The 5 Reasons to Re-elect President Obama in 2012

NOTE: I had to delete some comments from this page. The reason was because I responded to these comments in another hub "The 5 reasons not to re-elect Obama and my response to them" and Hubpages was saying that this was a duplicate even though it was over 60% new material. I know I will get criticism for it. So it goes. Even after I took this step, Hubpages moderators still would not publish the hub. So I have reposted the comment at the bottom of this page and will address the "complaints" in a new hub called 'The Five Big Lies About Obama."

This is not a plea to conservatives, the ideologically rigid, those that believe the president was born outside this country, those who believe he is the Antichrist, those who think gay marriage is a bigger threat to our Democracy then the slow slide into a third world economy that has been happening to our country over the last thirty years. This is a plea to the disillusioned Democrats who feel the President has not done enough. This is a plea to the large number of moderate and independent voters who helped make up the president's over 69 million vote mandate in 2008. This is a plea to the almost a million Americans who voted for Ralph Nader or Green Party candidate Cynthia McKinney in a symbolic show of their rejection of the two party dichotomy.

We do not have the luxury of symbolic gestures. We do not have the luxury to choose ideological purity over decisive action. We do not have the luxury to vote from an uninformed position, choosing merely to punish a President who has been fighting for us all of this time, for not being able to clean up a situation in four years that was over thirty years in the making. We cannot afford to reward a party that has pushed the country to the brink of ruin in favor of trying to win the Presidency back at all costs. Many people all over the country have already seen the results of Republican solutions to our economic meltdown in Ohio, Wisconsin and Florida. Hopefully this will be enough of a warning to make them realize of how much importance this next election really is. There are five consequences that I think should be enough alone to re-elect Obama but I present all five. If these reasons are not enough to persuade most thinking Americans then I greatly fear for the future.

1. The Citizen's United Supreme Court Decision

These words should terrify any thinking American: "Corporations are People." the idea that a collective of people should have the same sovereign rights as individuals is one that people from both sides of the political spectrum should despise. In fact, they do.

No matter what else you say about Ron Paul he is honest and he can't be bought. Unfortunately, this not true of any of the other people seeking the Republican nomination. They are all corporate hacks. If one of them becomes President they will probably get to name at least one person to the Supreme Court before their first term is over. This means that a court that is already made of of five people who think corporations should have rights and free reign on our democracy, could become a court that contains six people that believe such nonsense. (or at least stay the same.) Any reasonable person who isn't a billionaire should consider this enough to want Obama, a president who appointed one judge who voted against the ruling and who publically spoke out against it, to have the opportunity to appoint more judges to the high court.

This is not a partisan issue. In the highly likely event you are one of the 80% of Americans who are opposed to this decision your best chance to keep our country from becoming a corporate dictatorship is by voting the President back into office. Republicans can hold onto the hope of Congressman Paul winning the primary, but failing that, the lesser of two evils is very clear. Obama is the choice that we must pick and even a principled conservative should be able to see that. Republicans oppose this decision almost as much as Democrats and Independents. The only way to get your party to listen to your will is to show them that it is unacceptable and the best way to do that is to vote for a candidate who does not share this dangerous ideology.

2. Obama can decrease the national debt if he gets re-elected if he just does nothing.

Democrats have lobbed criticisms at Obama for not repealing the Bush tax cuts, while at the same time the Republicans have been hammering the President over the national debt. Poll after poll have shown the American people in favor of tax increases on the wealthy, while the Republicans going out of their way to make sure even billionaires don't get an even slight increase in their taxes. A recent poll shows 66% of Americans in favor of raising taxes on Americans making more than $200,000 a year and 70% in favor of higher corporate taxes.

The Bush tax cuts are set to expire shortly before our next president would take office. While there is no guarantee that Obama won't cut a deal that will extend the cuts even further, he has already made statements that he will refuse to do so. One thing is clear. Whoever the Republican nominee for President is will most certainly extend the tax cuts and our national debt will continue to grow out of control, while the gap between rich and poor continues to grow wider. This is an issue where large majorities are once again on the President's side. Refusal to support this President in his fight to restore the top marginal tax rate to the Clinton era, the last economically prosperous period in our nation's history, shows a lack of common sense that we cannot afford.

