Why I'm Voting for Obama

Thoughts on the upcoming November election.

As the specter of the November election looms ever larger, the usual statistics juggling is in full force—witness both sides scurrying to find ways to spin job and other economic numbers.  Asides include Mitt’s recent overseas visits that left many with a big “huh?” Or, “Did he really say that?” (Romney is clearly out of his element in foreign affairs), and a president who has yet to find a way to lead the nation out of the malaise we’re now so mired in. So, who do I vote for? Romney (presumptive nominee)—the guy who believes corporations are “people?” The guy who lent his son 10 million dollars to start his own investment firm?  The guy who put in place for Massachusetts, the very health plan his party now decries? The guy offering no other tangible economic plans whatsoever? The guy who represents the party that was in power during the dismantling and tanking of our economy in the days of GWB? The guy who is trying to convince citizens to vote against their own economic interests while shielding his own economic prosperity from public scrutiny? 

I’m inclined to give Barack Obama a second term. Why? The 50 million without health insurance, the foiled retirement plans of people who’ve saved and trusted their whole lives that they would be able to live decently, the betrayal of so-called “free market” solutions have come to bear, the continual out-sourcing of American jobs to overseas businesses, and the scattered values of the GOP, i.e. tea partiers, right-wing evangelists, etc, have left me feeling that if I’m not part of their ideology, then I’m part of a new-to-be-disenfranchised minority. I believe in this nation. I believe that we all have a place and purpose in it. I believe that what unites us needs to be stronger than what divides us.   

