By Kyle Sepe
Elm Staff Writer

Ronald Reagan once said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free”.

How has our 236-year-old nation become a world superpower where people are free and prosperous, while other nations thousands of years old have failed? The answer—our constitution, patriotism, diversity, strong military, and opportunity for all that work hard and strive to obtain their own American dream.

Yet those foundational principles are constantly under attack by the Obama administration. President Barack Obama promised to bring all Americans together, lower the deficit by half, reduce the unemployment rate below 8 percent in two years, shrink government, cut wasteful spending, and deliver healthcare in an affordable and responsible way. What has been delivered is a divisive environment across gender, racial, and socioeconomic lines, increase in the deficit by 5.8 trillion dollars, sustained unemployment rate above 8 percent for 39 months with no end in sight, one wasteful spending scandal after another, inability to pass a budget, and a healthcare system that will have patients waiting months or even years to see a doctor. Is this the hope and change we voted for? Can you name one financially stable socialist country that has better healthcare than the U.S.? As Margaret Thatcher once said, “The trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.”

Similarly, Ronald Regan also said, “We the people tell the government what to do, it doesn’t tell us.” What we are experiencing with Obamacare is fundamentally opposite of those words. The government will intrude on every aspect of our daily lives, including what doctors we can see and what treatments we can receive. His plan to insure the uninsured is to redistribute the wealth by raising taxes on middle-income Americans by $500 billion, while cutting $500 billion from an already failing Medicare system with no plan to reform it. Mitt Romney on the other hand is a firm believer in a smaller government, less intrusion, “patient’s choice,” and more freedom.
On religion, it is disappointing to see the leader of the free world formulate policies that force religious organizations, and businesses to buy health insurance that pays for something that is contradictory to their beliefs. Even if you disagree with a religious doctrine, the point is that government is intruding on every aspect of our lives.

On the economy, Obama was handed a problematic situation, but both stimulus packages failed, and yet he still wants to add to the $16 trillion deficit to “create jobs.” He has the highest jobless rate and lowest labor market growth rate than any U.S. president in history. He even has the highest sustained unemployment rate since the Herbert Hoover administration. Obama wants to increase taxes on “the rich” in order to fund his reckless spending when the top 10 percent of wage earners already pay 70 percent of the federal income tax, while 50 percent of Americans pay no taxes.

We need a president who will make tough choices, understands how to create an environment where businesses succeed, lowers taxes, does not demonize people that are successful, and truly brings Americans together.

Do we need four more years of Obama to “make things better?” Based on his track record of the last four years, imagine what he can do with four more.
While Obama will focus on rhetoric, Mitt Romney will focus on preserving the principles that made this country so strong. He has always preserved, protected, and defended the constitution of this great nation, under God, where people are free and prosperous.

This November, the choice is obvious—Mitt Romney.

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