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What Do Massachusett Voters Know About Governor Mitt Romney That Undecided Voters Do Not?

Americans are two weeks away from the 2012 Presidential Election. The stakes could not be higher. With just about two weeks to the 2012 Presidential Election, most polls indicate that the presidential race is a close one. On Sunday, on Meet the Press, NBC’s Chuck Todd unveiled a brand new poll that shows President Obama and Mitt Romney deadlocked, 47-47. The three Presidential Debates have been completed. Yet, there are still a rather significant number of undecided voters that could determine the outcome of the 2012 Presidential Election.

Many voters have looked carefully at each candidates’ political record; and they have decided how to cast their ballot on or before November 6, 2012 but there are still some undecided voter.  With that said, it has been reported that yesterday Mitt Romney’s Super PAC’s largest attack surge in history will hit in nine must-win battlegrounds.  Many suggest that these attack advertisements could give the Republicans the undecided voters and this election—if, as some assert the undecided voters fail to look carefully at Mitt Romney’s record both as an elected official and a business leader. This post was inspired by a rhetorical question I heard which asked,  “Why do the voters that know Governor Romney the best like him the least?” In researching this post, I sought to learn more about Governor Mitt Romney as a politician and a business man.

What Do Massachusetts Voters Say about Governor Mitt Romney?

In the state of Massachusetts, President Obama has a resounding lead over his opponent Mitt Romney. Some polls indicate that President Obama leads Romney by as much as twenty (20) points in the state of Massachusetts. The question for undecided voters should be why is that the voters that know Governor Mitt Romney the best support him the least. Perhaps, as many assert, the people of Massachusetts know all too well that Mitt Romney does not act in the public best interest but rather in the best of interest of the select few much like his leadership at Bain Capital.

Willard “Mitt” Romney’s Record: The 70th Governor of Massachusetts

During the 2012 Presidential Debates and on the campaign trail, Mitt Romney often references his accomplishments as Massachusetts Governor. Romney won the 2002 gubernatorial election in Massachusetts. Currently, in Massachusetts, the state where he was governor, Mitt Romney is trailing by twenty (20) points or more behind President Barack Obama in the Race for the White House. What does it say to you that the voters who know Mitt Romney best trust him least? Let’s look at what Massachusetts voters know and Romney supports refuse to accept about his record as an elected official and a business man.

Taxes & Job Creation

To date, Romney’s tenure in elected office was rather brief—not for a lack of trying Romney ran  for Massachusetts’ US Senate seat and US President several times and lost. Now, back to Romney’s record as the Governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney was a one term governor of the state of Massachusetts. From 2003 to 2007, Willard “Mitt” Romney served as the 70th Governor of Massachusetts. While Mitt Romney was governor of Massachusetts, the debt burden per capita was the highest in the nation. As Governor, Mitt Romney raised or created more than one thousand (1,000) taxes and fees on people across Massachusetts, while two hundred and seventy-eight (278) wealthy residents in the state received a tax break. And, Massachusetts plummeted to forty-seventh (47th) out of fifty (50) in job creation. With that said, Mitt Romney’s record as Governor of Massachusetts should give voters some insight into the Romney/Ryan ticket’s plan for our nation and the outcomes of such measures on our nation’s economy.

Heath Care: Romney Care

While Romney was Massachusetts Governor, Mitt helped develop and enact into law the Massachusetts health care reform legislation, the first of its kind in the nation, which provided near-universal health insurance access through state-level subsidies and individual mandates to purchase insurance. The architect of Romney Care was also the architect of Obama Care. For many years, Romney touted Romney Care as one of his most impressive accomplishments as Massachusetts Governor. Interesting to note, now as the Republican Candidate for President, Romney states that one of his first acts would be to abolish Obama Care (also known as Romney Care) as it is bad for business. Makes one wonder why is that candidate Romney has now deemed near-universal health insurance access bad for business when President Obama replicated on a national scale what Romney enacted into law in Massachusetts years ago.

Abortion

When Romney ran for governor of Massachusetts, Mitt was prochoice. US Presidential Candidate Romney is no longer pro-choice. It makes one wonder, what are Romney’s core values. Newt Gingrich in his kinder descriptions on Mitt Romney’s constantly changing positions on issues as a flip-flopper. He went on to say you do not know which Romney you will be electing should he be your choice for political office. Gingrich is correct in that Governor Romney has flip flopped on quite a few key issues. This should give voters great pause when considering voting for Mitt Romney in any election—you never know whether you will get the Romney of 2002, 2004, 2008, or 2012.

