One Week From Today

I wrote this for publication this past Tuesday but then didn’t post it because of the Sandy mess. It appears that the campaign is back in full swing so I’m posting. I’m doin’ it.

Election day is Tuesday for all of you who have cut all ties to the outer world because you can’t stand one more robo-call or don’t live in the U.S. and wish we would just vote and shut the hell up.

I remember November 4, 2008 vividly. I didn’t vote for Obama but I was moved by the election of the first African-American president of the U.S. I didn’t think he was up to the job but I truly hoped he would be a good president. We needed somebody to lead us out of the mess.

Sadly, I don’t think Obama has lived up to the expectations many had for him as a leader. In my opinion (and this is my blog so I’m writing about my opinion), his policies have not helped the U.S. domestically or internationally.

The 2012 is race is coming down to the undecided voters– not independents but undecided voters. I tend to believe that if you haven’t made up your mind about who to vote for at this late date, you are either:

  • not going to vote, or
  • you are waiting for Obama to give you a reason to vote him in for a second term and if he doesn’t, you will vote for Romney.

Statistically undecided voters, this late in the game, tend to wind up voting for the challenger because they can’t justify voting for the incumbent again.

I think Mitt Romney is going to win and I wouldn’t be surprised if he wins pretty big. I hope I’m right and if I’m wrong, well there’s always another election.

I have never voted for a Democrat for president. That is due to the fact that since I have been voting, I have had a fundamentally different idea of what the duties of the federal government are than do most Democrat candidates. That’s not to say that I have always been supercharged voting for Republicans. Bob Dole and John McCain, while fine men, do not really inspire one to get all jazzed about voting for them. I have voted for democrats in Oregon races, as a matter of fact, I did last week when I voted my mail-in ballot. (Aside, all of Oregon’s elections are by mail. It’s a good system but I miss going somewhere to vote.)

This election is a bit of a change for me because I am actually happy about who I am voting for. Set aside the Lady Boner that I have for Paul Ryan. I never thought I would say this, EVER but I am really pleased to be voting for Mitt Romney. There is every indication, despite the tsunami of negative ads claiming otherwise, that Mitt Romney is a good man. A good father and husband and an accomplished and successful businessman, highly skilled in running huge organizations, taking action and producing results.

One of the big complaints about Romney is his changing positions on issues. Bill Clinton changed his opinions on issues, he made a swing to the center and actually got things done in Washington. Romney was the governor of Massachusetts, a Republican governor in Massachusetts is a much different animal than a Republican governor in Arizona or Mississippi. As governor of Massachusetts, he got things done. Sure he tacked to the right, during the primaries, ya gotta do what ya gotta do. Anyone who thinks politics in the U.S. or anywhere is too pure for playing to the audience, is probably too naive to be voting. And, if anyone’s going to be upset about Romney heading back to the center for the general election, you would think it would be the Tea Party and they’re votin’ for him. They are not the undecideds.

Back in 2008

“And that’s to be expected, because if you don’t have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare voters.

If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from. You make a big election about small things.” Barack Obama

Those are Obama’s words from his convention acceptance speech in 2008. And those words are coming back to haunt him. Obama’s 2012 campaign has focused on scaring people regarding the Romney plan for changing and thus saving Social Security and Medicare, the red-herring of killing Big Bird through discontinuing PBS funding, mocking Romney’s goals for updating America’s military resources (Mr. President, the Marines still use bayonets), and harping on notebook binders.

Why am I enthusiastic about Romney?

First of all, he’s an accomplished guy.

I like his proposals to change and save Social Security and Medicare. If drastic changes are not made, there won’t be anything left in 20 years when I retire.

I agree with his proposed changes to the tax code. We need a flatter tax code with fewer loopholes. And yes, he has stated what loopholes would go. I think we need a flatter tax rate for the middle class (me) as well as those who are above and below me on the income spectrum. I don’t believe in estate taxes, either.

We need to drastically cut federal government spending. Of course, only in Washington is “cutting spending” actually cutting the rate of the growth of spending. And yes, PBS funding should go. Lots of funding for non-necessary services is going to have to go. This is a crisis and fixing it is going to be really hard. I’m willing to take the hit this generation if it means my kids will have greater opportunities down the road.

I think the changes noted above will result in a stronger economy and a recovery in the job market.

I agree with his energy policies.

I think we have faltered overseas, especially in the Middle East. The attack in Benghazi is an example of either a cover-up or a massive failure of leadership. I think Romney’s priorities over there are to continue to communicate but carry the big stick and use it, if need be.

In education, I think Romney is right that the problem isn’t necessarily not enough teachers but definitely too many administrators and too much cow-towing to teacher’s unions.

I could go on but I’m sure I have bored or infuriated you enough already.

Whoever wins the election on November 6, I really hope they can right this ship before it goes under.

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37 thoughts on “One Week From Today

  1. La La says:

    I hope they can right this ship too…jesus.

  2. Even though I’m conservative, I can’t vote for Romney. I agree that Obama was not (and is still not) up to the job, but I don’t believe Romney is either. Hoover was a fantastic businessman, but when the Great Depression happened during his tenure as President, he couldn’t do what a leader needed to do for his people. He needed to show empathy and compassion; the people needed to feel like they were being heard and understood. He couldn’t do that, and I don’t think Romney can either.

