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Why I Voted For President Barack Obama

Last Post Before the Result.

I just returned from my generator charged polling place to cast my vote for President. I proudly voted for President Obama for a second term. Here is why.

In January of 2009, President Obama took office while the nation was reeling from two wars and an historic recession. His cry for hope and change was heard by a nation that was tired of the Bush years and the failed financial policies of trickle down economics. The President understands that the greatness of our nation lies in recognition that the future must be different than the past, that climate change is real, that equal pay is essential, that the rights of all Americans must be protected and chrerished, that Government can play an important role in improving our lives, that shared sacrifice is in our soul as a nation, that infrastructure repair saves money, that green jobs, alternative energy and redcuing reliance on foreign oil is good energy policy, that education and training prepares Americans for the jobs of the future and that America is at its best when we respect each other instead of destroying each other.

The President has stayed true to these values and in his time of office has accomplished much. He signed a bill allowing women to sue for equal pay for equal work, he ended the war in Iraq, he authorized the Navy Seals to kill Bin Laden, he provided Federally backed loans to save the auto industry (paid back to Americans with interest), he signed legislation to protect consumers from deceptive credit card practices, put restraints on banks for their most egregious practices, he pushed through a stimulus that helped, contrary to the Republican narrative. The stimulus saved two million jobs, accounted for programs to improve rail, airport runways, electric grid systems and school construction.

He got us as close to universal health as we could have, an accomplishment never achieved by his predecessors. He ended Don't Ask Don't Tell, allowing gays to serve openly in defense of our nation. He pronounced his support for gay marriage, putting love above bigotry.

He has helped to create 5.5 million private sector jobs over a 33 consecutive month period. He has NOT doubled the defecit as his opponents suggest, but in actuality has reduced the pace of growth of government. He has presided over a growing economy during world financial crisis and has helped reduce unemployment from a high of 10.2 to under 8 percent while his opponents filibustered jobs bills.

He has suggested entitlements be put on the table for considered reductions to be balanced with some revenue increases. He has appointed two female Justices to the Supreme Court including the first Hispanic. He has by executive order helped young patriotic immigrants avoid deportation due to the decisions of their parents, keeping their skills and diversity as part of the American dream.

He built a coalition of nations in support of Libyan rebels, accounting for the death of Muammar Qadaffi. He has kept us out of another foolish and costly war and has a plan for the end of the longest war in American history.

He has presided with skill over national crises such as the BP oil spill and Sandy in a bipartisan and respectful fashion. He has been thoughtful in his approach, respectful of his enemies and has acted with dignity, compassion and has avoided a major scandal. He has acted to give Israel the greatest defense and intelligence support in history, this earning him Israel's largest newspaper endorsement.

He is a family man who sets the highest standard of family values and acted with skill in doing his job, against all odds, under constant hateful abuse from his enemies and has elevated the United States back to its respected place in the community of nations.

I pray he is our President for four more years to finish the work he has started.

The reasons why I did not vote for Mitt Romney are simple. He lies. He has not been a job creator. He wants to overturn Roe v. Wade. He wants to shut Planned Parenthood. He wants to reduce Pell grants. He wants to defund FEMA.

His vetoes as Governor were overturned at high levels, mitigating his recent narrative about crossing lines to work with the other party. He is against the right of marriage for same sex couples who love each other. He supports candidates that want to jail women who wish to abort a fetus created through rape and incest. He has picked a VP candidate who says the President is against Judeo Christian values.

He pretends to understand the Middle East, pandering to my fellow Jews without an ounce of understanding of Israel's soul and historic importance. He has mocked Palestinian efforts toward a two state solution only to change his mind.

He has told his donors that half of America wants to stay on welfare, lied about the Presidents welfare to work support. He has lied about auto jobs to China. He is a charlatan, a fake and a man with no connection to the Middle Class values that make this nation great.

Go Obama. Please vote. Where are you Americans for reason and truth?