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Hookerman August 14, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Snopes does not confirm that !!! Snopes simply confirms that the article is correctly attributed to the author Allyn Root. It was his opinion that Emanuel was referring to Obama’s presidency. Do you really not know that difference between an opinion piece and a factual article???
Denobin August 14, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Wow, Jersey was right, your reading comprehension skills are atrocious. Sorry that our schools failed you. The hypocrisy is all yours. Why is it ok for the religious to condemn the secular, no matter how moral, but not the other way around no matter how well deserved? The religious hide behind a false claim of moral high ground where none exists. I put no stock in Sowell, who is a former Marxist and now a free-market advocate who can't seem to figure out where he stands. Consider that is is you that is blinded by hate and intolerance. I feel sorry for you and hope that one day you see the truth untainted by whatever happened in your past to make you this bitter.
GiGi Richards August 14, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Thanks, Jersey, not to worry, of course I will cast my vote for President Obama. Notice Lotito failed to reply to my questionsHe can only regurgitate rightwing talking points and/or throw out nasty remarks. He's a rethugrobot and stuck in the primitive, white, straight, Christian thinking. He is a false patriot. I love Al Franken's recent quote (and I paraphrase here) but something to the effect that "Conservatives love America like a 4 year old loves their Mommy...but liberals love it(America) as a grownup and realized that it needs to change".
Denobin August 14, 2012 at 04:51 PM
The dog hunts just fine! There's no reason to stop blaming Bush. He clearly made decisions that helped put us in the mess we're in now; indefensible decisions, which is why you and other converatives want to disavow his presidency, but you can't. The next administration will most certainly lay blame on the previous one ad-infinitum. All the Tea Party has done is to polarize this nation and stop any progress. At least we now know who all the willfully ignorant bigots are, thank you very much. All a Romney presidency will serve to do is finally erase the middle class and set this country back 100 years. And that's a fact, just as much as any "fact" that you have stated.
Thomas Lotito August 14, 2012 at 04:52 PM
GiGi, did you ever think that you're not worth answering?
Thomas Lotito August 14, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Denobin, Wisdom, Righteousness and Truth Like a dog returning to his vomit you return with more group think and personal attacks because you are intellectually bankrupt and disingenuous...If the story is false, like you say, why then has Obama ran up more Debt than all other presidents combined and continually proposes more and more federal spending in the billions? A man with wisdom reads and listens to all sides of a debate before he goes shooting off his mouth like a fool just to hear himself. That's why foolishness is far more dangerous...
Thomas Lotito August 14, 2012 at 05:12 PM
A patriot loves his country for what it is, not what he can change it into. Those of you that want to change America into Obama's Marxist redistribution world view doesn't love America.
GiGi Richards August 14, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Very clearly, you DO answer my posts, Lotito, you just sidestep the questions because despite all the garbage and the embarassing things you spew, you can't give a straight answer that does not require you to copy and past something from a rightwing source or a pre-school age insult.
Hookerman August 14, 2012 at 06:52 PM
So you’re saying that the abolitionists of the 19th century, the suffragettes of the early 20th century, and the civil rights workers of the 50’s and 60’s weren’t patriots???
Thomas Lotito August 14, 2012 at 07:01 PM
GiGI, OK, what's your question?
Thomas Lotito August 14, 2012 at 07:02 PM
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Thomas Lotito August 14, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Obama acknowledges his healthcare bill is paid for with a one third cut from medicare. And Obama will veto any attempt to change it. http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/08/president-obama-in-2009-pledged-to-veto-attempts-to-undo-medicare-cuts/
GiGi Richards August 14, 2012 at 08:03 PM
My questions were already posted above. I am not going to re-type them and frankly, your response is not necessary or important. But it is curious to me that you seem to pick and choose the elements of conservatism and Christianity and capitalism that serve you best. But that seems to be the Republican way.
Thomas Lotito August 14, 2012 at 11:39 PM
David Stockman, a Republican establishment type, is factually wrong when he wrote, "Like his new boss, Mr. Ryan has no serious plan to create jobs." If you don't know anything About Romney and Ryan then learn this: Ryan and Romney do have a jobs creation plan, It's called unfettered capitalism. Both candidates are pro-growth anti regulation. Ryan supports the Keystone Pipeline, tax cuts, and the removal of burdensome regulations which will help businesses grow and create jobs. Ryan also supports America becoming energy independent. Just allowing the Keystone pipeline to be built will create Jobs and spur the economy...This NY Times piece is an attack on Ryan by the Republican establishment types because they are afraid of losing power to the conservative wing of the party....Meanwhile, Obama continues his attacks on the coal industry and the price of gas is going up, up, up sending the economy into a tail spin before the election!
Thomas Lotito August 15, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Kevin, I find it curious that your talking point, Romney/Ryan have no jobs plan is the same talking point the white house puts out through the news media. Romney, Ryan does have a jobs plan! But, you are so invested in Obama, you refuse to acknowledge that Romney's plan of energy independence, tax-cuts, the removal of burdensome regulations on businesses and ceding power back to the states will create jobs and turn the economy around....Go back to Huffington post and get some more left-wing talking point lies they publish straight from the white house...you're starting to sound like a drone...
Thomas Lotito August 15, 2012 at 03:55 AM
