President of the United States… It’s probably the most difficult job in the world, and the opportunity to elect one only comes about once every four years. In reality, there might be a handful of people with the right kind of experience, education and qualifications to run the country, though less than half of those have the right vision to run it effectively.
On November 6, 2012, America, once again, has a choice between two national leaders, both with distinct, yet opposite views regarding the direction of this country.
Will it be Romney or Obama?
We, as Americans, value the POTUS as the leader of the free world, top to bottom. Yet, with such distinct differences in opinions between the two men, they both cannot be right. As the President, the game is always changing, your situations are always changing, and your favorability is always changing. Just to rise above the obstacles and focus on what’s best for the country, not what is politically expedient, is always the goal.
With the last four years seeing virtually no improvement, is it any wonder that America is considering, yet again, a new direction? Though some have yet to make a decision, the fact that so many are looking in a different direction than the past four years, is telling.
When he ran for President in 2008, candidate Barack Obama did not have a record to run on. His political career was on the short, but fast, track with more time spent campaigning for the next job, than focusing on what he was elected to do.
His work habits certainly carried over.
For the past four years, Obama spent more time campaigning for reelection, appearing on talk shows and interviewing with the MSM, than focusing on the job America elected him to do. With Democrats controlling both the House and the Senate, Obama could have passed virtually anything he wanted, public opinion be damned, just as he did with Obamacare, despite an overwhelming percentage of Americans opposing it.
If he had had the right vision for America, Obama could have put it into full effect during his first two years. He chose not to. He could have cut the deficit in half, instead he doubled it. He said unemployment would be at 5.4%, but fell 9 million jobs short of that promise. Middle income families’ income is down over $4,000 per family. He could have cut entitlement programs by putting Americans back to work, instead, food stamp recipients increased from 32 million to 47 million.
The past two years of his presidency saw similar results. For a man with an agenda like Obama’s, it’s been a bit of a challenge to pass legislation based on a socialist philosophy, in a country that despises it. But with the help of the likes of Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Barney Frank, President Obama has certainly managed to ram through a few of his prized policies.
Senator Obama’s record was absent, but President Obama’s record is clear. He has increased our national debt from $10 trillion to $16 trillion, lowered our credit rating, increased the deficit, weakened our defenses, raised taxes on the middle class, and failed to secure our borders. Yet, when asked about his accomplishments, he claims “I am proud of what I have done,” and promises to do more of the same in the next four years.
When asked to provide his plan for the future, Obama simply attacks the visions of Mitt Romney, or refers to his old plan as his new one. Even on the President’s campaign website, a large majority of the content is focused on attacking Mitt Romney, rather than focusing on his own vision. Nonetheless, his vision is clear. Obama seeks to expand government, raise taxes, cut defense, and increase entitlements. It is focused on the middle and upper class paying and providing for the lower class.
Like Bill Clinton, and Ronald Reagan before him, Mitt Romney vies for the Presidency with executive experience as a governor. Unlike candidate Obama, Mitt Romney has a record of experience successfully governing a state. Elected Governor of Massachusetts in 2002, Governor Romney inherited a large budget deficit, out of control spending, rising taxes, and a Democrat controlled legislature. The state of Massachusetts faced similar problems America faces today. Romney is tried and tested, and has proven he can handle the job.
Not to be deterred, and wasting no time, Romney dove right in. He worked with legislatures on both sides of the aisle, and put his constituents’ best interests first. By the end of his reign as Governor, Romney had turned a $3 billion deficit into a $2 billion dollar rainy day fund. He accomplished this without raising taxes or borrowing money. While adding tens of thousands of new jobs, Romney reduced the unemployment rate from 5.6% to 4.7%, primarily by helping small business grow.
Mitt Romney has a record, and also has a clear and distinct plan to put America on the right track. He understands that it is “hardworking Americans in the private sector who will achieve economic growth and job creation.” Where President Obama’s campaign website primarily focuses on attacking Romney, instead of running on his own record or a plan for the future; Romney takes a different approach. Romney’s campaign website is virtually void of negative attacks toward Obama. In fact, other than an accountability scorecard, Obama is rarely mentioned. Instead, Romney focuses on his 5-Point Plan: Energy Independence, Skills to Succeed, Trade that Works for America, Cut the Deficit, and Champion Small Business. According to Romney’s campaign site:
“Mitt Romney’s Plan for a Stronger Middle Class is a five-part proposal for turning around the economy and delivering more jobs and more take-home pay for American families…His plan will end the middle class squeeze of declining incomes and rising prices, bring back prosperity, and create 12 million jobs during his first term.”
Romney’s plan is clear. He will increase jobs, support small business, reduce unemployment, increase home values, reduce the deficit and increase family income, all designed to rapidly improve our economy. Regarding foreign matters, he will keep our military strong, not bow down to other nations, show “backbone” instead of too much flexibility, and improve relations with our allies.
Two men, two choices, two distinct, yet separate visions for America. Obama would continue to bring us bigger government, higher taxes, entitlement programs, and more apology tours. In stark contrast, Romney offers smaller government, lower taxes, lower unemployment, and backbone. Their visions… your choice…vote November 6, 2012.
America depends on it.
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