I had a conversation with my 14-year-old daughter on the way to school today after she told me she is "voting" for President Barack Obama. Um, "supporting" Obama? (Maybe they do a mock election at school?) She said it's because Mitt Romney is anti-abortion. God love this child that she is bright enough to care and that she has opinions. I laughed because a year ago she told me she was a socialist, then announced that she was moderate Republican, only to tell me this morning she is voting for Obama. Kids! I am finally learning that with teenage girls, it isn't worth a big to-do because by day's end, she will probably change her mind!
I did have to say to her while we wish Presidents shared our views on social issues, you can't vote for a President based on social issues. Legislators, yes. Absolutely. They write the laws. "But even if you were a one-issue female voter in the past," I told her, "this year it's got to be about the economy." It was hard to put it in terms that she would understand, but I really believe that Obama has failed to lead in this arena. Where everything Romney has touched has turned to gold. I also think you vote for a Commander-in-Chief in part because they inspire confidence. That's right, you vote for a CEO because he makes investors feel secure. Same thing with the President. Their job, especially at this time, transcends social issues. And this year, I hope women will realize that a rising tide will lift all boats. Fixing the economy and protecting the nation's fiscal health for the next generation is good for all women.
This week, everybody's stuck on the number 47, as in the 47 percent of Americans who don't pay taxes, according to Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney. I think the number we all need to be thinking about is 50, as in less than 50 days until the 2012 Presidential Election. The other numbers I am thinking a lot about these days are 20 and 40. As in a year ago, 20 percent of the electorate identified itself as Moderate or Independent. Today, with just over six weeks to go, it's 40 percent. For anyone who thinks it's over, I would say the sleeping giant hasn't even reared its head. Either they're so fed up they're going to keep sleeping and stay home or they're going to elect Romney. Let's hope it's the latter.
I have to say when I first saw last week's sneak attack video and heard Romney say that he couldn't "worry about those people," referring to the reported 47 percent of Americans who don't pay taxes because they are exempt, I thought he was referring to the people who are constantly trying to paint him with the "give to the rich and steal from the poor" brush. On second viewing, it does sound like he was referring to the veterans and elderly who don't pay their taxes because they get breaks. I don't know what he was thinking because I am not in his head, but I do know he could have meant that he was going to focus on the monies that do come in, and address what changes need to be made and why.
The polls and the media are fanning the fires that the Romney campaign is going up in flames. You wonder why Independents and Republicans no longer trust the media when it is hard to hear any real news against this attempt to drown his campaign in a drumroll of defeat. Americans are not stupid. They are tired. And discouraged. And more cynical than ever about where they solutions lie. But at the end of the day, it will boil down to the economy. At least it should.
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