My Statement of Support for the Reelection of President Barack Obama
The campaign for president — to be decided in the election in November 2012 — is going to be decided, most people believe, by the state of the economy and its impact on each of us as we enter the voting booth. I believe while the economy will hold a high priority with the voters, they will consider domestic policies and foreign affairs as well.
Most Americans understand the difference in views on the domestic agenda between the two candidates — Obama and Romney — and the parties they represent. President Obama and the Democratic Party believe we must never privatize Social Security and Medicare, but instead take measures to keep them solvent, and to always keep them as entitlements. The Republican Party and Mitt Romney and his predecessor George W. Bush have made it clear they are desirous of ending the entitlement contract between the government and the individual American and substitute the concept of privatization with individual stock accounts, making Social Security dependent in part on the stock market and ending Medicare as we know it, providing instead a voucher system, allowing those eligible to receive a government voucher with the beneficiary being personally responsible for the cost of an insurance policy as the voucher buys less with each passing year. The Democrats believe Medicaid — health care for the poor — should remain an entitlement, no matter the number of poor qualifying, while Republicans believe Medicaid should instead become a block grant to the states, eliminating the federal responsibility to care for the poor, giving the 50 states the power to decide the benefits to be provided and the funding.
In the field of foreign affairs, one major issue is that of Iran and what to do to prevent Iran from achieving possession of nuclear bomb capability. The president’s position was recently stated by the American ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro. According to the New York Times of May 18, 2012:
The American ambassador to Israel said this week that not only was America willing to use military force to stop Iran from
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