but some people will. And there is a certain zig-zag quality to American politics, which is that you are often more likely to get what you want out of a President of the opposite party. Democrats usually have an easier time pulling the country into a war or doing things like getting tough on crime or reforming welfare (you may recall that Bill Clinton did all three); a Republican who wants national health care coverage is more likely to get his party to simmer down and negotiate on the matter than any Democrat is. If you don’t believe that, watch as the odious Ann Coulter actually defends Romney’s health care plan.

Also, oddly enough, if you want to see us leave Afghanistan (I don’t, but what I want isn’t the issue), you’re more likely to get that out of Romney than Obama. Why? Because anti-war Democrats are afraid to attack Obama, and Obama fears giving hawkish Republicans a stick to beat him with. With a Republican in the White House, “anti-war” congressional Democrats will instantly feel emboldened, and the isolationists in Republican congressional ranks will also feel more prone to speak their minds. In short, a Romney Presidency has the potential to reshape American politics in several important ways, both at the Presidential level and in how each of the two major parties defines themselves in the Congress.

Much is made in some circles now that Romney and Obama are pretty close to each other in national polls, but as I said those are almost irrelevant. Not only is election day 9 months away, but what’s really important is how each candidate will fight it out at the state level anyway. Furthermore, while Romney may be taking fierce criticisms from conservatives right now, most voters aren’t paying attention to that and won’t pay attention to it until after the national conventions this summer, and won’t really make up their minds until the last few weeks of October and early November.

To be clear, there are hopeful indicators for Obama. The economy is still terrible but many important trends are positive,and if they continue in a positive direction throughout the year he’ll be in pretty good shape. He’ll be able to proudly offer up to liberals what he’s done for them (a lot) and to middle class voters what he’s done for them. He’ll be able to paint Romney as a privileged rich brat who’s never really had to work a day in his life except as a Wall Street insider and tycoon, and Wall Street isn’t exactly popular these days. Romney can easily be seen as a plastic, wishy-washy, privileged elitist who does not care about ordinary people who are struggling and scared for their financial future.

Nevertheless it is entirely conceivable that we might well see a close race in the popular vote but a virtual slaughter by Romney in the electoral college, as Romney keeps all the traditionally Republican states, does well in the swing states, and even picks off a few of the normally Democratic states.

Anyone who thinks they know what will happen in November is fooling themselves. You’re only guessing. But Romney’s advantages are much stronger than most people seem to realize right now.

(This item cross-posted to Dean’s World.)

*Update*: Since I said the smartest way to look at the election is how it will play out at the state level–because it is–I would be remiss if I did not point out this excellent breakdown from the National Journal of Obama’s approval rating by state. Now that could change in the coming year–in fact it likely will–but this is how you want to look at things if you want some idea how the race is going to shape up. To win, Obama needs support in states he’s in trouble in now, and on the flip side, to win, Romney needs to talk those people who are unhappy with Obama into believing he’s a better choice. It’s 9 months until the election, so those polls are going to change, but if you really want to watch things as they shape up, forget the stupid national polls and look at the state-by-state polls. Because you can bet that’s exactly what each campaign’s staff is spending most of its time on, too

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"At this point, it appears very likely that Mitt Romney is going to be the Republican nominee for president in 2012. He has raised far more money than any of the other candidates, he is leading or is near the lead in all of the early states, the mainstream media have anointed him as the frontrunner and a number of recent polls show that most Republicans fully expect Romney to win the nomination. So will Mitt Romney be the next president of the United States? Well, he certainly fits the part. He looks like a president and he speaks very well. But when you look at what he really stands for that is where things become very troubling. The truth is that Mitt Romney is either very wrong or very "soft" on every single major issue. It would be a huge understatement to refer to Mitt Romney as a RINO ("Republican in name only"). When you closely examine their positions, there is very, very little difference between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. Sure, Romney and Obama will say the "right things" to the voters during election season, but the reality is that a Romney administration would be so similar to an Obama administration that you would hardly know that a change has taken place. What you are about to read about Mitt Romney should alarm you very much. Mitt Romney would be a an absolute disaster for this country, and America cannot afford another disastrous presidency.

The fact that Barack Obama looked sharp and could give inspiring speeches helped him go a long way back in 2008. Well, it is the same thing with Romney. The guy looks very presidential and he sounds very presidential. When backed into a corner, he is extremely slick. He rarely makes mistakes and he is very polished.

Mitt Romney is a "politician" in the worst sense of the word. As his past has demonstrated, he will do and say just about anything in order to get elected. The positions he has taken during this campaign season have been carefully calculated to help him win both the Republican nomination and the general election.

