Obama vs. Romney: The Issues

by Jonathan Geissler

Over the last several months, a great deal has been said about the showdown between President Obama and Governor Romney. Considering that both have proposed two distinctly different directions, tomorrow’s presidential election will significantly determine the future of this country for our generation. The importance of being informed as to where your candidate stands on decisive issues cannot be understated. However, getting to the truth can sometimes be problematic.

One hindrance is the media’s propensity to operate with a political objective. The mainstream press in America is essentially an anti-democratic institution owned and operated by corporations. As such, it uses its influence to set an agenda far removed from the truth and deceives the American public through partisan and biased reporting. Disguised as news, political advocacy runs rampant throughout print, radio, and television media. You’d be hard-pressed to find objective and straightforward reporting from New York State’s primary newspaper chains or the major television networks. This contributes to confusion and misinformation surrounding the candidates.

It is a situation that you’d hope the presidential debates would have remedied. However, the three events were hardly an improvement in that regard, instead creating the impression of a three-act play. Presidential debates, over the years, have proven to be high drama and little in the way of substance. Both candidates are typically given two minutes to respond to each issue, excluding rebuttals and follow-ups at the moderator’s discretion. The allotted two minutes predictably give way to broad talking points, while the rebuttals and follow-ups collapse into bickering and ad hominem attacks.

Before heading to the voting booths, you need to be sure of the facts. The candidates’ positions on the issues are best reflected in their own voting records. The Mount Messenger has located a web site that seems most effective and useful in providing you with these facts:

President Barack Obama (D):
http://www.ontheissues.org/barack_obama.htm

Governor Mitt Romney (R):
http://www.ontheissues.org/mitt_romney.htm