Let's Rock The Informed Vote: Barack Hussein Obama

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The incumbent 44th President of the United States is my preferential candidate of choice for the upcoming November, 2012 Presidential election. Dissecting his views and actions on a variety of topical policy issues will illustrate that my support for my candidate is on target. Furthermore, data will show success of Obama’s policies. Leading economists, including New York University’s Mark Gertler called the economic climate Obama inherited “one of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.” (Hilsenrath). There is no doubt that the economy and a candidate’s economic policy will be the hottest item of discussion in politics during election season, along with topics like foreign ...view middle of the document...

S. manufacturing have “tax breaks for companies that will choose to ‘in-source’ or bring jobs back into America – and will “strip incentives for companies to move jobs overseas” (Jamieson). He wants Congress to eliminate tax deductions that U.S. corporations can use for “moving expenses when they ship jobs overseas” (Jamieson). The average American worker benefits by policies that reward those corporations who bring jobs into America and financially punish those who move jobs out of America, his policies are good news for the American worker.
Obama concurrently is analyzing causation of the economy’s troubles and ensuring that core problems are corrected. To that end, he ordered Attorney General Eric Holder to create a group of state attorneys and federal prosecutors intended to investigate “financial institutions that engaged in risky lend practices that many believe tipped the country into financial crisis” (Jamieson). Ensuring that any lending abuses will “hold accountable those who broke the law, speed assistance to homeowners and help turn the page on an era of recklessness that hurt so many Americans” (Cooper).
In 2009, Obama created the $800 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act after he was in office for just a few weeks. Some constituents feel this law is “wasteful government spending and by others as too little to be effective” (Schepp). However, a government report shows that ARRA was successful because it has created “300,000 to 2 million additional jobs during the three months that ended December. Furthermore current projections show that as many as 1.5 million more people will have jobs during the first three months of 2012 because of the plan, according to analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (via the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)” and it’s credited for “lowering the unemployment rate” (Schepp). The CBO also reported that the “stimulus was responsible for boosting the nation's output of goods and services, known as gross domestic product, by 0.2 percent to 1.5 percent in the final months of 2011” (Schepp)
Although Obama’s foreign policy is under attack, too, he responds directly and succinctly to his critics. Some presidential candidates are taking a radical stance on Iran and intimating that we should take military action now in response to Iran’s nuclear policies. Obama chastised these candidates reminding them, “They’re not commander in chief. When I see the casualness with which some of these folks talk about war, I am reminded of the costs involved in war” — for those who go into combat, for national security and for the economy. ‘This is not a game,’ he added. ‘And there is nothing casual about it’ “(Calmes). It is good that our commander in chief is a thoughtful man and takes war and foreign policy seriously.
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