Four years ago, the American people were swept away with the idea of hope and change as they elected Barack Obama the 44th president of the United States. Despite not earning my vote in 2008, President Obama ran a hard-fought campaign and deserved to win. He inspired millions of Americans and brought many new young voters into the voting process, which is something that I feel is extremely important, as it is a right that is often taken for granted.
President Obama has been in office for more than three and half years, and his record leaves a lot to be desired. Although our president is quick to blame the previous administration for the weak economic state of our country, it was Barack Obama that said the following when speaking of fixing our economy: “If I don’t have this done in three years, then there’s going to be a one-term proposition.”
When unemployment remains sky high at 7.8 percent, average job growth in 2012 is less than that of 2011, and half of new college graduates are either unemployed or underemployed, Americans should take a long, hard look at whether our president is worthy of a second term.
I ask you the following: How can this president deserve a second term to get our economy back on track when he has failed to do it in his first term? Why has President Obama failed to hold true on his promise to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term in office?
On Election Day, I will be casting my vote for Mitt Romney for president of the United States. Despite an onslaught of negative advertisements attempting to define Mitt Romney as a terrible rich guy out of touch with average Americans, the American people saw in the presidential debates that those attack ads cannot be further from the truth.
The focal point of Mitt Romney’s plan to get our economy back on track is to make the most of our energy resources in this country. In an area that has seen more than $2 billion in economic development directly related to the Utica shale in the past two years, the Mahoning Valley will be one area of the country that will prosper with the energy agenda of Mitt Romney. Natural gas development in our area is expected to create thousands of jobs and provide a major boost to our local economy, which has been ailing since the steel mills closed in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
I fully understand that many college students still admire President Obama for becoming the first African-American president of the United States. He is an inspirational man that we should all respect as our commander in chief, but that does not mean he is worthy of a second term in office. This is a critical election for this country, and the status quo has got to go.
On Tuesday, I strongly encourage everyone to vote for Mitt Romney to become the 45th president of the United States.
Michael Metzinger Austintown
2 comments Anonymous Thu Nov 1 2012 22:39 Didn’t see this one coming. But not surprising. Youngstown folks always get fooled by rich guys and shysters… That’s why it’s still so “Youngstown”. Michael Metzinger Thu Nov 1 2012 20:22 Very classy “lol.”