What are Governor Romney’s Qualifications for President?

Throughout the campaign, Governor Mitt Romney has indicated that his qualification to be president is grounded in his fifteen (15) years as head of Bain Capital. According to Romney’s campaign’s narrative, while at Bain, he became immersed in business enterprise and learned along the way the true secrets of how to grow the economy and create jobs. During Romney’s watch at Bain, the Bain’s returns reputedly averaged more than fifty (50) percent annually. Romney asserts that this fact is proof he is not only successful in the business arena but his experience at Bain has prepared him for the task of restarting the nation’s sputtering engines of capitalism.

David Stockman[i], Reagan’s Budget Director’s Comments on Governor Romney

Here is what conservative Republican, David Stockman, Reagan’s Budget Director is saying in articles both in Newsweek and the Daily Beast about Mitt Romney’s claim about being businessman that was a job creator.

Mitt Romney was not a businessman; he was a master financial speculator who bought, sold, flipped, and stripped businesses. He did not build enterprises the old-fashioned way—out of inspiration, perspiration, and a long slog in the free market fostering a new product, service, or process of production.”

“Instead, he spent his 15 years raising debt in prodigious amounts on Wall Street so that Bain could purchase the pots and pans and castoffs of corporate America, leverage them to the hilt, gussy them up as reborn “roll-ups,” and then deliver them back to Wall Street for resale—the faster the better.”

“Bain Capital’s billions of profits were not rewards for capitalist creation; they were mainly windfalls collected from gambling in markets that were rigged to rise.”

Now that we know what really happened at Bain Capital and during Mitt Romney’s term as Massachusetts’s governor, it is time for the undecided voters to take action that can and will change the future. On November 6, 2012, they, like each of us, must seize the opportunity to vote.

It has been reported by Harry Reid that the race for the Senate majority is just as close as the race for the White House. Someone is going to break this tie. As Reid aptly stated, “Right now, it looks like Romney and Rove plan to do just that.”

As was aptly stated by President Johnson when discussing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, “The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men.”

Each election day, countless eligible voters deprive themselves of their voting right through complacency or apathy. Don’t be among them—exercise your right to vote.

Source(s): “Frontline The Choice of 2012”, aired on PBS. “As Goes Janesville”, documentary aired on PBS. Mitt Romney: The Great Deformer, “Is Romney really a job creator?” “Ronald Reagan’s budget director, David Stockman, takes a scalpel to the claims”, In Newsweek Magazine and the Daily Beast, David Stockman, Oct 15, 2012. Wikipedia. US Senator Harry Reid Action Alert, October 23, 2012. US Senator John Kerry, Action Alert, October 22, 2012.

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[i] David Alan Stockman is a former U.S. politician and businessman, serving as a Republican U.S. Representative from the state of Michigan and as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Ronald Reagan.

Governor Mitt Romney’s Strategy for Addressing Poverty & Preventable Disease

As the November 6th, 2012 is fast approaching, it is important to know the Presidential Candidates’ strategy for addressing poverty and preventable disease. Toward that goal, the ONE Campaign[i] asked the US Presidential candidates for their respective plans for addressing poverty and preventable disease. In response to the ONE campaign’s inquiry, both President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney provided their plans for addressing poverty and preventable disease.

Below is the response to this question provided by Governor Mitt Romney:

“I commend the ONE campaign for bringing more attention to the plight of global poverty. Although many Americans rightly are concerned about our current difficulties here at home, our nation never turns a blind eye to human suffering abroad. As president, I will retool and refocus our foreign aid, so we can lift more people out of poverty and make our world more secure.”

“The biggest problem with our foreign aid strategies is that many of them are ineffective. Too often, our aid supplants work that is more effectively done by private enterprise and investment in other nations. Our aid should instead focus on building the institutions of liberty that will create lasting development and change.”

“I will focus U.S. assistance programs on encouraging free enterprise and promoting human rights. If developing nations build strong economies and durable institutions, this will foster enduring prosperity, and their ties with the United States will only strengthen.”

“In my administration, we will institute a new Prosperity Pact program that will use development dollars to channel the transformative power of increased trade and investment. Working with the private sector, we will identify barriers to foreign investment and trade in developing nations. And in exchange for removing them, we will offer those countries aid packages focused on developing the rule of law, property rights, and other institutions of liberty.”

