A Letter To America
05/11/2012 Leave a comment
From checking the stats on this blog I see that after the UK, the second highest readership is in the United States. In fact, I get more hits from the US than from positions 3 – 12 in the list combined. (Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, Spain, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden and New Zealand, if you’re interested.)
Tomorrow, my second highest contingent of readers will be going to their voting booths to decide whether Obama or Romney is their next president. So, American readers, this post is for you.
The Romney campaign has focused primarily on the terrible job Obama has done with the economy. The Republican plan is benefit cuts for poor people, tax cuts for rich people and generally cutting public spending wherever possible. Might this work? Well we have a good test case in the UK. In contrast to Obama we have done all of these things in the pursuit of economic growth. I’ll be frank, it hasn’t gone well. While Obama has presided over 13 consecutive quarters of economic growth, the UK is currently celebrating one consecutive quarter of economic growth. While the US economy is bigger than it has even been before, the UK economy is smaller than it was five years ago. On the economy, Obama wins.
Of course, it doesn’t stop there.
Romney on abortion, when asked whether he’d support a bill to ban all abortions:
I’d be delighted to sign that bill.
Romney on equality for gay couples:
I’m going to want to see a marriage limited to a man and a woman. I don’t want to see civil union either.
Romney on Obama voters:
There are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it — that that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what. These are people who pay no income tax. My job is not to worry about those people.
Romney on Obama’s ethnicity:
My dad, as you probably know, was the governor of Michigan and was the head of a car company. But he was born in Mexico and had he been born of Mexican parents, I’d have a better shot at winning this. But he was unfortunately born to Americans living in Mexico. He lived there for a number of years. I mean, I say that jokingly, but it would be helpful to be Latino.
No one has ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that we were born and raised.
Romney on why public health care is bad:
I like being able to fire people who provide services to me.
Romney on climate change:
My view is that we don’t know what’s causing climate change on this planet. And the idea of spending trillions and trillions of dollars to try to reduce CO2 emissions is not the right course for us.
Tomorrow, America you have an opportunity to vote for someone who has not only, for the first time brought in health care for the poor in the wealthiest country in the world, he has also massively outperformed Europe in economic growth. He hasn’t done enough on climate change but at least he doesn’t deny its existence.
Tomorrow, America you also have the other option of voting for the climate-change denying, economy-destroying, tax-cuts-for the-wealthy-pursuing, health-care for-the-poor-withdrawing, gay-rights-denying, Mr. Mitt Romney.
It’s up to you but we’re all watching.
America, it’s your call.