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Your Election Checklist

Well, here we are at last. The election is breathing down our necks, or at least that’s what I’m assuming since everyone seems so irritated by it (and keeps swatting at something behind them). Let’s take one last look at where each candidate stands on the issues, shall we? I’ve pulled some info from each candidate’s website, for your convenience. You’re welcome.

Women’s Issues

Obama:

  • Signed the Lily Ledbetter Equal Pay Act, to ensure that women stop making less than men do for the same job, and receive an equal salary
  • Wants to make sure women aren’t charged more than men for health insurance based on gender
  • Implementing the Affordable Care Act to give more women access to birth control (through non-religiously affiliated institutions/workplaces/etc.) and prenatal coverage
  • Wants women to make their own healthcare decisions (ie. pro-choice)
  • Increasing women’s access to gender-specific healthcare, such as mammograms

 

Romney:

  • I couldn’t find anything to do with women on Romney’s site. Obama’s has a Women’s Issues category; Romney has nothing. I’m really trying to be unbiased here, too. I didn’t even post all the negative “Romney would ruin this and that” stuff from Obama’s site. The closest I did find, was that Romney wants to repeal Obamacare, but his health care page makes no mention of women.
  • Pro-Life, as per the “Values” section of his campaign site. He wants to overturn Roe v. Wade (one of the biggest milestones in women’s rights achievements in America).

 

 

The Economy

Obama:

  • This is an info-graphic form Obama’s website. Judge for yourself.

  • Wants to rescue the American auto industry
  • Wants to revive domestic manufacturing
  • Wants to incentivize domestic production
  • That was kind of three ways of saying the same thing?
  • Passed reforms to prevent future bank bailouts

 

Romney:

  • Fairer, flatter, simpler taxes
  • Cutting red tape
  • Open markets on terms that work for America
  • Free enterprise, free choice, free speech when it comes to labor
  • A 21st century workforce
  • Smaller, simpler, smarter government
  • I don’t know what any of this means. Each links to long pages with confusing and vague language, so I can’t even sum it up for you guys. It’s November, can someone tell this guy what an elevator pitch is? Maybe I’m just bitter because his site is so intensive to navigate and I feel like my time is being wasted.

 

Equal Rights

Obama:

  • Signed the Equal Pay Act
  • Supports marriage for same-sex couples
  • Repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
  • Endorsed the Respect for Marriage Act
  • Increased education and job opportunities for people with disabilities

 

Romney:

  • I’m not trying to be a jerk, you guys. There’s no Equal Rights section on Romney’s site.
  • Against same-sex marriage, based on his own upbringing (in the “Values” section)

 

Health Care

Obama:

  • The first thing on Obama’s healthcare page is a graphic with links on how Obamacare benefits individuals based on whether they have private insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, or no insurance.
  • Ending insurance company abuses, like capping or dropping coverage on sick people
  • Strengthening Medicare
  • Same as above, making sure women aren’t charged more than men for healthcare

 

Romney:

  • The first thing on Romney’s healthcare page is a section on Obama’s failure. It says that Obamacare was unpopular when it passed, but it doesn’t really base this on anything, like statistics of any kind.
  • Restore state leadership and flexibility
  • Promote free markets and fair competition
  • Empower consumer choice

 

National Security

Obama:

  • Bringing troops home from Afghanistan with an end-date of 2014
  • Weakened Al Qaeda by killing Osama bin Laden
  • Veering away from nuclear weaponry
  • Strengthening diplomatic ties worldwide

 

Romney:

  • Guys, he doesn’t have clean bullet points. I’m going to do my best here, but the Romney site is giving me a headache at this point. This has nothing to do with politics, just design.
  • Very pro-military based on the intro section.
  • Obama cut the defense budget (no, seriously, this is part of Romney’s plan, apparently)
  • Obama wants peace, when we’re not currently at peace. Not making this up. Still part of his plan.
  • More navy ships
  • Increasing military budget

 

Them’s the basics. I encourage everyone to visit each candidate’s site for themselves, research the candidates, and then going out to VOTE.

 

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