Why vote for Obama?
When considering a vote for the office of the president; far more should come into the decision than just a hard and fast ideal of whether one has voted consistently for a democrat or republican. Each election term we are offered an opportunity to think beyond the nearly over whelming noise of political rhetoric to try and make decisions that will, and do have long term effects. We should be asking ourselves not what party is popular, not what the candidate seems to be, but what that candidate can or has done to enhance the greater public good.
Many are taken with the idea that only one who has vast business experience can meet the challenge of the office of the top administrator. In fact, history has shown that to be a fallacy, a truth only in the pubic mind. Nor is the mark of a good administrator necessarily linked with years of work within the political realm. We need a person with above all good intentions and if possible one who values his own glory far less then the forward advancement of this country.
As recently spoken by none other then the influential Rush Limbaugh, the republican party has given us a very poor set of choices.
This is not entirely true however, those who have been most ignored specifically Gary Johnson and Buddy Roemer, just might have been candidates that would have opened the field for the republicans. Rather then consider these more moderate and open thinking candidates the field of choice has remained tightly locked on two driving issues, the ability to raise vast sums of money and an appeal to the most extreme right wing of the republican party.
What has Obama accomplished? In nearly four years of constant turmoil and doubts about such utter nonsense as birth certificates and religious affiliations, he continued to manage to keep his focus on the agenda of what he and those who elected him found to be of primary importance to the growth of this country.
Though Obama must have realized that as he took office he was entering a financial crisis of enormous portion. It is highly doubtful he could have foreseen that it was of the proportion not seen since the days of the bank holiday in 1929, leading most directly to what is called the Great Depression.
His first tasks those planned during his campaign, had by circumstance and need to put aside and full attention on the financial sector had to become the first priority. Many still argue and disagree with the highly controversial “bail-out” or TARP system, an agreement reached by the consensus of those from across the financial and economic sectors and offered to the president as the only possible way to avoid the total collapse of not only the US financial system but that of the world at large. I suspect these decisions will be under scrutiny for years to come, both by historians and economists. Though it should be stated that all but 89 million has been repaid to the government and the CBO reported as of May of 2010 over 3.7 million jobs have been created by the private sector.
However, beyond this highly controversial situation there are also many accomplishments, some that are also under constant scrutiny, their need and value to the public all but ignored by some, lauded and praised by others and nearly all but unrecognized by the majority. I wish to touch only on the tips of those many things of accomplishment as we have little time for long detail.
Arts and Culture
Banking and Financial Reform
Commerce, Trade and technology
Education: Health of Children
Foreign Affairs and International Relations
Health and Wellness
Health Care Reform (See also Taxes)
Law and Justice
Military and National Security
Military Veterans and Families
National Disasters and Emergencies
Scientific and Medical Research
Space Exploration and Space Station
Transparency and Accountability
Recovery, Progress and Change
A more complete and comprehensive listing of accomplishments to date may be found at:
I think anyone bothering to do the reading of just what has happened in these last few years that goes far beyond “Obama Care” or “TARP” would find it most difficult to take issue with the path we are currently taking toward turning around the US problems and paving a road toward the future.