VOTERS MUST NOT FORGET.
As some things are crucial in the 2012 presidential election.
Hurricane Sandy, its damage and aftermath cost, will remain in the minds of many people for a very long time; particularly those living in the Northeastern parts of the United States, namely, New Jersey, New York, Maryland (including Washington, D.C.) and even Massachusetts.
Yet, Americans in general are very forgetful, and anything, whether it is about a storm or politics, can take center stage in the news for a while, and then it will disappear into memory not too long after that.
Not long ago, newspapers and TV stations were assessing the tax problems of ex-Gov. Mitt Romney, the Republican Party candidate for the 2012 presidential election, as reports came out that he would not disclose more than two years of his tax returns, which was unusual, for politicians running for president have always, as a matter of trust, revealed more than a few years of their tax burdens.
In addition to that, there was an accusation by Sen. Harry Reid, majority leader in the U.S. Senate, saying that it has been rumored that Mitt Romney has not paid any federal taxes in ten years; and that raised more than some eye brows in the country.
The probe of that was still absent, due to the fact that the same newspapers and the rest of the media just dropped the issue, as if it never happened. They have forgotten such an important matter, and their branch of pollsters, like Gallup and Rasmussen, were putting out poll percentages that favored Mitt Romney over President Barack Obama, the official Democratic Party candidate. Other tracking polls were doing the opposite, of course.
Presently, the stark naked destruction of "super storm" Sandy, was what would be on the forefront of the news, and the candidates themselves would move away for a short while from the campaign trail to deal with the problems left behind by the storm. Their reactions to it were being noted by onlookers of all types.
Gov. Chris Christie, the Republican governor of New Jersey, has given credit to President Obama for his response to the storm that has devastated his state, probably more than any other, and saying, "I am not going to play politics...", with respect to Obama's handling of Hurricane Sandy.
Romney also has been seen hauling provisions on trucks for the victims, to help them in a difficult time; and it was all great and dandy for him to practically participate in assisting people in need.
Obama has his problems with the U.S. Benghazi consulate attack, and he was liable to answer questions by Republican Senators, like Sen. Lindsey Graham and others, as to what has actually taken place in Libya, and especially, when did the president know it, and what action he has taken, if any?
As much as some would think that they were politicizing the Benghazi issue, the American people would want to know the truth about the death of four diplomats, including that of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. The situation in which they died was tragic, but could it have been prevented? Were sufficient steps taken to protect the consulate, prior to the attack?
However, to balance things out for both candidates, would it not be appropriate to bring back the case of tax evasion by Romney, demanding some answers to why only a fraction of his tax returns was being revealed?
There were other charges of, for example, safe haven and foreign bank accounts that voters should know more about before they could make a decision to vote for him or Obama.
Though, in a way, Americans tend to be forgetful; yet, in a tight race as the 2012 general election, some issues should be remembered, as many answers would be required as a backdrop for people to base their decisions on.
It would not be out of place for the media to remind them of what has happened before, and the kind of persons they were voting for.
The result would be choosing the rightful candidate for the presidency of the people's beloved U.S.A.
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