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All political ads are slanted and biased so please investigate before believing. While nothing is totally non-biased, these links appear to be mainly nonpartisan. You may be biased but at least be informed.
- snopes.com is a great reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation of all kinds.
- FactCheck.org, according to their mission statement, is a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases.
- PolitiFact.com is a project of the Tampa Bay Times to help you find the truth in American politics. Reporters and editors from the Times fact-check statements by members of Congress, the White House, lobbyists and interest groups and rate them on our Truth-O-Meter.
- The Fact Checker "The Truth Behind the Rhetoric by Glenn Kessler."
This page gives comparisons and observations on the presidential election.
- Clinton left Bush a $281 billion surplus while Bush left Obama a $1.2 trillion deficit. See Spending, Taxes, And Deficits Are All Lower Today Than When Obama Took Office and Debts During Presidential Terms and Obama Big Spender?
- From The student loan crisis everyone saw coming: "Taken in sum, the Obama administration has been consistent in its efforts to ease debt repayment, boost financial assistance to low-income Americans seeking a college education, and crack down on abuses in the student loan industry."
Who Increased the Debt?,
Clinton left Bush with a total debt of $5,700 billion while Bush left Obama with a total debt of $10,627 billion.
- The DJIA (DOW Jones) was 7950 when Obama took office (1/20/2009) and is now (8/31/2012) at 13,091. Under George Bush it went from 10,587 to 7949. My wife is now much happier with her 401-K.
- The Home Affordable Refinance Program 2 (HARP 2) certainly helped me as I could not refinance my home without it. I was too far underwater on my home to refinance until Harp 2. Now there is more money in my pocket each month (which my wife uses to help stimulate the economy).
- According to the Las Vegas Review Journal article, Positive Trends in Reducing Number of Homeless Vets. Nationally, the number of homeless veterans has decreased from 150,000 to 75,000, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Homeless service providers attribute the decrease largely to the Obama administration’s dedicating more funds to combating homelessness among veterans.
- I believe that the Auto industry bailout was a good idea as the economy had enough problems and the Auto industry appears to be much healthier at present. Romney would have created more problems by letting the auto industry fail and lay off additional workers.
- See the Bureau of Labor Statistics for a visual chart of manufacturing jobs over a selectable time frame. I will let the reader reach his/her own conclusions.
- I haven't heard one word from Romney about how he will increase jobs. Businesses won't hire until demand exceeds supply, a basic tenant of capitalism. How will Romney increase demand? Tax cuts for business and fewer regulations may put more money in a business man's bank account but it will not increase hiring. Businesses need to see an increase in demand before hiring. A stimulus package is one way but Republicans balk at that solution. As pointed out in
a new survey of small business owners conducted by the National Federation of Independent Business finds that not only do more small business owners identify lack of demand as the biggest impediment to growth than any other factor, most of those who identify "uncertainty" as an impediment really mean lack of demand.
The Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA) also cites economic uncertainty and decline in customer spending as the two major challenges for future hiring. The third challenge is the cost of health insurance benefits.
The Real Job Creators are not millionaires with tax breaks, but the combination of demand and competition. That short article is the best that I have read linking job growth with demand and competition.
- Yes!! we are better off than we were four years ago. However four years is not long enough to repair the damage done by the previous Republican administration. The economy may not be perfect but it is a lot better than when the Republicans left. I have looked at many comments on the web concerning "Are you better off now than 4 years ago?". Interesting in that most comments that indicate "NO" talk in general terms, nothing about their own particular circumstance while those that indicate "YES" usually discusss their own circumstance. See Victim of Recession Explains Why We’re Better Off after Four Years of Obama and What Has Obama Done?
- I can't believe that any American would believe that the Republicans can fix the economy. Look how Bush left the economy after 8 years in office. The economy was losing jobs. Under Obama the economy is gaining jobs. Maybe not as fast as we would like but still a lot better than losing jobs. if the GOP and the Tea Party were to win in November and try to implement
their misguided austerity policies, U.S. would go straight into recession again, and unemployment would begin to rise again.
- Signs the economy is recovering.
- The wife of one of my co-workers was having problems for years getting a full time job but recently started a good job and had to cancel other interviews.
- Over the last few months I have seen a pick up in home building and fewer existing homes for sale in my area. Home prices are picking up, but regretably property taxes will also rise.
- The last email I received from my brother and sister-in-law, on the other side of the country, mentioned that houses were selling and businesses reviving.