That is why so many call Mitt Romney a "flip-flopper". Romney will take just about any political position if he thinks that it will help him. Mitt Romney's wife, Ann Romney, once made the following statement about her husband.... “He can argue any side of a question. And sometimes you think he’s really believing his argument, but he’s not.”
So keep that in mind while reading the following information. Mitt Romney is trying to claim that he is a "conservative" and that he is looking out for the American people, but those claims simply are not true.

The following are 16 reasons why Mitt Romney would be a really, really bad president....

#1 Obamacare was one of the worst pieces of legislation ever passed by the U.S. Congress. Mitt Romney says that he would repeal Obamacare, but the reality is that Romneycare was what Obamacare was based on. In fact, a recent MSNBC article brought to light some new information about the relationship between Romneycare and Obamacare....

Newly obtained White House records provide fresh details on how senior Obama administration officials used Mitt Romney’s landmark health-care law in Massachusetts as a model for the new federal law, including recruiting some of Romney’s own health care advisers and experts to help craft the act now derided by Republicans as “Obamacare.”

The records, gleaned from White House visitor logs reviewed by NBC News, show that senior White House officials had a dozen meetings in 2009 with three health-care advisers and experts who helped shape the health care reform law signed by Romney in 2006, when the Republican presidential candidate was governor of Massachusetts.
Mitt Romney continues to defend Romneycare, but the reality is that it really is a total nightmare for Massachusetts. The following is how one blogger summarized some of the key points of Romneycare....

• Punitive To Individuals. Everyone must buy health insurance or face tax penalties equal to 50% of cost of standard policy.
• Hundreds of millions of dollars being spent on free hospital care were converted into subsidies to help the needy buy insurance.
• A health insurance “exchange” was established to help connect the uninsured with private health plans at more affordable rates.
• Health plans can offer consumers higher deductibles and more restrictive physician and hospital networks in order to lower costs.
• Punitive to Businesses with 11 or more workers that do not offer insurance must pay a $295 per employee fee.
• Established payment policy advisory board; one Board member must be from Planned Parenthood. No pro-life organization represented.
• Provides Taxpayer-Funded Abortions for copay of $50.
So what have been the results of Romneycare in Massachusetts? According to the Daily Caller, health care costs and health insurance premiums have gone up dramatically in Massachusetts....

Since the bill became law, the state’s total direct health-care spending has increased by a remarkable 52 percent. Medicaid spending has gone from less than $6 billion a year to more the $9 billion. Many consumers have seen double-digit percentage increases in their premiums.
All of that certainly sounds a whole lot like Obamacare.

Unfortunately, the other Republican candidates have not taken advantage of this weakness. According to one brand new poll, 6 times as many Republicans view Romneycare unfavorably as view it favorably. This is something that the other candidates should be jumping on big time.

#2 During his time as governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney significantly raised taxes. The following is an excerpt from a CBS News article....

Mitt Romney's Harvard MBA and gold-plated resume convinced many business leaders he would follow in the tradition of corporate-friendly Republicans when he was elected governor of Massachusetts in 2002.

Within three years, some had a vastly different opinion, after Romney's efforts raised the tax bill on businesses by $300 million
The same article also notes that Romney jacked up "fees and fines" on Massachusetts taxpayers substantially....

Romney and lawmakers also approved hundreds of millions in higher fees and fines during his four years in office.
Many in the Massachusetts business community were quite disgusted with Romney by the end of his tenure. Peter Nicholas, the chairman of Boston Science Corporation, says that "tax rates on many corporations almost doubled because of legislation supported by Romney."

#3 Government spending in Massachusetts increased significantly under Mitt Romney. An advocate of smaller government he most definitely is not.

This was especially true for the last two budgets passed under Romney. In fiscal year 2006, government spending in Massachusetts increased by 7.6 percent. In fiscal year 2007, government spending in Massachusetts increased by a whopping 10.2 percent.

#4 It turns out that Mitt Romney is a believer in the theory of man-made global warming. In fact, Al Gore recently praised on Mitt Romney on his blog. In a post entitled "Good for Mitt Romney -- though we've long passed the point where weak lip-service is enough on the Climate Crisis", Al Gore lavished the following praise on the former Massachusetts governor.... "While other Republicans are running from the truth, he is sticking to his guns in the face of the anti-science wing of the Republican Party"
Not only that, it is also very important to remember that while Mitt Romney was governor, Massachusetts became the very first state to pass a law to regulate carbon emissions.

#5 If Mitt Romney becomes president, we may actually have "cap and trade" shoved down our throats. While campaigning for president in 2007, Mitt Romney said that he would support a "cap and trade" carbon tax scheme for the entire world....

