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July 12, 2012 8:26 am MST

Why I will vote for Obama , Again

  • by: MADCO

(A well written explanation for a reckless act.  Just kidding.  Great diary, MADCO.   – promoted by ellbee)

The primary is over, the general is supposedly in full swing but I have not yet seen any coherent  explanation from anyone why they intend to vote for Romney. “Anyone but Obama” doesn’t really count.  It’s the intellectual equivalent of saying  “I just don’t like that guy.”   I get that there are voters that give it about that much thought.    I can’t engage them –  well, I could, but I am not a dating service.  (Unless, of course, Charlize Theron is looking for some dinner talk.)  

Now if someone was able to factually or intellectually deconstruct Obama and demonstrate he is not American or he is a communist or that he hates America, that might count.  I mean, first do no harm, would seem at least as reasonable a bar to set for the president as it is for a physician.  But just saying He’s a Socialist! Solyndra! Lying African!   are not intellectually stable arguments for “vote for Romney.”

– I am glad we have not invaded Iran or N. Korea. I came to wish we had not invaded Iraq and wanted a sensible ending.    I wanted al-Qaeda and bin Laden killed.  I wanted direct, sensible confrontation with the Somali pirates. Check, check check and check.

– While we are waiting for comprehensive tax reform we need to make the income tax more fair/progressive .  It should be more like it was – fewer and fewer people paying it until no one pays it at all. The way to start is to let the Bush tax cuts expire on the highest earners who benefit the most from public spending.

– Our military involvement in Libya was just right. LIkewise, our (apparent) avoidance of military involvement in Syria.

– The Ryan plan, which Romney now says he supports*,   ends Medicare, TRICARE and the Department of Veterans Affairs health care as we know them.

* (not to get all Marty McFly, but I honestly cannot recall    whether Romney was against this in the past or will be in the future).

– I trust Obama: not that he’ll do or not do whatever I want (though I believe he is way more likely to do more of what I would want and far less likely to do what I don’t want) , but I know what he will do   Romney is a mystery. Is there a single political position he was not for before he was against or against before he was for?   And I mean, of course, besides he wants the job.

– I don’t trust the LDS/Mormon church, perhaps because I don’t understand it   I do not care about the clothes or access to the temple.  Likewise I don’t generally care about separate planets and universes, though I worry about elected officials who claim special understanding about God’s will, which is not uniquely Mormon. But it was officially racist until the 1978, You could look it up — but not on Wikipedia- it’s been scrubbed.    Rev Wright doesn’t bother me –  I don’t care about angry black theology from the South Side of Chicago.

When I think about the US future:

– I hope it remains unnecessary to invade Iran or N Korea and that Syria, Egypt, and the rest of the middle east can find peace without us.  

– I hope deficit reduction is more about innovation and GDP growth than austerity.  (US GDP growth has been stronger and more consistent when our Gini coefficient  has been smaller like 1932- 1972, and much worse when it’s been larger like 1973 to now. I.e., too much of the GDP gain is going to too few.)

– I hope educational opportunities improve and are less dependent on zip code than aptitude and hard work.  (I like the Swiss model for higher ed, and a standards and performance based core curriculum for P-10).

These three lead me to support Obama.

– I hope China allows their currency to float more.

Big edge to Obama until Romney releases his tax returns (what’s he hiding?) because we may find out that Romney’s personal wealth is far more closely tied to parts of the world outside the US. (Why the banks in the Caymans? Switzerland? Why did he sign over those investments to Mrs.  Romney the day before he became MA Governor? Seriously, bank accounts in the Caymans?) Ultimately, I think the US President has less chance to get the yuan float than Warren Buffet, Nigeria (oil), Australia (uranium) or whatever Chinese politburo sees to the exchange and runs their banks.

I know Obama is not a communist or a socialist.  I was not present at his birth, but in my  heart I know he is just as American as anyone. Tax rates have not gone up – if anything they have gone down since 2009.

