Thursday, December 22, 2016

Presidential election of 2012 drawing near

Democrats and Republicans may have many different opinions on laws and the economy, but right now, they both have something major in common – anxiety over the upcoming election.

There is less than one week left before the big day, and liberals and conservatives alike are taking deep breaths and biting their fingernails, awaiting the big decision.

As reported by Rasmussen Reports daily polls on Nov. 1, Governor Mitt Romney was leading, 49% to 47%. However, according to the Huffpost Election Dashboard, President Barack Obama leads the Electoral College with 253 votes, compared to Romney’s 206.

So, who’s going to win?

“I do believe President Obama will be re-elected on November 6th,” said Mr. Colly Carlson, a social studies teacher at Hamilton High School. “I think he will win the state of Ohio and it will be very tough for Governor Romney to get elected with the Electoral College without winning Ohio.”

A different social studies teacher (who wished to remain anonymous) concluded that he had no idea who would win, and said that, at this point, the election was “too close to call right now.”

Lots of mudslinging

Since his election in 2008, President Obama has been heckled about his race, his birthplace, his birth certificate, and, most recently, his college records.

“I didn’t personally vote for Obama in 2008, but I think the controversy surrounding him is ridiculous,” said the anonymous social studies teacher. “My impression is that this is mostly from people who don’t like his politics and so they are grasping at straws to find anything they can to try to discredit his legitimacy.”

Governor Mitt Romney hasn’t been able to avoid the ridiculous mudslinging, either. Earlier this year, the Massachusetts governor was forced to release his 2011 tax returns, and was heckled relentlessly about his Swiss bank account.

Recent storm

Another hurdle has recently sprung up for the two candidates to try and jump over. Its name is Superstorm Sandy, and it is one the fiercest storms to ever ravage the East Coast.  Many are wondering how this natural disaster will affect the election.

According to USA Today, even New Jersey’s Republican Governor Chris Christie described President Obama as “outstanding” in dealing with Sandy.

“We’ll have to wait and see if people are satisfied with the government’s response to Sandy,” the anonymous teacher commented.

What would happen if Romney was elected?

“If Governor Romney wins I think the country would benefit by having an awful lot of money that has been sitting on the sidelines waiting for the election to be over would jump back in and help the economy out,” Mr. Carlson offered.

What would happen if Obama is re-elected?

If Obama was elected, “I believe the country will benefit by having a Democrat in office that will try to regulate banks, Wall Street, and corporations,” Mr. Carlson said.  “Much of the financial mess this country has gotten into has been the result of both parties deregulating throughout the last forty years or so.”

Accomplishments

As president for the last four years, Obama has accomplished many different things. As The Washington Monthly noted, President Obama has succeeded in reversing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, officially ended the war in Iraq, and supervised the elimination of Osama Bin Laden.

Romney’s accomplishments as Governor are very abundant, as well. According to his website and The Washington Post, the number of jobs and the average family income rose in Massachusetts, while the unemployment rate and budget deficit fell during his tenure as governor.

According to CNN.com, the top three election issues that people will be voting on on Tuesday are the economy, health care, and national debt.

With only three days left until Election Day, no one can say exactly who will win the election.

Only one thing can be said for certain: It will be a close race until the very end.

 

 

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