President Obama continues to lead in the polls


I am having a hard time comprehending why it is so difficult for some citizens to understand why President Obama is leading in the polls, and has been since last winter. Hardly anyone is willing to give the man any credit, and everyone who does is criticized. True; considering his competition, supporting President Obama seems like a no brainer, but in all honesty I can't think of anything that he has done wrong. Maybe that's just it. President Obama is a little too good to be true. His policy requiring birth control to be offered to adult working women for free is ingenious. It helps to prevent the possibilities of abortion, which everyone seems to agree is a difficult decision for women to make. In addition, his policy to lower student loan repayments, his open-minded stance on gay marriage, and his adamant efforts to increase employment rates proves that he is thinking and considering all Americans. When the competition is so bad, as in President Obama's case, his positive efforts and achievements should brightly out shine the competition, and they do. It is as simple as that. People realize from their personal struggles, which were mainly brought on by the large amount of job losses in 2008-09, bad bank business, and tax breaks for the rich, that it takes time to recover from financial debts as grave as our government was facing when Obama took office. I have felt enough and seen enough progress to lead me to believe that President Obama is capable of continuing the trend over the next four years, and I think this feeling is shared amongst the majority of Americans.


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EstellaGrace 4 years ago from New York

Hmm... well. This one is interesting enough that I have to comment. While I see the reasoning behind your ooey-gooey depiction of Obama's supremacy, there are some pretty disturbing underlying beliefs in this nice, short, to the point, well written paragraph.

"His policy requiring birth control to be offered to adult working women for free is ingenious. It helps to prevent the possibilities of abortion, which everyone seems to agree is a difficult decision for women to make."

Why does no one believe in self-responsibility anymore? Why should the govenrment even have a policy on birth control in the first place? Who cares? If you want to take birth control, go buy it and take it. It's like bananas. If you want to eat a banana, go buy one and eat it.

And yes, abortion is a very difficult decision to make. I agree with that statement. BUT, if you make your bed, you have to lay in it. If you get pregnant, you either keep the baby, and deal with it to the best of your abilities, or you terminate it (which I am not advocating, but I don't believe there should be a law against it), and deal with that to the best of your abilities. It's like your car breaking down. If your car breaks down, you can keep it and pay to get it fixed, and deal with that decision to the best of your abilities. OR you can trade it in on a new one, and deal with that decision to the best of your abilities.

Why should anything be more complicated than that? There are decisions, actions and consequences. That's life.

I'm baffled why anyone would want the government running anything about their lives to begin with. And just where exactly do you think "free" birth control comes from? Does it grow on trees? Birth control trees? Where Obama goes out every morning and picks the freshest birth control pills for all of women kind to take for free? No.... that doesn't happen. SOMEONE SOMEWHERE PAYS FOR IT!!!! There is no such thing as "free". You are paying for someone else's birth control. When you can't afford to put gas in your car because $200.00 has been taken out of your paycheck before you've ever received it, you can thank your almighty tax man for giving other people "FREE" stuff.


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LaWandaDenise 4 years ago Author

EstellaGrace

You make some very good arguments. I totally agree with all of them.

Self Responsibility? I do believe in self responsibility....but this is not always the issue. There are other uses for birth control than simply preventing pregnancy, and it is not easy for every woman to purchase birth control. The depo vera shot was costing my husband and I $70 per shot; every three months. It may not seem like much, but it adds up when you already have two children and just one income. Condomns are unfortunately not as protective as birth control drugs, but when a woman decides to use birth control or condomns, is this not taking on responsibility? I do not want the government making decisions for me, but do I have a choice in that matter? government is a system that was put in place long before I was thought of. I do not view that as a relative issue because the government is not going anywhere and the issue is not whether or not I want them making decisions for me. I would rather input my opinion than simply allow the government to make decisions that may not benefit me at all. I am assuming that it will be cheaper for the government to make a law requiring free birth control be offered by employers through insurance companies than it is to take care of children born to povern families on welfare. This law does not require women to take birth control; it is simply giving them the opition, and those who are willing to practice self responsibiltiy but simply didn't or don't have the finances for birth control now have an option that was not present before. Either way tax payers, and we all pay some type of tax, will be paying for this service. I understand how difficult it is to understand the tough decisions others have to make if you yourself have never experienced a difficult time. So I realize that someone somewhere is paying for birth control, but think about it, which would you rather pay? Would you rather provide birth control, or light bills, food, and rent for these children for at least eighteen years and maybe longer through welfare? There is nothing complicated about that.


