Why I’m not voting for Obama tomorrow

Why I’m not voting for Obama tomorrow

Because I voted for him last week through early voting.

He’s not perfect, but . . .

In 2008 the GOP said he’d make us weaker against terrorists and play defense not offense.  That didn’t turn out to be true.  Not just killing Bin Laden, but many high level Al Qaeda leaders.

They said he’d take away everyone’s guns or at least severely restrict gun rights.  That didn’t turn out to be true.

He was supposed to be bad for the economy.  Well he came in to office with a need to stop a run away freight train of a recession.  Of course he didn’t stop the problem on day one, but we have had 30 straight months of job gains and the private sector has added around 500,000 jobs total in his Presidency compared to a total of 170,000 lost during George Bush’s eight years in office.  And even though the stock market was heading backward when he was sworn in, it’s up around 75% since he took office.

They said repealing don’t ask, don’t tell would destroy the military.  Not true either of course.

He hates America.  Sigh.

He’ll raise taxes on the middle class.  Didn’t happen.  In truth almost every tax payer pays less now than they did before he was elected.  Even Mitt Romney admits taxes weren’t raised, but he’ll then tell you it’s sure to happen in the next four years.

They said the Affordable Care Act would bankrupt the U.S., but the truth is that independent analysts say it will take over 200 billion off our deficit.  Beyond that, I don’t know how anyone could be against this, especially people who are so called pro-life.  This law will save tens of thousands of lives every year.  It will prevent bankruptcies that hurt our economy.  And if you’ve ever cared about someone with cancer or any other awful illness, you should love that this law stops insurance companies from denying coverage for a pre-existing condition.  When people learn what the law actually says and doesn’t say, despite what GOP marketers tell you, approval of the bill goes from 32% to 70%. But people still believe that there are items such as death panels in this bill because Sarah Palin told them so.  Like the President, it’s not perfect, but it’s a great start.

We were told that he had no leadership experience other than lame old “community organizing” so he’d be a terrible leader.  The truth is that he led the international community to respond to the financial crisis.

He isn’t going to bring real change.  We’ve heard that a lot, but he did pass health care reform.  He did pass Wall Street reform.  And the stimulus.  And stopped banks from ripping off students that get loans.  And ended the Iraq war.  And passed credit card reforms.  Expanded stem cell research.  Started to roll down the war in Afghanistan.

I could go on, but these are reasons enough for me.  To me he’s Jay Cutler.  Sure we thought he’d be Peyton Manning or Tom Brady, but Jay Cutler is pretty darn good.  And the alternative to Jay Cutler doesn’t appear to be Manning, Brady or Joe Montana.  Romney is more like Rex Grossman because you have no idea what you are going to get one day to the next.

So feel free to tell me how wrong I am and that he’s really a socialist, liberal (as if that’s a bad thing), communist, meanie who is probably just waiting until his second term to impose Sharia law on all of us.  I’ve heard all of the things that were supposed to be awful about President Obama and most of them didn’t end up being true.  So unless you’d bring back sexy Rexy, I’m in favor of sticking with what we’ve got. 

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