Here is my list of the Top Six Reasons Why We Should Re-elect President Obama on November 6, 2012:
1. Auto industry: President Barack Obama rescued the auto industry and saved thousands of jobs. Contrary to what the Romney campaign would have you believe, he didn’t force GM and Chrysler into bankruptcy, nor is Chrysler outsourcing Jeep jobs to China. Further, the U.S. auto industry has added nearly a quarter million jobs since June 2009.
2. Education: President Obama’s education initiatives have succeeded. He doubled funding for Pell Grants, which helped to make college more affordable for nearly 10 million families. Further, his student loan reform eliminated billions in subsidies for banks, or middle men, and reinvested those savings directly to students. Lastly, the Race to the Top Initiative helped nearly every state raise academic standards. His commitment to education is second to none.
3. Economy: President Obama has signed 18 tax cuts for small businesses since taking office, though Mitt Romney and his sidekick Paul Ryan, would have you believe he’s out to get small businesses. Additionally, President Obama’s tax cuts, social-welfare programs, and economic policies lifted over six million Americans above the federal poverty line in 2010. He fought for and won middle-class tax cuts for that saved the typical family $3,600 in taxes over the last four years. Further, he fought for Wall Street reform that led to the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a federal agency charged with focusing solely on consumer financial protection. That was a first in the nation.
4. Obamacare — yes, which is child of Romneycare, made it possible for over three million more young adults have health insurance today. Insurance discrimination against the approximate 129 million Americans with pre-existing conditions, came to a screeching halt under Obamacare. Instead of dismissing the uninsured to get medical attention at emergency rooms as his opponent suggests, he fought to help those uninsured get coverage via his landmark legislation.
5. National Security: President Obama kept us safe, ended the war in Iraq and will bring the Afghanistan war to an end in 2014. He oversaw the assassination of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden and killed many al Qaeda and Taliban leaders. He sent the largest security assistance package to Israel in history and funded the Iron Dome system, which is protecting Israeli homes and schools from rocket attacks. Though Israeli Prime Minister would rather take sides with his buddy Mitt Romney. President Obama also rallied the international community to impose the toughest sanctions on Iran to-date. He didn’t go it unilaterally, as Mr. Cold War Mitt Romney wants to do. He He fought hard and won the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” allowing gay and lesbian members of the military to serve openly for the first time in history.
6. Immigration: When Congress failed to act on a comprehensive overhaul of the immigration system, he signed an executive order that halted deportation of young immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.
Mitt Romney, on the other hand, has a history we can’t quite verify completely. He refuses to show us his tax returns, he stashed much of his money in off-shore bank accounts, refuses to say exactly how he created jobs during his tenure at Bain Capital and was largely M.I.A. as governor of Massachusetts, where he took a lot of vacation time. His track record on disaster management is abysmal. His track record on bipartisanship depends on who you ask and he is all over the place where the issues are concerning, tailoring his message according to the audience he’s addressing. He has sunk to a new low by shamelessly and with a straight face claiming Chrysler is outsourcing jobs to China.
We don’t need someone as president whose mental health is a cause for concern, as Ann Romney said of her husband. That little side-show he put on yesterday that was supposed to be a storm relief event, turned out to be a glorified campaign event with photo ops for the candidate and his sidekick Paul Ryan. He was mum on his stance on FEMA, though he changed positions today saying he will make sure the agency has all the funds it needs. Um, didn’t he say he would get rid of FEMA since it wasn’t fair to burden our kids with these types of expenditures? Just the mere thought of how this man changes positions like one changes lanes on the freeway, that’s enough for me to say, um, no, not my vote. Full disclosure: I already voted for President Obama in early voting in my state.
President Obama and NJ Gov. Chris Christie Bipartisanship: