There is only a little less than a month until the Presidential Elections on November 6, 2012. Political tensions across the nation are at their highest. Voters are either rallying for their chosen candidate or in the process of choosing which one they prefer.
October 3rd was the first of three presidential debates where the candidates could solidly lay down where they stand. That, of course, is the question that has been asked across the nation: what do the candidates believe? Television hosts and news anchors have remarked that this campaign has been one of the most painful in recent memory.
News Anchor, Brian Williams, of NBC’s Nightly News, said on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart that both candidates seem to be more focused on telling voters why their opponent should not be president, rather than laying down their personal plan of action.
This negative politics has been poor for the morale of the nation and left the electorate uniformed. In the next few weeks before the election, I will look into the candidates platforms based on what they have said during their campaigns and at the debates. Today we will start with Democratic President Incumbent, Barak Obama.
The Democratic President has stuck closely to the typical democratic standards of pro-choice and supporting gay marriage. Because these standard views on these issues rarely change, one needs to examine the rest of the president’s platform to finalize their decision.
President Obama’s greatest asset is also his greatest weakness – his unwavering support of social programs. Obama has supported social reform in this nation throughout the past four years, and the climactic event of his presidency is the passing of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. He refuses to touch the third rail issues of Welfare, Medicare, and Social Security, preferring to leave them be.
The biggest issue of this election is the economy. After nearly seven years of recession throughout the nation, hope and change seems to be merely empty promises made four years ago. The deciding factor within this election resides upon the candidate who remains the most trustworthy in their promises to effect realistic changes within the economy. Due to this emphasis, both candidates’ platforms revolve heavily around boosting the economy, and there are significant differences between each candidate concerning how to resolve the problem.
In his plan, President Obama has a step by step process to resolve the economic crisis and boost job creation. First, he calls for improvement in education. Brighter graduates hold more hope of solving problems in the future. Secondly, he will lower taxes for manufacturing companies. Obama believes that manufacturing will be the new base of the economy throughout the nation. Along those lines, he will close loopholes that allow companies to outsource work and receive tax deductions. He wants to become energy independent within the nation, and support green industry. And finally, he will close the deficit. Most of his plan involves boosting the economy to spark job creation, but the final step is one of the hot topics of the election.
President Obama has a plan dealing with closing the deficit that he laid out several months ago and has stuck to throughout the campaign and debates. The basis of his plan is to decrease spending thought the nation so that the deficit does not grow, and then to increase the revenue so that the debt can be paid. Increased revenue, however, is the subtle way of calling for increased taxes. With less spending and higher taxes, the debt can be attacked from two fronts and therefore be resolved more quickly.
The thing to always consider when pondering politicians is that they are often sneaky. Promises are quickly made and rarely carried out. Campaigns are based on platform principles that may be great, but are often unachievable or ignored.
Obama claims that he will decrease spending, but this is hard to believe as long as he leaves the programs that cause the greatest problems alone, as well as adding the “Affordable Care Act.” It is wholly uncertain how this act will play out realistically, but it will likely be very costly.
Unfortunately, President Obama has been caught in lies in the past, and it is likely that he still continues to lie today. Social Reform has incredible benefits to the nation, but also realistic financial problems. As long as the President supports social reform at the expense of the economy, the nation will suffer, and he will be recognized as untrustworthy.