As Election Day grows nearer I wonder how many voters (meaning people who actually go out and vote) are really undecided at this point? Hard core liberals and hard core conservatives have known from the beginning who they were voting for, but what about the so-called independents? It’s hard to believe that serious voters haven’t made up their minds by now, especially this time, when the differences of the two candidates couldn’t be greater. But in case you don’t know yet, here’s a cheat sheet that spells out some differences between the two men.
Abortion and Birth Control
OBAMA: Supports abortion rights including late-term. His health care law requires contraceptives to be available for free for women enrolled in workplace health plans including Catholic Church owned hospitals.
ROMNEY: Opposes abortion on demand and free contraceptives paid for by taxpayers. Believes state law should guide abortion rights, and Roe v. Wade should be reversed by a future Supreme Court ruling. Said he would end federal aid to Planned Parenthood, a group that promotes abortions.
OBAMA: Promises to cut projected deficits by $4 trillion over 10 years, a goal that will require Congress to raise the capital gains tax, boost taxes on households earning over $250,000 a year, impose a minimum 30 percent tax on incomes above $1 million, and more. First-term pledge to cut deficit he inherited by half is falling well-short.
ROMNEY: Promises to cut $500 billion per year from the federal budget by 2016 to bring spending below 20 percent of the U.S. economy and to balance it by 2020. He would reverse the $716 billion in Medicare cuts that Obama made and cut taxes for all. He favors constitutional balanced budget amendment.
OBAMA: Term marked by high unemployment, a deep recession that began in previous administration, and slow recovery. Persistently high jobless rates that have not been significantly reduced since he took office in 2009. Businesses have suffered and public sector jobs have lagged. Responded to recession with a roughly $800 billion stimulus plan that did not work, expanded auto industry bailout, and carried forward a large Wall Street bailout.
ROMNEY: Wants lower taxes, less government regulation, balanced budget, and more trade deals to spur growth. Wants to encourage more hiring in small businesses. Replace jobless benefits with unemployment savings accounts. Proposes helping the middle class keep more of their money.
Energy and Environment
OBAMA: Ordered temporary moratorium on deep-water drilling after the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Increased fuel economy standards for new vehicles that will save money at the pump while raising the sticker cost of the vehicles. Established regulations on heat-trapping gases blamed for global warming and on toxic mercury pollution from power plants. Spent heavily on green energy such as solar and wind. Many of the solar energy companies (funded with taxpayer money) have gone bankrupt. Failed to persuade a Democratic Congress to pass limits he promised on carbon emissions. Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies are seen as mortal enemies of the coal industry.
ROMNEY: Pledges U.S. will become independent of energy sources outside of North America by 2020 through more aggressive exploitation of domestic oil, natural gas, coal, and other resources and quick approval of Keystone XL pipeline from Canada. Supports opening Atlantic and Pacific outer continental shelves to drilling, as well as Western lands, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and offshore Alaska. Says green power has yet to become viable and causes of climate change are unproved.
OBAMA: “I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.”
ROMNEY: “My view is that marriage itself is between a man and a woman.”
OBAMA: Passed Obamacare, putting U.S. on path to universal health coverage now that the Supreme Court has upheld the law’s mandate that everyone must buy insurance or pay a stiff penalty tax. Took out hundreds of millions from Medicare money to help finance this. Obamacare mandates that a 15 person government panel will determine who is allowed which medical procedures and who can have them. The majority of Americans are still against this.
ROMNEY: Promises to work for repeal of Obamacare because he says the states, not Washington, should drive policy on the uninsured. He would allow people the right to purchase health insurance in any state, which would have the effect of lowering costs through competition between companies. Would expand individual tax-advantaged medical savings accounts and let savings be used for insurance premiums as well as personal medical costs. Would save Medicare for seniors by returning the money that Obama took out of it.
OBAMA: Approved the raid that found and killed Osama bin Laden. Set policy that U.S. would no longer use the term “War on Terror.” Continued Bush’s key anti-terrorism policies, including detention of suspects at Guantanamo Bay, despite promise to close the prison. Expanded use of unmanned drone strikes against terrorist targets in Pakistan and Yemen. His administration lied about the attack on our Libyan embassy which killed our ambassador and three others, attempting to blame it on a YouTube video clip when they knew full well that it was a planned “terrorist” attack.
ROMNEY: Mr. Romney’s position is there should be no constitutional rights for foreign terrorism suspects. He does not consider waterboarding to be torture. He says America needs to be stronger in dealing with terrorists abroad, with no apologies. He has made it clear that we should be more supportive towards our one real friend in the Middle East, Israel.
If you still can’t make up your mind by now, well maybe you’d just better confine your voting to Dancing with the Stars this year.