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EstellaGrace 4 years ago from New York

I agree that birth control can be considered "self-responsibility". What I am saying is that entitlements demean the ambition to do for yourself. Legislating morality effectively negates any effort to be a moral person. I have had difficulties, more than I'd care to share, just like many others. FREE anything should simply not be an option. Because FREE doesn't exist. Welfare should not exist. People could afford things relatively easily, even on minimum wage, if not for the government. The costs of "social services" are distributed to every other aspect of our lives. The money you earn is taxed, and then everything you purchase is taxed, and then the property that you "own" is taxed. Even the items purchased by welfare recipients with other people's taxes are TAXED. Change needs to come from the individual. The only way birth control is FREE is if the manufacturer gives it away. Not if the government buys it for you. Welfare should not exist. It would definitely hurt in the beginning, but people will eventually be better off with out it. Right now they are bred to work the system. If even half of the time and energy used to stand in line for your "benefits" were used to think of ways to provide for yourself, there would be a lot more rags to riches stories. Welfare tells people that they can't do for themselves, and that it's ok. It's not. Period. My argument doesn't come from wanting "bad" people to suffer. It comes from caring about humanity. I believe that all people should be striving to be the best they can be, and teaching their children to do the same. At the same time, with current circumstances, it is impossible to support yourself on minimum wage. Why? Taxes and Inflation, both of which are controlled and fabricated by the government. There is more going on here than just "free" stuff. We are being brain-washed as a nation by some very powerful people. The masses don't see it, which is why there is little revolt. We have to get off the hamster wheel.


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LaWandaDenise 4 years ago Author

This is not a case of legislating morally, it's actually more economically when considering the issue in terms of the government. Not everyone on welfare is abusing the system. The states that utilize the most welfare are states that usually vote republican. I think that welfare should exist, for the simple fact that despite doing everything morally and making good judgements, working hard and saving money, people experience unfortunate circumstances like being fired or laid off from a job after six years or more of loyalty, with kids at home and bills to take care of, and would still be doing so if they still had their minimum wage job. What do people do? Believe it or not some people lose their jobs at no fault of their own. Okay! So nothing's FREE! I know that, and I am sure most working adults realize that as well, since we are talking about a benefit for EMPLOYED individuals here, exemplifying RESPONSIBILITY by working. So no it's not FREE, but it is also not an immediate or direct expense for the receipient either. With everything in life there are requirements. We are all taxed in one way or the other as I said before, even if you are on welfare......so are we not all paying for the service or a service that we may or may not be taking advantage of? Roads, social security, medicaid, medicare, public schools and school buses, police officers, and fire fighters, 911 services....all services, that all Americans pay for, but may not be utilizing, nevertheless, as a wife of a hard working husband I am glad that there are safeguards instituted should I need assistance in some way one day. We never know what tomorrow is going to bring, the 2008 recession was proof of that. I am thinking of humanity...I would hate to imagine the current condition of our nation had welfare not been in place in 2008 and 2009 during the recession. I fear a situation similar to Ireland's thousands of homeless and hungry individual's living in the streets if there were no welfare. Welfare was established as a safe guard against situations that are out of the publics control. People who get laid off need welfare, don't you think? And besides, it comes out every working American's check for that very reason. Do you think people grow up dreaming to be on welfare instead of being successful in the field of their choice? Welfare keeps good people from suffering when bad things happen.

Inflation is hardly infatuated if you are a shopper of groceries from week to week. Inflation is a huge problem that I think needs to be addressed more, but taxes are pretty straight up in my opinion.... I do taxes. I understand why it may seem as if some individuals are abusing the welfare systems and resisting any efforts to advance themselves.

Welfare may seem like a heaven sent to someone who is not or has not ever recieved it. It's like, "Wow, I wish I did not have to work and could get someone to pay my light bill, phone bill, rent, and groceries." But that is simply it. The necessities. Welfare doesn't put cash or checks to be utilized on whatever the receipient wishes. There are requirements such as having less than 2300 in income per household per month with a family of four. And what about people with disabilities, who can't work? Do you suggest they rot to death? What about veterans that fight for our lives, children born with disabilities? Do you suggest that mental retardation individuals get minimum wage jobs and barely make ends meet as well? Or should we just kill these individuals before they are born? Please keep in mind that the states that utilize these beneits that are common to democrats are states filled with republicans. I live in one of those states. Republicans are constantly voting against democratic policies yet reaping all the benefits.....talk about fighting dirty. Who is being bred to work the system? Rich republicans like Romney maybe. Who wants to be bred to reap the bountiful benefits of welfare? What entitlements? Being born with a silver spoon in your mouth is capable of demeaning ones ambition as well. People like the manager in my "Free Speech" piece are just jealous and moreso unhappy with their life and job or career. But what you fail to realize is that the people on welfare are just as miserable being on welfare...at least those who are not abusing the system are.