“In addition, my administration will restore the promotion of free trade as a key priority of America’s foreign policy. By negotiating more trade pacts with developing nations, we will create jobs here at home, reduce poverty abroad, and develop deep ties with our friends and allies. We will also build on the work of microfinance initiatives and support new financing structures for small- and medium-sized enterprises. Empowering SMEs will allow developing nations to reach the global market and create an enduring cycle of growth.”

“I will also reform what has become the antiquated organizational structure of our diplomatic and assistance agencies. The current structure of government that is charged with utilizing our soft power is spread across numerous agencies—a scheme that scrambles lines of authority, blurs priorities, and creates accountability gaps through which failures go unpunished and successes go unrecognized. I will begin a process of reorganization that will establish unified budgetary and directive authority under one official responsible for all diplomatic and assistance programs within a particular region. These will be designed to mirror the regional military combatant commands. This would improve coordination between our military and diplomatic agencies so that their missions reinforce each other, instead of working at cross purposes as is currently the case.”

“Finally, we will answer the call for humanitarian assistance. The PEPFAR program has saved millions of lives. And we must recognize that many of America’s most effective development groups are faith-based. They will have no stronger partner than a Romney Administration, one that will not throw up roadblocks to their participation in important initiatives abroad to assist those in need.”

“If America does not lead, other countries will—and they may not share our interests or our values. Our assistance to developing countries, if used wisely, can encourage growth, promote freedom, and keep us safe. Our aid policy will be a priority in my administration, because I believe in a strong America. Our strength comes from many sources, and foreign assistance is one of them. As president, I will ensure that our aid programs are effective and that America remains strong.”

Take action that can and will change the future. On November 6, 2012, seize the opportunity to cast your vote.

As was aptly stated by President Johnson when discussing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, “The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men.”

Each election day, countless eligible voters deprive themselves of their voting right through complacency or apathy.  Don’t be among them—exercise your right to vote.

Source(s): ONE Vote 2012, Wikipedia.

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[i] ONE Vote 2012 is a non-partisan campaign to make global health and extreme poverty foreign policy priorities in the 2012 presidential election.

The next president will take office at a critical time when there are effective and affordable solutions available that save lives: vaccines that cost less than one dollar can prevent unnecessary death. A $10 bed net can keep a child from dying from a mosquito bite. With the force of 3 million members, ONE Vote 2012 will educate and mobilize voters to ensure that the next American president is committed to using the United States’ strategic power to help end extreme poverty, creating a safer and more stable world.

ONE Vote 2012 is part of ONE, a broad and growing movement of Americans from all fifty states and all walks of life. More than two and a half million people around the world have added their voices to ONE by visiting ONE.org.


President Barack’s Obama’s Plan for Addressing Poverty and Preventable Disease

As the November 6th, 2012 is fast approaching, it is important to know the Presidential Candidates’ strategy for addressing poverty and preventable disease. Toward that goal, the ONE Campaign[i] asked the US Presidential candidates for their respective plans for addressing poverty and preventable disease. In response to the ONE campaign’s inquiry, both President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney provided their plans for addressing poverty and preventable disease.

Below is the response to this question provided by President Barack Obama:

“Last December, on World AIDS Day, I addressed a ONE Campaign event called “The Beginning of the End of AIDS.” I spoke about building on President Bush’s historic work with the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. I announced new commitments to fight the pandemic at home and abroad. I urged our allies to join us as we work toward a once seemingly impossible goal – an AIDS-free generation. Thanks to the work of organizations like the ONE Campaign, this goal is now within our reach.”

“Some of the policies I announced that day were new. But the values behind them were ones I’ve held my entire life. My mother was an anthropologist who worked to improve the lives of poor people around the world. She taught me that no matter who we are or where we come from, we have an obligation to not only embrace our shared humanity but also our shared responsibilities.” “I ran for president in part because I believe our country should reflect a common creed that says, “I am my brother’s keeper. I am my sister’s keeper.”

“That’s why, even as we faced the worst financial crisis in generations, we didn’t forget those who live in the shadow of disease, hunger and poverty. We stayed true to our commitments and our values. We rebuilt our alliances. And millions of people are better off because we did.”

“Living up to these ideals and obligations is in our national security interest. Hunger, disease and poverty can lead to global instability and leave a vacuum for extremism to fill. So instead of just managing poverty, we must offer nations and people a pathway out of poverty. And as president I’ve made development a pillar of our foreign policy, alongside diplomacy and defense.”

“It starts with the fight against global hunger. Spikes in food prices are dangerous, and will grow if a surging global population isn’t matched by surging food production. I’ve announced a new alliance to lift 50 million people out of poverty by supporting locally directed food security programs. We’re recognizing the important role played by smallholder farmers, especially women, in building thriving economies. And we’re focusing on maternal and child nutrition.”

