Obama vs. Romney

The 2012 presidential election is considered to be one of the most intense elections ever with both candidates neck and neck in the polls. Obama and Romney participated in three heated presidential debates in which both candidates demonstrated passion for their country and disdain for their opponent. Every four years it seems to me that everyone becomes a politician with strong opinions on who should become the next President, but most of these people don’t know what the candidates stand for. This post will list an unbiased comparison of the policies and positions of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to educate you a bit about who you might vote for.

Barack Obama:

  • Political Party: Democratic
  • Position on the Economy: Repeal Bush tax cuts for households earning more than $250,000. Lower taxes on manufacturing industry. Stimulus spending and tax cuts to grow the economy (short term). Cut spending and raise taxes on wealthy to reduce deficit (long term).
  • Position on Healthcare: Signed the 2010 healthcare overhaul bill. Calls for patient protections like allowing coverage for pre-existing conditions, not letting insurers cancel policies when patients get sick, and requiring individuals to buy health insurance or pay a fine.
  • Position on Immigration: Supports path to legalization for illegal immigrants that includes learning English & paying fines; toughen penalties for hiring illegal immigrants; voted for fence along Mexican border. Issued exec order to not deport certain undocumented immigrants.
  • Position on Iraq: Opposed invasion from the beginning; opposed troop increase; ended military operations in Iraq (on previously negotiated Bush timeline).¬† Troops moved to Afghanistan and Iranian border.
  • Position on Iran: Engage in direct diplomacy; tighten economic sanctions with international cooperation; military option not off the table.
  • Position on Global Warning: Supports a mandatory cap-and-trade system to reduce carbon emissions. Delayed decision on northern leg of Keystone XL pipeline due to environmental concerns.
  • Position on Gay Rights: Supports same-sex marriage; pushed Congress to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, allowing gays to serve openly in the military.
  • Position on Abortion: Supports Roe v. Wade; criticized Supreme Court decision that upheld ban on partial-birth abortions.

Mitt Romney:

  • Political Party: Republican
  • Position on the Economy: Make Bush tax cuts permanent. Lower corporate tax rate across the board to 25%. Cut taxes and regulations to encourage business. Cut “non-security discretionary [government] spending” by 5% to reduce deficit.
  • Position on Healthcare: Created similar legislation in Mass. but believes it’s not appropriate for all of USA and wants to repeal. Proposes encouraging individuals to purchase their own health insurance rather than via employers, and allowing insurance across state lines.
  • Position on Immigration: Would make English the official language of the US and “turn off the magnets like tuition breaks or other breaks that draw people into this country illegally”. In favor of promoting legal immigration.
  • Position on Iraq: Romney says that keeping the U.S. in Iraq is the best option for minimizing casualties and maintaining a democratic government in Iraq.
  • Position on Iran: Tighten economic sanctions; Military option not off the table.
  • Position on Global Warning: Opposes cap and trade legislation. Supports Keystone XL pipeline.$20 billion package for energy research & new car technology
  • Position on Gay Rights: Opposes same-sex marriage; supports legal unions; supports Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell but favors gays serving openly in the military(Govwatch 1994), supported ENDA to ban anti-gay employer discrimination
  • Position on Abortion: Opposes Roe v. Wade; believes states should be allowed to ban abortions., 1994: Supported abortion rights but personally opposed, No punishment for women who have partial birth abortions.


2 Responses to Obama vs. Romney

  1. Drew Peacock says:

    Obama is a great speaker but he has proven to not be a do-er. Dont Vote Obama

    Montgomery triangle is awesome!!

    • drew peacock says:

      So america voted for nobama. Great. Time to massively short america!! Better yet go naked shorts!!

      2008 recession will soon look good to whats a comin.


      Montgomery triangle is awesome!!!

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