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Why You Should Vote For Barack Obama

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I'm a retired 65 y/o male with a Working class background who made it to the Middle class by getting a college education and working hard. I owe a 30 yr mortgage on a small home.  Our child is grown.  My wife and I each worked over 35 yrs for different companies, earning above-average incomes, benefits and pensions.  We receive Social Security.  I'm on Medicare. My wife is too young, so we are paying a lot for her private health insurance because she has Diabetes and private health care companies penalize folks with "pre-existing" conditions.   I share this information for a reason:  to tell you that our retirement years are more secure than many other folks -- we have a roof over our heads, money to pay our mortgage, health care coverage, a car and we can even afford to go out to eat now and then.  We wouldn't be in such a fortunate position if we did not have Social Security and Medicare to protect us. 

My support of Barack Obama is not for my wife and I, but because I am very concerned about our country, our daughter, her husband, our grand-children, nieces, nephews, and for YOU and your own  family.  I want all of you to have the same opportunities in life that we had, and to be safe, healthy and secure in your retirement, as we are.  I do not work for either candidate or Political Party.  

To begin, you should know that the Republican Party is a Party of extreme Conservatives.  They represent Big Business and wealthy millionaires and billionaires in the top 2% -- large companies and people who possess MOST of the wealth and power in this country.  Big Business contributes millions of dollars to the Republican Party and spends millions on false advertising.  Big Business now controls the Republican Party.  Yes, Big Business does play both sides of the street, contributing to Democrats as well, but far less. 

The Republican Party looks out for the wealthy and powerful, not for you.  Don't take my word for it.  And definitely don't take their word.  Just pay close attention to how Republican Representatives and Senators vote, compared to how Democrats vote .

 In the last 3 years Republican Congressmen, led by Eric Cantor and Paul Ryan, and Senators led by John Boehner, have voted almost unanimously against every Obama/Democratic Jobs Bill, against veterans, against equal pay for women.  They want to get rid of Social Security, Medicare, unions, unemployment benefits, etc.

And they desperately want to repeal Obamacare (The Affordable Care Act) so they can keep health insurance in the hands of very wealthy private insurance companies.  Those insurance companies contribute millions of dollars every year to Republicans, and spend millions of dollars on advertising that is aimed at scaring average Americans by calling Obamacare "Socialism."  And they have been quite successful at it. 

Many Americans don't realize that Obamacare will be much more affordable for themselves, provide more services, and will cover "pre-existing conditions" that private health insurance companies deny.   "Socialized" health care is so much better than private health care that every other modern nation in the world except the United States provides it to their citizens.  But the Republicans demonize it.

It is very difficult to obtain accurate, unbiased information to help you make smart decisions.  Not only is the Republican Party dishonest to average Americans, but 90% of the media (television, radio, etc.) is owned and controlled by just 6 large corporations.  They are Conservative, and look out for their own interests (Big Business and the wealthy), not for the well-being of average working Americans.  The same goes for most  political commercials that you see, and most of the political mail, and emails that you receive.

One huge example is FOX News.  FOX News is owned by Conservative billionaire Rupert Murdoch.  FOX pays folks like Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Gretchen Carlson, etc., to distort facts in favor of Republicans like Mitt Romney.  On the other hand, MSNBC (Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz, Lawrence O'Donnell, etc.) made a decision to provide honest information on their political shows that looks out for the well-being of average working Americans.   Let me be clear:  I am not telling you this for selfish reasons, but to inform you so you can make smart decisions that will benefit you and your family.  At least check out more sources than FOX.        

The difference between the wealthiest 2% of Americans -- those who make from $250,00 a year to millions of dollars a year -- compared to the other 98% of Americans  is almost too enormous for average Americans to believe.  There is a bigger division between the Wealthy Upper class in our country and other Americans than there is in any other country in the world.  For example, the six individuals who inherited the Walmart fortune possess as much as wealth as the entire bottom 30% of our American population.  Yet they pay their Walmart workers an average of $9.00 an hour and make most of them work less than full-time so they won't qualify for any employee benefits.  (Half of all Walmart employees can't afford health care coverage so they are forced to go on Medicaid, which we tax-payers are stuck paying for instead of their wealthy Walmart owners.  Is that fair to employees OR us tax-payers?) 

The Democratic Party is composed of Conservatives, Moderates and Liberals.  Most members of the Democratic Party look out for 98% percent of Americans, those who are in the Middle class, the Working Class, the Working poor and the unemployed.  Yes, BIG Business also tries to buy the Democrats too, but so far the majority of Democrats look out for us

When you vote for the President you are also voting for their Political Party, so it is important to look at what each Party stands for.  The President is like the captain of a large ship.  With the help of Congress he should try to steer the ship in the correct direction:  to keep the country safe and financially secure, to maintain our joint possessions -- like highways, bridges, school system, libraries, highways, etc., -- to protect our rights and freedoms, to protect our environment, to protect us from disasters, to provide a "safety net" that protects our health and protects us from utter poverty, and to ensure that all Americans are given a fair opportunity to become educated, become employed and work hard to improve their well-being.  At least that is what good political leaders believe, what President Barack Obama and most Democrats believe and what I believe.

Mitt Romney and the Republican Party don't share these same beliefs or values.

Ever since Republican President Teddy Roosevelt stood up to the wealthy and powerful owners of Big Business in the 1920's and demanded that all Americans have a "Square Deal," and Democratic President FDR stood up in the early 1940's and demanded for all Americans a "Fair Deal, the Republican Party has worked to take away what Teddy Roosevelt and FDR gained for us:  the right to live decent secure lives and have an opportunity to improve the well-being of ourselves and our children if we work hard.

Many Americans don't seem to realize the enormous difference that exists between our two current political Parties.  They don't seem to realize that Ronald Reagan, George Bush and now Mitt Romney have been trying to take away the rights, freedoms and opportunities of average Americans -- to destroy the "safety net" that protects us -- and to regain the enormous power and wealth of Big Business and the wealthy.

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I am a semi-retired 64 year old psychotherapist. I am a Progressive and a Democrat. I admire FDR and Teddy Roosevelt. Despite my disappointment with the Democratic Party I find the far-Right Republicans to be much much worse. I deplore living in (more...)
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