Nov 062012
 

Because the prospect of Willard Romney becoming President is so horrific, it is probable that I have not put sufficient focus on the many reasons to voice for Barack Obama.  I received an email last night, which I will fully share.  I don’t thing the Obama Campaign would object.  In addition, Rachel Maddow did an excellent presentation on Obama’s accomplishments.

6Obama25 reasons from 25 people who are voting Obama:

 

1. "The Affordable Care Act is saving my daughter’s life."

Stacey, Arizona

 

2. "Obama is for the vets. He helped us wind down in Iraq, he’s improved mental health policy with VA benefits."

Joel, Minnesota

 

3. "Obama stuck his neck out for us, the auto industry. He wasn’t going to let it just die, and I’m driving in this morning because of that, because of him."

Brian, Ohio

 

4. "Osama bin Laden is dead, and General Motors is alive."

Joe Biden, Delaware

 

5. "Supreme Court Supreme Court Supreme Court."

Andrew, California

 

6. "Arithmetic."

Bill Clinton, New York

 

7. "He cares for the 100 percent."

Shana, Texas

 

8. "When Obama came into office, he successfully renewed our country’s place in the community of nations, making cooperation in tackling the world’s challenges possible."

Willis, North Carolina

 

9. "The actions he has taken with respect to protecting us from terrorism have been very, very solid."

Colin Powell, Virginia

 

10. "I was really very grateful to him for standing up for those kids who are having a really rough time out there because of their orientation."

Jane Lynch, California

 

11. "For me, President Obama is our best choice because he has a vision of the United States as a place where we are all in this together."

Bruce Springsteen, New Jersey

 

12. "He has a real plan for rescuing the economy that passes the ‘math’ test."

Teresa, Virginia

 

13. "Having someone in office who understands how powerful our voice can be is very important."

Jay Z, New York

 

14. "I am voting for Barack Obama and Joe Biden because I can trust them to care for the middle class and restore the American dream."

Steven, Florida

 

15. "The first measure he signed into law after becoming president was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act — so a female high school counselor or physical education teacher can fight for equal pay for equal work."

Connie Britton, California

 

16. "I believe in the America he wants for my grandchildren."

Nancy, Michigan

 

17. "We need four more years of repair, of helping the middle class achieve a sustainable economy."

James Taylor, North Carolina

 

18. "I’ve watched him fight for our country, stand by the middle class, the working class, the military, the education of our children, universal health care, women, the environment, and matters of national and domestic security."

Susan, Virginia

 

19. "The gifted 12-year-old I taught, whose parents were deported and left her here with her grandmother, will be allowed to stay and finish her education. She’s been in the U.S. since age one."

Jamie, North Carolina

 

20. "I want our president to place scientific evidence and risk management above electoral politics."

Michael Bloomberg, New York

 

21. "I have four children who are under 26 and able to stay on my health care plan. That’s been huge."

Amy, Pennsylvania

 

22. "He’s fighting to defend and better Social Security and Medicare — because millions of Latino seniors rely on them."

Cristina Saralegui, Florida

 

23. "Thanks to the President’s efforts to keep student loan rates low, I can expect to save nearly $1000 as I work to repay my student loans. And I don’t have too many of those, thanks to the Federal Pell Grant program."

Sam, Minnesota

 

24. "It’s been wonderful to have President Obama as a champion for access to health care for all women in this country."

Cecile Richards, New York

 

25. "Re-electing Barack Obama would lead to a stronger economic recovery than would be the case were Mitt Romney to win on November 6th."

Jared Bernstein, Washington, D.C.

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That should be enough right there, but Rachel Maddow discussed Barack Obama’s accomplishments during his first term.

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

There you have it.  Barack Obama would deserve your vote, even if Willard Romney wasn’t a walking disaster.

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  16 Responses to “Why to Vote for Obama”

  1. He is truthful , and ethical , Everything flows from that core of decency !

  2. Only one reason necessary, Romney is the opposition.

  3. I will have my own response, but I wanted to share two Care2 members' reasons to vote vote for Obama because more people need to see this.
     
    From Kit B:
     
    Need reasons to VOTE – for Obama?

    The list is still growing. Let me know if I missed anything.

    1. Saved the collapse of the American automotive industry by making GM restructure before bailing them out, and putting incentive money to help the industry

    2. Shifted the focus of the war from Iraq to Afghanistan, and putting the emphasis on reducing terrorism where it should have been all along

    3. Relaxed Anti-American tensions throughout the world

    4. Signed order to close the prisoner “torture camp” at Guantanamo Bay

    5. Has made the environment a national priority, and a primary source for job creation

    6. Has made education a national priority by putting emphasis and money behind new ideas like charter schools, but speaking directly to school children in telling them they have to do their part.

