I read with much consternation David Brooks and the DesMoines Register's endorsements of Romney days ago. Their endorsements boil down to a simple, profoundly misguided point: vote for Romney because he would secure a debt deal with Congress.
In America, we take care of each other, we support one another, and we look out for our neighbors. When times get tough, we lend a helping hand, we lift up those around us, and we stand by those in need. In America, the dreamers, the disabled and the disadvantaged are not left to defend themselves, alone in their struggles. We have their back. But this is not Mitt Romney's plan for America's future, far from it. In Romney's America, you are alone, in a world of privatized profiteers, to fend for yourself. No lift, no support, and no helping hand.
Ezra Klein is right. In a recent Washington Post column, the left-leaning policy wonk laid plain that the future of ObamaCare is at stake in next week’s elections. If President Obama wins and Democrats hold the Senate, the Affordable Care Act will survive. If Mitt Romney wins and Republicans take the Senate, the law is dead. It is the starkest of differences.
How likely is each scenario? At this moment Democrats have the advantage. According to Real Clear Politics, the president is running slightly ahead in six out of ten battleground states. He could actually lose seven of these, but still be reelected if he hangs onto Ohio, Wisconsin, and Iowa.
On Tuesday, November 6, the exit polls will finally explain what voters in the 2012 presidential election were actually thinking, their underlying motivations and intentions stripped bare for all to see. After all, pollsters simply ask people who just voted how they voted; the voters answer the question and you now have a precise record of their vote. Right?
In a recent speech about poverty at Cleveland State University, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) struck a moderate tone while doubling down on policies that will take us back to an era when our most vulnerable neighbors were on their own.
Mitt Romney’s proposal to boost defense spending until it reaches “a floor of four percent of GDP [gross domestic product],” as he proclaims at his official website, is an insult to history.
President Obama’s quip about bayonets and a game of battleship got a few laughs at the final presidential debate. But our national security and naval readiness are no joking matter.
America’s naval power – which is projected abroad by our aircraft carriers, destroyers, amphibious ships, and submarines – has protected America’s interests, assured our friends, and deterred potential aggressors for decades.
If you believe the likely voter polls, President Obama has hit a wall at 48 percent. Therefore, Governor Romney would narrowly win the popular vote, with the Electoral College a narrow tightrope walk away from a Romney presidency. However, if you believe the registered voter polls, it is Romney who hits a ceiling of 47 percent, enabling Obama to win both the popular vote and re-election in the Electoral College.
Home Depot did it. RIM, E*Trade, and Best Buy did it, too. So did Hewlett Packard and AIG. At companies of all shapes and sizes all over the world, chief executive officers are fired for bad decisions or poor performance. Should the standards be different for the world’s most powerful and prominent CEO?
The President of the United States is the CEO of our federal government. He’s in charge of executive branch departments and agencies. The president sets policy, and with Congress, guides the vision of government, and is entrusted with America’s national security.
Just like the CEO of a major corporation, the person occupying the Oval Office must present a vision, propose policy initiatives to meet goals, achieve buy-in from stakeholders, and demonstrate results. But over the last four years, President Obama has failed to meet most of his own benchmarks, let alone those of the nation.
How will the hurricane influence the election? The conventional wisdom holds that power outages, interrupted work schedules and other factors in the storm’s aftermath could depress turnout and hurt President Obama’s chances, including in swing states like Virginia and New Hampshire. Under this scenario, Sandy would end up a net plus for Romney.
But aside from sheer logistics, how does the storm fit into or alter the narrative that’s been established during the campaign? Natural disasters are normally seen as emergencies where government relief and aid are not only necessary, but deeply valued. Such emergencies demonstrate a core government role, bringing water, food, shelter, power and safety to those who have been afflicted through no fault of their own.