Why President Obama must be re-elected
ELINOR TATUM Publisher and Editor in Chief | 10/22/2012, 2:13 p.m.
On Tuesday night at Hofstra University, President Barack Obama did not just show up for a debate, he came armed to make sure the presidency stayed safe in his hands.
Armed with the facts, that is, and with several clear shots, Obama drove home the fact that as president, he has done what he can to continue to move America in the right direction.
Obama inherited the worst recession in recent American history. Not since the Great Depression had our economy been in such dire straits. When the president took office, 800,000 jobs were being lost per month. But over the last 31 months, more than 5.2 million private-sector jobs have been added, consumer confidence has gone up and the unemployment rate and the rates of foreclosure have gone down.
Yet many still ask if the president has kept the promises he made to America. The answer is yes. And in the president's own words, "We've gone through a tough four years, there's no doubt about it. Four years ago, I told the American people, and I told you, I will cut taxes for middle-class families, and I did. I told you I would cut taxes for small businesses, and I have. I said I would end the war in Iraq, and I did. I said we would refocus attention on those who actually attacked us on 9/11, and we have gone after al Qaeda like never before, and Osama bin Laden is dead.
"I said we would put in place healthcare reform to make sure insurance companies can't jerk you around, and that if you don't have health insurance, you would have a chance to get affordable insurance. I have. I committed to rein in the excesses of Wall Street, and we passed the toughest Wall Street reforms since the 1930s. We've created 5 million jobs, gone from 800,000 jobs a month being lost, and we are making progress. We saved an auto industry that was on the brink of collapse."
Obama has been a president for all Americans and does not believe that there are those more worthy of serving than others. Mitt Romney wrote off almost half of America, showing disdain for the working class and those who pay little in taxes. He has shown a complete disregard for our students trying to get ahead through education.
In Romney's world, students should "shop around" or "borrow money" from their parents, while at the same time their Pell grants would be reduced. Romney believes in the American dream, but only for those who can afford it.
Looking at Tuesday's debate, we were able to see the real Romney. The one who wants to take away a woman's right to choose. The one who wants to strip women of the ability to access quality health care. This is a man who believes women just stack up as resumes in a binder. It almost seems as if to him women are just an accessory--not really anything to be reckoned with. We need a president who wants to fight for all of us. Who believes that the American dream is not just for the 1 Percent.