    I actually think the undecideds are going to end up voting for Obama. I think they might be conservatives like me who wanted a change, but who just can’t get down with the GOP this election season. They have seriously embarrassed themselves in my opinion.

    I think it’s pretty brave of you to write this post knowing how most people feel about Republicans right now, and I think you’ve made some good arguments here. Maggie for President!

  3. SocietyRed says:

    I applaud your dedication to educating yourself on political issues and I enjoyed reading your opinions. Thank you for sharing!

  4. El Guapo says:

    I’d like to ask some questions, because I don’t understand your position.
    – Romney has changed his position on issues during his campaign – not shifted, but done 180 degree reversals, the foremost example being FEMA. It doesn’t bother you at all that he’s done that?
    – He has surrounded himself with the same advisers and policy makers that GW Bush had. The same ones that pushed for war as a foremost solution. He also has the same economic advisers that pushed to deregulate the financial industry.(Yes, Clinton also did some incredibly harmful deregulation of the financial sector, but Obama has worked to strengthen that.)
    – When did the idea gain such weight that govt should be run like a business? I always thought the job of the govt was to make its citizens lives better, and be there to help them when they need it. I don’t understand how crippling it by reducing its resources does that.
    – A Congressional Research Report on tax cuts for the wealthy was buried by the GOP. The report merits reading.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/02/business/questions-raised-on-withdrawal-of-congressional-research-services-report-on-tax-rates.html?ref=business&_r=1&
    – Romney has tried to soften his position on womens rights, but still is against Ledbetter (equal pay for equal work) and abortion (as is his VP and many he has endorsed).
    – Finally, his record in MA really isn’t that great for education either.

    I myself am very unhappy with Obama, but in this case, I really do think he is the lesser of two evils.

    If you don’t think this is an appropriate place for this conversation, I’m happy to carry it on through email if you like, but i am genuinely curious as to why you hold the position you do.

    And if this is offensive in any way, please delete the comment – not my intention at all!
    (and have a great weekend!)

  5. Katelyn says:

    First of all, go Oregon conservatives go! Though it’s not all that crazy for me to be one since I’m on the Eastern part of the state… I’m not crazy into politics but I found this article interesting about our dear diverse state: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2012/11/01/why-isnt-oregon-a-slam-dunk-for-president-obama/
    Secondly – I love the phrase ‘Lady Boner.’ Amazing.

    Good post! 🙂

  6. You and I share the EXACT same opinion and feeling about this upcoming election and the two candidates. As Dennis Miller says about Romney, “The guy’s a fixer.” I have no doubt that Romney will right this ship. He’s the right man for the job at the right time.
    And just as an aside, I’ve had the privilege of meeting Govenor Romney and his incredible wife. (I know, thrilling.) I’ve been to a town hall meeting and his Illinois victory event. I also have a friend from Massachusetts who had the good fortune to work with him briefly. She says he’s the type of person who is very present with whomever he’s engaged with, very nice, completely real, super organized and a hard worker. That’s how she describes him. She also said he’s quite brilliant. I guess I hadn’t realized he received his Business and Law degree simultaneously from Harvard. WOW! I’m 100% sure that he will be a president we can all be proud of. Like you said, he has a lifetime worth of valuable experience that he’ll be bringing to the job.
    Thanks for writing this great post, Mags. I’m glad you decided to share it.

  7. mikeakin1 says:

    I couldn’t have said it better. Well all except the lady boner thing:) I think I understood what you meant though lol

  8. A Dog With Fleas says:

    I couldn’t agree more with this post. I was a Romney supporter in 2008 and wished he received the nomination since I was not excited at all about McCain or thought he was right for the country. It should be very interesting to see how this all plays out in the next couple of days. Romney I believe has proven he is the right man for the job and knows what it takes to get the economy going in the right direction.

    And I truly am amazed (not really) how the whole Benghazi debacle has now been thrown under the rug. This was a major event, and the more I hear that it sounds like the President, Secretary of State and others watched in real time what was going on is truly heartbreaking and in my opinion criminal.

    Great post and thanks for sharing this.

    • Maggie O'C says:

      The Benghazi tragedy is horrific. I can’t watch the videos of it. No one died during Watergate. If I were the families of those men, I would be raising holy hell.

      I think Tuesday will be a good day for us, fingers crossed! Thanks for your kind words.

  9. Storkhunter says:

    I don’t live in the US and I don’t really follow politics very religiously (I certainly don’t here in the UK – it’s so boring here). Usually I am a supporter of the GOP but I don’t support Romney. I don’t think he can empathize with the people. Obama hasn’t been great for the country either, but I think that the undecideds might go with a “better the devil you know” attitude. Also I have a feeling that Hurricane Sandy might have shifted the wind in Obama’s direction.
    You make excellent points very eloquently. And I agree with your final sentence. Whoever wins does need to right the good old SS USA.

  10. Rincewind says:

    Love Obama but he hasn’t done enough for the American people. The health bill is brilliant and the one thing he should proud of. No idea what Romney really wants to do but would hate to see someone who wants to get rid of one of yr best laws Roe vs Wade. Scary. But for all of you, not an American but if u read this, vote! Whatever u do, don’t get rid of that right…

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