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frank rizzo November 11, 2012 at 04:50 PM
and hingle huckleberry a link from the tea party heritage foundation claiming clinton was bad for the economy? wasnt there any fox news links you could give us? puhleeze
Barney November 11, 2012 at 05:00 PM
As a second generation Greek I will tell you this. Greeks are not as enchanted with the Democrat party as they have been due to this money spending moron that is creating a race war between browns and whites. If you are a liberal white (and not in the crooked business of Unions) you better realize your time is up. You are the devil.
Barney November 11, 2012 at 05:02 PM
He is right. Obama sheeple smoke from glass pipes.
proud union member November 11, 2012 at 05:56 PM
John 57 corp are not people
Hingle mckringleberry November 11, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Name calling? How about refuting the facts or stats in the article. Prove to us all that clinton did not raise the debt by 40% Prove to us all that the GOP didn't make it happen with slick willie. Save your name calling and prove me wrong . Maybe a few MSNBC, ABC, NYT or WAPOO links for us to laugh about too because they are trustworthy. LOL! Majority of NJ elected Chris Christie too!! Thank GOD
frank rizzo November 11, 2012 at 06:14 PM
dingleberry i didnt choose a tea party website like you did for your "facts" i used the congressional budget office and national bureau of job statistics. you know all the lefty sites.
frank rizzo November 11, 2012 at 06:15 PM
thank you for those words of wisdom barney rubble. maybe if you get to have it your way we can bring the kkk back.
Carole W November 11, 2012 at 06:16 PM
I agree with Barney! Open your eyes America...you are on a downward spiral and half of you are too stupid to know it!
Typical Obama Voter November 11, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Obamaphone. If it's for free, then it's for me. I hate greedy conservatives that don't want to pay their fair share.
Ric November 11, 2012 at 07:13 PM
@Hingie whatever. LOL! The Heritage Foundation was a leading proponent of Operation Desert Storm against Iraq. You poor guy/gal trusting an origination that lead us into two failed wars. Smell the coffee. Americans knew Romney would bring us into more wars therefore Romney was defeated. If you don't mind me telling you: YOU ARE IRREVRELVANT AS ROMNEY> YOU LOST. Have a good day, Obama loves you Sour grapes are you!
Ric November 11, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Barney, you need to smell the coffee too. The republican party has to reorganize so it focuses on things that matter. Forget abortion, gay marriage and other social matters. Get back to republican (moderate) roots and focus on jobs. The religious are not going anywhere so ignore those dunderheads. Welcome back the moderates you tossed out. Have a good day, Obama loves you PS: Most of my ancestors were here before the revolution. Most long ancestred Americans want what is best for the country which was not a Mormon dunderhead .
Ric November 11, 2012 at 07:22 PM
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Gary Junstrom November 11, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Great - another liberal teacher spewing Obama's talking points. If there was ever a need for voter I.D., Obama's phony re-election confirms it. http://townhall.com/columnists/rachelalexander/2012/11/11/obama_likely_won_reelection_through_election_fraud
Monk November 11, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Why don't you cut out the middleman, i.e., the IRS, and just mug people on the street?
Gary Junstrom November 11, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Hey Michael Baker, you think you are free? Post something negative about homosexuality or Islam on your Facebook and see how long you have a job. Your precious Democrat Party led by Obama, wants forced unionization, redistribution of wealth, $10 a gallon gas, massive tax increases, no mention if Islamic terrorism in government, no voter I.D. so they can cheat unencumbered and on, and on. And you call that free? I pity the students who have you for a teacher. No wonder we are in an academic free fall.
Part Timer November 11, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Everything Obama has done only helps those who like to take and not give (Ride in the wagon, not pull it). Lets see who they vote for when on the 15th of the month no check is in the mail. I hope this does happen but only for the young welfare takers who refuse to get a job....
