Who should I vote for in 2012 - an unbiased look.
Who to vote for?
Who to vote for is a very individual decision, but this unbiased guide should help you make your decision if you are on the fence. As in most presidential elections, it's not really about finding the perfect candidate, it's about finding the candidate that you agree with on the most issues. Very few people are going to agree with any candidate on everything, but if you agree with one guy on six major issues, and another guy on two major issues, your decision should be pretty simple.
So before you can determine who you want to be president, you must first decide what is most important to you, and then find someone who believes in those issues as well.
Please keep in mind this is a small portion on what each candidate has in mind for the country. I would encourage you to take a look at each candidate in greater detail by visiting their campaign websites and watching videos of their campaign speeches on YouTube. I also encourage you to watch the debates for a better gauge on how each candidate feels on individual issues.
Romney on Taxes:
- Maintain current marginal tax rates; make the Bush tax cuts permanent
- Get rid of the tax paid on inheritance
- Eliminate taxes on interest, dividends, and capital gains for individuals with incomes below $200,000
- Repeal the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT)
- Cut the corporate tax rate to 25% (Currently 35% for big corporations)
- Make the R&D tax credit permanent (Research and Development Tax Credit for those who Research and Develop new ideas/products)
- Repeal the corporate Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT)
- Move to a territorial tax system where US companies will not have to pay U.S. taxes on income earned overseas even when repatriated.
To pay for tax cuts Romney would like to get rid of some deductions, like the mortgage deduction for second homes, the deduction you get for paying state income and property taxes. He will also look for cuts in the Department of Education and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Obama on Taxes:
- Let Bush-era tax cuts expire for households where income is more than $250,000
- A "Buffett rule" where individuals with incomes more than $1,000,000 (one million Dollars) are required to pay a certain minimum tax rate (30%) regardless of the source of their income
- Tax Credits for manufacturing firms
- "Eliminate tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas"
Romney - Opposes Gay Marriage, in support of Civil Union. Supported "Don't ask, Don't Tell", Supported EDNA the act that would ban employers discriminating against gays.
Obama - Supports Gay Marriage, Repealed "Don't ask Don't tell"
Romney - Believes Roe vs. Wade should be overturned (which has allowed women to legally seek abortions) Believes that embryonic Stem Cell research breaches a moral boundary.
Obama - Supports a woman's right to choose. Supports Stem Cell research to help cure disease.
Romney: Enforce employment laws more strictly. When illegal immigrants can not find work they will self-deport.
Would make English the official language of the US and "turn off the magnets like tuition breaks or other breaks that draw people into this country illegally"
Obama - Passed an executive order that will allow children who have been brought to the US under the age of 16, have finished High School, have no criminal record and are under the age of 30 to remain in the US. They can no longer be deported.
Obama has deported more illegal immigrants in his 4 years than Bush did.
Supports a path to legalization for illegal immigrants that includes learning English and paying fines; toughen penalties for hiring illegal immigrants; voted for fence along Mexican border
Romney - Can not allow Iran to get Nuclear Weapons, Does not believe we should have withdrawn from Iraq, Believes civil Liberties do not apply to terrorists, believes President has the right to do what he believes makes the country safer.
Obama - Says that nothing will be off the table if Iran develops Nuclear weapons, Withdrew troops from Iraq, publicly opposes wars, but says that congressional approval not needed for war if the President has UN approval.
Freedom of Speech
Romney: Has not taken a public position
Obama: Signed H.R. 347 allowing the Secret Service to limit protest based upon threat assessment and proximity.
Romney - Created a popular Health Care bill in Massachusetts that was used to base the National Health Care bill on. Says he would repeal Obama's Health Care bill because he does not believe it should be a national bill, should be up to the states. Would encourage people to purchase health care individual instead of relying on employers.
Obama - Passed the 2010 health-care overhaul bill. Calls for patient protections like allowing coverage for pre-existing conditions, not letting insurers cancel policies when patients get sick, and requiring individuals to buy health insurance or pay a fine. Also requires that kids can stay on their parents insurance while they are in college.
Gary Johnson will be on the Ballot in all 50 states as the Libertarian candidate for president. Many Ron Paul supporters are now supporting Gary Johnson. Because of this, hei is included here.
The information here is taken from candidate Gary Johnson's website -
Gary Johnson is a real libertarian who offers America something completely different.
Gary Johnson will end deficit spending and cut federal spending by 43%.
Gary Johnson will move America to the Fair Tax plan and believes our current tax system as a impediment economic growth.
Gary Johnson will end the manipulation of our money by the Federal Reserve.
Gary Johnson supports the Second Amendment and opposes gun control.
Gary Johnson will end expensive foreign wars in places like Libya and Afghanistan where our national interest is not clear.
Gary Johnson will cut the over-regulation of our families, our businesses and our lives.
Gary Johnson supports a women's right to choose.
Gary Johnson supports marriage equality for gay Americans as required by the Constitution.
Gary Johnson supports the legalization of marijuana, which will save us billions and do no harm.
Gary Johnson will demand a government free of special interest influence, crony capitalism and corruption.
Gary Johnson will return strict adherence to Constitutional principles to our government.