Are You Voting for Romney or Against Obama?

I have a question for those of you who intend to vote for Governor Romney: Is your motivation based on voting against the President, or do you sincerely subscribe to the future the Governor lays out?

From observing the political environment for the past four years, it’s been obvious that many conservatives have been anxiously awaiting their opportunity to vote against the President. As Mitch McConnell said in 2010, his Number One Goal was to make President Obama a one-term president. Since the mid-term elections, the Republican-controlled House has indeed done everything it could toward that end through obstructionism and condescension.

Now that we’re on the threshold of determining whether McConnell and friends realize that goal, I have a question for those of you who intend to vote for Governor Romney:  Is your motivation based on voting against the President, or do you sincerely subscribe to the future the Governor lays out?

Let me make one important point here – the purpose of this blog is not to defend the President. If you’ve been so dissatisfied with the past four years that you’d vote for anyone but Obama, then it sounds like you’re making the best decision for you. Good for you.

If, however, your motivation for voting for Romney is based on a sincere preference for his policies and plans, what are they?

From the past year of going through the primary season to the Republican Convention through each of the three debates, what exactly are his true positions? Seriously, does he even know?

His tax plan cuts $5 trillion by across the board 20 percent rate reductions and it eliminates the capital gains and inheritance taxes. He says he’ll pay for it by creating a “deduction bucket” that is maxed out at a certain amount. Seemingly off the top of his head, he’s suggested bucket sizes of $17,500, $25,000, and $50,000. Isn’t that a pretty important part of the equation? Does anyone in his camp have Excel Certification?

He promises to repeal ObamaCare on day one. With what will it be replaced? He won’t say. His stance on abortion and women’s rights could win a Daytime Emmy for all its twists and turns. His foreign policy team consists of a majority of President Bush’s war hawks: despite his plan to allocate an additional $2 trillion for defense spending (something the Pentagon doesn’t even want), he mirrors Obama in the debate. His economic team is largely made up of Bush-era staffers, and he favors returning to the unregulated mess that largely got us into this hole we’re in, despite saying he won't make the mistakes of the past.

He says he has care and compassion for all of us, yet behind those closed doors, a radically different Romney speaks out.

Frankly, Mitt Romney is like a box of chocolates.

Like I said, if you’re voting against the current President, fine.  That’s what motivates you. For the last four years, you’ve made that motivation abundantly clear.

I just don’t understand how someone can support a presidential candidate like Romney solely on the Governor’s own merits and promises, whatever they turn out to be. If you’re one of those people, can you explain what excites you so much about Romney?

