Obama versus Romney: Foreign Policy!

October 23, 2012 at 1:12 AM (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , )

I actually went ahead and watch this evening’s Presidential Debate, as it is the last one for this election.  I have cast my vote already, so my listening to what either candidate has to say is moot at this point.  I will give both President Obama and Governor Romney credit for presenting their political platforms to the audience in manners that were tolerable and engaging to the point that possibly additonal votes should be gained.

This evening, the setting took a moment to recognize the fiftieth anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination (a month off…), also recalling that The Soviet Union had a Cuban nuclear missile base.  Then, both candidates proceeded to speak from Lynn University at Boca Raton, Florida.  It was the fourth and final debate of this election, with both President Obama and Mitt Romney tied at 47% among polled voters!  The topic for tonight was foreign policy, and no reactions were allowed from the audience!

They began this debate with conversation of the murder of Ambassador Chris Stevens, along with how The  United States will work to increase security within U.S. bases in Libya, as well as throughout The Middle East.  Romney stated that “we can’t kill our way out of this mess”, while calling for the Muslim world to go after terrorists on it’s own.  President Obama reiterated his call for stronger leadership out of Middle Eastern nations, while maintaining supervision over the movements of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.

President Obama has no regrets for having Hosni Mubarak removed from Egyptian government leadership.  Mitt Romney agrees that was a good idea, also.  He continued with the American (sic) responsibility and privilege to make the world free.  The President said that it was unfortunate to have removed our arsenal from Poland, and a mistake for us to have been silent during The Green Revolution.

The President and Mitt Romney were asked if an attack on Israel is attack on The United States?  The President responded by saying that we will stand with Israel if they are attacked, and that Iran will not get hold of a nuclear weapon.  Mitt Romney tried to crunk it up, answering with, if Israel is attacked, “we will have her back”!  He said that a nuclear Iran is a threat to us!

Both candidates exchanged heat about the status of Iran’s potential nuclear acquisition, and it’s possible dealings through contacts with nations such as China and Russia.  Mitt Romney claimed that President Obama wants to make an apology tour throughout The Middle East to appease nations possibly hostile to The United States.  He is stating that The President is not showing strength overseas, and that he is not strong enough on Iran!

The President retorted immediately, stating that Mitt Romney’s claims are not true!  President Obama said that The United States has worked with China, and is dealing with Iran.  Additionally, our nation is pressing further enforcements to keep Iran off of the potential capacity to acquire nuclear arms.

Terrorism throughout The Middle East was a continuing issue.  Mitt Romney means to have all U.S. troops home by 2014, yet he admits that Taliban forces are growing within Pakistan, which has 100 nuclear warheads, also!  President Obama agreed that Pakistan is a Taliban safe haven, while questioning whether or not it is the appropriate time for us to “divorce” this Middle Eastern nation?  Romney says no, as they have nuclear weapons, and they have terrorists!

The rise of China, and it’s future challenges as a threat to The United States was posed to President Obama and to Mitt Romney.  The President stated that China is a potential threat, yet it is also a potential partner.  He stated that we need to improve our education, reseearch, and our technological capacity to stay on par with China.  The President says that a budget under Mitt Romney will NOT allow The United States to maintain any levels equivalence with an emerging and advancing China!

Mitt Romney went on, making a disagreeable statement about helping the auto industry.  He claimed to have a commitment to helping the auto industry, which would keep The United States as a global leader.  Romney stated that President Obama’s policies do not encourage foreign auto companies to enter our nation to sell products.  The President disagrees!

The President was clear to state that cutting U.S. investments, research. and education will NOT keep us competitive with emerging nations such as China, or with the rest of the advancing world.  He said that we can not return to policies that will place us behind other nations.  However, Mitt Romney countered with stating that U.S. citizens are unemployed, in debt, or on food stamps at rising rates.  He said that our goal should be to “make America (sic) once again the most attractive place in the world”.

As they closed, President Obama said that Governor Romney wants to take us back to failed policies.  The President stated that he has a different plan to create jobs, to have the best education system, to control energy, to maintain the strongest military, and to rebuild at home.  President Obama said, “we can bounce back because of our character”!

Governor Romney said, “I am optimistic about the future.  We can be safe and more confident”.  He claimed that there are two paths to be taken.  One would be President Obama’s path:  dealing with regular take-home pay and loss of jobs.  The other would be his path:  optimisim and job growth.

BOCA RATON, FL - OCTOBER 22:  U.S. President Barack Obama (R) shakes hands with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney after the debate at the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University on October 22, 2012 in Boca Raton, Florida. The focus for the final presidential debate before Election Day on November 6 is foreign policy.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Photo: Mark Wilson, Getty Images / 2012 Getty Images








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The Heat Was ON For Round Two!

October 17, 2012 at 2:19 AM (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , )

This was a much more pleasing and satisfactory contest between our nation’s leading political figures!  The debate for this evening was held at Hofstra UniversityDavid S. Mack Exibition complex.  Located in Hempstead, New York, President Barack H. Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney squared off for a verbal contest that was at a level of far greater energy than the previous meeting!