“I support Cap-and-Trade on a global basis but not the USA going alone. I want to do it with other nations involved and on a global scale.”
#6 Mitt Romney had a horrible record of creating jobs while governor of Massachusetts. According to Boston Herald business reporter Bret Arends, only one state in the entire country was worse at creating jobs while Romney was in office....

“During the four years Mitt Romney was governor of Massachusetts, it had the second worst jobs record of any state in America…it wasn’t a regional issue. The rest of New England created nearly 200,000 jobs.”
#7 Mitt Romney was a very enthusiastic supporter of the Wall Street bailouts. When the time comes for more Wall Street bailouts it seems almost certain that Mitt Romney will bail them out again.

#8 If Romney becomes president, get ready for a flood of liberal judges. While he was governor of Massachusetts, there were actually significantly more Democrats among his judicial appointments than there were Republicans.

#9 Mitt Romney is incredibly soft on illegal immigration. Back in 2007, Mitt Romney made the following statement....

“But my view is that those 12 million who've come here illegally should be given the opportunity to sign up to stay here” Mitt and Joe are both Republicans The Republican Symbol is: Barack Obama is the current president of the United States. He is also the first black president. His Vice President is Joe Biden. The current Vice President is Joe Biden. President Obama's competitor is Mitt Romney. Mitt Romney was formerly the governor of Massachusetts. Mitt Romney's running mate (the person who will be vice president if he wins) is Paul Ryan. This means restoring our credibility with Iran. When we say an Iranian nuclear-weapons capability—and the regional instability that comes with it—is unacceptable, the ayatollahs must be made to believe us.

It means placing no daylight between the United States and Israel. And it means using the full spectrum of our soft power to encourage liberty and opportunity for those who have for too long known only corruption and oppression. The dignity of work and the ability to steer the course of their lives are the best alternatives to extremism.

But this Middle East policy will be undermined unless we restore the three sinews of our influence: our economic strength, our military strength and the strength of our values. That will require a very different set of policies from those President Obama is pursuing.

The 20th century became an American Century because we were steadfast in defense of freedom. We made the painful sacrifices necessary to defeat totalitarianism in all of its guises. To defend ourselves and our allies, we paid the price in treasure and in soldiers who never came home.

Our challenges are different now, but if the 21st century is to be another American Century, we need leaders who understand that keeping the peace requires American strength in all of its dimensions.



Ryan: 'It's Not Too Late To Get This Right'

September 29, 2012



Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the Republican vice presidential nominee, told supporters in Derry, N.H., on Saturday that they face an enormous responsibility and an enormous opportunity on Election Day.




America Needs A Jobs Plan Based On Private-Sector Realities

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Romney: I'll Deliver Recovery, Not Dependency

September 19, 2012



Since our founding, America has promoted personal responsibility, the dignity of work and the value of education. Those values made our nation the hope of the earth and our economy the envy of the world.




Romney Campaign Ad: Obama Is Bad For Women

September 18, 2012



GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney is trying to close the gender gap with a new television ad that claims President Obama’s policies are bad for women.

The ad, entitled “Dear Daughter,” shows a mother holding her infant daughter, as a voiceover proclaims, “Obama’s policies are making it harder on women.” The narrator says the poverty rate for women is the highest in 17 years, and more than 5.5 million women are unemployed.




Paul Ryan Says Fed Bailing Out Obama

September 17, 2012



As the Federal Reserve pumps billions of dollars into the economy with the hope of stimulating job creation, Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan said that the Fed is bailing out President Obama “at the expense of monetary policy.” The disappointing August unemployment report brought yet another round of bad news about the Obama economy. It revealed that the country added only 96,000 jobs last month -- not even enough to keep up with population growth -- and that 261,000 jobs have been lost since President Barack Obama took office. With 23 million Americans still struggling for work, it's clear there is a stunning shortage of jobs in the Obama economy.


At the same time, the Institute for a Competitive Workforce reports that millions of jobs remain vacant because of a persistent skills gap, meaning American workers don't have the necessary skills to fill them.

These vacant jobs represent a huge missed opportunity, in terms of addressing our nation's unemployment problem. Unfortunately, President Obama has tackled our nation's skills gap the same way he tackles all problems: with expensive government programs that fail to yield the results we need.

In 2009, the federal government poured $18 billion into 47 employment and job-training programs that spanned nine federal agencies. Of those retraining programs, 44 overlapped with at least one other program, and the little partner with the private sector to develop job-training programs that actually meet the demand in the employment market -- and, ultimately, get Americans working again.

In the last four years, our country has relied on government to create jobs and stimulate economic growth. It simply hasn't worked. The true engine of growth in our nation is not government; it's the ingenuity of the American people. And if we work together to leverage that which made the United States prosperous, then we can restore our country's economic strength and deliver the results Americans expect and deserve: jobs.



