Election Day is tomorrow.
Much has been said in this space about Governor Romney and the reasons he doesn’t deserve our vote. Little has been said about the reasons President Obama does. The thought has been that the President’s virtues are as obvious as are Governor Romney’s defects. The President’s record should, indeed, be obvious. It has been played out in public over the past four years, though the Romney campaign has sought to obscure and obfuscate the simplest parts of it.
We believe President Barack Obama should be re-elected. Thought the reasons are self-evident to us, perhaps they are not so to others. So we will state our reasons for supporting him.
When President Obama came into office in 2009, these are the conditions that greeted him. The economy was in free-fall into the Great Recession. The banking system had all but collapsed. The automotive industry was on the verge of bankruptcy and liquidation…and many in this country, including the current presidential nominee of the Republican Party, believed it should be allowed to fail. We were shedding hundreds of thousands of jobs each month…more than 700,000 in the month after the President’s inauguration alone.
What has happened since then?
Even before his election, Mr. Obama’s support of the Troubled Asset Relief Program was key to its passage and the rescue of the banking system.
His rescue of the auto industry saved General Motors and Chrysler from destruction and saved the jobs of more than 1,000,000 workers.
The stimulus program, passed in that darkest month, arrested the economy’s free-fall and set the country’s feet on the road to recovery. It has not been fast enough…and the President has been the first to say so…but anyone who says the economy isn’t recovering, indeed, who claim that the President “made it worse” is simply lying. There have been thirty-three straight months of jobs growth. That is an accomplishment, not a failure.
Every President in the last hundred years has attempted to enact a program of universal health care. Every President failed until President Barack Obama succeeded. Some may call it, derisively, Obamacare. Regardless of what it’s called, it will cover some 35 million people who do not currently have insurance.
In foreign policy, the President has restored U.S. prestige abroad after it had been so damaged by the Bush administration’s cowboy tactics in launching the war in Iraq. While maintaining our strong support for Israel, he has built new bridges in our relations with the Arab world…and, along the way, participated in the toppling of two dictators of Middle East countries. And, lest it be forgotten or denigrated, he ordered the mission that killed Osama bin Laden.
But more important than all these things is the difference in the vision of the future between the two candidates. Governor Romney, as have all his predecessors on the Republican side, see a top down future, tax breaks for the very rich that will, somehow, trickle down to the rest of us. The President sees a future built on the middle class, which takes care of and raises up the poor. To Governor Romney, the future belongs to the wealthy. To President Obama, the future belongs to all of us.
For President this space strongly urges a vote for Barack Obama.