3. We will return to the same military attitude that got us into Iraq.

Are we talking about Libya anymore? That is because this President knows how to handle military operations. He hasn't left Afghanistan or Iraq fast enough for most people's tastes but at worst his military policies are only comparable to Republican policies and in quite a few cases they are much better. Obama got Bin Laden in just a few years when Bush couldn't in two terms. No major terrorist attacks have occurred during his Presidency while the worst ever occurred during Bush's first year in office. We can return to the era of tough talk and no results. We can return to the era of recklessness that got us involved in Iraq and looking toward Iran. We can waste another 4 trillion dollars that would be better spent rebuilding our economy. Or we can make a more rational and informed decision.

The popularity of Ron Paul in the Republican Primary is partially a result of opposition of US foreign policy across party lines. The rest of the GOP hasn't got the memo. America is sick of war! And they want a more sensible and nuanced foreign policy. Obama can deliver that to you. Whatever failings he may have as a president, his opponent will be worse.

4. Whoever the Republican nominee is will probably raise YOUR taxes.

One of the most baffling things about the criticisms of Obama is how he has been portrayed as a tax raiser while slashing taxes for the middle class and not laying a hand on the tax rates of the wealthy to compromise with the Republicans. The average American makes somewhere between $30,000-$50,000. If you are reading this chances are you fit into that bracket and probably somewhere below the $250,000 line that Obama has proposed tax increases on. If you are making over $250,000 a year it is safe to say that you can afford a tax increase. Unfortunately the Republicans disagree and would rather give even richer people, millionaires and billionaires, another tax break while increasing the tax burden on the rest of us, even in hard economic times.

Many Republican candidates have already proposed a national sales tax in order to raise revenue rather than raising taxes on the rich. They also wouldn't dare cut subsidies to oil companies or other companies that don't need it. They would rather tax middle class Americans to help prop up the oil companies. Herman Cain has already proposed a plan that would raise taxes on most Americans while giving the rich another 24% tax cut. The Republicans are so brazen in this ploy that they put it in writing, counting on you not to read it or care.

The Republicans aren't anti-tax. They will be happy to raise taxes on the middle class and poor in most cases. They just don't want you to dare touch the rich, the corporations that bankroll their campaigns and keep them in power. So the choice between Obama and his Republican candidate won't be between a pro-tax liberal and anti-tax conservative but over which group of people is going to take the hurt.

5. The Republicans Have No Plan

Other than a constant pitch for tax cuts, something that Obama has compromised with them over and over again, the Republicans have no plan. When the Senate leader of a party says his goal is to make Obama a one term president, not get America working, not decrease the debt, not help the middle class get back on track, there is a huge problem. Voting a Republican back into the White House will be letting the lunatics run the asylum again. There are smart principled and innovative Republicans out there. Too bad we never get to hear from them because the party leadership constantly tries to drum them out.

Whoever the nominee is, they will be a person looking backward and not forward. For many people that seems to be what they want but the hard fact is we can not get back to the way things used to be. The only constant is change and we need to look forward to where we want to be. Wherever that is, it isn't where the Republican party is right now,

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Justsilvie 5 years ago

Really Informative. Will share it with Friends and Foes alike. *smile*


HSchneider 5 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

Very well stated Robephiles. The Republicans are constantly shouting that President Obama is looking to start a class war. This is nonsense. The Republican policies of transferring wealth to the rich will do just that. The middle class will disappear in this country and this is just what the GOP want. Who will buy their products when this occurs? These people are so shortsighted and they use their vast money to lie to the people.


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chefsref 5 years ago from Citra Florida

I think Obama's best chance for re-election will be if the Repubs nominate one of their crazies. While I will vote for Obama it is a vote for the lesser of evils, without the enthusiasm of 2008


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dashingclaire 5 years ago from United States

While your hub makes logical and rational arguments to elect President Obama again, most of the people who should read it won’t. Those people who should read the hub would have to change their perspective of the President before even considering political views. They would have to start thinking of the President as an American born man, who does not speak slang or ebonics. A man who wears suits and his pants don’t hang around his butt crack. A man who carries a law book and not a knife and/or gun. A man who actually graduated law school and was not an elementary school drop-out. Those who think because he is not loud, violent, obnoxious, rude, disrespectful with a bad attitude he is somehow less qualified than the 43 Presidents before him.