Romney Emphasizes Work To Solve Middle East Turmoil

September 25, 2012



In a speech focused on the volatility in the Middle East, Mitt Romney said the answer to political and social unrest is employment.
"Work. That must be at the heart of our effort to help people build economies that can create jobs for people, young and old alike," Romney said

Tuesday at the Clinton Global Initiative conference in New York City. "Work. That must be at the heart of our effort to help people build economies that can create jobs for people, young and old alike," Romney said Tuesday at the Clinton Global Initiative conference in New York City.
September 25, 2012



In a speech focused on the volatility in the Middle East, Mitt Romney said the answer to political and social unrest is employment.
"Work. That must be at the heart of our effort to help people build economies that can create jobs for people, young and old alike," Romney said

Tuesday at the Clinton Global Initiative conference in New York City. "Work. That must be at the heart of our effort to help people build economies that can create jobs for people, young and old alike," Romney said Tuesday at the Clinton Global Initiative conference in New York City. From Thinkright.com
After weeks of refusals and equivocation, Mitt Romney finally released his tax returns last night to a handful of media outlets, showing that he made $21.7 million in 2010 and $20.9 million last year. He only actually released one year of returns, 2010, and his estimated return for 2011, even though many have called on him to follow the precedent set by his father and release many more years of returns.

Nonetheless, there is much to learn from the astonishing 550 pages of returns Romney released:


1. Romney paid a lower tax rate than many middle-class Americans: Romney’s returns reveal that he paid an effective tax rate of 13.9 percent, lower even than the low rate of 15 percent he estimated he paid last week. While this is far less than what many middle-class Americans pay, it’s also well below what wealthy people pay. The average effective tax rate for someone in Romney’s income bracket is 25 percent.

2. Romney makes more in a day than the average American makes in a year, and becomes a 1 percenter every week: As Bloomberg News notes, “In 2008, according to the IRS, the median adjusted gross income was $33,048, which Romney made in less than a day. Reaching the top 1 percent of taxpayers required $380,354 in adjusted gross income, about Romney’s earnings in a week.”

3. Romney paid almost nothing in payroll taxes: Romney contributed just .1 percent of his income to Social Security and Medicare in 2010 via the payroll tax because the tax is only assessed on earned wages, but all of Romney’s income came from investments. Most working Americans pay 7.65 percent.

4. Romney has accounts in countries notorious for tax dodging: By now, it’s well known by now that Romney invests in funds based in the Cayman Islands, but Romney’s returns were “crammed with information about foreign holdings” and reveal that he held accounts in Switzerland and Luxembourg, countries famous for hiding money thanks their low taxes and strict banking secrecy laws. Aides said he closed his Swiss account in 2010 because it might have been “politically embarrassing.”

5. Romney and Gingrich’s tax plans would slash Romney’s taxes: Romney already pays less than many middle class Americans, but under his proposed tax plan, his rates would be slashed in half. Meanwhile, under challenger Newt Gingrich’s plan, Romney would pay almost nothing, since Gingrich has proposed cutting the capital gains tax rate to zero and Romney earns almost all of his money from investments.

6. Romney needs four lawyers, including the former IRS commissioner to defend his tax plan: Romney’s campaign held a conference call with reporters this morning to defend and explain his tax returns, and apparently felt the need to have former IRS Commissioner Fred Goldberg, along with three other top lawyers and his campaign communications director to explain the returns. At one point, the call had to be interrupted so officials could confer with mega accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. The End Pros and Cons Barack Obama Pros

1.Barack is the first black president, he broke past the color boundary
2.He's a likeable person. When people meet with Obama, they always talk about how nice he is.
3. While he was president, Osama Bin Laden was killed.
4. Obama has successfully withdrawn forces from Iraq.
5. He has a healthcare plan that will provide aid for millions of people. He was the former governor of Massachusetts Pros of Barack Obama 1. He is the first black president. He broke through the color barriers.
2. He is a very likeable person. Everybody who has met him talks about how nice he is.
3. He has removed troops from Afghanistan and ended the war in Iraq.
4. Osama Bin Laden was killed while he was in office
5. He has a health care plan that will help millions. Cons:

1. The health care plan could put the United States into even more debt.
2.The health plan may not work at all.
3. It is said that Barack was raised in an extremely racist church, and may be a racist himself.
4. His vice president, Joe Biden, has said that he really didn't want the job.
5. Barack is too young and inexperienced for the job. Pros and Cons for Barack Obama Pros:

