It is sizing up to be an interesting election. Even with a recent push for Mr. Obama, the result of the Democrat National Convention, it was not enough to significantly change the score card in favor of one candidate or the other. As it stands right now, neither candidate has enough of a lead where one can with any assurance point to a clear victory for either Obama or Romney.
Iran, Iraq, Israel Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, as well as Afghanistan, and the entire of the Mid-East is a hot bed of persistent war like activity. The Presidents Foreign Affairs Policy is not as aggressive as some would expect it to be. For Republicans, especially the Conservative Right, that is not good enough. They would endorse a more profane military approach to the mid-east crisis. The Obama approach wants more dialogue and negotiation while imposing serious economic sanctions on those refusing to sit at the table and talk problems out. This is one of the areas that I have said that Mr. Obama could be hurt if he stumbles during any real confrontation in a crisis situation.
Then there is the economic situation in The United States which remains stagnate. Unemployment remains high, jobs scarce, and incomes continue to slide down-ward rather than in a direction in which American families can make a living. The Housing market seems to be at least trying to lift out of its slump, but for millions of people who have lost their home, or stand to lose it, there is too little too late. For these the dream of owning your own home is nothing more than that…..a dream.
Jobs and the American economy are the big issues that the media point to as the hot topics of this campaign. Which ever candidate convinces the electorate that they have the right idea or for that matter, the better idea, will be the one residing in the White House in January 2013.
It all comes down to the debates the pendants are saying. But I am not all that sure about that either. Many have already made up their mind. They seem to have heard enough. That is why Mr. Obama has the slight lead that he does. In the minds of many voters Mr. Romney has spilled the beans. His far right approach, with his selection of Paul Ryan for his VP pick. His off-hand remarks, his now famous 47% write off of the American electorate, has in itself told the American people who he represents. That is what is swaying this vote in my opinion. With that mindset in place, all we have left is the debates. It is the only thing that can change a voters mind. Economics and Foreign Affairs, are nothing to a family trying to put food on the table. It’s nothing to a family trying to keep a roof over their head so they can have a table to put food on in the first place. It’s nothing when a father has to explain to his kid what happened to all the good times they used to have when Daddy had a good job in the factory.
We are left with two questions when we enter the voting booth this November. ” Are you better off now than you were four years ago”? and perhaps the one question weighing on every voters mind, ” Will you better off four years from now under a Romney Administration, should we change course now”?
That’s my point of view……..I look forward to your insights on this campaign. Until then, have a great day and as usual…………God Bless America!