If Obama won…

By Gregory Smith
November 2, 2012

If Obama won, my life would change.  Although I have experienced the effects of his first term indirectly through my parents and relatives, this time would be different.

As a 20 year-old sophomore in college, and voting in my first election, I realize that I only have two years left before I am out in the working world establishing a life for myself, and I know that there are a lot of things I have to think about and consider before I get there.  From the economy and job market to foreign policy and gun policy, there is a lot to consider during and after college.

That is why we can’t afford four more years.

If Obama was re-elected, I honestly don’t know if i would be able to get a job.  The unemployment rate is currently hovering around 8 percent,  and it does not seem to be changing for the better in any drastic way.  I feel like it’s in my best interest to have a “Plan B” after I graduate just in case the job market is just as bad as it currently is under his administration.  I plan on taking summer courses to become an HVAC technician.  Let’s be honest, everybody needs heat and air conditioning.  But to me, the fact I even have to take the time to take courses over the summer to have a “Plan B” bothers me.  The point of a college degree is to educate you so you can apply what you’ve learned in the work environment.  If Obama gets re-elected, “Plan B” might become “Plan A.” By the way, the private sector is not doing fine.

Our foreign policy and economy also go hand-in-hand.  With so many jobs that have been, and are being outsourced to other countries, we are forced to interact with them politically and through business.  China receives most of our outsourced jobs, especially when it comes to technology and affects our economy through that.  Outsourcing means less jobs here, and also means we rely on China to make many of our goods and they lend us billions of dollars.  Basically, they own us.  Now I don’t know about you, but I don’t want a foreign power controlling me here in my own country.  Between Obama’s shoddy foreign policy, good ol’ Joe putting his foot in his mouth whenever he talks and Hillary not being a very qualified secretary of state, I’m not sure the United States is well represented or respected, for that matter.  If Obama is re-elected, I feel as though jobs will continue to be lost to overseas companies, and other nations will look at us and laugh at the silly moves our current political leaders are making.

Now let’s talk about welfare.  I personally feel like welfare has come to be seen by many as a right, and that if they don’t work, it’s not a big deal because Obama will take care of them by sending checks in the mail.  I think the current welfare system is a joke and completely skewed from the original concept developed by Roosevelt.  I don’t want my hard earned tax dollars going to people who just don’t feel like working.  Now I’m not saying that there aren’t people who need it, but I’m a fan of the “work for the welfare” idea.   If you get people with no work to do basic jobs like Roosevelt had them do, you not only let someone earn their welfare, but you create jobs to help stimulate the economy.  With the increase on welfare spending up 32 percent, I can’t afford to have Obama in four more years.  What money I earn should be mine.

Obama’s position on guns also has me concerned.  I enjoy hunting and shooting sports.  Coming from Delaware, a state predominantly covered by wetlands, fields and watershed areas, hunting is big and it’s part of society. Obama seems to only look at the negative aspects of guns in society.  He appears to only look at what goes wrong with gun use and acts based on that.  What he seems to miss is that the “right to bear arms” happens to be the second amendment.  If it wasn’t important, it wouldn’t be second.  Obama clearly doesn’t like guns.  He is only one vote away from a Supreme Court gun ban majority to rubber stamp gun control laws and overturn the second amendment. He also has his regulatory “czar” Cass Sunstein wants to ban hunting and have animals represented in court.  What?!  Hunting is a right.  Besides, I highly doubt the animals would win anyway.  Finally, Obama even admitted to on of his staff members that, “we are working on gun control, but under the radar.”  I can’t see having a president that wants to overturn an amendment in office, especially since I am a hunter.  But Obama is looking mainly at inner cities when he talks about gun control.  Sure there is crime there, but there can be crime anywhere.  Frankly, guns don’t kill people, people kill people.  Guns are just the medium.  If he wants to ban guns, he might as well ban the sale of knives…as well as scissors, baseball bats, lacrosse sticks and pretty much anything on store shelves.

When it comes down to it, I can’t find one reason to vote for Obama.  I don’t believe he’s the right choice for America and its future, nor is he the best choice for me as a voter and an American, and my life would not change for the better if he is re-elected.  He hasn’t really one anything to promote the country’s well being, and besides, he said it himself.

“If I don’t have this done in three years, then there’s going to be a one term proposition.”

I’m going to hold you to that Mr. Obama. I’m voting Republican.



Gregory Smith

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