1. He is the first black president. He broke the color barrier.
2. He has a health care plan that could help Americans.
3. He ended the Iraq war and has started sending troops from Afhanistan home.
4. While he was president, Osama Bin Laden was killed.
5. He is a very good speaker.
6.He is an expert at fundraising. Cons:
1. He was raised in a racist community and attended a racist church.
2. He is inexperienced and may be too young to handle the job.
3. His health care plan might fail and put America in debt.
4. He wants to eventually take away the right to own a gun, which makes gun owners and hunters mad.
5. U.S. debt has increased in the past 4 years. Cons Pros and Cons for Mitt Romney Mitt Romney Pros

1. He is experienced. He is 65, and Obama is only 50
2. His main focus is creating jobs for Americans.
3. Romney wants to stop pollution.
4. He wants to stop America using oil. He wants to use other energy types, such as solar or wind
5. He has shown himself to be a good debater. Pros and Cons for Mitt Romney 1. Mitt Romney has said that he likes firing people and doesn't really care about his workers.
2. Mitt Romney is very wealthy and lives 12 million dollar home. He doesn't pay any taxes.
3. Romney believes in torturing prisoners.
4. Romney does not want to cut a lot of money to pay off our debt.
5. Romney wants to sign unconstitutional laws. Cons Obama is Pro-Choice.

He voted against the Born Alive Infants Protection Act. He was the only state senator to speak against this law on the floor of the Illinois Senate. He was of the opinion that the law as written could be interpreted loosely to ban all abortions.

Voted "no" on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion

Sponsored a bill providing contraceptives at taxpayers expense.

Signed a bill to make sure that U.S. funds will be available for abortion in other countries.


Answer

Obama is Pro-choice. Pro-choice does NOT mean pro-abortion; it means the decision whether to continue a pregnancy should be made by the woman, not by the government. Obama's voting record clearly indicates he believes the government should not be involved in regulating women's reproductive choices. That doesn't mean he thinks abortion is a good idea.
choice Abortion Barack Obama: Mitt Romney Pro-Life

Romney previously supported a woman’s right to decide, but he is now adamantly opposed to abortions, unless it involves cases of rape, incest or if the mother’s life is in mortal danger.

During the 1994 Massachusetts senatorial debate against the incumbent Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Romney explained that he does not belief in imposing his personal beliefs unto others, and that, as a result of the death of a relative from an illegal abortion issue, his family has supported Roe V. Wade since 1970, and the right of a woman to choose. In 2007, Gov. Romney subsequently explained in an interview with USA TODAY that he no longer feels the same about the issue, and cites his earlier position as wrong. Paul Ryan is currently serving his 7th term as a Member of Congress. Joe Biden was a Senator for Delaware before he was elected Vice President Voted "no" on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion

Sponsored a bill providing contraceptives at taxpayers expense.

Signed a bill to make sure that U.S. funds will be available for abortion in other countries.


Answer

Obama is Pro-choice. Pro-choice does NOT mean pro-abortion; it means the decision whether to continue a pregnancy should be made by the woman, not by the government. Obama's voting record clearly indicates he believes the government should not be involved in regulating women's reproductive choices. That doesn't mean he thinks abortion is a good idea.
choicebortion Barack Obama supports abortion at all times.
Mitt Romney only supports abortion when a woman is raped, incest or the mother's life is in danger. Jobs Mitt Romney 1.Taking full advantage of oil, coal, natural gas, nuclear and renewables will create about four million jobs by itself.
2.Trade. The opportunity to add more trade, particularly in Latin America, where there's a natural advantage in time zone and language for us.
3.We have to make sure that our people have the skills to succeed. I want to get our training programs to do that
4.We've got to get America on track to a balanced budget.
5.We have to have a pro-small business agenda. Taxes, regulations, health care, all those things encouraging small business. I want to have an administration that's focused on getting small business growing again. Barack Obama President Obama refused to let the American auto industry die. He took a chance on Americans, and it paid off. More than 1 million jobs were saved, the U.S. auto industry is roaring back and adding jobs and all government loans were paid back ahead of time. President Obama has a plan to bring jobs back to the U.S. by eliminating tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas, and creating incentives for businesses to bring jobs back to America. President Obama passed Wall Street reform to make sure that Americans would never again have to pay to bail out big banks. In conclusion:
Barack Obama wants to bring jobs back to the U.S., increase manufacturing and exports and rebuild America from the ground up.
Mitt Romney wants to promote free enterprise, retrain American workers, and attract/retain the greatest minds in the world to work in America. The War Barack Obama The people who are having the hard time right now are middle-income Americans. Under the president's policies, middle-income Americans have been buried. They're just being crushed. Middle-income Americans have seen their income come down by $4,300. This is a tax in and of itself. I'll call it the economy tax. It's been crushing.
At the same time, gasoline prices have doubled under the president. Electric rates are up. Food prices are up. Health care costs have gone up by $2,500 a family. Middle-income families are being crushed.