I know the Senate has not passed a budget – don’t care.

I know the ACA process was imperfect and the ACA is thousands of pages long – welcome to big league legislation – don’t care.   Of course the GOTP lied about ACA and death panels, sixteen thousand new armed IRS agents and free care for non citizens. I do care about that. I don’t care that the parties don’t get along.   I do care about having a national dialogue about major issues, like ACA.  And now we have been and can continue.

In the end, and I hope after my rational, intellectual side assesses the above – I like Obama.   Make fun of the “beer summit” all you want – I liked it.  It’s the kind of thing I would do.  All the public news out of the G20 was spot on.  The drone assassins – can we get some more bad guys? OBL- dead. Chrysler – alive and well.   Stimulus was too small – sure Solyndra failed, but Tea Garden didn’t.  The only thing I didn’t like about cash for clunkers was I kept my clunker (and blew the head gasket 4 months later).


15 thoughts on “Why I will vote for Obama , Again

  1. pretty much my view, too.

    Had a discussion about weight loss yesterday and the issue of fear came up.  I appreciate that Obama’s approach is mostly the “no fuss” approach.  If hysteria is what is needed, I would be president.  I think it works better with a calm approach and Obama, much to many liberals frustration, has that.

  2. Yes. Absolutely.  

    Started out in 2008 reluctantly for HRC and would have voted for anyone decent (a euphemism for ‘with a pulse’) over the insidious GOP not because I favor the far left but because I favor competence, momentum, and constructive work rather than the grandiose nonsense of role playing children, which is the Tea Party and of no greater intellectual heft than Furries or Trekies.

    Obama just hovers in his own kinetic field above the idiocies and never fails to make the right call, generally at the right time.  It infuriates me the KOSsites want all their often trivial agenda on the table at once, which is and was sure defeat for all of it. Obama wins.  I cannot imagine anyone facing what he has and retaining such high ratings.

    This is the President the nation has needed for a while, and the Democrats had better shape up, fly right, and energetically support him. They’ll never have a better standard bearer.

    That said, HRC has been incredible in her role and laid to rest all the nonsense about her the GOP smears her with.  Fearing sex and women and blacks about equally, today’s GOP of third rate white men trying to maintain their long time social support system and mythologies is the worst.  Would be happier if the Dem’s exhibited clearer evidence of their better philosophies.  

      1. 1) must be seen to be believed*

        * This was not actually the debate part of the debate. It was the opening statement.

        2) Go Vaqueros!

        “Brewer attended Glendale Community College where she received a radiological technologist certificate, but never earned a degree.”

  3. I was having a talk with my Mom over the 4th weekend down in Durango.  She said Obama is rude.  How so? He is dismissive of people when they challenge him, according to her.  She thinks when some Tea Party Freshman breaks decorum the president should address that, there, on the spot. I was shocked, but she gets her news filtered through my dad, who gets it filtered through fox news.  The nerve of the most powerful man in the world, not being respectful towards some asshole who just wants camera time…

    I’ve radicalized a little more this year than the last few, donating to the APL and Justice Party(from actually voting libertarian back in 2004! wild).  But I’ll probably vote for Obama again.  If only because I am very scared of republicans.  President Obama is not what I dreamed he would be, but he’s not a national nightmare.

  4. No “Here’s Why I WIll Vote for Romney”?

    Where is the love?  Oh yeah – that’s right it’s just ABO, baby. ABO and there are no GOTP not-Romneys left standing.

    I love President Eisenhower. Would have to run as  D if he wer alive today.

    I love Teddy R.  Would never get elected to national office today.

    I love A Lincoln. May be able to run as an R – but after a cabinet of opponents, would have to run for reelection as a D.

    Washing?  Was the biggest radical of them all.

    Reagan – ended the cold war with a clear victory. But also just a IRNO in today’s GOTP – raised taxes 11 times too many.

    Still – coherent I support Romney welcomed.

    (I’m not holding my breath.)  

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