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Marley October 27, 2012 at 03:41 AM
I feel the hatred. I listen to it regularly from the Hannity, Rush, Boortz, etc. types. I haven't said one hateful thing yet about anyone. Please don't attack me, as you don't know what I have or don't. It shouldn't matter though as adults we should be able to have an intelligent conversation without passing judgement on someone because one perceives they are "better off" than another. I don't agree with Romney or Obama on everything. But I've come to disagree with people based on what they show me. If he has not earned your trust, then that's on him. If you never gave him a chance, that's on you. The latter is hate...and it is curable only through Christ's intervention.
Marley October 27, 2012 at 03:42 AM
I'm voting for Richard Pryor NONE OF THE ABOVE. :)
Just Peachy October 27, 2012 at 03:47 AM
Oh now Marley don't care or have an opinion or she isn't even defending Obama....hmmm. A. She can't defend that ad. B. she doesn't have a daughter or C. No respect for women. As a woman I am offended, as a mother I am appalled, having a daughter I feel the girl was exploited. Marley, won't you go ask Hannity what he thinks of the video/ad? Fi x News is all over it. I don't think many can honestly say they admire him for this.
Marley October 27, 2012 at 03:47 AM
Of course...you just assumed as usual.
Marley October 27, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Well think of it this way...what if Obama wins. What are you going to do to make the situation better? You did your part. Oh well. But we've got to unite and fix our problems. This has to be done no matter who wins.
Rex Smithers October 27, 2012 at 03:51 AM
Well you have a lot of praying to do. You may as well vote for Richard Pryor. Obama will have about as much relevance after January.
Marley October 27, 2012 at 03:57 AM
You already regurgitate what Hannity says about this video. And you don't have to admire this, many wouldn't. But you can't say that he has no admirable traits.
Just Peachy October 27, 2012 at 03:59 AM
@ Rex. So glad you said that. I just didn't want to be the one. Seems the truth hurts. Romney/Ryan will prevail!!!
Marley October 27, 2012 at 04:02 AM
Actually we all need to pray for understanding of God's will in this election. Whatever that may be.
Marley October 27, 2012 at 04:07 AM
What did he say that was so great? I missed that one.
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew October 27, 2012 at 05:06 AM
Relax ... it was just Snooki's sister
Robert Saunders October 27, 2012 at 12:53 PM
I suggest everyone read "The Price of Politics" by Bob Woodward of "All the Presidents Men" fame. He goes into the inter-workings of how the White House under President Obama worked to solve the nations financial crisis. President Obama promised in his campaign to work with Republicans to bring about a successful solution to the United States problems. If we are going to solve our problems, we must solve them together. President Obama and his staff have been very inept in working with not only Republicans but also at times with his fellow democrats. Mitt Rommey has a record of working with Democrats in Mass. to bring about positive change. Again, I challenge you to read the book.
Karen October 27, 2012 at 01:14 PM
I started out voting against Obama. After learning more about Romney, I am excited to vote for him. I don't care for Obama's ego or shady practices among other things. I like what I have seen from Romney. At least he has run a business and knows how to budget. He may not be the perfect candidate, but who would be? I will be proud to cast my vote for some R & R for this country.
Tammy Osier October 27, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Agreed karen. @ marley - then why do you listen to them? I neither have FOX news on cable nor do I listen to them anymore- especially hannity. he's always arguing. I do like Erik Erickson. He seems pretty balanced. I research online and listen to good trusted people like Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams and Larry Elder. They are black, which gives me a unique perpsective in this campaign that for some wierd reason is always about race (deosn't have to be).Those guys are black and conservative. I seldom here rhetoric, but just plain old common sense coupled by Sowell's expertise in economics. Try that. You may enjoy some good reading.
Raul James October 27, 2012 at 05:47 PM
It is hard to imagine someone saying Mitt Romney has integrity, cares about the middle class, has an economic plan, will allow women choice, care about millions without healthcare, should I go on. It has astounded me, how racist Caucasians will vote against their own interests economically, just so they can vote the black president out. Trickle down did not work under Regan, Bush 1, Bush 2 nor will it work under Romney. Economic inequality will certainly continue.
Karen October 27, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Raul - you are so wrong about the race issue, so wrong. I wanted Condoleeza Rice on the ticket with Romney. In the very beginning, I was a Herman Cain supporter. Finally, how do you know my race? You can take race off the table - FAST. I do believe Romney has integrity, I have seen no evidence of anything different. I don't agree with ALL his views, but I do believe he has the best interest of this country in mind. I don't agree with Obama's policies. Programs that used to be safety nets are now a way of life and there is no sign of that changing. The Libya issue speaks for itself - what an attempted cover up. Movie - right. Anyway, like I said, I will be proud to vote for Romney this year.
Tammy Osier October 28, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Karen - those who call out race so much are the very ones that see you and everyone through those glasses. How awful it must be to be that judgemental! I remember after obama was elected, black and white people began smiling at each other. So many (whites) were proud that some walls might have come down and proud for their (black) neighbors. BUT, as MLK and I believe Thomas Sowell once said, equality means that you get judged by the same stick. If you do well, you get praised, if not, you get criticized. Those who are willing to think critically (for the sake of the country and ALL Americans) have moved on. Those who continually cry "racist" have not. It is that simple. It's unfortunate that he has those blinders on. You won't change his mind, so move on and debate others who will talk about issues.
Reg B October 29, 2012 at 12:09 PM
