by Alberta Parish
Today, Mitt Romney wins the Florida primary and it is predicted that he’ll win again. Any one of the four GOP candidates has what it takes to win the Republican presidential nomination, but can any of them win the White House? Can Mitt Romney fix a broken economy and create millions of jobs? Can Newt Gingrich keep his campaign promises if he becomes President?
As campaign ads are popping up against GOP hopefuls each defaming and smearing the character of another candidate, President Obama is on the campaign trail spreading his message of economic recovery and reform guaranteeing Americans a future in which the Warren Buffets of the world will pay his fair share of taxes just like his secretary. How can any GOP candidate compete with the President on his domestic and foreign policies?
During the state of the Union address by President Obama on January 24, 2012, he laid out his plans for an economy, which will be built to last. His plans include changing the tax code for companies that outsource jobs overseas. He said these companies should not get a tax deduction when moving jobs overseas. Instead, companies that remain on U.S. soil should receive the greater amount of tax cuts. The President proposed a basic minimum tax for multinational companies. He announced the creation of a Trade Enforcement Unit that investigates unfair trading practices within other countries in their business dealings with the United States. The President said, “There will be more inspections to prevent counterfeit or unsafe goods from crossing our borders. And this Congress should make sure that no foreign company has an advantage over American manufacturing when it comes to accessing financing or new markets like Russia.”
The President talked about his health care reform bill, which now guarantees that every American have access to affordable health care coverage, and won’t be turned down by insurance companies due to a pre-existing illness.
In the past four years that President Obama has been in office, I’ve heard conservative commentators claim that Republicans in Congress have submitted a number of health care reform bills prior to the bill that the President signed into law on March 23, 2010, which did not include the mandate of individual health care coverage, and these bills were either not acknowledged or they were rejected.
Although I disagree with the federal government mandating that individuals purchase health care insurance, I feel that every American should have access to adequate health care. By making health care insurance premiums affordable to begin with so that citizens can purchase their own health care insurance, that would’ve partially solved the problem with many previously uninsured Americans. Whether or not the health care industry is broken, there will always be a certain element of society that will not carry health care insurance for either themselves or their loved ones. So how is it fair to mandate that these individuals still purchase health care insurance or face monetary fines for not doing it?
President Obama’s message is simple: job creation and economic security. I think President Obama will spend the next four years making the necessary reforms to government and the private sector, and will have achieved more than his predecessors George W. Bush and Bill Clinton ever could during their presidencies. Conservative bloggers and commentators will be busy for the next four years trying to figure out how President Obama got re-elected. Many think the President’s birth certificate is a forgery, and there is an attempt to have his name removed from the presidential ballot.
Ignorance has become the new norm among many conservative talking heads, and therefore, those that follow them can’t be all that bright themselves.
Barack Obama is the President because he is a U.S. citizen!
Try explaining this to Tea Baggers, and they’ll say that you’re delusional and call you a liberal with an entitlement mentality. The last person who made claims about me having an entitlement mentality didn’t know what the hell he was talking about. He didn’t bother to do his research about me either. His false assumptions made him look like the fool.
President Obama is easily the third greatest President in this nation’s history. Yes, I said it! I will probably make new enemies for my statement. However, I’ve always been outspoken and I won’t change who I am. Today, I’m proud to call myself an American. As long as America continues down the path to equality for all men, I will remain an American.