- Politics and Social Issues
A Letter to Undecided Voters
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.