The following is a letter to the editor from Brandon Barrera, head of TAMUK’s College Republicans:
I am writing this letter in response to the South Texan endorsing Barack Obama for a second term for the highest office in all the land. About four years ago then candidate Obama’s slogan was hope and change. He promised to radically change Washington. He said he would work in a bipartisan fashion with both democrats and republicans. What was suppose to be hope and change has become divide and conquer. The president has not kept many of the promises he made on the campaign trail back in 2008. Chief among these the passing of comprehensive immigration reform. However under an executive order issued by the president back in June of this year the federal government will no longer deport undocumented immigrants under the age of 31 who came to this country as children if they meet certain conditions. Does the president really think this was the right thing to do? Or is he just playing politics. Many believe the president’s actions are a result of it being an election year. Others argue justifiably that the president overreached his constitutional authority.
The president also said that the passage of his economic stimulus package would ensure the unemployment rate would not exceed 8%. Under the current administration unemployment had been 8% or higher for over 40 months. Recently it dropped to 7.8%. Much of this drop can be attributed to workers becoming discouraged looking for a job and dropping out of the labor force. If these people were still included as well as the ones who have had to settle for part time work the unemployment rate would be well over 10%. Obama has recently touted that his administration has recently created around 4.5 million new jobs. However Bureau of Labor Statistics confirms that a lot of jobs have been created under Obama’s leadership — 4.4 million by the bureau’s latest count. What Obama did not say, however, was that the nation shed 4.3 million jobs during the early days of his term, and that the net gain since he took the oath of office in January 2009 is just 125,000 jobs. By his own admission the president does not deserve a second term. Not even a month in office back in 2009 the president had a sit down interview with NBC’s Matt Lauer and said his presidency would be a “one term proposition if the economy did not turn around on his watch in three years.” Well Mr. President I think your time up.
The president always talks about how him and the democrats cannot pass any legislation because of the republican controlled house. But during the president’s first two years in office his party controlled both chambers of congress. Unfortunately for the president and the American people he still could not get much done. I guess Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi had other plans. Another failure of the Obama Administration is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), commonly called Obamacare. The president said repeatedly the act would not be a tax. However the United States Supreme Court in upholding the constitutional validity of the act ruled that it was indeed a tax that congress could legitimately impose on the American people. The Obama administration has also been dishonest about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. They initially said they were unsure about what exactly had happened the day of the attack. Obama administration ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said it was a “spontaneous” attack. We know now through leaked and declassified emails that this was not a riot that got out of hand. This was a well orchestrated terrorist attack. And the administration is still trying to cover this up. Obama has also been easy on Russia sometime ago telling current Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev that he would have more flexibility in dealing with them in a second term. During the final presidential debate governor Romney said he would give Russia more backbone. On many occasions the president has apologized to other nations for America dictating to them how they should run their countries. In response governor Romney said”no Mr. President we don’t dictate to other countries we save countries from dictators.”The president has repeatedly attacked his challenger because he knows he cannot run on the failures of his own record. His republican opponent Mitt Romney is certainly capable of becoming the president of the United States of America. The former Massachusetts governor used to be the CEO of Bain Capital, a private equity investment firm. Bain successfully invested in companies such as Domino’s Pizza, Staples, and The Sports Authority just to name a few. As governor of Massachusetts (a solid democratic state with an over 80% legislature when Romney was governor) he worked in a bipartisan manner to pass legislation that would benefit the residents of Massachusetts. As governor he helped create the John and Abigail Adams scholarship which paid tuition for top students at state colleges. When he took office he also inherited a budget deficit. Which he then turned into a budget surplus. He accomplished this without borrowing or raising taxes. In his state of Massachusetts he also in a bipartisan fashion with democrats in the state legislature passed comprehensive healthcare reform. Many criticize the former governor for attacking Obamacare because they say that it was modeled after Romney’s plan in Massachusetts. But these people do not understand that the key difference is Romney passed this at the state level. The president passed this at the national level. We do have a tenth amendment and the states do have rights. Former U.S. senator from Massachusetts Ted Kennedy and political opponent of Romney even endorsed the passage of the Massachusetts healthcare act.
Romney is also credited with saving the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. The 2002 Winter Olympics were mired in a controversy that left the games in deep financial ruin. After a scandal which involved bribery, Romney was named president and CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee. He successfully saved the games from a near total collapse. The election on November 6, 2012 is not about democrat or a republican. It is about two men who have completely different views about the direction of the country. If you truly believe everything is fine then I suggest you vote for the president. But if you are like me and unsatisfied with the status quo I urge you to vote for Mitt Romney. If you are disappointed in the economy, unemployment, the deficit, and the debt (just to name a few). Then I strongly urge you to vote for the challenger. The future of America depends on this election.