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EstellaGrace 4 years ago from New York

"This is not a case of legislating morally, it's actually more economically when considering the issue in terms of the government."

More economically what? Destructive?

And, no. I don't think the misfortune of others is reason to kill them.

This country is BACKWARDS. Welfare is a good safety net for people who NEED it. Not for people who depend on it all day everyday. The government SHOULD take care of veterans, disabled, sick kids, etc. BUT.... the government doesn't actually take care of anyone, because the government doesn't MAKE money. They steal it. The government is supposed to be a middle man. Americans are supposed to give it a FAIR amount of money, and collectively decide what is going to be done with that money. That's not what is happening.

Roads-Shmoads.- There are tolls up the wazoo on every major highway I've ever driven on, and they're all still poorly built, poorly maintained and full of potholes, so I don't want to hear that the taxes taken out of my check are paying for the roads because they obviously are not.

People are bred to depend on welfare. Not everyone. Welfare is a "nice" idea.... but that's all it is. It is crippling this country and its history. Every thing our forefathers worked so hard for is being flushed down the toilet.

Welfare doesn't seem like "heaven" to me. I've never recieved it. I would be mortified to have stolen money from someone else to pay for myself. There is always something you can do to make money, and there is always something less expensive you can eat if it comes down to that. And don't kid yourself. Welfare doesn't pay for the "necessities and that's it". Welfare pays for the necessities so that they can use their paychecks, or drug money, or prostitution money to go buy alcohol, cigarettes, and pay baby-sitters while they go out and do more drugs. Welfare creates more DISPOSABLE income for the recipient. Rich people have plenty of disposable income and Poor people have plenty of disposable income. The working, tax paying middle class can't fill their own gas tanks.

And I didn't say inflation was "infatuated".

Infatuated (v) is defined as: Be inspired with an intense but short-lived passion or admiration for.

I said "FABRICATED"

Fabricated is defined as: Invent or concoct (something), typically with deceitful intent.

We all agree that we work hard for the money. We don't all agree that we should be keeping the money we work so hard for. People think that government is a "thing", as though it just exists such as air or water. It's not..... it doesn't. Government is just paperwork backed by people, and we all know people aren't perfect. Think of a small scale ounce of corruption... maybe at your job? I'm sure there's a situation at work that isn't right. We all have something. Now multiply that by A LOT. That's all government is. A bigger, more powerful version of whatever corruption you're already dealing with on a daily basis, except the government can and will ruin your life if you keep viewing it as the end-all, be-all answer to everything. A GODverment, if you will.


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LaWandaDenise 4 years ago Author

I certainly do not view government as the answer to all the problems in the world, but I am capable of realizing that things would be a whole lot worse if the institution were not available. Laws and regulations are needed to maintain order. I fear I would still be a slave if there were no government today. So I am a fervent believer in democracy. I do not view welfare as "stolen money." And people on welfare do not have paychecks, not decent ones anyway, and that is the problem. Even if they do, mostly are just working to put gas in their cars to get back and forth to work with nothing left over. Minimum wage allows someone to bring home about $200-$250 a week. Rent is half of that in a month, and once light bill, car insurance, and gas is paid, there is nothing left. Why should people be forced to sacrifice their health and the health of their children by eating meals of Ramon noodles, just because they were laid off or are disabled? Everything has its pros and cons....if any changes are made to the current welfare program I agree that there should be better safeguards to prevent individuals from abusing the system, and stricter punishments for those who are found to be abusing the system, but we can't allow one bad apple to spoil the bunch. Being aware that all people are not perfect why do you expect anything to be perfect? The perfect world will not come by deleting government from the equation. There will never be a perfect government, welfare program, or president for that matter. People are going to abuse things, that is a fact that we have to accept. Robbers rob banks, convienent stores, etc. but they are still in operation. It is not fair to punish millions of people for the transgressions of the minority.

There are many who deserve welfare based on their income, but do not receive the benefits of the program because of racial bias. Here again it is unfair to punish those in need by getting rid of the program, that will not be an end-all answer either.