CNN political correspondent Candy Crowley was the debate moderator, as she introduced Mitt Romney as the first speaker.  He was questioned by twenty-year-old audience member Jeremy about how he would be able to support himself after collegiate graduation.  Mitt Romney state that he knew what it would take to bring good jobs by 2014, but he did not say how.

President Obama responded by saying that he plans to create good-paying jobs.  He intends to support U.S. – based manufacturing jobs, to increase job training, and vocational education.  The President also stated that he  want s to work toward controlling our natural energy sources, which include solar and wind power.

The topic of employment within The U.S. arose immediately, with Candy Crowley asking what can be done to assist long-term unemployed citizens to find work?  Romney would mean to find twelve million new jobs within four years.  President Obama attacked the legitimacy of those statements.

Audience attendant Phillip Tricella asked about whether or not The Department of Energy is functioning as properly as it should be?  The President stated that traditional energy productions have increased, as wind, solar, and biofuel amounts have doubled.  Natural gases are being explored, as are other efficient energy sources.  President Obama said that The U.S. needs new energy sources to stay ahead of nations like Germany and China!

Mitt Romney said that President Obama was behind half-cut permits for oil drilling, which cost The U.S. oil resources.  He stated that our nation needs to take advantage of our own energy sources to become energy independent.  Romney endorses increased oil drilling, also!  The President stated that he is consistent in energy production and clean oil.  He said that oil and gas productions have risen.  President Obama said that these productions rose without oil export levels increasing!

Mitt Romney said that federal export licenses have been cut by half, to which President Obama stated NOT TRUE!  The President said that leases were taken away to be use by the government for production rates.  However, Romney does not believe that President Obama will fight for oil and gas price changes, or for energy security to the level that he would fight for it.  Romney added that he would support U.S. off-shore drilling!

Mitt Romney went on, stating that he wants to simplify tax codes for the middle class, supposedly bringing relief to middle class families.  His policies would limit deductions for high-earning U.S. citizens, and they would not tax middle income U.S. citizens.  Romney claims that his policies would lead to a balanced budget that ultimately would reduce taxes!

President Obama retorted immediately, saying that his plans will lead to middle class tax reliefs with tax cuts by $600 (monthly???), a deficit reduction, and small businesses not experiencing tax increases.  The President said that citizens earning above $250,000 annually will receive tax increases.  He firmly stated that he will not follow a top-down economic policy!

Reducing tax rates on small businesses was an idea with which Mitt Romney agreed.  He stated that his plans would work to make North America energy independent within five years (he did not fully explain that….).  Romney did strike with stating that Obama’s years in office have increased the national deficit!

Katherine Fenton stated that females earn only seventy-two percent of what males earn.  She asked how that will be changed?  President Obama responded to her first.

The President stated that this is a fight for a new middle class.  Specifically, he said that a fight for middle class standards where women lead the scene are what will be the basis.  A coming administration under President Obama will enforce laws that protect against all discrimination, including sexism.  Mitt Romney followed, saying that his administration would let employers to schedule females onto jobs with less difficulty.  He said that he would help women to get good work by building a strong economy.

Susan Katz asked about the failings and the missteps of the Bush administration.  She fears that electing Mitt Romney will bring The U.S. back to that period.  Romney responded by stating that he and George W. Bush are two different people.  He stated that his five-point plan will succeed.  His plans with China willl succeed, where W’s did not succeed.  Romney said that he will champion small businesses, he will keep taxes low on small businesses, as he wants to create jobs to get them to grow!

President Obama answered Ms. Katz, regarding her worries of job losses.  The President said that 5.2 million new jobs will be created this year, and more should be prepared for start upon his re-election.  He said that Romney’s tax cuts would lead to a deficit, along with job and production shipments to China!

Michael Jones is concerned about high prices.  He questioned President Obama about current high prices.  The President answered with talk of Wall Street reforms, job creations, and his maintenance to his political commitments.  He cited where Romney said that Republicans will save money for the wealthy, repeal Obamacare, and cut funding to education!

Mitt Romney took to the podium, telling the audience that President Obama would give the nation a repeat of the last four years, with a 5.4% unemployment rate!  He noted that The President doubled the national deficit, that the national middle-class is being crushed, and that twenty-three million U.S. citizens are looking for work!  Romney said that President Obama’s policies “have not let the economy take off and grow”!

Lorraine Osorio asked:  “What do you plan to do with immigrants as being productive members of society”?

Mitt Romney answered:  he wants the legal system to be streamlined.  He wants green cards to be passed out.  He wants to stop illegal immigration, and to enact an employment verification system.  Romney would mean to allow paths for children of illegal immigrants to become citizens.  He said that Obama’s legislative tactics regarding immigration have failed!

President Obama would like to fix a broken immigration system!  He would work to make it easier and cheaper for immigrants to enter The United States legally.  His policies would increase border patrols, while seeking out rouge, illegal entrants into our nation.  He said that Mitt Romney would veto The DREAM Act!

