Who should I vote for in the 2012 US Presidential Election?

by Thom

With the 2012 US Presidential Election coming up, a lot of people are asking the question, Whoe should I vote for?

If you are asking yourself who should I vote for in the 2012 US Presidential election, you are not alone. A lot of people are unsure of who to vote for. My goal of this page is to give some unbiased information about how I go about determining who to vote for President or US Senator, or my state representatives.

First, a little bit about myself. I have never contributed to a political campaign, I am not in a Union, last year I voted for Barack Obama, which is the first time I remember voting for a Democrat. I typically vote Republican and I voted for Ross Perot.

I am writing this because I don't like the political commercials that in 30 seconds are suppose to convince someone that their candidate is the best. The best commercials are typically by the candidate with the most money, however, I am a firm believer that US citizens should be the only people who contribute to a campaign, not companies, and definately not anyone that is not a US citizen.

I don't prejudge someone by where they come from or the experiences they have had to this point. I do judge people by what they do and how they treat people. The fact that Barack Obama has only served the public and the fact that Mitt Romney has money does have bearing on the election. And it has bearing on how you see the issues of the election below.

And what do we do with the skeletons? Well, they are skeletons, everyone has them, the question is can you overlook them. The fidelity skeleton will kill any politician since as soon as it comes up, they are being untruthful. The flip-flop skeleton is something different, it depends on if they are consistent and then changed and didn't go back or if they continue to go back and forth depending on the mood or a poll.

Barack Obama vs Mitt Romney

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Barack Obama and Mitt Romney
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney

Which of these topics is the most important in 2012?

Topic #1 - The Economy

Here's my take on the economy.  With over 8% unemployment, it isn't doing that good.  I like the fact that the current trend is moving down, even though it seems to be going down slowly.  There are many people trying to make a fact that there is the unemployment rate that is report versus a "true" unemployment rate, however, its difficult to find these numbers as the media doesn't report those. 

Who has the advantage with the Economy.  I believe with the right people, the economy could be a whole lot better than it is.  I don't agree with Barack Obama campaign who are going to try and tie Mitt Romney with that economies of George Bush.  The reason he is going to do this is because he can't stand on what he has done over the last four years.

Advantage Mitt Romney on the Economy.

Topic #2 - Campaign Reform

This really ticks me off, since the United States is all about the citizens of the United States.  We, the citizens, have been screwed by the politicians who allow companies, unions, and even foreign entities to contribute to any political campaign.  Only US citizens should be able to contribute to a political campaign. 

Since neither is willing to go down this road, even if they say they are, the advantage will go to the party who makes a true effort to create real reform without all the exceptions.

Topic #3 - The Debt and the Deficit

There is a difference when politicians talk about the Debt and the Deficit.  The Debt is the money we have already spent that we owe and they are in the form of US Bonds and US Treasuries.  This number is approaching $15 Trillion. 

The Deficit on the other hand is the US budget in any given year.  Currently, Barack Obama is letting Congress spend over $1 Trillion per year more than the revenues the US is bring in.  I don't know about you, but I can't spend more than I make.  So Congress and the President need to work together to bring down the Deficit. 

The only way to bring down the Debt is to not have a Deficit, which means the US brings in more revenue than it spends. 

Listen closely when either presidential candidate talks about the debt of the deficit.  They know that they are talking about one or the other, but like to make it sound like they are talking solely the Debt.  They like saying things like, we are going to reduce the Deficit by $1 Trillion over 10 years, and all this means that the Debt is going to keep going up.

Whichever candidate decides to make a commitment to not spend more than we bring in, will be the candidate with the advantage.

To get rid of the deficit, you need to deal with the Union's pension programs, the ponzi scheme called Social Security, and the taxes. 

There is a reason almost every company in the United States no longer has a pension program and that is because they will bankrupt a company as they are bankrupting every government in the United States.  The pension system needs to change to what the private sector uses today called a 401K, which means the government will contribute to an individuals retirement account within each paycheck.  This will eliminate a mayor of a city getting a pension for the rest of their life when they only serve 4 years.  This will also eliminate the double dipping effect where people can earn two pensions.  Their second job can continue to contribute to their individual retirement account and not have an effect on the ongoing government dollars.

I call Social Security a Ponzi scheme because based on the definition it is.  It uses the money it is currently receiving to give out to the current retirees.  The problem is, the government is spending and not saving the excess it receives today.  The reason politicians don't want to reform social security is because then they won't have that income to use anymore.  We should keep our currently obligations, but move towards eliminating the social security tax or contributing to individual accounts.

Taxes are going up because of the healthcare reform that Barack Obama has initiated.  First, I disagree with the government telling me I have to spend money on healthcare insurance, it should be my choice.  Second, we already pay for all the underinsured and uninsured since hobspitals typically don't refuse to treat patients.  Finally, without the deficit being in control, we don't have the money to pay for a new program.

On the topic of the Debt and the Deficit, I give the nod to Mitt Romney, since Barack Obama hasn't done anything to reverse either.

Topic #4 - The Wars

In 2012, the Iraq war is coming to an end.  The Afghaistan war doesn't seem to be nearing a conclusion, but you don't hear too much about either on the news anymore.  With the capture of Osama Bin Laden and troops coming home from Iraq, I give the nod on this subject to Barack Obama.

All Other Topics

All other presidential topics are just noise.  The topics of Abortion, Civil Unions, Education, and Illegal Immigration are very personal and are used in a presidential election to make you lose focus on what is currently important.  The United States was built on many different people and we as a nation should be more tolerant of the differences people may have in the 21st century.  We are still the number one place to go in the world.  I don't vote for a President based on these topics.  I might one day, if they solve the previous four topics.

Who Will I vote for in the 2012 US Presidential Election?

My vote this year is going to Mitt Romney as first, I believe he can help solve the economy and start the process of reducing the debt and turn around the deficit.  The wars I believe will run their due course and either candidate will be able to handle these topics.  I don't have any confidence that either candidate will do anything about campaign reform.  Finally, Barack Obama hasn't shown that he will stop spending money.  Who will you vote for?

Who are you voting for in the 2012 US Presidential Election?

Updated: 06/24/2012, Thom
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JoHarrington on 11/06/2012

As a Briton, I'm so worried about this election. I can't believe that it's so close. You might think that it's nothing to do with us, but the old saying goes that when America sneezes, Europe catches a cold.

It's quite telling when you see how out of step the USA is in the voting. It's neck and neck there, but if the world could vote, it's a landslide to Obama:

World Vote: http://www.iftheworldcouldvote.com/po...
BBC World Service: http://globescan.com/commentary-and-a...
Global Post: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/ne...

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