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Robephiles 5 years ago Author

I would hope that this hub can convince the people who voted for Obama the first time and are now considering staying home, voting for Nader or switching sides. That would be enough for him to win. I think he still has the advantage statistically speaking but because of the situation in Europe and Republican opposition to the jobs bill, that could change if there is another economic downturn in the US before the election.


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funmontrealgirl 5 years ago from Montreal

I am not going to get into this one way or the other since I don't live in your country, but I have seen a lot of hubbers before write about why Obama should not be relected.


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Robephiles 5 years ago Author

And usually their reasons are comical, contain factual inaccuracies or blame Obama for the collapse of the US economy that occurred shortly before he took office while at the same time agreeing with the people who did everything in their power to stop him from attempting to create jobs or hold the people really responsible accountable.


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Robephiles 5 years ago Author

THIS COMMENT WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED BY COURANTE AND DELETED AS DESCRIBED IN MY NOTE AT THE TOP OF THIS HUB.

1) Obama said that Bush leaving office with a $4.9 Trillion deficit was un-American. His solution, triple that deficit and produce more government spending in his three years thus far than Bush did in his entire eight years as President. His current $14+ Trillion deficit is greater than ALL previous presidents combined.

2)Obama claimed that the first stimulus package costing nearly $1 Trillion would prevent the unemployment rate from surpassing 8%. We are now sitting at 9.1% unemployment, a rate that hasn't seen a drop in three straight months. The highest unemployment rate during Obama's term so far was 9.7%, even after the stimulus package was passed. Factor in those who have quit looking for jobs, those who are underemployed, and the statistics for minorities like Jewish and African Americans, and you're actually looking at around 16% unemployment. And Obama is the first and only president to ever cite "saved jobs", as if that can actually be measured. What a joke!

3)Obama himself said that if he didn't turn the economy around in two years, he would become a one term president. After three years, it's obvious that he was definitely right on that one!

4)To say that the Republicans have no plan is just an out right lie. Either that, or you are truly not listening to the other side of the aisle. If you're that biased, you shouldn't writing on the subject. Ever heard of the Ryan plan, Cut Cap and Balance, or even Herman Cain's 9-9-9 plan? The now Republican controlled congress has voted and passed several plans that the Democratic majority has prevented from even being voted on in the Senate. Not to mention the fact that Obama's first budget wasn't immediately passed by Congress at the time. Obama claimed it would cut the deficit in half in just five years; once again, it in fact tripled the deficit in just three years.

5) Obama and the left in general love to blame Bush for everything. He claims he inherited a mess from the Bush administration. Even if you concede that notion, when does the buck begin to stop at his desk? Reagan inherited a much bigger economic mess when he entered office; however, he didn't waste time whining about it and criticizing his predecessor. Instead, he took charge and institute tax reform, among other severe measures. In just two years, he was able to turn the economy around with one of the biggest rises in employment this nation has ever seen. Our hostages in Iran were immediately released when he was inaugurated, the unemployment rate reached a high of 10.7% in 1982 before Reagan's policies began taking affect. The rate then dropped during the remainder of his presidency, averaging 7.5% throughout his eight year term and hitting a low of 5.5% when he left office. Inflation dropped from an average of 12.5% under Carter to 4.4% under Reagan and GDP increased at an average of 3.85% per year. In short, taxes and regulations declined and the nation's economic strength increased; proving that action speaks louder than words, especially when those words are merely pointing blame!

I could go on and on citing more facts about Obama's failed policies. And every one is just that, a failed policy. The only thing he promised during his campaign that he has delivered on is Obamacare, and that will be ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court as it has already been ruled in the lower and courts.

As for the comments of returning to previous military policies, isn't that exactly what Obama's done? He's kept Guantanamo open and continued the fight in Iraq and Afghanistan after campaigning that his first presidential actions were going to be to close the detention camp and bring the troops home. I guess once he started receiving those daily intelligence briefings, he realized that they are indeed necessary. Obama and the rest of the far left criticized Bush for going into Iraq, calling it an illegal action and even seeking indictments of Bush aids and impeachment hearings. They ignored the fact that several UN resolutions were ignored by Saddam, not to mention the last one that warned of military action had he not complied. Bush also went to the then democratically controlled congress and got approval of his use of military action. Many of the Dems who voted for the action, later went on the attack, calling Bush a war criminal. Where is the same outcry from these people toward Obama for supplying troops, jet fighters and bombs for the action in Libya? In contrast, there was no congressional approval given or even requested. And naturally, if you only get your news from biased media organizations, you're not gonna hear much about Libya anymore; their agenda is to help re-elect Obama, just as it was to get him elected in the first place. Do a little research and you'll see that there is actually news on that situation released on a daily basis.

