By John M. Williams
Next November 2012,American voters will decide whether they want their country to be governed by the people or business. If they decide they want to be governed by the people then they will vote Democratic and reelect President Barack Obama and return the Democrats to the majority in the House of Representatives and expand the number of Democrats in the Senate. If they decide they want to be governed by business then they will elect a Republican president and a Republican Congress.
A Democratic controlled executive and legislative branches will mean all Americans will have their quality of life and standard of living raised, freedoms expanded, Social Security and Medicare protected, a cleaner environment, access to healthcare, increased opportunity to vote and more influence in policy making.
A Republican controlled executive and legislative branches will mean Americans will have their quality of life and standard of living lowered, freedoms declined, consumer protections eliminated or not enforced, a dirtier environment, decreased access to healthcare, voter suppression, a continuation of racism, rising deficits, increased wealth for the wealthiest Americans, increased defense spending, attacks on Social Security, efforts to change Medicare as we know it, and voiceless in determining policy when it comes to business.
Voting is serious business. It is an individualâ€™s single most important voice in determining the direction the elected government will take. When we vote we should know why we are voting. We should not vote because we have been life-long members of one party or another. We should vote because we are 100% certain that the people we are voting for will lead the country in a direction that improves our lives and makes the country stronger politically, economically, socially, racially, provides equality for both sexes, and, for those who believe in God, religiously.
We should be certain that our politicians have not lied to us on where they stand on issues. We must be certain that we have not interjected our own lack of knowledge on important issues and support these false issues because political leaders support them. We should call a demagogue a liar when we hear a lie.
I care about the economic soundness of the country. I want to see the $14 trillion debt eliminated. I am smart enough to know that cuts in federal spending alone will not erase the debt. The Democrats know this and are proposing spending cuts and revenue increases. The Republicans want only spending cuts, but spending cuts alone will never balance the federal budget. The Republicans are lying when they say spending cuts alone will balance the budget. Many Republicans in the House and Senate are millionaires and will benefit financially from not paying higher taxes. The Republican position on erasing the deficit is a lie and an insult to my intelligence, and to anyone supporting the Republican position.
For years, I paid my own health insurance. I did so until I was paying more for health insurance then I was my monthly mortgage. Paying health insurance almost bankrupt me a number of times. There were years without health insurance and therefore depleting our savings when someone got sick. Of course, covering pre-existing conditions was not available.
The Republicans want to return to the old eras when access to health was not available to everyone, and therefore healthcare was rationed. Republicans lie when they say healthcare was never rationed in this country. They lie when they say we have the best healthcare system in the world. They lie when they say Obamacare is a government takeover of the medical industry. It has not happened. The evidence does not support that statement. People who accept those lies are deluding themselves or donâ€™t know the facts. Yet, they will vote for Republicans. Why?
Another lie. During the healthcare debate, Republicans said the Obama bill would establish death panels for seniors. Another lie! Yet people believed it. Why?
The Republicans called the Health Care bill, a jobs killing bill. Where are the thousands or tens of thousands of lost jobs in the health care field? Another lie. And yet, people believed the lie and voted Republican in November 2010. Name me one jobâ€™s bill the Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives has introduced this year. One!
The Democrats and the Obama Administration want to introduce a jobs bill to rebuild the crumbling infrastructure in the country. The Republicans say no because we donâ€™t have the money. The money is there. Where? You eliminate tens of billions of dollars in tax subsidies to oil, gas and other companies on the corporate welfare rolls. The Republicans do not want their friends to have less taxpayer money. If they did have less they might have to work for a living like the poor and middle class. Still the middle class will vote Republican.
The Republicansâ€™ plan for jobs creation is reduce corporate taxes, cut taxes for the wealthiest Americans, eliminate regulations, repeal the healthcare law passed last year and cut federal spending. This plan is a joke. Corporations donâ€™t pay their fair of taxes now. The wealthiest Americans arenâ€™t paying their full share of taxes now. Before we start eliminating regulations, we need to ask these questions. What regulations do they want eliminated? Why were they created? What are their benefits to employees and communities? How much do they cost to implement?
When Democrats talk about an expanded government, they are looking to correct abuses and wrong doing by businesses and other politicians. They want businesses to be responsible for their decisions. Republicans want businesses to be absolved of any wrong doing, even if people are hurt, maimed and killed. Name one Republican leader who spoke out against the 29 miners killed in West Virginia and the people killed in the Gulf of Mexico when the oil rig blew.
A number of states, controlled by Republican legislatures, Florida, Texas, Georgia, Maine, Indiana and others have passed laws restricting voting options. These limits are aimed at the poor, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, students and the elderly. Why these groups? Because they tend to vote Democratic. Republicans who know about these shenanigans will vote Republican. Americans should be up in arms that Republicans want to ensure that only certain people vote. Women and men have been killed, wounded, maimed for life to ensure All Americans exercise their voting privileges. Their sacrifices mean nothing to Republicans.
Voting should be encouraged, not restricted.
Bipartisanship is needed if the country is to move forward. Republicans have made it clear â€“ as long as Barack Obama is president they will not work with him. They want him to fail which means the country fails.
In 2012, voters must decide if they want a stronger America or a weaker America. They must decide if they want an America for all Americans or a minority.
My vote will be for a stronger, inclusive America.
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