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EstellaGrace 4 years ago from New York

I agree that an "institution" needs to be in place. I agree that some people receiving benefits need them, and are working toward a better life for themselves. We can all agree that our current system isn't working. The failed system is rotting the whole bunch of apples, not the one person who actually needs/deserves benefits. Sometimes in life you just do what you have to do. You stop whining and crying, pull up your big girl/boy pants and press on. There is always another way to make money. Allowing yourself to work for minimum wage is self-oppressive. No one is/should be in control of your life. That includes government- and with the tax system in place and the spending habits that people like me are supporting, the government is absolutely running my life. Freedom is a choice and a priviledge. If you aren't making enough money to be free by your standards, take drastic measures. It can be done. It is done, everyday, by people who DO it. Not by people who THINK about it while collecting their benefits or standing in line at their local social services building. Same thing with slavery. A white guy didn't just stand up one day and say "This is wrong!". It was always wrong, and slaves knew it. One of them somewhere, opened their own mouth and said something about it... probably sacrificed their own life just to speak on behalf of truth and justice. That one person took control of their self-oppression. That one person said to themselves "This is not right, and I will not live like this no matter what the cost". That one person fueled the fight in every other slave, and then eventually the white guy took notice, and one of them agreed. And then two of them agreed, and so on. THAT is how things happen. Sacrifice.... Integrity....Respect for yourself and others, and the determination to do something for yourself and others. The determination to MEAN something to yourself and others. To believe there is only one road to success is to believe the earth is flat. It is a thought of SELF-oppression.


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LaWandaDenise 4 years ago Author

Well for some people going to apply for welfare is damaging to their pride and integrity. It is a means of sacrificing their integrity, pride, and respect in order to live decently while they work to obtain a better position or job. Sometimes applying for welfare is "doing what you got to do" to get by until things get better. There is no doubt in my mind that people lost their lives in order to change the course of slavery, and people had to lose their lives before welfare was put in place as well. Then someone spoke up and spoke out against the injustices in America allowing the rich to get richer, while the poor got poorer. "ALLOWING yourself to work for minimum wage?" It's ironic that you see it as a choice for everyone. People who lost their high paying jobs in 2008 and 2009 would graciously work a minimum wage job rather than have no income at all. Plus, college tuition and fees are so expensive that some people can't afford to go to college in an effort to earn higher wages. Some people don't need to go to college; it is not for everyone. Sometimes people have to accept minimum wage until a better wage comes along, is that not self responsibility? You seem to be contradicting yourself....first you say that the system needs to be in place, and you say people should do whatever they have to do, but then you go on to say that allowing yoursel to work for minimum wage is self oppressive. To believe that there is only one road to success is self oppression, but denying yourself access to benefits that can help you along the way, and that were put in place to help people in poverty, such as welfare, is self oppression as well. Sometimes working for minimum wage is "doing what you got to do" until something better comes along. It does not mean simply praying that something better comes along; it means praying and fervently looking and working towards a better position. The ridicule that people receive when they are on welfare is not encouragement to remain on the system. No one is saying that there is only one road to success; I am merely saying that the system needs to be in place for the people that need a little help along their chosen path to success, and for those that lose their success at no fault of their own, and I personally, do not mind paying taxes out of my check to continue to fund the program because I or other members of my family, my children may need the help one day and I know that nothing is promised forever. But I'm a giving person anyway...I think it is better to give and when you do you reap three times what you help someone else to grow and it makes me feel good to know that my tax dollars are helping hungry children in my country. What takes a lifetime to build can be torn down in one night, which makes safeguards such as welfare a necessity to preserve humanity. No one is in control of my life. I come and go as I please. I do not feel restricted by the government by any means, and you are not the only one supporting welfare reciepients. It is not a burden you carry on your back alone. Every single working American, and every American that has ever worked is paying taxes, and last I checked there was more than one in the population. If you do not want to pay taxes or help the less fortunate then maybe you should quit working. You have the freedom to do so. Freedom is not a priviledge, it is a natural born right until it is abused, and it is a state of mind, not a choice. No amount of money can make me free. How do these people take the drastic measures you propose, and what drastic measures do you think individuals that recieve welfare should take? In addition, what makes you think that welfare reciepients are not taking drastic measures to better themselves? Who are you to judge what is considered a drastic change for someone else's life, sounds like you are trying to control someone. Do you even have any idea about who "abuses" or uses welfare benefits the most?.... White women do..they make up about 75% of the welfare receipients.


