Is anyone actually voting for Mitt Romney? Certainly some people like his business acumen and would like to see the country run like a business.
But of the people voting for Mitt Romney, what percentage is actually voting for him? Better stated, what percentage is voting against Barack Obama? 60%? 70%? Does it matter who is running against Obama for the vast majority of Romney voters?
John Kerrey was a beneficiary of the "anybody but the incumbent" feeling back in 2004. Will it lead to a different result in 2012?
Regardless, there are two excellent reasons to vote against Barack Obama, or for Mitt Romney, come November 6th.
1. The Middle Class Squeeze
As I was getting ready for work Tuesday morning, the Today Show had on an Arizona family that since 2008 had to run through its 401(k) and its entire life savings. After going through every asset, they still lost their home to foreclosure, even though the husband was working 12 hours a day.
Of course we could question that family’s choices and spending, but the fact is many middle class Americans are squeezed. We are working harder, earning less money for more work, all while paying more for everything. We are paying more for gas. We are paying more for groceries. Our utility bills have gone up. Although federal taxes haven’t gone up, many of our state and local tax burdens have increased. All Washington is able to do is bicker while we’re getting squeezed to death.
One of the commentators for the segment noted that the middle class squeeze looks like an hour glass– with the middle class getting squeezed up or down. I don’t agree as it seems not too many people are getting squeezed up; my belief is a pear is a better visual.
And that squeeze is ultimately President Obama’s problem. Yes, he inherited the mess. But now, it’s his mess. And the conversation going on around many kitchen tables around America– which bills must be paid and what can be waited on– is his problem. Just like it was George H.W. Bush’s problem in 1992. Bush 41 was highly popular with approval ratings at 89% after winning the Gulf War in 1991. But largely because of a dismal economy in 1992– Bush lost his bid for reelection. It could happen again in 13 days.
Ultimately, Barack Obama knew he was betting his presidency on health care. Obama was too arrogant to recognize that people care more about their pocketbooks than their neighbors. People are more concerned with their own bottom line– and when people are earning less and spending more for everything, they could give a shit about whether Joe down the street has health insurance.
If our pocketbooks are fine, then we’ll help our neighbor. Obama should have made jobs his only domestic priority. Just like McCain had to answer for Bush in 2008, now Obama has to answer for four years of Americans being unemployed and underemployed.
2. The National Debt is over $16,000,000,000,000!
Our deficit is over $1 trillion a year. That is a number Barack Obama has to wear around his neck like that Kryptonite necklace Lex Luthor made for Superman.
Barack Obama has increased the national debt by roughly $6 trillion in four years. We couldn’t afford the deficits under George W. Bush. President Obama has exploded it.
I would give President Obama the benefit of the doubt in 2009, given what was going on with the economy. Maybe even 2010. But there comes a time, when the annual deficit needed to be reduced. He has failed to do that. We can blame Republicans for the failure, but ultimately, he’s the president and he must take responsibility for the exploded deficit under his watch. The buck stops with him.
Even more problematic is Barack Obama acknowledges the problem with the deficit, yet hasn’t provided a solution. We can’t afford to have a debt of over $20 trillion when he leaves office (we can’t afford a $16 trillion debt).
So, those are two very good reasons to vote for Mitt Romney. The president failed to show the same fight for jobs as he did health care. And he has shown absolutely no urgency toward this ballooning federal debt. Maybe its time that voters keep our presidents accountable: Don’t spend money we don’t have or you won’t get my vote.