America is at a pivotal point. The 2012 election is one of the most important in our recent history, and the choice we make will adversely affect our future. America is on the road to recovery, leading economist predict the economy will recover strongly in the next four years regardless of who's elected. The housing market is coming back, the unemployment rate is decreasing, and prices are coming back to a conceivable and manageable point. In 2008 the stock market crashed and we slipped into an economic recession, and not all of it was the fault of then President George Bush. What was the fault of the President, and this is backed by facts, was the massive tax cuts the Bush administration proposed and enacted. These tax cuts still haunt the economy, and have an important impact on why the deficit increases. These tax cuts are set to expire, and when the wealthy begin paying their fair share our economic recovery will pick up its pace and Americans will get their heads above water again. This is not just an opinion, we have evidence of this. Under the Clinton administration we balanced the budget with the rich paying the kind of tax rates Democrats want them to return to. Granted, this doesn't benefit the rich, but it benefits our country as a whole. That's what's important in this election. We are in a time of crisis, and we need to be able to band together. Beyond tax cuts, we need serious spending cuts. We can't cut things like education, infrastructure, or energy spending. These things are crucial to the foundation of America's future. We need to go through and do housecleaning. We need to eliminate agencies that aren't doing their jobs. We need to look at agencies that we can combine, or eliminate portions of. Neither candidate has gone in detail as to spending cuts, and it's something we have to do. In this way I agree with Republicans, government needs to be smaller. We need to remove unnecessarily large federal control. It's better for the government to subsidize energy companies working towards cleaner energy for the future, then to have the EPA control the market. This way we can reduce our federal spending and recover to a profitable America again. This is why I support Barack Obama, although I think he also needs to lay out a specific and serious plan for budget cuts. But there is more than the economy at stake here. This election will have a huge impact for energy in the future. Both candidates want to work towards becoming energy independent from foreign countries. Here's where the difference lies. Romney wants to completely open up America. This looks great on the surface, until you think about the fact this would completely dissipate our energy sources WITHIN the century. Obama wants to gradually work towards this goal, but he is also focused on developing renewable resources. Any logical person can see we are at a point where renewable resources are going to be vital to our future. The next agenda is healthcare. I think Americans are going to like Obamacare more and more the further it is implemented. I'm a big proponent of getting everyone covered in America. All the countries that do extremely well in healthcare have universal healthcare. Our old system wasn't providing quality and effective healthcare, and we were paying more than all of these countries for it. Other important crucial issues in this election include civil rights and foreign policy. On the civil rights front, it is very important to me and a large portion of America that all American citizens have the same rights and protections. Barack Obama supports civil rights across the board, while Mitt Romney wants to amend the constitution to keep a large group of our population from getting married. In foreign policy, it's hard to predict how each President to respond to the issues that will come up in the next 4 years. One Presidents wants to hike spending on our military (something we might just struggle to afford) even in a time when we are out of Iraq and plan to get out of Afghanistan. Obama is won't throw us into unnecessary battles. His quote in the third debate inspired me, in which he said "When I send men and women into harms way, I always understand that that is the last resort, not the first resort." I am Trevor Memmott, from Lewiston, Idaho, and I am voting for Barack Obama in the 2012 election.
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