The verdict is in, and Barack Obama did not produce the change he promised. In fact, as he blames all his ills on the last 8 years, it is interesting to compare the Bush years to the Obama years. Consider the following:
Bush: $543,818 Obama: $1,497,601
Bush (8 years): $4,217,261 Obama (4 years): $5,990,407
Bush: 5.26% Obama: 9.2%
January, 2009: $55,198 August, 2012: $50,678
Bush: $2.14 Obama: $2.89
Bush 2008: $16,661 Obama 2011: $18,497
But isn’t health insurance cheaper now with Obamacare? No. In 2012 the amount a family with employer provided coverage pays in annual premiums has increased to about $16,000. For families with private individual plans, the amount is up to $5,615. And before you ask why families don’t all just switch to private individual plans, remember that Obamacare taxes medium-large businesses up to $3,000 per employee that they don’t cover.
But we know Obama has handled the economy terribly. The other thing people elected Obama for was to end the wars. Obama promised to close Gitmo, which didn’t happen, and to end the war in Iraq. He ended the war in Iraq by sticking to Bush’s timeline, but that wasn’t the whole story. Obama intended to continue the war and leave troops in Iraq, but Biden could not negotiate simple immunity for our troops. Don’t look now, but the Afghanistan war isn’t ending in 2014. The administration is already negotiating to keep up to 25,000 troops in Afghanistan after 2014.
Let’s look at war by the numbers.
Involvement in Major Foreign Conflicts:
Bush: 2 countries Obama: 3 countries
Bush, 2008: 4.4% Obama, 2011: 4.7%
Bush: $99.3 Billion Obama: $155.1 Billion
Obama boasts of ending the war in Iraq, but how is the peace President doing in Afghanistan?
Bush: 606 Obama: 445
Iraq: 528 66
Afghanistan: 78 379
What about taxes? Obama boasts about cutting people’s taxes, but most of the tax hikes he passed don’t go into effect until next year. Obamacare has 20 different tax hikes in it, and many of those affect the poor and the sick.
But Obama saved the auto industry, right? Actually, the only Detroit major that survived was Ford. Ford didn’t take Obama’s bailout. Chrysler did, and is now owned by an Italian company called Fiat. GM took Obama’s bailout and is now owned by the taxpayers. This was after Obama spent billions to bailout the unions before letting the two companies go through bankruptcy. If that’s Obama saving the auto industry, I hope he doesn’t do me any favors.
Add these factors to Benghazi, Fast and Furious, the Black Panther polling case, Solyndra, and the other various scandals and overreaches of the Obama administration, and there is no reason to re-elect Obama. Except of course if you got an Obama phone and are afraid of losing it.
How Obama Could Still Win:
Several states in play are ties or tossups in the latest polls. In some, Obama is leading by 3-5%, but 3-5% are either undecided or going third party. Obama can still win, even with his horrible statistics, if people vote third party or stay home.
I know many out there are voting third party or not voting to protest Romney. I, like you, am a very libertarian leaning constitutionalist. I’d love to see us out of the Middle East. I’d love to see government spending cut in half. I’d love to see us hold to our 10th amendment. But Mitt Romney is NOT Barack Obama.
If anything, Mitt Romney is far closer to Reagan. Despite being hailed as a conservative hero, Reagan is not as conservative as I would have preferred. In fact, many Ron Paul and Gary Johnson voters would probably not vote for Reagan either. But Mitt Romney is not the candidate you should be protesting. You should be protesting Barack Obama.
Consider your goals and which candidate will get us there:
Less involvement in the Middle East: Mitt Romney has a comprehensive energy plan that gets America using its own resources to lower our dependence on OPEC. Obama spent billions of your tax dollars on green energy companies that went bankrupt, and we are no closer to independence from foreign oil.
Simpler, fairer tax system: Romney’s plan reduces rates in order to remove loopholes and deductions based on the government’s definition of what a good citizen looks like without raising taxes. Obama’s plan is higher taxes, more redistribution and a more complex tax system designed to pick winners and losers.
Foreign wars: Obama has proven himself to be an interventionalist. He is not the peace President people hoped for. He hasn’t closed Gitmo. He only left Iraq because he was too incompetent to negotiate a way to stay there. But he is already negotiating to keep 25,000 troops in Afghanistan. Romney’s approach is to show the kind of strength Reagan did. What major war did we fight when Reagan was President? The Cold War, where we sat across the ocean from each other and didn’t pull the trigger for eight years. Finally, the Soviet Union collapsed under their economic system.
More personal freedom and responsibility: Nothing took us backwards further as a nation than Obamacare. Obamacare mandates that every American buy private health insurance or pay a tax. Obamacare takes deciding power away from doctors and patients and gives it to the government. If you protest Romney, Obamacare is here to stay. If you vote to protest Obama, we have a shot at repealing this monstrous tax on the sick and the poor.
Does My Vote Count?
If you are thinking of voting third party or not voting because Romney is not as conservative as you’d like, you could be part of the margin that gives Obama four more years to take us down the path towards socialism at hyperspeed. So where does Romney need your vote the most:
Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Florida, Nevada, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, New Mexico, Arizona.
But believe it or not, he also needs you in Oregon, Minnesota, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Maine. If nothing else, vote to tell the liberals in your state that they do not have a mandate. The country is changing and is leaning to the right. You will never get the conservative, limited government you want if you let the country fall off the socialist cliff because the most conservative candidate who can win is not conservative enough for you.
When you walk into the voting booth, consider what you want America to look like in 2016. Do you want to move forward the way Obama does? Do you really want four more years of this?