Which presidential candidate are you voting for?

SCOT MISSLING

Romney

For the past four years, America has experienced a failure of leadership, a failure of economic policy and a failure of ideology. It’s time for an American comeback and Gov. Mitt Romney is just the man to lead that comeback.

The promises of President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign seem almost laughable today, given the policies he’s charted as president. He said he’d cut the national debt in half; he has increased it to $16 trillion.

Romney is serious about fixing our situation and stopping us from going over the fiscal cliff.

Obama said he’d fix Medicare and instead slashed funding to help pay for Obamacare. Romney will protect that funding and has a plan to make Medicare solvable.

Obama said he’d restore American leadership around the world, but he instead went on an “Apology Tour” throughout the Middle East and preferred  to let other nations lead during the crisis in the Middle East. Romney will lead on the world stage.

Obama promised unemployment would return to 5.4 percent, and still today it stands at 7.8 percent. Additionally, our economic growth remains an anemic 1.4 percent at best. With unemployment so high, growth so low and the debt standing at $16 trillion, the bottom line is we cannot afford four more years of Obama.

This election is all about the economy, and Romney understands the economy because he’s worked in the business world. His years in the private sector give him a unique insight into how the economy truly works. Romney has a five-point plan to help create 12 million new jobs and put Americans back to work.

Step one is to make the United States energy independent by 2020 and help spur investment into the energy research market.

Step two is to give every American access to quality education.

Step three is to stand up to China over trade policy, and build a trade policy that opens new markets for American goods while also spuring free trade throughout the world.

Step four is to get serious about our fiscal dilemma by cutting the deficit through cutting non-defense spending immediately by 5 percent, eliminating waste and redundancy in government, and turning government projects over to the states to save money.

Step five is to champion small business by lowering their tax burden and reducing regulation.

As a country, we have to choose between two very different futures for our country. Do we pick a future where there is more government, more dependency, more taxes and regulation, and less individual freedom? Or do we pick a future that has less government, more independence, lower taxes, less regulation and economic freedom?

The latter is the path offered by Romney and Paul Ryan because they believe in the promise of American exceptionalism and American freedom. Obama had four years to fix things. His policies haven’t worked, and it is time for new leadership. It’s time for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.

 

TROY MANLEY

Third Party

President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are the only people really getting any attention in this race. I am not saying that any of the candidates mentioned are superior or inferior by any means, all I ask is that you consider the lesser known alternative: independent voting.

Through the people I’ve spoken with on campus, I’ve come to see a common theme—voting for the “lesser of two evils.” This means that people don’t necessarily vote for the person they like; they just vote for the person they dislike the least who they feel has a legitimate chance of winning.

Why would an individual vote to elect someone for office if they don’t agree with their platforms just because they can win? This election offers us candidates from various parties other than the often-favored Republican and Democratic nominees.

The Libertarian Party has offered us Gary Johnson, the former governor of New Mexico. The Green Party has sponsored Jill Stein from Massachusetts. The Constitution Party has put forth Virgil Goode, formerly of the U.S. House of Representatives. Finally, the Justice Party has chosen Rocky Anderson, the former mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah as its representative.

I’m not vouching for a specific candidate in this situation. I am calling for people to use their voice while looking at all the possibilities to make an informed decision.

Far too often I have heard people say they are abstaining from voting because they believe that their vote has no bearing and the election is already predetermined.

Voting does not show your rejection of the candidates or the system. Voting for the candidate you most respect and believe in is your most powerful tool to voice your opinion.

Rather than voting for the “lesser of two evils” to voice that you do not agree with the current emphasis on the two-party system, vote for a candidate that you agree with. Look at the other options and consider the alternatives.

I’m not saying that choosing Obama or Romney is a bad thing. All I am asking is that before making the decision about which method of voicing your opinion is best, consider all the alternatives and make an informed decision. You may even end up voting for neither of the two main parties on Election Day.

In past elections candidates from third parties have been cast off as not having a legitimate chance at winning. If every person who wanted to vote for a third party voted for the person they agreed with most, third party candidates would have a legitimate chance at winning.

Before making a final decision on Election Day please, consider all the alternatives and go with the candidate you like most, not necessarily the one who has the “best chance.”

 

SCOTT HOFER

Obama

Barack Obama took office during tumultuous economic times. Our country was losing ground, and quickly. As a trend, unemployment was up, the market was down and consumers all across America began to worry.

President Obama stepped in, strategically turning the economy around by competent administration of the bailouts. By vaccinating our economy effectively, Obama averted economic free-fall.

Obama believed investing in Americans was the answer to moving forward, and he was right. Republicans claim the economy is only sluggishly recovering, but when they were in charge, economists feared the “Next Great Depression.” Simply put, sluggish growth is better than consistent decline.

While Romney told Americans, “Let Detroit go broke,” Obama was working with the auto industry, saving American jobs and returning the title “World’s Largest Producer of Cars” to GM. Obama made the tough decision and stuck with average Americans.

Both candidates will primarily deal with economic policy and taxation if elected. Obama helped create 4.5 million new jobs in the last two years. Romney claims he has a plan to create 12 million.

But Romney provides no explanation of how to create these jobs and contradicts his own words to Obama that, “government does not create jobs.” If Romney has a plan which employs 12 million, let’s hear it, there are people looking for work. Romney either has a plan he isn’t sharing or he is just trying to get elected.

Obama proposed tax cuts to the middle class, supplemented by ending the Bush Tax Cuts for the super rich. Romney says he will cut everyone’s taxes by 20 percent, paid for by closing loopholes. The problem is a 20 percent decrease means $5 trillion; loopholes alone will not counteract this loss of revenue. Romney is either unaware of the math or playing politics.

Obama has offered a conciliatory tone and pragmatic compromises, looking out for America’s interests. Obama accomplished some amazing feats in an era of hyper-partisanship. He reformed student loans and created national health insurance (something both parties have tried in the past and failed to accomplish). Obama is looking out for all Americans. He has said from the beginning, he is everybody’s president, not just those who voted for him.

Meanwhile, Romney has been saying, “I don’t care about the poor” (twice) and was caught on tape saying “47 percent of the people will vote for the president no matter what…My job is not to worry about those people.” Romney is not looking to be everybody’s president.

Caring for Americans has taken a backseat in Washington, D.C., where politicians will stoop to any level for political gains. President Obama’s accomplishments of turning around an economic collapse, providing healthcare to Americans, defending our country from terrorist attacks, saving the auto industry and bringing troops back from war is a testament to his ability to lead.

Re-electing Obama will ensure more progress for America.