Joe B November 11, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Shameful that 50% of our people are such blatant freeloaders. Obama has done nothing for those that wish to better themselves. It has become obvious that those who voted for Obama are only interested in themselves than the common good - way to go to leave a toilet for our children. Either pull the wagon or get in it, sadly most are too lazy and self entitled to help. I am disgusted with my fellow lazy, greedy, sel entitled Americans - we will be the cesspit of the world within four years thanks to your selfishness and stupidity.
Tim Again. November 11, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Don't forget your meds.
Tim Tebow November 11, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Charlie If you said Republicons wont work with Obama or the Dems youd be right Republicons have blocked everything Guess you missed it when Ole Mitch said his only goal was to make Obama a 1 term President That worked out about as well as the Bush tax cuts for creating jobs
Bruce Baker November 25, 2012 at 01:50 PM
What is shameless about Obama, who has more names than Barack Obama/ Barry Soetoro, and few other names only known to the IRS and Sealed Obama Records, is that he used Saul Alinsky's RULES FOR RADICALS to accuse his Opponents of what he and the Democrats do... and GOT AWAY WITH IT! We are not even sure if Obama really won the election because the voting machines seem to be full of anomalies of votes being changed from Romney to Obama, let alone only dead people vote for Democrats in Philly, as reports of NO VOTES for Romney appear in at least 19 Philly voting districts? I think ... there needs to be a REEDUCATION to many Democrats... Question... how may executive orders has Obama written and what is in them? I may not be able to quote them from memory, but I know WHERE TO FIND THAT INFORMATION! That is the point... Democrats not only don't care where the information is... but they take nearly everything said by Obama/ Dems as truthful, but if you look up the entire set of facts... whoa... wait a minute.. it is never nearly as true as the dem's spin pretend it is, eh? Well, Obama is elected, and unless an act of God finds some reason to invalidate the 2012 election, we are stuck with four more years of Poverty, and increasing taxes as Welfare is handed out instead of JOBS. Just the fact that Unemployment is really above 14% if you add in people left out of Unemployement... Obama now steers America towards the liberal fantasy of a Socialist Utopia.
S.G. November 25, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Mr. Baker, just to help you out with your problems... If you count nicknames, such as Barry for Barack or other last names, then I guess we have a lot of American presidents with multiple names. Reagan went by Ron, Ronald, Ronnie, and Dutch. Then there are presidents such as Bill Clinton, adopted by his step-father and whose birth name was William Jefferson Blythe III. Executive Orders? George W, Bush (2001-2009) - total 291, Barack Obama (2009-2012) - total 140. Just about even. [BTW, did you think that finding that information was difficult? How do you spin a number?] As for the voting districts with no Romney votes? Yes. Here is the discussion...http://www.politifact.com/ohio/statements/2012/nov/21/chain-email/emails-blog-posts-claim-mitt-romney-got-zero-votes/ Interesting: The voting machine that changed Obama votes to Romney votes... http://techcrunch.com/2012/11/06/watch-voting-machine-change-obama-votes-to-romney-votes/
Steve November 25, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Well Mr. Bruce Baker, here are just a few of the many things that Democrats -- as well as all other objective, sensible people -- have not taken as truthful coming from the mouths of Republican standard bearers: 1. Ohio automakers plan on outsourcing manufacturing jobs to China (even in the absence of any evidence and denied by the automakers themselves). 2. "Legitimately" raped women have ways of "shutting down" getting pregnant (even if lacking in all evidence and support from the medical community). 3. Cutting taxes for the wealthiest Americans will certainly improve the economy (even if found to be flatly wrong by recent studies performed by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service). 4. The earth is not getting warmer over the past century (even though it has been found to be so by every major scientific organization in the United States considering the issue). 5. The earth is only a few thousand years old and evolution is an anti-religion hoax (even though neither statement is endorsed by any reputable, scientific organization). 6. The pre-election, scientific polls saying Mitt Romney would almost certainly lose the election -- including most battleground states -- were clearly erroneous, partisan shams planted by the Democrats.
frank reynolds November 25, 2012 at 06:41 PM
how much you wanna bet joe b is getting a check from the gubmint?
frank reynolds November 25, 2012 at 06:42 PM
look your guy lost the election. now chin up little buckeroos. lol
