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Why I Will Not Vote For Mitt Romney For President of the USA (Updated 11/7/2012)

November 3, 2012

Should we vote for Mitt Romney for President of the United States? I think not. Some considerations against voting for Romney:

  1. His tax plan unfairly favors the wealthy. “Romney’s proposal as he described it – eliminating tax on interest, dividends, and capital gains – would largely help those living on investment income, which does not include many people in the middle class.” Go here for more information.
  2. Mitt Romey is against equal rights because he opposes same-sex marriage. Romney “opposes legal recognition of same-sex marriage and says it should be banned with a constitutional amendment, not left to states. “Marriage is not an activity that goes on within the walls of a state.” Also opposes civil unions “if they are identical to marriage other than by name,” but says states should be left to decide what rights and benefits should be allowed under those unions.” Go here for more information.
  3. Romney supports oil subsidies. “Throughout the election, Romney has campaigned specifically on prioritizing oil above other forms of energy, openly consulting with oil executives and donors on his energy policy.” (More information.) The subsidies don’t benefit everyone equally. They give oil an unfair advantage against alternative energy. (More information.)
  4. Romney’s experience with business does not prove he is fiscally responsible or ethical — it appears to be just the opposite. Romney has personal experience in very questionable business practices. His business practices should not be described as “ethical” or “fiscally responsible.” “But what most voters don’t know is the way Mitt Romney actually  made his fortune: by borrowing vast sums of money that other people were forced to pay back. This is the plain, stark reality that has somehow eluded America’s top political journalists for two consecutive presidential campaigns: Mitt Romney is one of the greatest and most irresponsible debt creators of all time. In the past few decades, in fact, Romney has piled more debt onto more unsuspecting companies, written more gigantic checks that other people have to cover, than perhaps all but a handful of people on planet Earth.” (More information.)
  5. Romney does not deny global warming, but does not plan on doing anything about it. “Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, assailed by Republicans for saying climate change is a scientific fact, appeared to alter his position by saying he doesn’t think the issue merits substantial government action.” (More information.)
  6. Romney has implied that he is not interested in helping the poor. “A video of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney slamming 47 percent of Americans for not paying income taxes and feeling entitled to government assistance leaked last week to widespread criticism.” However, wealthy corporations could be getting around twice as much welfare as the poor. “The government spent about $59 billion to pay for traditional social welfare programs like food stamps and housing assistance in 2006, while Uncle Sam doled out $92 billion in assistance to corporations during the same year, according to an analysis from Think By Numbers, a progressive blog. That means that big, and in many cases profitable, corporations got nearly double the money from the government that needy individuals got.” (More information.)
  7. Romney’s advisers want him to continue to fund corporate welfare. “Harold Hamm, Romney’s top energy adviser, asked lawmakers to keep tax breaks for oil and gas companies in place during a hearing earlier this month. Companies tied to Romney’s image have also benefitted from government help; Bain & Co. reportedly received a bailout in the early 1990s.” (More information.)
  8. Romney agrees with Citizen’s United. Mitt Romney “has defended  the Supreme Court’s decision that unrestricted — and now unprecedented — spending by corporations and unions on campaigns is protected under the First Amendment.” Money has a huge unfair and destructive influence on politics, but Romney has supported the decision that makes things even worse. (More information.)

Finally, Romney also supports some of the same failed and unethical policies of the Obama administration:

  1. Romney and Obama both agree that American citizens should no longer have a right to a fair trial. They want to be able to detain American citizens without a trial. “Obama, before signing the NDAA, requested that the president be given the authority to detain American citizens on American soil without a trial and without bringing them up on charges of any kind.” (More information.) Although some say that Obama has no interest in detaining citizens, he has fought against a judge’s ruling to keep the power to do so. “The new ruling in favor of Obama’s right to detain Americans in military custody comes a week after a federal judge struck it down, and ruled it unconstitutional. The administration appealed the decision and won.” (More information.) Romney agrees that we should no longer have the right to a fair trial. “Several times, even when answering to a chorus of boos, he has reaffirmed that the NDAA in its entirety is a great piece of legislation and he would have signed it exactly as Obama did.”
  2. Romney supports the war on drugs. “Like the majority of the Republicans in the race, Romney supports the drug war … at least most of the time. During his time as the Governor of Massachusetts, he had a generally “tough on drug crime” stance.” (More information.)
  3. Romney has no plans to prosecute criminal bankers who have gone unpunished. (More information.) Iceland introduced debt forgiveness, punished their bankers, and refused to bail them out. And they are doing quite well. (More information.)
  4. Romney has no plans to break up the banks. (More information.) If they are too big to fail, then they should be broken into smaller parts. We don’t want to encourage banks to take risks with our entire economy when they know someone will bail them out because they’re “too big to fail.” (More information.)
  5. Romney wants us to use more torture. Romney not only approves of the use of torture that has been allowed under the Obama administration, but he says “waterboarding” is not torture and should be allowed as a result. According to Romney, “the two candidates diverge on the legality of the use of harsh interrogation methods, including waterboarding, which Obama says constitutes torture, but Romney says does not.” (More information.)
  6. Romney agrees with the Obama administration’s use of drone strikes. “Emmerson also waded into the White House election, noting that both President Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, appear to be in agreement on the covert use of drones.” (More information.) We have been using likely unethical drone strike techniques, such as the “double tap” technique to kill rescuers and survivors who are found in the devastation of a drone strike. (More information.)

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