By Tyler Mahood, President of UNO College Republicans
On November 4th, 2008, The United States elected then-Senator Obama to become the next President of the United States. While I was disappointed with the outcome of the election, I decided to give President-Elect Obama a fair chance. This was a candidate who ran on the principles of changing Washington D.C., a major campaign issue for both Senator McCain and Senator Obama. This was a candidate who promised to increase transparency in Washington D.C., saying that his administration will be “the most open and transparent in history.” This was a candidate who ran on the principles of cutting the then-record $10 trillion national debt. Senator Obama even went as far as saying the Bush administration was un-patriotic and un-American for increasing the debt by $4 trillion dollars over the previous 8 years. This was a candidate who promised no tax increases to those making under $250,000 a year. These are all issues that were important to me and while I did not vote for him, I took him at his word and I gave him a fair shot. To be frank, my expectations based on his campaign promises were quickly dashed.
On President Obama’s economic record, while campaigning, he criticized the record amount of spending under the Bush administration. He was correct in criticizing the spending. What did President Obama do to correct the spending? Nothing. We’ve had four straight trillion-dollar deficits, despite the president’s promise to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term. The national debt hit a record-high $16 trillion and continues to grow by $3 billion every day.
Governor Romney can fix this. He has shown the ability to turn around companies time and time again that were doomed to fail. Some examples include Dominoes, Staples, and let us not forget, the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Governor Romney has the skills and the experience to make the federal government continue to be solvent. As a Republican governor in a liberal state, he has shown the ability to balance budgets without raising taxes. Romney nominated Rep. Paul Ryan, Chairman of the House Budget Committee, to become the next Vice President. That move shows how important fixing the economy is to him.
If we continue to keep spending money like we are under the Obama administration, which all estimates point to, we will be unable to fund Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and the interest rate on the debt. Among other things, this will lead to massive inflation and increased pain for everybody. Unemployment has remained above eight percent for 43 straight months, and 23 million Americans are struggling for work. The average household income has fallen by more than $4,000, nearly 1 in 6 Americans live in poverty and a record 47 million Americans are on food stamps. A change in administrations must happen. The American people cannot afford four more years of the economic policies set forth by the current administration.
On the transparency issue, the Obama administration has been the most secretive and least transparent since the Nixon administration. The promise was to be “the most open and transparent in history.” But the Obama administration has prosecuted more government whistleblowers in the last 3 years than in the previous 40 years combined. One of those whistleblowers is Thomas Drake. After discussing the cost to taxpayers of a specific NSA technoloty to a Baltimore Sun reporter, Drake faced 35 years in prison.
The prosecution of whistleblowers is not the only stain on Obama’s transparency record. During his 2008 campaign and into the beginning of the healthcare debate, President Obama went on record many times claiming that all-important negotiations would be aired on CSPAN. But the founder and CEO of CSPAN was never contacted about airing the hearings. They were held behind closed doors.
In addition, then Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, infamously said if we wanted to find out what was actually in the Patient Protection and Affordability Act, they had to pass the Bill first.
But maybe the most pathetic stain on Obama’s transparency record was when he received an anti-privacy award, then the awards ceremony was withheld from the public record and the event was closed to the White House press pool! He promised transparency, but all we got was more secrecy while the Obama Campaign attacked Governor Romney for not releasing personal tax information.
There are many other issues why President Obama should not be reelected. His foreign policy has been pathetic. When accounting for factors not measured by the Federal Reserve, the unemployment rate is closer to 16 percent than eight percent. And then there’s the massive expansion of the federal government.
We cannot stay on this path. Governor Romney and Rep. Ryan will change the future of the United States by fixing the debt issue, reforming Medicare in a positive way that takes power from bureaucrats in D.C. and gives it back to the American people, and restoring the United States as a leader of nations.
President Obama, giving yourself an “Incomplete” on your first term is not acceptable for the millions of people who are suffering under your administration’s foreign and domestic policies. It is time to restore leadership to the White House by electing the two people who have actually have leadership ability. Their names are Governor Mitt Romney and Congressman Paul Ryan.