Will November 26, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Not part of sour grape crowd. The President won, “fair and square", as they say. Everyone better hope and pray that he’s as good a President as he says he will be. The political discourse, however, will continue and it must. As a fiscal conservative, I was very disappointed that the President won reelection. His campaign deflected all the discussion of our spiraling out of control entitlement programs and deficit spending. He never once explained to the American people how he plans to get our fiscal house in order, but rather only demagogue his opponent incessantly. Apparently, from the results, the masses believe that “…higher taxes on the rich; more spending on education, roads and bridges and Obamacare”will grow the economy. What a crock….does ANY Economist support this notion? No. Say what you will,Romney had a credible and, in my view, responsible plan to reduce the debt. Obama did not. Well, the American people have spoken and America is going to get exactly what it deserves, MORE deficit spending; MORE tax dollars flowing to the geniuses in Washington DC to redistribute wealth. Growth killing policies that do nothing to reduce unemployment, but further line the pockets of DC bureaucrats. I’m not part of the sour grape crowd. I’m in the “worried as hell” crowd that Obama’s policies put this nation on a path to fiscal self-destruction ala Greece. He’s shown me absolutely nothing to believe otherwise. I hope I’m wrong….
Steve November 26, 2012 at 02:51 AM
To answer your one question (which you answered incorrectly): Yes, economics Nobel-laureate Paul Krugman DOES support this "notion."
Will November 27, 2012 at 01:33 AM
I stand corrected, one lone economist. The same Nobel winner that felt we should have doubled down on Stimulus 3....which was so sucessful. He's been widely debunked for his "solutions" to the economy. But I'll admit it, he's devout tax and spend liberal economist that still believes this....well, tax and spend notion that provides growth to lower unemployment. Now that the election is over, let's see if another 4 years of tax & spend policies bring about the prosperity that the President keeps saying we'll have. It's NEVER worked before, and it won't work now.....talk to you in four years.
Mister B November 27, 2012 at 03:46 AM
Steve, let's not overlook the fact that Krugman is a self-proclaimed liberal who would rather we put all the money into one pot and hand it out equally to everyone regardless of the contributions people make to society. He's a strong critic of the Obama administration for not going far enough with stimulus packages as he believes there is no way for our society to outspend its means. I'd propose that Krugman is the most followed because his positions are so extreme that it gives all other rational-thinking economists a feel for how far they can argue something without being viewed as "going too far." Krugman works exclusively in theory and not real world application of his knowledge. His views are so extreme that nobody in a position of power accepts them as possibilities. Even Obama's economic team (including the clueless Tim Geithner) haven't dared come close to implementing Krugman's views because they are so left field.
Mister B November 27, 2012 at 04:12 AM
Steve, I'm not questioning the pretty little plaques Krugman hangs on his office wall over in Princeton. I'm simply pointing out that for all his praise from academia, none of his policies and proposals are being embraced anywhere in the civilized world. If they're so brilliant, why does nobody in a position to implement such plans follow them? I'm sure that as many economists praise Krugman's academic insight, we can find equally as many Cato Institute affiliated on the other side to counter his proposals.
Steve November 27, 2012 at 04:17 AM
Wrong again, Mr. Will (as well as Mister B, who severely mischaracterizes Krugman's economic views and beliefs). It's Paul Krugman who has done all the debunking, which is why he won the 2008 Nobel Prize in economics, as well as the prestigious John Bates Clark Medal from the American Economic Association (the leading society for academic and practicing economists, who roundly acknowledged the worth of their colleague Krugman and his views). Krugman is also widely considered to be the most popular and widely followed economist now living. (Although he has indeed earned the enmity of many Republicans and the purveyors of their "fairy dust" economics.) And yes, who would deny -- Republican or Democrat, including the president -- that the Obama administration could be doing better on the economic front, which is what Krugman urges (demonstrating that his economics transcends mere politics).

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