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EstellaGrace 4 years ago from New York

It's kinda funny that you just made this about "white women". I don't care WHO abuses the system, it's abused. Period. And as I said before, yes there should be a system in place. I agree that for some people welfare just IS what you have to do. I know a few who were on food stamps for a while, and worked to improve and are now independent of public assistance. That's what it's for. I live in Schenectady, NY and day in and day out I actually SEE with my two eyes, people who are abusing MY tax dollars. I'm pretty sure I'm not the only person paying taxes too.... but thank you for taking the time to point that out in case I truly thought I was the only working citizen of the United States. Probably because I'm white, I would think that right?

America is supposed to be the LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE. IF you're working for minimum wage, that is a choice. You can work harder, and get raises, or go work for yourself. That's what I'm doing. I am building a business, and then I am going to build another one. I want to be an employer who empowers her employees, and commends them on their hard work. I understand that being a business owner is not for everyone, but there is always something that someone needs done. All I am saying is that there isn't only one right answer. Maybe if people looked a little harder, or thought about it a little harder they would find other ways to support themselves. College breeds the mentality that you have to get an education to make any money and it is simply not true. I went to college for a little while, but it was a joke and a waste of my time. Life experience is far more valuable IF you know what to do with it. If you think about your life, on purpose....because you WANT better. There is really no way that all the people on food stamps need them. Infact, 75% of them could go it alone. They just haven't thought about it hard enough, and they aren't giving themselves enough credit. It's actually heartbreaking that these people continue living sub-par because they don't think they deserve better. That's what it boils down to really. Society has told them that their life is "This Way", and they believe it. They need to open the box and look outside. There is no one who can do that for them, not even President Obama, with his free cell phones and kool-aid. I would actually LOVE to get some welfare recipients working for me. See if any of them will get out of bed at 4:30am EVERYDAY 7 days a week, 363 days a year and do what I DO in pursuit of a better life. See if they will EVER show up in someone else's establishment with a job to do, and do that job start to finish without disrespecting someone else's hard earned business. See if they're even SOBER by 5am. I bet they're not. I am DOING something..... and they could be too. Elderly people who truly can't work, and didn't prepare for life's hardships while they could work, well... yea, they shouldn't starve. They should have made better choices, but it's too late for that, and no I don't want to see them hungry or homeless. CHILDREN who are hungry should always be able to eat, they should also be taught to say thank you. Their parents, who can work, and could work harder but don't.... well... these are the people who wouldn't get out of bed at 4:30am if their lives depended on it, because they already have nothing to live for. The light that I see comes from within.... the light that they see comes from within the T.V. If we're so concerned about our poor, why aren't we taking better care of our veterans?? The people who EARNED the right to ANYTHING they need by defending this country and all that is stands for (or used to). Why should I buy Shaniqua Quintinia Perez (or as you like to call her "white women") (4) 3 liter bottles of soda and 3 JUMBO bags of chips, and Party Pack size kit-kat bars and laffy taffy on the 1st and 15th of every month, and then have to STAND BEHIND HER IN LINE FOR HER $300.00 GROCERY ORDER that she is paying on with EBT??? Do you know what I bought that day? $19.00 worth of groceries because that's all the money I had in my pocket that day. And then I went home and cooked , and did dishes. She went to McDonalds with her dirty, snot-faced kid who she can't even be bothered to properly clean before she took him out in public where she let him climb all over everything in line, and the BAG BOY had to yell at her kid for her? She had 7 gallons of milk in one of her TWO grocery carts.... either she has 17 children, or she's "buying" milk for free, and selling it on the black market. (Black market isn't meant to be a race thing, I should clarify that from now on).

When you live in Schenectady, NY, those are the majority of welfare recipients. And then they get in their escalades that their numerous "baby-daddy's" collectively bought them with their drug money, and drive around town talking on Obama's free cell-phone, looking for their next drug-dealer thug to knock them up, so they can get more food stamps, rent benefits and tax returns. These people only have jobs for the tax returns. They like minimum wage, and they like working part-time. They play the "single mother" role so they have excuses not to work, but almost everyday the kid is with their mother so they can go out and get drunk and pregnant.

These are facts. Come visit.


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FitnezzJim 4 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

I checked the polls today right before the vice-presidential debate and came to the conclusion that Obama is leading from behind, again.


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LaWandaDenise 4 years ago Author

I would say you are correct, but given the 3% margin alotted for error, I choose to believe they are more neck and neck. Besides, nobody asked me.


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LaWandaDenise 4 years ago Author

I am so proud of this nation for realizing that the best option for our nation is President Barack Obama. What is meant to be, will be.

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