New York Times Endorses Barack Obama
The New York Times has endorsed President Obama. It leads with the dangers of a Romney win:
- The economy is slowly recovering from the 2008 meltdown, and the country could suffer another recession if the wrong policies take hold.
- The United States is embroiled in unstable regions that could easily explode into full-blown disaster.
- An ideological assault from the right has started to undermine the vital health reform law passed in 2010. Those forces are eroding women’s access to health care, and their right to control their lives.
- Nearly 50 years after passage of the Civil Rights Act, all Americans’ rights are cheapened by the right wing’s determination to deny marriage benefits to a selected group of us. Astonishingly, even the very right to vote is being challenged.
As to Mitt:
Mitt Romney has gotten to where he is by guile (read: deception.) He's embraced the failed ultra-right policies and ideologies of the past.
- carrying out the economic stimulus,
- saving the auto industry,
- improving fuel efficiency standards, and
- making two very fine Supreme Court appointments.
- most sweeping health care reforms since the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. The reform law takes a big step toward universal health coverage, a final piece in the social contract.
- prevented another Great Depression.
- attacked Al Qaeda’s leadership, including the killing of Osama bin Laden.
- ended the war in Iraq.
- “don’t ask, don’t tell” rule was finally legislated out of existence,
The Times forgot to include:
- Crack cocaine penalties were reduced from 100:1 to 18:1
- His executive order allowing a two year deferment of deportation for undocumented young people
Mr. Romney has no plan for covering the uninsured beyond his callous assumption that they will use emergency rooms. He wants to use voucher programs to shift more Medicare costs to beneficiaries and block grants to shift more Medicaid costs to the states.
Obama v. Romney:
If re-elected, Mr. Obama would be in position to shape the “grand bargain” that could finally combine stimulus like the jobs bill with long-term deficit reduction that includes letting the high-end Bush-era tax cuts expire. Stimulus should come first, and deficit reduction as the economy strengthens.
...Mr. Romney’s economic plan, as much as we know about it, is regressive, relying on big tax cuts and deregulation. That kind of plan was not the answer after the financial crisis, and it will not create broad prosperity.
[Romney] has surrounded himself with Bush administration neocons who helped to engineer the Iraq war, and adopted their militaristic talk in a way that makes a Romney administration’s foreign policies a frightening prospect.
The Supreme Court
The future of the nation’s highest court hangs in the balance in this election — and along with it, reproductive freedom for American women and voting rights for all, to name just two issues. Whoever is president after the election will make at least one appointment to the court, and many more to federal appeals courts and district courts.
Mr. Romney opposes same-sex marriage and supports the federal act, which not only denies federal benefits and recognition to same-sex couples but allows states to ignore marriages made in other states. His campaign declared that Mr. Romney would not object if states also banned adoption by same-sex couples and restricted their rights to hospital visitation and other privileges.
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