Like the title says, I’m not explicitly going to tell you who to vote for in the presidential election, I’ll just compare the two candidates and have a little bit of fun while doing so. But before I get to that, I’d like to request you to vote in favor of California Proposition 30 (if, of course, you live in California). If it fails, tuition at UC Berkeley (and probably all of the UCs) could go up by up to 20%. Just think how happy parents and students would be if they didn’t have to pay an additional 20%.
Now, on to
my favorite sport this really historic and momentous election. (Yes, I used those words in a slightly humorous fashion. No, that does not diminish the momentous nature of this election.) The following will not be too serious nor will it be too detailed. If you are looking for either serious or detailed, you can click here or here…or read the news. The news seems to be fairly serious. Basically, if you’re voting for President Obama, this post will reinforce most of your reasons for doing so while making you laugh. If you’ll be voting for Governor Romney, perhaps this will make you rethink, if even for a second. If you’re voting for Governor Romney, and live in a swing state, we should talk :P.
Okay, that being said, I’m going to present some comparison between President Obama and Governor Romney on various issues:
Obama: Ended the war in Iraq, plan to end the war in Afghanistan, got OBL, etc.
Romney: “horses and bayonets”, told London it wasn’t prepared for the Olympics, that trip he took overseas, Russia being our number one geopolitical foe, and I’m not sure which map led him to believe that Syria is Iran’s route to the sea. I think this picture sums up his foreign policy quite nicely.
Obama: You may philosophically disagree with raising taxes on the rich, but you can’t deny that raising revenue will, well, raise revenue. And even if you consider the Laffer curve, there is a stronger argument in favor of raising taxes to raise revenue, than there is for lowering taxes to raise revenue. (On that note, there is an Intelligence Squared debate on raising taxes on the rich that you might want to check out.)
Romney: Maybe it’s because I just got out of math midterm that my math skills are especially sharp today, but there’s something about cutting revenue by $5 trillion and raising spending by at least $2 trillion that just doesn’t scream balanced budget. Fine, I’ll throw in the money saved by defunding Big Bird. Oh wait…that doesn’t make a difference.
Equal pay for equal work:
Obama: Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
Romney: “binders full of women”. I guess this is why Staples did well…other than that, I just don’t even know what to say about this.
Romney: Let’s get rid of Obamacare, and say we’ll keep some of it when we actually won’t.
Oh, and it seems I failed to mention Rep. Paul Ryan’s inability to separate his religion and his public life. If the Right wants to defend the Second Amendment in ridiculous ways, it would be nice if they even paid lip service to the First.
And finally, the 47% thing.
Note: it is fully possible that you can present to me a view from Governor Romney that seems to contradict what I’ve written above. While it is possible that I made a mistake above, it is also possible that I’m quoting a Romney policy from 15 minutes before or after the one you’re mentioning. (On that note…Romnesia or Mittology?)
Anyway, if you made this far down, thanks for reading, and vote tomorrow, Tuesday, November 6, 2012. I’ll leave you with a quote from FDR:
“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.”