- Posted April 9, 2012 by
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Re-electing President Obama
President Obama deserves a second term to finish the job that he's started. With 24 months of straight job creation, last year having created more jobs than since 2005, unemployment at a 4 year low & heading lower, the Dow flirting with 14,000 and every leading economic indicator trending UP for 5 months straight, it's plain to see that the President's policies have the economy back on track again, after 8 years of failed Republican economic policy that led to the Great Recession. We need Obama back, along with a majority in both houses, to get the Jobs Bill passed to put Americans back to work. We need Obama to spearhead passage of the Buffett Rule, so that Billionaires may pay the same tax rates as their secretaries do. We need the President to eliminate loopholes & deductions for Corporations who make Billions in profits and pay ZERO taxes (Honeywell, Verizon, GE, etc.). And we need the President to eliminate the Billions in taxpayer-funded subsidies that Republicans currently give Big Oil, while they rake in Billions in profits on the backs of working class Americans and rape us at the pumps. We need 4 more years to continue to build a new Energy Policy that highlights alternative fuel sources and promotes better gas mileage and environmental concerns. None of these things will happen if Republicans continue to gerrymander districts to favor GOP incumbants, supress minority voting by passing laws requiring specific types of ID before voting, intimidation at the polls by the Right Wing and passing laws that make college kids ineligable to vote if the school they are attending isn't in their home state. All of these Right Wing dirty tricks have been tried before, and they are being tried again. We need a national discussion on the use of Diebold voting machines, as there is currently no paper trail and the GOP-led management claims their software is proprietary, so there is no oversight on potential for voter fraud. There are so many crucial issues that need to be addressed in this next election, from Women's Rights, which the GOP passed over 1100 bills suppressing this last year, to the Republican attack on Women as evidenced by Rush Limbaugh's recent character assasination of a college student calling her a "prosititue" and "slut" for testifying before congress on contraceptives. Rick Santorum calls college educated folks "snobs," and the general alienation by the Far Right of women, hispanics, gays, minorities and the college educated is alarming at best. Reason must prevail, and we need to hold steady the course that President Obama has charted for this country. His policies are working, and he has built a record of solid Leadership by ordering the Seal Team Six raid on Osama bin Laden, to taking out most of Al Queda's leadership with Predator drones to saving American hostages from Somali pirates. With the President's leadership, we managed to rid the world of a dictator in Libya without putting boots on the ground, and garnered the respect of the Arab world as well by working with them, not unilateraly as Bush once did. By all accounts, President Barak Obama deserves another 4 years to right this ship of State, to make America more competitive in the world and to give us at home a fair shot at being successful and prosperous in this new decade ahead.