    7. Won the Nobel Peace Prize

    8. $789 billion economic stimulus plan

    9. Appointment of first Latina to the Supreme Court

    10. Attractive tax write-offs for those who buy hybrid automobiles

    11. Authorized construction/opening of additional health centers to care for veterans

    12. Renewed dialogue with NATO and other allies and partners on strategic issues.

    13. Beginning the process of reforming and restructuring the military 20 years after the Cold War to a more modern fighting force… this includes new procurement policies, increasing size of military, new technology and cyber units and operations, etc.

    14. Better body armor is now being provided to our troops

    15. “Cash for clunkers” program offers vouchers to trade in fuel inefficient, polluting old cars for new cars; stimulates auto sales

    16. Changed the failing/status quo military command in Afghanistan

    17. Closed offshore tax safe havens

    18. Deployed additional troops to Afghanistan

    19. Ended media “blackout” on war casualties; reporting full information

    20. Ended previous policy of awarding no-bid defense contracts

    21. Ended media blackout on war casualties and the return of fallen soldiers to Dover AFB.

    22. Ended previous policy of cutting the FDA and circumventing FDA rules

    23. Ended previous practice of forbidding Medicare from negotiating with drug manufacturers for cheaper drugs; the federal government is now realizing hundreds of millions in savings

    24. Ended previous practice of having White House aides rewrite scientific and environmental rules, regulations, and reports

    25. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has created 2.1 million jobs (as of 12/31/09).

    26. Ended previous policy of not regulating and labeling carbon dioxide emissions

    27. Ended previous policy of offering tax benefits to corporations who outsource American jobs; the new policy is to promote in-sourcing to bring jobs back

    28. Ended previous policy on torture; the US now has a no torture policy and is in compliance with the Geneva Convention standards

    29. . Launched Recovery.gov to track spending from the Recovery Act, an unprecedented step to provide transparency and accountability through technology.

    30. Ended previous practice of protecting credit card companies; in place of it are new consumer protections from credit card industry’s predatory practices

    31. Ended previous “stop-loss” policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan longer than their enlistment date

    32. Energy producing plants must begin preparing to produce 15% of their energy from renewable sources

    33. Established a National Performance Officer charged with saving the federal government money and making federal operations more efficient

    34. Established a new cyber security office

    35. Expanded the SCHIP program to cover health care for 4 million more children

    36. Expanding vaccination programs

    37. Families of fallen soldiers have expenses

    38. . Provided the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with more than $1.4 billion to improve services to America’s Veterans.

    39. Federal support for stem-cell and new biomedical research

    40. Funds for high-speed, broadband Internet access to K-12 schools

    41. Responded with compassion and leadership to the earthquake in Haiti

    42. Immediate and efficient response to the floods in North Dakota and other natural disasters

    43. . Launched Business.gov – enabling conversation and online collaboration between small business owners, government representatives and industry experts in discussion forums relevant to starting and managing a business. Great for the economy.

    44. Improved housing for military personnel

    45. Improved conditions at Walter Reed Military Hospital and other military hospitals

    46. Changed failing war strategy in Afghanistan.

    47. Improving benefits for veterans

    48. Increased infrastructure spending (roads, bridges, power plants…) after years of neglect

    49. Donated his $1.4 million Nobel Prize to nonprofits.

    50. Increasing opportunities in AmeriCorps program

    51. Provided tax credits to first-time home buyers through the Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009 to revitalize the U.S. housing market.

    52. Increasing pay and benefits for military personnel

    53. Increasing student loans

    54. Instituted a new policy on Cuba, allowing Cuban families to return “home” to visit loved ones

    55. Cracked down on companies that deny sick pay, vacation and health insurance to workers by abusing the employee classification of independent contractor. Such companies also avoid paying Social Security, Medicare and unemployment insurance taxes for those workers.

    56. Limited salaries of senior White House aides; cut to $100,000

    57. Limits on lobbyists’ access to the White House

    58. Protected 300,000 education jobs, such as teachers, principals, librarians, and counselors through the Recovery Act that would have otherwise been lost.

    59. Limits on White House aides working for lobbyists after their tenure in the administration

    60. Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act on February 4, 2009, provides quality health care to 11 million kids – 4 million who were previously uninsured.

    61. Lower drug costs for seniors

    62. Making more loans available to small businesses

    63. Many more press conferences and town halls and much more media access than previous administration

    64. . Signed the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act, the first piece of comprehensive legislation aimed at improving the lives of Americans living with paralysis

    65. Negotiated deal with Swiss banks to permit US government to gain access to records of tax evaders and criminals

    66. New Afghan War policy that limits aerial bombing and prioritizes aid, development of infrastructure, diplomacy, and good government practices by Afghans

    67. Announced creation of a Joint Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record for members of the U.S. Armed Forces to improve quality of medical care.

    68. New federal funding for science and research labs

    69. New funds for school construction

    70. Ordered all federal agencies to undertake a study and make recommendations for ways to cut spending

    71. Ordered a review of all federal operations to identify and cut wasteful spending and practices

    72. . Negotiated deal with Swiss banks to permit US government to gain access to records of tax evaders and criminals.

