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Obama - A Price Worth Paying

Many Britain’s are just not interested in the American election campaign. And why should they be? America is land far, far away in another galaxy, to paraphrase. Or so some people think!

What America does however, has a far reaching affect on trade, war and world leadership among other things. It sits at the top table; in fact it chairs any meeting it deems necessary to attend if it so wishes. Uncle Sam will stick his oar in anywhere he feels the need.

So we should care. Whoever leads the Western World, inevitably leads us here in Britain by the coat-tails.

Back to the election. Held every four years on a brisk November day, it pits a Democrat against a Republican, with a smattering of an Independent on occasion.

This years’ incumbent, Barack Obama, the Democrat who started his first term at the 2008 ballot promised change and hope. Only Americans can decide if he fulfilled that dream. His Republican opponent, Mitt Romney, the 70th Governor of Massachusetts, is promising change too, saying Obama has failed.

This campaign has seen election spending exceed $2bn and that’s the most expensive ballot in history. Most of it has probably been spent on the negative campaigns on TV, radio and billboards up and down the country. Morally speaking, I suppose lots of that money could have been better spent on things like healthcare, education and infrastructure. But then who thinks like that when there is an election on?

When he became the 44th President of the United States, Obama’s in-tray included a collapsed economy, soldiers engaged on the ground in Afghanistan and Iraq, and rising unemployment. His promises, which included the closure of Guantanamo Bay and a new healthcare act (Obamacare) have been mixed. He hasn’t shut Guantanamo and he had to fight tooth and nail against Republican intransigence to get Obamacare passed.

If we look at Obama, he has ended the war in Iraq and is bringing personnel back from the other in Afghanistan. Instead of putting boots on the ground he’s flying drones overhead. Right or wrong is your choice.
He’s steadied the ship on the economy and jobs are being created. He’s also backed regulations on banks to avoid another collapse.

By contrast, Romney wants to boost military spending by $100bn, is aggressive towards Iran – perhaps the next big neo-con foreign conflict – and increase military aid to Israel.

He is against abortion (even backing a Republican candidate who thinks rape victims should be barred from abortion too) and same-sex marriage too. He wants to liberalise the financial markets, seemingly happy for another crash to take place. He has vowed to rid America of Obamacare. He wants to cut government spending so drastically, one wonders why he wants to lead a government that simply won’t have any responsibility.

If the British had a vote, I believe they’d find it quite easy to choose. If it’s a choice between one who believes in healthcare for all, equality and the role of government in helping its people move onwards, and one who wants to give tax breaks to the rich, remove quality healthcare from the masses, and denies equality on the basis of sexual orientation, they’d opt for the former.

The moral argument has moved on. There is no place in a modern society for a government that shirks its responsibilities to its citizens. It must care for them and nurture their dreams. Everyone has an equal stake in society, regardless of how much you earn or possess. A win for Romney will sow the seeds of unfairness and division and will tell the world that America simply doesn’t care for its own, never mind others.

Obama must win, at all costs’. The price has to be worth paying.

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