- If the republicans hadn't been so focused on hating the president and had instead focused on working with him, I believe that the economy would be in better shape. About two years ago, Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said "Our top political priority over the next two years should be to deny President Obama a second term." Nothing about working with Obama to improve the economy. Shows you where the American public stands in the Republican's minds.
- It's funny how the Republicans didn't worry about the debt and deficit under Bush, even though he drove up both by starting two unfunded wars and cutting revenue and then passing a recession on to Obama. Now they whine that Obama isn't fixing the problem fast enough. We have to finish winding down the wars in the mideast and dig out of the recession before we can concentrate on the deficit. Now is the wrong time.
- I find the first couple of charts on Overworked America by Mother Jones very interesting. Most of the charts cover several administrations and point to a larger problem than any particular party.
- At one time, I was one of the working poor. As a military vet, even with over a year of electronics schooling and several years of experience, I couldn't get a job in electronics. Don't let anyone say that no adult lives on minimum wage as I did just that for 1.5 years and it was a pitiful existence: slum housing, no car, no movies, no eating out. I kept trying and finally got a decent job to help me save for college. I have also collected unemployment for a short period and it was a great help. I have been one of the working poor and it disgusts me to hear Republicans slam the working poor and try to cut their benefits.
- Foreign Policy (Obama has used the Special Forces very effectively.)
- The Maersk Alabama hijacking. On Sunday, 12 April 2009, Capt. Richard Phillips was rescued from his pirate captors. U.S. Navy SEAL snipers on the Bainbridge's fantail opened fire and killed the three pirates guarding Capt. Richard Phillips in the lifeboat with a simultaneous volley of three shots.
- The killing of Osama bin Laden. On May 2, 2011, the White House announced that U.S. Navy SEALs had carried it out, killing him in his Abbottabad, Pakistan compound.
Navy SEALs Rescue Two Aid Workers in Somalia in Daring Raid on Jan 25, 2012.
- Other Al-Qaeda leaders. The United States said Tuesday (Tue, Jun 5, 2012) that Al-Qaeda number two, Abu Yahya al-Libi, was killed in a drone strike in Pakistan. See An Analysis of U.S. Drone Strikes in Pakistan, 2004-2012 for additional drone strikes.
- President Obama contributed to the downfall of Muammar Gaddafi without getting us involved in another long war. On 26 February 2011, the U.N. Security Council, including Russia and China, imposed sanctions on Libya's Muammar Gaddafi. The Security Council action gives international legitimacy to U.S. sanctions announced this week and President Obama's call on Saturday for Col. Gadhafi to step down, defusing the Libyan leader's rhetoric that U.S. imperialism is seeking to undermine his rule. On 17 March 2011, the U.N. Security Council voted to authorize a no-fly zone over Libya and "all necessary measures" -- code for military action -- to protect civilians against Gaddafi's army. This time, Russia and China abstained. It is amazing that Obama managed to do this through the U.N. Security Council without a veto from either Russia or China. We could interfere in Syria on our own but it would look like U.S. imperialism and cause us problems in the Middle East.
- It will be interesting to see what happens in Syria since Russia and China were not happy with the results in Libya and will veto any direct intervention in Syria.
- Campaign Ads - I do not agree with every Democratic ad but I am only going to critique Republican ads.
- At the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Mitt Romney said Barack Obama began his presidency with an apology tour. See how PolitiFact rates this comment.
- Are Obama’s early records “sealed”? This ad would only impress those who can't think for themselves. My school records, medical records, etc. are not public and neither are anyone else's. They aren't sealed, just not public. See
Obama’s ‘Sealed’ Records
- The Republican assault against President Barack Obama's welfare reform policy doesn't make any sense as it goes against what many Republicans have requested. All it does is give states more latitude. If the states have good ideas to make welfare-to-work more efficient and turn more tax users into taxpayers, let them try. This has always been a Republican stand. Don't the Republicans want the States have more flexibility to come up with a better plan?Romney's welfare queen
- Drill Baby Drill - The republicans seem to think that we can drill our way to energy independence. This makes no sense in a free market system like ours. The oil companies will sell to the highest bidder no matter where that is. No matter how much oil we produce the oil companies are free to sell it to any country. The only way to true energy independence is alternative energy like wind, solar, hydro, geothermal and nuclear which produce electricity directly, supplemented by oil and natural gas. From Coal To Gas: The Potential Risks And Rewards - July 15, 2012 mentions that natural gas is now half the price of coal. "For now, natural gas is on a rapid ascent. Last month, for the first time in U.S history, gas generated as much electricity as coal, now one-third of all our power." Obama is not putting coal miners out of work, natural gas and the free market are the cause. Republicans complain about regulations on businesses but personally I want clean air, clean water and safe working conditions. Since this country
was founded on a "can do" attitude, I have faith that business will rise to any challenge. Every rise in gas mileage standards has been met by the industry. Business doesn't need coddling just a challenge. I think we should have a national goal like we did in the 1960's of sending a man to the moon but this time make it alternative energy so that we can truly be energy independent and lead the world in this new technology. A concerted push would undoubtedly spin off many other technologies. The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has developed a comprehensive strategy to reduce energy consumption, improve battlefield effectiveness, increase energy security, and reduce costs through the development of renewable energy. If for no other reason than to increase our military readiness, we should work on this technology.