Now I know I'm not going to change the minds of anyone who is already convinced of such baseless ideals, so that's not my point here. My point is, if you're want to come across as credible, offer some real facts. Cite your sources and be prepared to back up your claims. Otherwise, it's merely partisan politics in the form of an editorial. How can one claim that the "Republicans have no plan", that the GOP nominee will likely raise taxes, or even that Obama could raise the debt by doing nothing? First off, the deficit and the debt are two different things. Secondly, the CBO are already projecting an increase in debt held by the public as a % of GDP between now and 2012, that's without any changes in the current rate of spending compared to current taxes collected and the nation's borrowing rate. Neither the debt or deficit will ever go down until discretionary spending is reduced considerably and big budget entitlements are reformed. There's more bigger fact than that staring us in the face today!


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Courante 5 years ago from San Antonio, TX

Thanks for reposting, but there's more that have not yet been refreshed. Wouldn't want anyone to think you're censoring now.


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Robephiles 5 years ago Author

You're a moron. You don't even know how much the deficit is (yearly or current) for Obama even though it is posted at the congressional budget office.

You make a lot of claims that are false and can be looked up by anybody who knows how to use Google. Politifact and Factcheck.org debunk several of your claims.

Then you have the balls to lecture me. I will delete anything else you post of this hub. I responded to your idiocy in another hub but you aren't man enough to deal with facts. (your final statement is an opinion by the way. Something that you "ought to do" can never be a fact.)


Hamlet 4 years ago

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The Republican 4 years ago from USA

All very interesting! I am a republican, but i have to say, you did argue a good point. I hope you could read a small piece that i wrote. I really do NOT mean it make a arguement, only a good discusion, respectfully.

thank you for your time,

~The Republican


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California

A great read and very good and rationale reasons presented.


rebel999 4 years ago

There are numerous reasons to re-elect President Obama. On your computer Google in President Obama's accomplishments. You weill see many sites listing them. I wish Obama would list them on his site. On my site at www.mybetteramericaplan.com is numerous reasons why President Obama and the Democrats are good for America and why Romney and the Republicans are bad for America. Most of the info is on my Current Events section of my web page along withsome on my Home section.


Macha 4 years ago

Can you people not see what he is doing. He is for a large central government. Once that is accomplished we are no longer free. We will never get it back. Remember we are in charge not the politicians . I agree the Republican establishment has let us down but it's nothing compared to what Obama is going to do his second term. The promises of this man cannot be delivered. I wish all people could have all things. Truly. It is not possible. We as individuals must each do our part to help our less fortunate family and neighbors. The government can provide some safety net. Even if Romney goes in we are in for a rough time. If Obama goes in I think we are done. Please understand under a Conservative there is nothing to stop liberals from helping people in whatever way they wish. You don't have a right to force others against their will to share in your plans. Our government was set up to protect individual rights. Get educated on history and how things work. You have no right to what others produce.


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Robephiles 4 years ago Author

You should read some philosophy some time. Locke, Rousseau, Marx, Mill, Nozick, Rawls will do. I'm sure you will say you have, people always do. What they mean is that other people have told them what these arguments are and what to make them. Or that they have cherry picked out of context quotes to try and make sense of them. The Republican ideas of "freedom", "individual rights" and "free market" are so simplistic, reductionist and downright illogical that they spit in the face of the thinkers who originally championed such concepts to begin with.

By today's standards Locke and Mill would be considered Libertarians and Nozick identified as one. They would all be too Liberal for our current Republican party. "Conservative" is not only a term that has no real meaning but as the Republicans define it also contains elements of nationalism and theocracy that any thinking person should be terrified of.


estacy 4 years ago

Tax the rich business owners! Let the poor hire us all at high wages. Sounds funny doesn't it... I bet it doesn't work, but it is this administration's solution to our financial crisis and the battle cry of this election. I am amazed by the number of fools that buy into this 99% crap.

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