What jobs bill legislation has Obama gotten passed? And don't say the stimulus bll of 2008, because the money went to bail out foreign banks.. Obama is unable to work with the Republican Congress the way Clinton did. .Obama is an obstruction to the legislative process. This is why Obama is a lousy president Obama is a paper lion held together by the news media.You're living in a fantasy .If Obama created 4.5 million jobs again i ask you: why is unemployment 8.2%? You can't have it both ways Were back to square one. You ignored the Romney plan about tax cuts and energy and gave more White house spin, that' why I called you a DRONE.
Gadfly August 15, 2012 at 09:58 AM
This is among your most nonsensical posts yet. Every time Obama speaks, the congressional republicans collectively put their hands over their ears, stomp their feet, and shout,"LA LA LA LA....I CAN'T HEAR YOU....LA LA LA". Conservatives do not get to refuse to work with the President on anything, and then complain that he is unable to work with them. Fortunately the American people are smarter than that and their approval rating of the House reflects that.
Thomas Lotito August 15, 2012 at 01:20 PM
A feeble economy... Gadfly, you make it sound like there are no DemocRats in Congress.You need to remove your ideological glasses and be more objective. Spin it all you like, Obama is refusing to work with Republicans. Did you forget when Obama made those remarks about Republicans before the mid-term elections, "Republicans can come along for the ride, but they have to get in the back? "President Barack Obama attacked Republicans with gusto as he plunged into a final week of midterm election campaigning, but his party’s prognosis remained darkened by the feeble economy and his itinerary was designed largely to minimize losses. http://www.mediaite.com/tv/obama-to-gop-%E2%80%98they-can-come-for-the-ride-but-they-have-to-sit-in-back/
Thomas Lotito August 15, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Kevin, cut it out. The stimulus is a failure and that was in 2009. What is Obama's Obama's job plan today? More of the same failed big government top down spending? Or maybe we should call it the Tom Wicka plan, hate big business and impede, block any progress towards growth? Get REAL! You're smart enough to know it's the private sector that creates jobs, that why it's important for the Gov. to GET OUT OF THE WAY of private businesses. Romney's plan get's gov. OUT OF THE WAY! And will create jobs and grow the economy. And as far as an original thought goes just once I'd like to see you have one, you're starting to sound like Harlin Parker, who get's his talking points from MSNBC's left wing hosts....good day! Drone on!
Thomas Lotito August 15, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Kevin. you mean you understand the Obama stimulus plan of 2009 because you drank the Kool-aid? The stimulus is ideological and has FAILED, when are you going to WAKE UP? I'm a Milton Freidman, Jack Kemp, Arthur Laffer, Larry Kudlow, supply side beliver when it comes to economics. Spending your way to prosperity doesn't work. It's like standing in a bucket and trying lift your self up... I hope you're prepared to pay our bet? ha ha...
Thomas Lotito August 15, 2012 at 07:19 PM
WAKE UP! It's time to smell the coffee.... Former Obama campaign and co-chair Arthur Davis to stump for Romney.... http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/08/15/former-obama-campaign-co-chair-to-stump-for-romney/
Thomas Lotito August 15, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Economic recovery is weakest since World War II http://news.yahoo.com/economic-recovery-weakest-since-world-war-ii-152031546--finance.html
Hattori Hanzo August 23, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Apparently a hurricane is headed straight for the GOP convention in Tampa. If this is not a sign, that God, Earth, the Fates, (which ever you think controls the weather) or all three are not happy with the GOP then I don't know what is. This is great!
Jerry Gordon August 23, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Why would you think it's "great" that a hurricane could possibly wipe out a group of people you disagree with politically? By your own standards of political correctness isn't that a hate crime?
Hattori Hanzo August 23, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Jerry Gordon August 23, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Evil.The core values Joe Keys Democratic party.
Hattori Hanzo August 23, 2012 at 03:05 PM
The definition of hate crime: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hate_crime I am not a registered democrat, actually I am a registered republican, just another vote the GOP is counting on that they won't have. I prefer the Florida Keys over Joe Keys, whoever that is. You tasting my Sake Kimosabe?
Joseph Keyes August 23, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Jerry, my name is spelled K-e-y-e-s. My core values originate from my family, my parish, my community, and myself. There is no evil in me. After all of the link-cutting-and-pasting, after all the data have been cherry-picked and spun, it’s still up to me (and every other voter ) to decide what is real and what is not. I follow my instincts and they tell me that marching back to the past and turning over the reins of power to the same party that oversaw the mess we are now, is not a good thing. If there was an “evil” in play, it manifested itself on March 19th 2003. Hanzo, I don’t know where your coming from…you can vote for whatever you think your voting for. The Florida keys will remain in tact and the GOP will be better served with your vote, I’m sure.
Thomas Lotito September 09, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Hey Kevin, comprehend this: Assertions by Obama in his acceptance speech Thursday at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., and by Vice President Joe Biden in earlier remarks that did not match the facts. Fact Check: From the beginning of Obama’s term 3 ½ years ago, manufacturing jobs have declined by more than 500,000, according to the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. From the Daily Record. http://www.dailyrecord.com/viewart/20120908/NJNEWS11/309080040/Fact-check-Obama-Biden-speech-claims
Thomas Lotito October 18, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Ut-oh! Romney takes first lead in electoral college... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/president/2012_elections_electoral_college_map.html


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