Romney went back to “revise” President Obama’s earlier statements!  He stated that it should be to let people decide on the places where they can find their best life opportunities, not “to round them up”!

Kerry Ladka asked why The State Department refused extra security in Libya for diplomats?  President Obama responded first, stating that he spoke with a security team from Benghazi, telling them to “beef up”!  He told them to find out why the attack occurred, and he told them to get names (of the attackers).  The President stated that Romney would turn this incident into a political issue.  Mitt Romney did not really say anything to support more U.S. security in Libya.

Alma E. Gonzalez asked about keeping AK47 assault rifles from terrorists, and what can the government do to prevent them from getting hold of these weapons?  President Obama reiterated the need to reinforce laws that are already in effect, as well as to keep these weapons out of the hands of criminals.   He noted Mitt Romney’s flopping position on banning of assault weapons due to political funding from groups like The N.R.A.!



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The V.P. Versus The Man Who Wants His Job!

October 12, 2012 at 12:31 AM (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , )

The 2012 Vice-Presidential Debate has been anticipated, unexpectedly, this evening.  I am not imagining that U.S. Representative Paul Ryan has too much to present on how he would be a worthy Vice-President of The United States.  Yet, he is the Republican candidate, and he has several followers.  Therefore, it will matter as to how he actually performs, in relation to how the setting of this election is to continue.

After an admittedly upsetting show from President Obama against Mitt Romney during last week’s Presidential Debate, all concerned eyes did watch Vice-President Joe Biden this evening.  He engaged Republican Vice-Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan in a ninety-minute debate, moderated by Martha Raddatz.  Their topics ranged between the variety of issues concerning the nation at-large.

It began with Raddatz questioning as to whether or not the attack on Libya was an intelligence failure.  Vice-President Biden stated that the government would have to get to the bottom of the issue.  Both politicians ranted about how to handle terrorist attacks, and about which ticket would handle them better while in office.

This continued, as Representative Ryan was questioned about the appropriateness of calling President Obama’s stategy of dealing with terrorists “weak”.  Ryan said that his statement was justified, yet Biden called it malarchy (bullshit)!

Should The United States have apologized for any disrespect of Islam by U.S. troops abroad?  Representative Ryan said yes, but he said that we should not apologize for protecting U.S. values!  Vice-President Biden continues to state that U.S. representatives worldwide will show respect for all cultures and religions.

Regarding Iran, Ryan did seem to give rhetorical ranting regarding the capacity of the Obama administration to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.  He stated that there is a current lack  of credibility, regarding this topic.  Biden added rhetoric as well, yet he said that The U.S. will not allow Iran to gain nuclear arsenal!

Unemployment was currently recognized as currently below eight percent, and the debaters were asked about how they would work to make it reach below six percent.  Vice-President Biden said that he and President Obama are continuing to work toward repairing the economy, while providing additional middle-class tax cuts.  Paul Ryan admits that job growth is slow, yet he wants more action than talk, with an economic growth of 4.3%, if he and Romney are elected.

Vice-President Biden pressed that more jobs need to be created!  He stated that this requires more action than talk, including how funds have been saved for Medicare, more benefits are being provided for Seniors, and how the Obama administration will NOT privatize Social Security during a second term!

Representative Ryan chastized Vice-President Biden for allegedly turning Medicare benefits into Obamacare!  He said that subsidies for the wealthy need to be taken down.  This was an action allegedly enacted under President Clinton.

The issue of who will pay more taxes or less taxes arose.  Vice-President Biden immediately stated that middle-class U.S. citizens will pay less taxes.  He went on, saying that a Romney-Ryan election would cut taxes for wealthy U.S. citizens, while increasing taxes for middle income U.S. citizens.

Representative Ryan stated that he and Governor Romney would try to create tax cuts to grow the national economy to a point that would help to create jobs.  He claimed to support fundemental tax reform, lowering taxes across the board, having a twenty percent universal tax cut, all of which would not raise the national deficit!  These plans would deny loopholes and deductions to higher taxpayers.

Vice-President Biden clarified Representative Ryan’s extensive tax outline.  He stated that the so-called loopholes would take needed funds from middle class U.S. citizens, while leaving those with ample funds in comfortable, tax-reduced situations.  The Vice-President called for an expiration of the tax cuts for U.S. millionaires!

Neither Vice-President Biden, nor Representative Ryan favor cutting funds for defense spending.  Yet, regarding our forces in Afghanistan, Representative Ryan does not want U.S. forces to stay there beyond 2014.  Vice-President Biden agrees that our forces should be home by 2014, as the native troops of Afghanistan should be trained properly to handle their own nation properly.  Representative Ryan said that staying into and even beyond 2014 gives rouge Afghan forces reasons to wait for later plans to surge-attack at later dates!

 Vice President Joe Biden (R) speaking in Charlotte, North Carolina September 6, 2012, and Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan, speaking in Tampa, Florida, August 29, 2012, are shown in this combination photo. REUTERS-Mike Segar (L)-Jason Reed (R)



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