Tuesday, November 6, 2012

It's Time to VOTE!!!

I encourage each and every one of you to vote today.  It's important and it matters.  

I hope in the next four years that we can all get along better and put all this negativity aside. This country is great; I think we can all agree on that.

If you are still undecided, try taking this quiz from isidewith.com.

I get a great daily email from Need 2 Know. Follows is a rundown they did of both candidates. Follow Need 2 Know on Twitter @needtoknowny.

Election Day is tomorrow. Before you vote, here's what you 'Need 2 Know'... 


The Democratic incumbent has passed landmark health care reform, signed the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, supported the auto bailout, helped eliminate 9/11 architect Osama bin Laden, but has struggled to turn the economy around. MORE


The Republican challenger served as Massachusetts governor from 2003 to 2007. He passed landmark Obamacare-style healthcare legislation for the state, cut spending, raised fees and modified the tax code to close the budget deficit. In 1984 Romney founded investment company Bain Capital, which helped make him a multimillionaire. In 1999 he became president of the troubled Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, helped turn the event around and make it successful. MORE 

Obama: Would repeal Bush tax cuts on individual incomes above $200,000 and raise taxes on wealthy households. Supports lower taxes on manufacturing. Favors stimulus spending and tax cuts for middle class. 

Romney: Favors making Bush tax cuts permanent and lowering corporate tax rate to 25% to encourage business. He's pushing an "across-the-board 20% cut" for everyone. Wants to eliminate the estate tax. Hasn't said how he'd make up the lost revenue.

Obama: Supports the DREAM Act, which offers a path to citizenship for children brought into the country illegally. In June Obama said his administration would grant temporary legal status to undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. before age 16 and who have no criminal record. Has deported a record number of illegal immigrants.

Romney: Opposes the DREAM Act. Supports building a border fence. He does, however, support conferring citizenship onto military veterans.

Obama: Set a timetable to have U.S. troops out by 2014.

Romney: Similar view as Obama but says the President should not have made public the timeline for withdrawing troops. 

Both candidates support the use of unmanned drone strikes on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

Obama: Would engage in direct diplomacy and tighten economic sanctions. Is willing to consider military options.

Romney: Would tighten economic sanctions and would consider military options.

Obama: Has called for a two-state solution based on the 1967 borders but has not significantly advanced the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians. Obama has a noticeably cool relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but both administrations say U.S.-Israel relations are strong. U.S. gave record military aid to Israel this year.

Romney: Publicly supports a two-state solution to be negotiated by the Israelis and Palestinians. In a secret videotape at a private fundraiser, Romney said "The Palestinians have no interest whatsoever in establishing peace... so you move things along the best way you can. You hope for some degree of stability."

Obama: Achieved increases in fuel economy standards that will save money at the pump but could raise the cost of new vehicles. Achieved first-ever regulations on certain gases blamed for global warming. Spent heavily on green energy. Failed to persuade a Democratic Congress to pass limits he promised on carbon emissions.

Romney: Pledges U.S. will become independent of energy sources outside of North America by 2020, by more aggressively exploring domestic oil sources. Would approve Keystone pipeline from Canada. Says green power isn't viable yet and the causes of climate change are unproven.

Obama: Supports same-sex marriage and the permitting of gays to serve openly in the military.
Romney: Opposes same-sex marriage, but supported legislation to ban anti-gay employer discrimination.

Obama: Supports Roe v. Wade; criticized Supreme Court decision that upheld ban on partial-birth abortions.

Romney: Opposes abortion except in cases of rape, incest or risk to a woman's life. Previously supported abortion access; now says state law should guide abortion access and Roe v. Wade should be overturned by Supreme Court. 

Obama: New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times
Romney: Daily NewsNew York PostNewsday

Need 2 Know Sources & More Information: ABC NewsDaily News

And that’s what you "Need 2 Know" before you vote...

Whoever wins, I will respect the office of the presidency. My parents taught me that. Also, I'll be happy election season OVER, though I'll miss tweeting during the debates. That was fun! Happy Election Day! Now GO VOTE!

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