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Election 2012 - What is Your Vote?

Updated on October 17, 2012

This presidential campaign has been absolutely captivating. These men seem powerful and confident in their own ways. You have the successful business man who has made money hand over fist. On the surface, his appeal is significant in these rough economic times even if he may seem a bit out of touch from the everyday Joe. You have the charismatic one who seems to understand the plight of the middle class and can relate so well with people. On the surface, his words touch many as he speaks so eloquently about hope and change.

It is true that both candidates have their strengths and weaknesses, and both have a great number of supporters and rejecters. This race is so close and the numbers still show the win could go to either one.

So, where do you fit in?

With so much at stake and the election nearing the end, it is easy to fall into the trap of believing everything you see in the debates or everything you see on commercials…and what about the talking heads of television and radio vehemently putting their spin into this already confusing game of politics? Even celebrities step up to the plate and announce who they are voting for and who you should be voting for.

But seriously people, you can’t base your vote on this.

With all the tools of knowledge literally right at your fingertips, the best thing you can do for you is to educate yourself on the candidates. Go beyond what is being said now; truly explore their history. What have they stood for in the past? What views have they changed and why did those views change? What issues are important to you and where does each candidate stand on those topics?

The issue of the economy is very real, and the US economy is not the only one that has suffered in the past several years. Around the world, many countries are experiencing the similar woes, or even worse.

Is that Obama’s fault?

We live in times where business is global…and not just importing and exporting products. Jobs have been sent to other countries as well. When you have a global economy, situations that occur in other countries will have an impact to others.

And when did the economy start going bad in the US?

What is the true impact of the housing market and banking industries on the economy and when the heck did all that start?

What about the reaction time?

What other industries were impacted…and why?

These are just a few of the questions to consider…just about the economy.

What about the other issues….and there are many other issues. Immigration. Taxes. Abortion rights. Health Care. I could keep going. So what is your stance on these issues?

My point, people, is that to make the right selection of which candidate to vote for, you can’t simply rely on what people are saying. Inform yourself. Then vote.

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    • peanutroaster profile image

      peanutroaster 

      5 years ago from New England

      Economy is heating up - lumber mills are rebounding, consumer confidence is up, out of work numbers are down, gas prices falling. Basically Romney's supposed strength is becoming less important as we start to pull out of the recession. Watch him try to move towards foreign policy - an area he sucks at.

    • breakfastpop profile image

      breakfastpop 

      5 years ago

      I agree inform yourself and don't be wedded to a party but rather to the content and character of his character. Hands down we now know that electing Obama in the first place was a terrible choice. It's time to take back our country. For me it's Romney all the way.

    • AlexDrinkH2O profile image

      AlexDrinkH2O 

      5 years ago from Southern New England, USA

      Mitt Romney would not have been my first choice for the GOP nomination but that is who we have. Even the worst of the GOP field (take your pick) would be a far superior choice to our current president. Mr. Obama is the worst president in US history - he is leading us down the path to fiscal insolvency and burdening us with a huge, national debt and a bloated government that is interfering more and more in our daily lives. His foreign policy, if such it can be called, is in shambles, and his administration is blatantly lying about the situation in Libya. Romney is the ONLY choice. Four more years of Obama? Lord, I hope not.

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      ssaffery 

      5 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      Time for America to gouge out capitol hill with a civil war and only then will that solve all of America's problems internally. No international Wall Street non-sense, just America.

      What I really wish for is this;

      1) Higher gas prices like $15.00 per gallon of unleaded

      2) Close more American companies so more Americans lose their jobs - Outsource more - Automate job duties by computer so there is no need for an actual human being to actually work

      3) Tax welfare money so even people on welfare can't get any

      4) Get rid of America's middle-class, tax them hard

      5) Raise the prices on groceries

      6) Raise the taxes on those groceries

      7) Tax areas of the marketplace where there are no taxes but should be such as parking meter taxes, hey, more for the Department of Revenue's and Taxations.

      Americans will pay $15.00 for a gallon of unleaded at the pump. Americans will want to lose their job to an international company. Americans will want to go on welfare after losing their job and be taxed with their welfare money for taking cash out and paying for groceries with that cash. All of this already happenned and it is still happenning! Americans are stupid for not wanting to go to war against their own country!

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      peanutroaster 

      5 years ago from New England

      How hard is it to be a "successful businessman" when you are on a golden path from birth? Money, Prep Schools, Connections, Old Boy Network, Church Network - wow that is really hard. Too bad Mitt wasn't a Latino so his life would be so much easier.

      We've been clawing our way out of deep worldwide recession and the policies put in place by the current administration are starting to pay off - housing is moving up, employment rate is moving down, stock market is doing great.

      Unfortunately the 1% like Mitt have been getting most of the benefits from both the downturn in the economy and the upturn. And at no point did they ever go hungry, have to think about filling up the car or worry about their kids future. They only had to worry about how to park their multitude of cars in their third vacation home.

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