A Letter to Undecided Voters

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This is a letter dedicated to all the “undecided” voters out there. You know who you are.

Dear undecided voter,

Let me preface by saying that I am a hardcore progressive liberal. That’s not to say that I’m not open to opposing viewpoints. I would have been more than happy if Ron Paul or Jon Huntsman won the republican nomination, but of course they didn't. And I love Teddy Roosevelt, a republican who ironically led the “progressive” movement of his day. Somewhere between Roosevelt and Bush, the GOP has lost its way. Now in 2012 the GOP has nominated good ole’ Mitt Romney----the antithesis of the American dream.

The list below outlines the main reasons why I would never vote for Romney. I purposely left out his political views because everyone knows that as a republican he is pro-life, pro-business, and wants limited government. Plus, he flip-flops so often, its impossible to know his true beliefs. The reasons I have outlined primarily have to do with his character and his ability to lead. I hope undecided voters will consider my points when making their final decision.

He is out of touch with the majority of people in this country.

Romney has famously referred to 47% of Americans as takers who mooch off the government. He believes that giving state benefits to people discourages them from working and keeps people down. What he fails to realize (since he’s never struggled financially) is that in most states, you can only receive food stamps or cash benefits if you are retired, disabled, or working but earning a minimal income. Individuals who are unemployed cannot get food stamps or cash benefits. They may receive unemployment checks, but only if they were laid off through no fault of their own.

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He is inconsistent.

Say what you will about Bush, but at least he was consistent. Romney is a chameleon whose message changes according to whom he is addressing. In Massachusetts he was a moderate with progressive views on health care and gay rights. During the party nominations, he was deeply religious, believed in conservative “family” values, and opposed universal health care. Now he is back to moderate Mitt. I can’t trust a person whose stance and views change so often. Who is the real Romney? At this point, I don’t even think he knows anymore.

He has repeatedly demonstrated poor judgment.

Bush always referred to himself as the “decider”. He recognized that a president’s main role is to make decisions and judgments on behalf of the country. Romney has made terrible decisions and demonstrated poor judgment. He strapped his dog to the roof of a car, allowed Clint Eastwood to speak at the convention without preparing a speech, sang “Who Let The Dogs Out?” when taking a picture with urban youth, insulted the British during the Olympics, and worst of all, referred to half the population as “takers”. And these are just the most recent examples.

He has not set forth any plan for dealing with the problem of student loan debt and default.

There have been a record number of student loan defaults. Students are graduating without any job prospects. As a result, they default on their student loans and ruin their credit forever. Romney has stated that he intends to raise interest rates on student loans from 3-4% to 7-8%. This will only make paying off loans even harder than it already is.

He has been silent about what can be done for the millions of people like myself who are currently paying their student loans and who may be in default. One idea has been the 10-10 plan which states that a borrower will not have to pay more than 10% of their monthly income, and after 10 years of payment, the loan would be forgiven. Romney has not shown any support for this plan and worse yet, has not set forth a plan of his own. He has no personal experience with student loans and is out of touch with the millions of borrowers who are struggling to make payments. Large corporations and banks can get a bailout but regular people get no help. Forgiving student loan debt will not create a generation of “takers” or “moochers”---it would actually help the economy. If I wasn’t spending $2,000 a month on student loans I would be spending that money buying crap I don’t need and stimulating the economy.

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tammybarnette 4 years ago

Very good hub:) I know a lot of people are upset that Obama did not fill all his promises, but people do not give him credit for what he did accomplish against all odds(republican congress)...My greatest worry is that people upset with Obama will run to vote for Romney, and I believe that is a dangerous mistake. Romney/Ryan are not run of the mill Republicans, they are extremist whose base is the far right..ie...Michelle Bachman, Sarah Palin, etc....John Huntsman would have won in a landslide, so why not push him through? Because he would stand on principles that could not be bought(at least that is my opinion)..W and Romney have one very big character flaw in common, they were raised by wealthy politicians and have no idea what real people do on a day to day basis..ie"corporations are people too"


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Blawger 4 years ago from California Author

JSChams--Thank you for reading and leaving a comment. I always enjoy reading other people's views on topics that I feel strongly about. As for the question you posed, I believe Obama has done many of the things he promised to do (exs. killed Bin Laden, passed healthcare reform, ended don't ask, don't tell, ect.). I do agree he could have done much more but you must admit that he was constantly blocked by the republicans in Congress. I will give the republicans credit though, when it comes to policy negotiations, they are much better at getting what they want---at whatever cost (the debt ceiling negotiations comes to mind). As a leader, Obama should have been more assertive and less willing to compromise.


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Blawger 4 years ago from California Author

tammybarnette--Well said! First of all, thank you for reading and leaving such an insightful comment. I totally share your sentiment. I will never understand why minorities, women, poor people, and the elderly vote for republicans. It makes absolutely no sense to vote against your own interests. Romney recently said that the alleged 47% of takers in this country "will never vote for him". But the crazy thing is, THEY DO. Don't these people understand that Romney has nothing in common with them. Most of these people cite christian ideals and personal freedom as the reasons why they vote republican. In actuality, the all-inclusive nature of the democratic party and the progressive policies it is based upon do a better job of protecting religious and personal freedom. Republican social views are all about restricting one's personal freedom (can't get an abortion, can't marry if you are gay, can't get birth control, ect.) I just don''t get it.


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SommerDalton 4 years ago

Voted up plus 3! Thank you for writing this and the courage to dabble in a subject that has potential to get heated. I agree with all your points and well said!!!


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Blawger 4 years ago from California Author

SommerDalton_Thank you for your kind words. figured if I was civil and stuck to the facts people would be respectful. So far, so good!


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TycoonSam 4 years ago from Washington, MI

I have to admit the pickings are slim this election.


OwnitAmerica 4 years ago

I am a voter who votes for the person, not the party. I think until you find a candidate that understands exactly how the majority of our country lives, there will be no change PERIOD. In the last election each candidate was asked what he thought an average American family earned: Obama said $380,000; McCain $500,000. Really? We need to stop having popularity contest and find a candidate that doesn't have his or her own financial agenda.


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Blawger 4 years ago from California Author

OwnitAmerica-I had no idea the candidates said that in the last election, but sadly, I'm not surprised. Most elected officials are totally out of touch with the plight of their constituents. I appreciate the fact that you judge each candidate based on their own merits and not according to party lines. I have yet to find a republican candidate I would actually vote for, but that's not to say I never would. Thank you for reading and leaving such an insightful comment.


Janelle 24 months ago

That's an innoeigus way of thinking about it.

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