And so the question is how to get them going again. And I've described it. It's energy and trade, the right kind of training programs, balancing our budget and helping small business. Those are the cornerstones of my plan.

And finally, with regards to that tax cut, look, I'm not looking to cut massive taxes and to reduce the revenues going to the government. Barack Obama and Joe Biden have a plan to revitalize the economy.
1.Immediate Action to Create Good Jobs in America
2.Immediate Relief for Struggling Families
3.Direct, Immediate Assistance for Homeowners, Not a Bailout for Irresponsible Mortgage Lenders
4.A Rapid, Aggressive Response to Our Financial Crisis, Using All the Tools We Have In conclusion:•$1,000 Tax Cut for Middle Class American Families
Obama and Biden will cut income taxes by $1,000 for working families, because the economy needs to be revitalized from the bottom up, not top down. Read more.


•Energy Rebates
Obama and Biden will enact a windfall profits tax on excessive oil company profits to give American families an immediate $1,000 emergency energy rebate to help families pay rising bills. Read more.


•Create Jobs through Fair Trade
Obama and Biden believe that trade with foreign nations should create American jobs, not send them overseas. They will stand firm against agreements that undermine our economic security. Read more.


•Create 5 Million Green Jobs
Obama and Biden believe that we should invest in innovation and manufacturing jobs in the growing clean energy market, freeing us from our dependence on foreign oil within a decade and creating 5 million green jobs. Read more.


•New Jobs Through National Infrastructure Investment
Obama and Biden believe that rebuilding our highways, bridges, roads, ports, air, and train systems will create jobs, ensure safety, and bolster our long-term competitiveness. Read more.


•Technology, Innovation and Creating Jobs
Obama and Biden will increase federal support for research, technology and innovation for companies and universities so that American workers can lead the world in cutting edge jobs and products. Read more.


•Support Small Business
Obama and Biden will level the playing field for small business by eliminating all capital gains taxes on start-up and small businesses. Read more.


•Labor
Obama and Biden will strengthen the ability of workers to organize for good wages, healthcare, and secure pensions. Obama and Biden will fight for passage of the Employee Free Choice Act.
Obama and Biden will ensure that labor appointees support workers' rights and will work to ban the permanent replacement of striking workers. Obama and Biden will also increase the minimum wage and make sure it remains a real wage year over year. Read more.



•Protect Homeownership and Crack Down on Mortgage Fraud
Obama and Biden will crack down on fraudulent brokers and lenders. They will make sure homebuyers have honest and complete information about their mortgage options, and they will give a tax credit to all middle-class homeowners. Read more.


•Address Predatory Credit Card Practices
Obama and Biden will establish a five-star rating system so that every consumer knows the risk involved in credit card borrowing.
They will establish a Credit Card Bill of Rights to stop credit card companies from exploiting consumers with unfair practices. Read more.



•Reform Bankruptcy Laws
Obama and Biden will reform our bankruptcy laws to protect working people, to ban executive bonuses for bankrupt companies, and to require disclosure of all pension investments. Read more.


•Work/Family Balance
Obama and Biden will help working families by doubling funding for after-school programs, expanding the Family Medical Leave Act. They will provide low-income families with a refundable tax credit to help with their child-care expenses, and encourage flexible work schedules. Read more.
Also read :
Barack Obama •$1,000 Tax Cut for Middle Class American Families
Obama and Biden will cut income taxes by $1,000 for working families, because the economy needs to be revitalized from the bottom up, not top down. Read more.


•Energy Rebates
Obama and Biden will enact a windfall profits tax on excessive oil company profits to give American families an immediate $1,000 emergency energy rebate to help families pay rising bills. Read more.


•Create Jobs through Fair Trade
Obama and Biden believe that trade with foreign nations should create American jobs, not send them overseas. They will stand firm against agreements that undermine our economic security. Read more.


•Create 5 Million Green Jobs
Obama and Biden believe that we should invest in innovation and manufacturing jobs in the growing clean energy market, freeing us from our dependence on foreign oil within a decade and creating 5 million green jobs. Read more.


•New Jobs Through National Infrastructure Investment
Obama and Biden believe that rebuilding our highways, bridges, roads, ports, air, and train systems will create jobs, ensure safety, and bolster our long-term competitiveness. Read more.


•Technology, Innovation and Creating Jobs
Obama and Biden will increase federal support for research, technology and innovation for companies and universities so that American workers can lead the world in cutting edge jobs and products. Read more.


•Support Small Business
Obama and Biden will level the playing field for small business by eliminating all capital gains taxes on start-up and small businesses. Read more.


•Labor
Obama and Biden will strengthen the ability of workers to organize for good wages, healthcare, and secure pensions. Obama and Biden will fight for passage of the Employee Free Choice Act.
Obama and Biden will ensure that labor appointees support workers' rights and will work to ban the permanent replacement of striking workers. Obama and Biden will also increase the minimum wage and make sure it remains a real wage year over year. Read more.



