You Decide

Dillon Brollier breaks down the facts of the major sides of the upcoming election

By Dillon Brollier
On November 2, 2012

  • Cassie Stegall makes a move toward the basket during the game against UT-Permian Basin, Tuesday. The ‘Belles lost to the Lady Falcons 71-62. Pam Belcher

 

     Election time is among us friends. This is the time when we decide who will lead this great nation into the future. Politics is a topic that can divide even the most united of groups. I implore you on this election week to simply look at the issues and choose the candidate that you agree with the most. Please go out and do more research if you are undecided. Do not let this page be your lone source of information. Learn as much as you can so when you go in to vote, you can do so with the confidence that you are making an informed choice. No matter who wins or loses we must not forget that the man elected is an American like me and you. The choice is all up to you now.  It should be fun.

 

Mitt Romney on the issues

On Jobs: Romney's plan to create jobs includes a heavy investment in "Human Capital," a plan to cut the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 25 percent, repealing health care reform and continuing the Bush-era tax cuts.

On Gay Marriage: Believes marriage should be between a man and a woman

On Abortion: "I was always personally opposed to abortion, as I think almost everyone in the nation is."

On Taxes: Mitt Romney announced that his plan would reduce the current top rate paid on income from 35 to 28 percent, with similar reductions across all tax brackets. Americans in the lowest bracket would pay 8 instead of 10 percent. Individuals closer to the middle would pay 20 instead of 25 percent.

On Foreign Policy: "I pledge to you and to all Americans that if I become commander-in-chief, I will use every means necessary to protect ourselves and the region, and to prevent the worst from happening while there is still time."

On Health Care: While the governor of Massachusetts, Romney  signed a health care bill into law that penalized Massachusetts citizens for not having health insurance. At the time, Romney said the purpose of "Romneycare" was to provide, "Every citizen with affordable, comprehensive health insurance and, finally beginning to reign in health care inflation."

Barack Obama on the Issues

On Jobs: By rolling back the Bush-era tax cuts for those making over $200,000 individually and $250,000 as a couple, the President hopes to make up some of the revenue currently being lost by the government.

On Gay Marriage : Supports gay marriage

On Abortion: President Obama supports Roe v. Wade and has  voted in favor of pro-choice initiatives, including opposing a Supreme Court ruling that supported a partial birth abortion ban and a repeal of a Bush prohibition on international funding to groups that supported abortions.

On Taxes: Obama announced he would seek to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for those earning less than $200,000 individually and $250,000  for married couples. Romney  said the plan would hurt small business owners because  many of them fall within the $250,000 and above range.

On Foreign Policy: Obama's foreign policy has been defined as pursuing negotiation and working with other nations instead of taking unilateral American action.

On Health Care: In what could be considered his benchmark moment in his presidency, President Obama supported and was able to pass his  Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. It is an effort to get more American medical insurance.


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