    73. Phasing out the expensive F-22 war plane and other outdated weapons systems, which weren’t even used or needed in Iraq/Afghanistan

    74. Reengaged in the agreements/talks on global warming and greenhouse gas emissions

    75. Provided tax credit to workers thus cutting taxes for 95% of America’s working families.

    76. Reengaged in the treaties/agreements to protect the Antarctic

    77. Removed restrictions on embryonic stem-cell research

    78. Helped reverse a downward spiral of the stock market. On January 19, 2009, the last day of President Bush’s presidency, the Dow closed at 8,218.22. In February 2010, the Dow closed at 10,309.24

    79. Renewed loan guarantees for Israel

    80. Restarted the nuclear non-proliferation talks and building back up the nuclear inspection infrastructure/protocols

    81. Provided attractive tax write-offs for those who buy hybrid automobiles.

    82. Returned money authorized for refurbishment of White House offices and private living quarters

    83. Sent envoys to Middle East and other parts of the world that had been neglected for years; reengaging in multilateral and bilateral talks and diplomacy

    84. Unveiled a program on Earth Day 2009 to develop the renewable energy projects on the waters of our Outer Continental Shelf that produce electricity from wind, wave, and ocean currents. These regulations will enable, for the first time ever, the nation to tap into our ocean’s vast sustainable resources to generate clean energy in an environmentally sound and safe manner.

    85. Signed national service legislation; expanded national youth service program

    86. States are permitted to enact federal fuel efficiency standards above federal standards

    87. Students struggling to make college loan payments can have their loans refinanced

    88. Successful release of US captain held by Somali pirates; authorized the SEALS to do their job

    89. The FDA is now regulating tobacco

    90. Ended the previous stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan longer than their enlistment date.

    91. The missile defense program is being cut by $1.4 billion in 2010

    92. The public can meet with federal housing insurers to refinance (the new plan can be completed in one day) a mortgage if they are having trouble paying

    93. The “secret detention” facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere are being closed

    94. US financial and banking rescue plan

    95. US Navy increasing patrols off Somali coast

    96. . Signed the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act to stop fraud and wasteful spending in the defense procurement and contracting system.

    97. Visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any president in his first six months in office

    98. Improved relations with Iran

    99. Improved U.S. policy on climate change

    100. Set timetable for exiting Iraq (already started removing troops)

    101. Improved relations with Russia

    102. Improved relations with the Islamic World

    103. Made progress towards greater cooperation on limiting nuclear proliferation

    104. Economic stimulus plan has created jobs. (Unemployment rate decreasing)

    105. Drastically slowed down the recession

    106. Saved Wall Street

    107. Passed the Lilly Ledbetter Act (equal work for equal pay) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lilly_Ledbetter_Fair_Pay_Act_of_2009

    108. HEALTH CARE REFORM

    Once again, this is a lot to accomplish in such a short amount of time. He was elected President, he wasn’t elected Jesus.

     
    And from Joe R two more reasons:
     
    Repealed the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy allowing Gay men and women to serve openly in the military.

    His administration will no longer defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA.)

     
     

    • Excellent!
       
      He's compassionate and he has shown us that he cares about ALL Americans. He can admit when he made a mistake.  He doesn't lie every time he opens his mouth – or ever. He's accessible.

    • Thank you Kit!  Excellent reasons all. Thanks for sharing them with us, Lynn.
       
      A big shout out to you in Texas from me in Barneveld, NY.
       
      I can think of only one more reason to add.
      It's because he is a human being and not an robot like Romney-bot.

    • That's ALL you could find? :twisted:

  4. Rachel Maddow — "If Barak Obama does get a second term, given the achievements of these past four years, he will likely be enshrined as one of the most consequential presidents in modern American history.  If he does not get a second term,  he will be seen as a one term president whose political failures in not achieving a second term will overshadow what he got done in terms of policy."
     
    I think that Rachel has capped it off very well.  As I listened to her list off some of Mr Obama's achievements, and as I read and re-read the list that Kit and Joe made,  I realise that Mr Obama has accomplished more of value to the American people in the past 4 years than many comprehend.  And he did it with an obstructionist Congress for much of the time.
     
    With such a diversity in people and needs, it is folly to even suggest that all of the people will have their needs/wants met all of the time.  But by working together, American politicians can ensure that they get the needs/wants of more people met, more often.  If the Congress remains divisive, then none of the people will have their needs/wants met.
     
    If Mr Obama does not get a second term, I don't think it says as much about his failures or lack of accomplishments (they are clearly many!), as it does about the obstruction of the Republican/Teabagger dominated Congress, the ingrained divisiveness and bigotry, and the lying and deception of the Republican/Teabagger party and their leader Rmoney.

  5. Probably the simplest reason:
     
    HE'S NOT MITT ROMNEY.

  6. thanks Tom