•Protect Homeownership and Crack Down on Mortgage Fraud
Obama and Biden will crack down on fraudulent brokers and lenders. They will make sure homebuyers have honest and complete information about their mortgage options, and they will give a tax credit to all middle-class homeowners. Read more.


•Address Predatory Credit Card Practices
Obama and Biden will establish a five-star rating system so that every consumer knows the risk involved in credit card borrowing.
They will establish a Credit Card Bill of Rights to stop credit card companies from exploiting consumers with unfair practices. Read more.



•Reform Bankruptcy Laws
Obama and Biden will reform our bankruptcy laws to protect working people, to ban executive bonuses for bankrupt companies, and to require disclosure of all pension investments. Read more.


•Work/Family Balance
Obama and Biden will help working families by doubling funding for after-school programs, expanding the Family Medical Leave Act. They will provide low-income families with a refundable tax credit to help with their child-care expenses, and encourage flexible work schedules. Read more.
Also read :•Technology, Innovation and Creating Jobs
Obama and Biden will increase federal support for research, technology and innovation for companies and universities so that American workers can lead the world in cutting edge jobs and products. Read more.


•Support Small Business
Obama and Biden will level the playing field for small business by eliminating all capital gains taxes on start-up and small businesses. Read more.


•Labor
Obama and Biden will strengthen the ability of workers to organize for good wages, healthcare, and secure pensions. Obama and Biden will fight for passage of the Employee Free Choice Act.
Obama and Biden will ensure that labor appointees support workers' rights and will work to ban the permanent replacement of striking workers. Obama and Biden will also increase the minimum wage and make sure it remains a real wage year over year. Read more.



•Protect Homeownership and Crack Down on Mortgage Fraud
Obama and Biden will crack down on fraudulent brokers and lenders. They will make sure homebuyers have honest and complete information about their mortgage options, and they will give a tax credit to all middle-class homeowners. Read more.


•Address Predatory Credit Card Practices
Obama and Biden will establish a five-star rating system so that every consumer knows the risk involved in credit card borrowing.
They will establish a Credit Card Bill of Rights to stop credit card companies from exploiting consumers with unfair practices. Read more.



•Reform Bankruptcy Laws
Obama and Biden will reform our bankruptcy laws to protect working people, to ban executive bonuses for bankrupt companies, and to require disclosure of all pension investments. Read more.


•Work/Family Balance
Obama and Biden will help working families by doubling funding for after-school programs, expanding the Family Medical Leave Act. They will provide low-income families with a refundable tax credit to help with their child-care expenses, and encourage flexible work schedules. Read more.
Also read : •$1,000 Tax Cut for Middle Class American Families
Obama and Biden will cut income taxes by $1,000 for working families, because the economy needs to be revitalized from the bottom up, not top down. Read more.


•Energy Rebates
Obama and Biden will enact a windfall profits tax on excessive oil company profits to give American families an immediate $1,000 emergency energy rebate to help families pay rising bills. Read more.


•Create Jobs through Fair Trade
Obama and Biden believe that trade with foreign nations should create American jobs, not send them overseas. They will stand firm against agreements that undermine our economic security. Read more. •Create 5 Million Green Jobs
Obama and Biden believe that we should invest in innovation and manufacturing jobs in the growing clean energy market, freeing us from our dependence on foreign oil within a decade and creating 5 million green jobs. Read more.


•New Jobs Through National Infrastructure Investment
Obama and Biden believe that rebuilding our highways, bridges, roads, ports, air, and train systems will create jobs, ensure safety, and bolster our long-term competitiveness. Read more.


•Technology, Innovation and Creating Jobs
Obama and Biden will increase federal support for research, technology and innovation for companies and universities so that American workers can lead the world in cutting edge jobs and products. Read more.


•Support Small Business
Obama and Biden will level the playing field for small business by eliminating all capital gains taxes on start-up and small businesses. Read more. •Labor
Obama and Biden will strengthen the ability of workers to organize for good wages, healthcare, and secure pensions. Obama and Biden will fight for passage of the Employee Free Choice Act.
Obama and Biden will ensure that labor appointees support workers' rights and will work to ban the permanent replacement of striking workers. Obama and Biden will also increase the minimum wage and make sure it remains a real wage year over year. Read more.



•Protect Homeownership and Crack Down on Mortgage Fraud
Obama and Biden will crack down on fraudulent brokers and lenders. They will make sure homebuyers have honest and complete information about their mortgage options, and they will give a tax credit to all middle-class homeowners. Read more.


