Current Editorial: Why President Barack Obama deserves to be reelected

Four years ago, we elected Barack Obama to be our president. He captivated the nation with his goals, character and composure. Many people felt like he had a lack of experience, but we decided that he was the right person for the job.
Since being voted into office, Obama has proven he is an advocate for education. He has dealt with many issues that affect American River College. He has made going to college an option for many by increasing federal funding and he has helped double the amount of grant money offered to students.
Women deserve equality and the right to make their own healthcare choices. The first law Obama signed into office was the “Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act,” which gave women equal pay for equal work. Obama also supports a woman’s right to choose; under his healthcare law, Obama has made cancer screenings, contraceptives and preventive women’s healthcare accessible to millions of women (Refer to women’s rights online).
Obama supports marriage rights. Earlier this year, Obama became the first sitting president to support same-sex marriage. Obama signed the “Respect for Marriage Act,” which would require the U.S. federal government to acknowledge same-sex marriages. President Obama also repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” giving gay and lesbian service members the right to serve in the military openly.
In Obama’s latest job proposal, he has proposed an initiative to put veterans back-to-work. The plan offers companies who employ veterans a tax credit, and for companies who hire veterans who have been wounded in combat to receive a bigger tax credit.
Let’s not forget Obama’s finest moment as president on May 2, 2011, when Osama bin Laden was pronounced dead.  Obama gave the order for Seal Team Six to raid bin Laden’s compound in Abbotabad, Pakistan where he was shot and killed.
Gov. Mitt Romney’s policies are not as friendly to 47 percent of the population he claims not to worry about. His policies aren’t as clear as Obama’s; he has been referred to as an etch-a-sketch (he will say one thing, but later change his viewpoint) by his own personnel. Romney has recently spoken out about abortions, stating there are no legislation bills dealing with abortion on his agenda. His spokesperson, Andrea Saul, stated a few days later that Romney would support legislation bills targeted towards protecting life.
Over the past four years, Barack Obama has fought for education, equal rights and followed through with his policies, even in the face of adversity. These are the characteristics America deserves in a president.
As Barack Obama enters the Nov. 6 election, the American River Current will be in support of his reelection.

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3 Comments on "Current Editorial: Why President Barack Obama deserves to be reelected"

  1. President Obama needs to go back to Chicago. The president into prosperity, rather into insecurity. What will Obama leave for our generation? Let’s start with $16 trillion dollars of debt. President Obama oversaw the largest increase in the national debt during any presidential term ever. $5.6 trillion since he took office. The debt when Bill Clinton left office was $5.7 trillion (for metric). Unemployment has been over 8% for 43 months. October dropped to 7.8%, only because California Secretary of Labor Marty Morgenstern, an Obama campaign donor, did NOT report California’s numbers to the United States Department of Labor. The civilian participation rate has dropped from 65.7% to 63.6% since President Obama has had office. The participation rate affects how the unemployment numbers are reported. Young people generally are experiencing very high unemployment right now. This country needs an economic president, not a social one. This editorial seems too focused on gay marriage and women’s “rights” that it misses the bigger picture. This country is headed for fiscal ruin. Gay marriage is a states’ rights issue and abortion and contraception access have been decided by the Supreme Court, something that NO candidate for office will try to balk at. I suggest this editorial reevaluate the endorsement of President Obama, even on issues that I did not mention, such as the National Defense Authorization Act (indefinite detention of US citizens), the number on government assistance today (which is generally a bad thing), and the price of gasoline (especially here in California).

    • I agree with EVERYTHING the person above has said! Obama promised to the fix the economy back in 2008, HE HAS ALMOST DOUBLED IT!!!! He also has had the MOST unemployment OF ANY PRESIDENT EVER!!!!!! Before you endorse someone READ AL THE FACTS! The good AND BAD!!! You need to report both the good AND THE BAD he has done!!!! You cannot tell only the good and not mention any of the bad! THAT IS IMMORRAL AND WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      I pray that people wake up and realize we cannot affored to have Obama as a president for another four years!!!!!

  2. Well, Hannah, you have every right to agree with Tyler, but everything you assert is wrong. I assume that by “promised to the fix the economy back in 2008, HE HAS ALMOST DOUBLED IT!!!!” you mean that Obama doubled US debt, usgovernmentspending.com shows, in the table here: http://www.usgovernmentspending.com/include/us_deficit_full.png that deficit as a percentage of GDP (which would be dividing our debt by our profits) has been in steady decline to less than 5% since the around 2005/2006, when Bush made it skyrocket to 10%.
    Claiming that Obama has had the most unemployment of any president ever is a bald faced lie, as you can see here: http://www.bls.gov/fls/intl_unemployment_rates_monthly.pdf , it reached 9.6 in 2011 and has dropped .3% since then, where as, you can see here: http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/02/on-the-maddeningly-inexact-relationship-between-unemployment-and-re-election/ that FDR first entered office to almost twice that at 16.6%, and was still battling 14.6% unemployment when he entered his third term (this was before the two term limit had been established).
    If you have legitimate specifics of wrong doing by the president we would be interested in investigating that, however, I will point out that our coverage of the two main candidates this election has been quite fair as we have said only good, factual things about both, refraining from reporting on Mitt Romney’s unethical, evil, quasi-vampiric business practices, his callous treatment of a family pet, or brutal bullying of a homosexual classmate in prep school. We haven’t even mentioned his numerous, flagrant lies in his speeches.

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