Utilize YOUR Rights!

2012 is an exciting year!  We will  get to elect or re-elect the president of the United States!  I know most Americans will follow the election, but for those of you who haven’t been following, take a moment or two and look below at the two main candidates’ stances on some of the most important issues that the new president will have to deal with.  It is SO VERY IMPORTANT for every eligible American to understand the issues going on in our country and to utilize your right to choose.  I’m not writing this post because I want to put my own personal opinions on anyone, but rather to give the raw facts and allow you to create your own opinion.

Details Barack Obama Mitt Romney
Website BarackObama.com MittRomney.com
Party Democrat Republican
Running Mate Joe Biden Paul Ryan
Religion Protestant Mormon
Background Politics, Law & Acadamia Politics & Business
Age 50 64
  • B.A. Political Science, Columbia University
  • J.D. Harvard Law School
  • B.A. Brigham Young University
  • J.D. Harvard Law School
  • M.B.A. Harvard Law School
Spouse Michelle Obama Ann Romney
Number of Children 2 5
Economic Issues: Unemployment Help businesses access capital in rural areas to expand jobs/training and double exports to foster job creation. Make American Businesses competitive by opening markets abroad for American goods/services.
Economic: Social Security Protect and strengthen Social Security and guarantee basic benefits. Encourage individuals to create private accounts.
Economic Issues: Tax Reform Povide tax cuts for the middle class and working Americans. Expand tax deductions to those who buy their own healthcare to encourage individuals to purchase their own health insurance.
Economic Issues: National Budget Plan Set clear rules for financial marketplace to protect American families from manipulation. Return fiscal power to states and their people.
Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act Uphold Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. (click here for an easier-to-understand wikipedia explanation) Repeal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Same-Sex Marriage Approve Ban
Abortion Pro-Choice Pro-Life
Death Penalty No Stance Allow
Sex-Education in Schools Against Abstinence Only Education Supports Abstinence Only Education
Marijuana Legalize Outlaw
Stem Cell Research Supports Stem Cell Research Against Stem Cell Research
Foreign Affairs: Oil
  • Set stricter standards for exploration to avoid spills.
  • Explore domestic oil for US energy option.
  • Eliminate fossil fuel subsidies.
  • Ensure Energy independence for America through oil drilling, biofuel, and nuclear power.
  • Support subsidies for corn-based ethanol for domestic energy production.
Foreign Affairs: National Defense
  • Rebalance defense capabilities for 21st century.
  • Strengthen military partnerships and alliances.
  • Modernize air/naval forces, weapon systems, and equipment including nuclear weapons.
  • Grow the number of troops and ensure that funds go to their needs and care.
  • Halt efforts to cut military budget.
Foreign Affairs: US role in the world Work with multilateral organizations and allies to achieve objectives. Build a foreign policy that announces American exceptionalism.
Foreign Affairs: Afghanistan Withdraw troops within the next 2 years. Bring troops home according to orders of US generals.
Foreign Affairs: China
  • Encourage cooperation on economy and trade.
  • Expand consultations on the end of non-proliferation.
  • Increase regulations on Chinese businesses involved in US/China trading.
  • Condemn China’s one-child policy.
Domestic Issues: Healthcare
  • Ban insurance company discrimination of patients by preexisting condition.
  • Lower health car costs and guarantee more choice.
  • Repeal Obama’s healthcare plan.
  • Initiate market-based reforms that empower states and individuals to cover their own health care costs.
Domestic Issues: Immigration
  • Oppose resident collect tuition and driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants.
  • Eliminate chain reaction to families immigrating to join their family member who is a citizen.
Domestic Issues: Environment
  • Establish clean energy standards for securing America’s energy sources.
  • Innovate new clean energy possibilities.
  • Oppose EPA regulation of greenhouse cases.

Remember, every single vote matters, and no one person should have any more pull than another.  We live in a wonderful country that allows each of us to put in our two cents in the form of a ballot, so take advantage of it!


About erinHasThoughts

I just started eHT in January of 2011, and I'm shocked and humbled that people read it! For some reason it seems like I am always in the most ridiculous situations and witness things only seen in movies, so I like to share my experiences with all of you. Thanks for reading! xo

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