published: Friday, June 15, 2012
Why Obama will be re-elected
Many political analysts are probing the future race between President Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney. Peter Hart, a political pollster, says the race is neck and neck. Why is it so close?
The economy is getting better but it's nothing to smile about. Most Americans believe the economy is still weak. About one third of Americans say they are better off today than they were four years ago (Quinnipac.com). When the economy is so bad, the record shows the incumbent will lose the race for re-election.
ABC News/Washington Post survey says 22 percent of voters will not vote for Obama. Obamacare has only 39 percent support. Pew Research finds only 42 percent of Catholics support Obama.
How can Obama keep up with Romney?
Most single women will vote for him. People who don't attend church support him. Parents with college kids support Obamacare because the kids can stay on the family insurance until age 26.
Fox News poll says 36 percent of voters thing Obama has no clear plan for the economy but 47 percent approve of his performance in the face of overwhelming problems.
Most Republicans say Obama is no leader but most voters like his approach to problems and his willingness to use lethal force to destroy enemies like Bin Ladin and others. Obama does not brag about his accomplishments. No drama.
Here are several reasons why voters will choose President Obama for a second term:
-- 1) He and the Federal Reserve stopped the financial free fall.
-- 2) Democrats approved the best health care reform in decades.
-- 3) He and Democrats saved the American auto industry while Rom-ney said General Motors should die.
-- 4) He and Democrats reinstated regulations to control the banking industry.
-- 5) He and Democrats required financial institutions and lenders to explain in plain English what the borrower is signing. No more robo signing.
-- 6) He pressed Congress to rebuild infrastructure and to expand Internet to rural areas.
-- 7) He signed the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to help women make equal pay for equal work.
-- 8) Obama's Education Department made funds available for more students to attend college.
-- 9) "Don't ask, don't tell" is a stand for equality for all Americans.
-- 10) Obama's leadership resulted in $.3 million new jobs while the GDP rose from 0.3 percent in March 2011 to 3.0 percent in December 2011.
Did we forget that President Obama made the crucial decision to send in Special Forces to grab Osama bin Laden? Nobody celebrated that victory on the deck of an aircraft carrier. No drama.
Those are some reasons why President Obama will be re-elected in 2012. What did Romney do at Bain Capital?
Robert Wesolowski | The Villages