- Obamacare and Romneycare may not be perfect but are a necessary beginning to fixing our healthcare system. Since every developed country, except the U.S., has had a national healthcare system for many years, it seems that it would be easy to pick one most suited to the U.S. and adapt it. They are all better than what we had. Why reinvent the wheel? Both Obamacare and Romneycare may have been modelled on one of these but it is not clear. To see how Obamacare affects your individual circumstance, see The Kaiser Foundation Calculator. One of my brothers, who works for himself, checked his circumstance and found that he will have to pay slightly more for his insurance, but he gets much better coverage, so he is happy with Obamacare. For specifics on Obamacare see 11 facts about the Affordable Care Act. For general informtion see Five Myths About Health Care in the Rest of the World by T. R. Reid,
U.S. Health Care: The Good News with T. R. Reid, or his book "The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care" by T. R. Reid. Also see NPR's Health Care for All.
- The Republicans say Obama should have done this or that when both houses were controlled by Democrats but in my long life I have never heard this criticism of any president. None could accomplish everything in two years.
- To all those who had absolutely no help in building a business or career, I applaud your success. However most successful people did have help. I personally had the GI Bill, without which I would probably not have been able to get a college degree. I had to pay for everything myself: living expenses, tuition, fees, books, transportation, etc. Even with the GI Bill and working part time and during the summers, I still had to get student loans (now fully paid off). It probably didn't hurt Bill Gates career that his mother introduced him to the CEO of IBM. Romney had a well off family behind him. Most of us didn't succeed alone.
- For those blindly trumpeting the Keystone XL pipeline, they should be aware that piping tar sands is much different than oil. I am not against piplines but I don't believe the companies in charge of the pipelines are doing proper maintenance. It is easier and cheaper to fix a problem after it breaks than do proper maintenance and then do a token cleanup. This story follows the complicated clean-up of a tar sands oil spill that most people haven’t even heard of — a 2010 pipeline rupture in southwestern Michigan that resulted in more than one million gallons of dilbit fouling a local waterway close to the Kalamazoo River. After two years, it still isn't cleaned up. Many people want the pipeline but I wonder how many are willing to have it on or near their property.
- Every time I hear the words "I did what was legally required" (or something similar) I suspect that the speaker is hiding something unethical (though not necessarily illegal) and I am hearing that from the Romneys. I don't want to vote for someone, especially for president, I suspect of being unethical. As far as Romney's tax returns, I disageee with the statement that nobody should care about his tax return as I know that I care. I need to know that Romney has at least paid more than me (middle class income) as I have to carry the burden of the poor who barely make a living but I detest carrying the weight of the rich also. I don't care about all the details about his tax return, just the bottom line. If Romney is elected, whose money is he going to collect to lower the deficit? Probably not his!
- Romney may be a wealth creator for himself and investors but I have seen no evidence that he is a job creator.
- I am a Vietnam era Vet and don't believe Romney would be good for the military. I suspect that he would kill the GI Bill which is one of the best benefits for Vets and is good for the country (especially if you don't have rich parents).
- I believe in giving the less fortunate a helping hand. The last Republican administration tanked the economy and then belittle those who get help through food stamps or use Planned Parenthood. Not a very Christian attitude. Even nuns (Nuns on a Bus) are speaking out..
- My personal impression of Romney is that he is haughty and thinks little of people who make less money. One of the more telling personal moments was when he turned up his nose at cookies offered to him from Bethel Bakery in Bethel Park, Pa., a locally-famous establishment. Most people don't insult their host. Republicans will dismiss this but it speaks loudly for the type of man that Romney is. The latest video of Romney at a private fund raiser only strengthens this impression.
Romneys Flip Flops make me wonder how conversatives can trust Romney. He will say anything to get elected. Watch what he says as we get closer to the general election.
Election 2012 Synopsis
This page was last updated on 2 November 2012.
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