•Address Predatory Credit Card Practices
Obama and Biden will establish a five-star rating system so that every consumer knows the risk involved in credit card borrowing.
They will establish a Credit Card Bill of Rights to stop credit card companies from exploiting consumers with unfair practices. Read more.



•Reform Bankruptcy Laws
Obama and Biden will reform our bankruptcy laws to protect working people, to ban executive bonuses for bankrupt companies, and to require disclosure of all pension investments. Read more. Work/Family Balance
Obama and Biden will help working families by doubling funding for after-school programs, expanding the Family Medical Leave Act. They will provide low-income families with a refundable tax credit to help with their child-care expenses, and encourage flexible work schedules. Read more. Mitt Romney Four years ago, I promised to end the war in Iraq. We did. I promised to refocus on the terrorists who actually attacked us on 9/11. And we have. We've blunted the Taliban's momentum in Afghanistan, and in 2014, our longest war will be over.
A new tower rises above the New York skyline, Al Qaeda is on the path to defeat, and Osama Bin Laden is dead.

Source: 2012 Democratic National Convention speech , Sep 6, 2012

All but one advisor cautioned against Osama bin Laden strike
Biden dished up some of the confidential details of how the decision was made to go after Bin Laden in Pakistan. Obama had to make the toughest call of his presidency based on the moon. Would there be too much moonlight that night for the brazen secret operation--the kind that went wrong and marred Jimmy Carter's presidency?
"The president, he went around the table with all the senior people, and he said, 'What is your opinion?' " Biden recounted. "Leon Panetta said go. Everyone else said, 49-51. He got to me. And I said, 'I didn't know we had so many economists around the table.'

Biden is so eager to show how bold and cool Obama was in that teeth-rattling moment that he relishes admitting he gave cautious advice that was ignored. "He knew what was at stake," Biden said. "Not just the lives of those brave warriors, but literally the presidency. And he pulled the trigger." The vice president concluded triumphantly: "This guy doesn't lead from behind. He just leads." Mitt Romney Well, we want to bring our troops home as soon as we possibly can. The commanders are saying they think 2014 is a better date. If I'm president, I will inform myself based upon the experience of the people on the ground that are leading our effort there. I want to make sure that we hand off the responsibility to an Afghan security force that is capable of maintaining the sovereignty of their nation from the Taliban. I don't want to do something that would put in jeopardy the hard earned success which we've had there. And I would bring our troops home as soon as we possibly can, of course, based upon my own experience there, informing myself of what's happening there and listening to the commanders on the ground.

HUNTSMAN: We also deferred to the commanders on the ground in about 1967, during the Vietnam War, and we didn't get very good advice then.

Source: WMUR 2012 GOP New Hampshire debate , Jan 7, 2012

We should withdraw from Afghanistan after 2012
Q: In June 2009 you said America should "nurture democracy and human rights all over the world," and that made America, "the hope of the earth." Yet last debate about Afghanistan you said, "we've learned that our troops shouldn't go off and try to fight war of independence for another nation." Have your views changed?
A: No, I have the same view. We have helped the people of Afghanistan establish freedom from the Taliban. But now we are at a point where they are going to have to earn and keep that freedom themselves. This is not something we are going to do forever. We've been there 10 years. We've been training the Afghan troops. It's time for the troops of Afghanistan to take on that responsibility according to the time table established by the generals in the field. And those generals recommended to President Obama that we should not start drawing our troops down until after the fighting season in 2012. He took a political decision to draw them down faster than that. That is wrong. In conclusion:
Barack Obama wants to bring t In conclusion
Barack Obama wants to move troops in to the war quickly, and try to end it fast. His goal is to remove troops from Afghanistan by 2014. He is not very concerned about nuclear weapons, but he has warned other countries that if they invent them, he will attack.
Mitt Romney wants to do the same thing, but if he hears anything about nuclear weapons, he will attack immediately. Before he was elected president, he was a U.S. senator for Illinois. But....
Barack's abortion But....
On Barack's plan, people argue that all babies have to have a chance at life.
On Mitt's plan, young adults believe that by not allowing abortion, their rights are being restricted. But... But...
People argue that Mitt Romney's plan will bring in too many foreign workers and will not give Americans jobs.
People have also said that Barack Obama's plan is just to cut taxes which he has already done and not created new jobs. But...
Barack Obama's plan Summary
Mitt Romney's plan is to bring troops back as fast as he can.
Barack Obama wants to let the troops stay longer and defeat Afghan forces. But...
Mitt's plan to bring troops back quickly may give the Afhan army an opening to make another attack like 9/11.
Obama's plan will keep pressure on the Afghan army, but it won't bring the troops home until the war is over, which will be at least a year away. More troops could also be killed. Mitt's five steps End The End
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