First of all the creator of this blog states in his opening statement that Obama had a Republican controlled house this last four years...wrong, he had a democratic controlled house the first two years, please lets not forget he shoved Obama care down our throats. Just like garbage in Gwinnett County, the citizens of this country will have no say in their health care, yes it is coming to that! Obama promised to bring back bipartisan to both the house and Senate, wrong again! I don't know if Romey can bring back bipartisan but any change will be much better than the Marxists in the office now. No balanced budget ever??? Is this a first by any President not to have a balanced budget the first 3-years in office? The list could go on forever here but all you have to do is read above this blog at the countless hundreds above to get the rest of the story.
Reg B October 29, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Well said Tammy!
The guy in seat 24B October 29, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Reg - Why not try re-reading the opening statement. I'll make it real easy for you. Here is what I said: "Since the mid-term elections, the Republican-controlled House has indeed done everything it could toward that end through obstructionism and condescension." Further, you asked if this is a first by any President not to have a balanced budget the first 3-years in office. It is in fact not a first. The record is eight, held by George W. Bush. The last balanced budget was during the Clinton Administration. Perhaps before you start accusing people of being wrong, you should research the facts you wish to assert before you assert them.
The guy in seat 24B October 29, 2012 at 10:08 PM
David - What I said was factually correct. The question was not who last proposed a balanced budget, it was whether any president had not balanced the budget the first 3-years in office. Perhaps you can provide a more accurate number, but a quick check of what was paid the 9/11 victims and families suggested $38 billion. That's not exactly a budget buster. And please, don't make excuses for Bush.
Reg B October 29, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Hey 24B, looks as if you found one little mistake on my part, or did you? The guy is a Marxist regardless. He promotes government over private sector and will do anything to enforce his form of government, so before you get your panties in a wad, ask yourself, do I want government controlling my life at every turn!!! If you are too weak to make your own decisions in life, then by all means vote for your buddy, Obama.
The guy in seat 24B October 29, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Reg - I'm disappointed. I thought you'd respond, but I expected something better than that. Or did I?
Reg B October 30, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Look 24B, as part of the main stream media I expect you to biased as is just about every other ex newspaper writer out there. That is why you now write blogs! Go figure that someone as informed as you seam to be, can't figure out why us business owners will not vote Obama...To us the choice is simple!
The guy in seat 24B October 30, 2012 at 12:57 AM
Reg - Thanks for mistaking me for an ex-journalist! I'm actually an accountant. (Who'da thunk?) Your last response brings us back to my original question. You're obviously motivated to vote against Obama, as opposed to voting for Romney. The intent of this blog was to discover what specifics about Romney's plans excite voters who actually are motivated by those specifics, as opposed to being motivated by Obama. Thus far, there hasn't really been a meaningful answer to that question. But since I can't seem to figure out why business owners will not vote for Obama, please, be specific and explain it to me. I keep hearing about record profits. On March 6, 2009, the Dow closed at 6,469. Today it closed at 13,107, more than doubling during that time.
Just Peachy October 30, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Several have said he has a budget proposal. Obama has yet to have one nor did he in the last four years. He is a successful businessman. His proof is in the pudding. He is against socialized healthcare. He is for working with our Ali's to create peace and fund our military to keep America safe. He is an American!
Reg B October 30, 2012 at 01:58 AM
You do have characteristics of a newspaper journalist... As a small business, my health insurance rates have gone up 46% over the last two years, my business has been stagnant due to these rising cost, simply can't afford to hire more people to grow my business due to high insurance cost. I actually plan to reduce work force next year to be under the magic number of 50 employees so that I can cut my portion of paid insurance altogether, my accountants idea (not really but thought I would throw that in as a jab) I do two things with these position eliminations, 1. Give myself a raise to cover additional taxes in Obama's raise the tax on the evil wealthy plan, Yes I will fall into that category but have earned it, you see I use to work for a large corporation before my job was eliminated. 2. Cut health care cost. I will actually give my remaining employees a raise equal to the amount of health coverage I currently pay for. They as I, will have to fend for ourselves for health coverage...I along with many other business owners I speak with are terribly afraid of Obama, which is not good for the health of the small business community. I want to put my trust in Romney who has a business background in hopes he will do more to stimulate my business as opposed to shrinking it. The record profits I believe you keep hearing about is simply due to corporations cutting cost, making remaining employees pick up the slack yet not pay higher wages. I was once a victim of this tactic.
Tammy Osier October 30, 2012 at 02:58 AM
Reg - tht was a great explanation and the same one I hear from other business owners (among other reasons).
Reg B October 30, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Yes Tammy there are many more reasons but I ran out of room in the comment section...the reasons just keep on growing! I have to believe the folks voting for Obama are doing so without much thought into what makes this country grow.
Mary Lou November 03, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Our household consists of 3 registered voters. We voted Romney. We, being small business owners, represent our reason(others, but small business #1) for our vote for Romney.


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