“We’re also working with Africa’s people and leaders to responsibly invest in agriculture and increase productivity. Together, we’re mobilizing private capital to fast-track new agricultural projects. We’ll speed up innovations such as better seeds and better storage. We’re helping African farmers gain access to agricultural data, from satellite imagery to weather forecasts to market prices, right on their mobile phone.”

“And we will continue the fight against HIV/AIDs and other pandemics. My administration increased our commitments to the Global Fund for AIDS, TB, and Malaria to record levels. We’re on track to help 6 million people get HIV/AIDS treatment by the end of 2013 – 2 million more than our original goal. Over the next five years, we aim to reduce vaccine costs, immunize more than 250 million children, and prevent 4 million premature deaths. We’ve lifted the so-called global gag rule that restricted women’s access to family planning services abroad. And we’re doing more than ever to combat human trafficking, which threatens public health across borders.”

“The next four years will be full of tough choices. Some will argue that as we continue to grow our economy by investing in a strong middle class we must put our other commitments on hold. That choice is false – and it’s not one we have to accept. As long as I am your president, I will not write off “the least of these.” What makes us strong is reflecting our most cherished values – making sure America remains not only the place where if you work hard, you can get ahead, but also that last, best hope of Earth.”

That’s how we’ll move forward, and build a better future together.”

Take action that can and will change the future. On November 6, 2012, seize the opportunity to cast your vote.

As was aptly stated by President Johnson when discussing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, “The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men.”

Each election day, countless eligible voters deprive themselves of their voting right through complacency or apathy.  Don’t be among them—exercise your right to vote.

Source(s): ONE Vote 2012, Wikipedia.

Photo credit: Microsoft Clip Art


[i] ONE Vote 2012 is a non-partisan campaign to make global health and extreme poverty foreign policy priorities in the 2012 presidential election.

The next president will take office at a critical time when there are effective and affordable solutions available that save lives: vaccines that cost less than one dollar can prevent unnecessary death. A $10 bed net can keep a child from dying from a mosquito bite. With the force of 3 million members, ONE Vote 2012 will educate and mobilize voters to ensure that the next American president is committed to using the United States’ strategic power to help end extreme poverty, creating a safer and more stable world.

ONE Vote 2012 is part of ONE, a broad and growing movement of Americans from all fifty states and all walks of life. More than two and a half million people around the world have added their voices to ONE by visiting ONE.org.

Nichelle Mitchem Interviewed for the Book, “Crimes Against Women”

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). This month, we will highlight the prevalence of violence in the lives of women and children. We will also discuss available resources for victims and their advocates.

Even today, domestic violence continues to pose a clear and present danger for countless women. Nichelle Mitchem, long-time advocate for battered women and their children, was interviewed by author Gerda Gallop-Goodman for her book, “Crimes Against Women” on the topic of violence against women.

Goodman and Mitchem agree that domestic violence is not a private family matter as was once thought by some but rather a crime against society. Nichelle Mitchem discussed the prevalence of domestic violence and the often long-standing detrimental effects of domestic violence on the victims’ health and well-being.

Nichelle addressed the importance of individual and group counseling in the process of rebuilding the victim’s life. Nichelle Mitchem highlighted the very necessary and life changing work undertaken by domestic violence agencies. Every day, domestic violence agencies all across our nation assist clients to rebuild their lives.

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Who Won The Second 2012 United States Presidential Debate?

Who won the second 2012 United States Presidential Debate? It depends on who you talk to about who won the second 2012 United States Presidential Debate. After the second 2012 United States Presidential Debate, a poll indicated that 37% of undecided voters concluded that the President won the debate. Additionally, the Democrats appear to be very pleased with President Barack Obama’s performance at the second 2012 United States Presidential Debate.

At the Presidential Debate, the President provided very detailed responses to the questions posed by members of the audience. Further, in his responses, President Obama highlighted: 1) the domestic and foreign policy accomplishments; and 2) his vision for his second term in the White House. Some argue that at the debate President Obama issued several knock down blows to his contender Governor Mitt Romney. With that said, they argue that Romney looked stunned and off balance at the second 2012 United States Presidential Debate.

On November 6, 2012, Americans will go to the polls to determine the future course of this nation for the next 50 years. The next president will more likely than not select three US Supreme Court Justices. Further, the outcome of the 2012 Presidential Race will determine whether or not we will continue to move forward on the road to recovery or will we return to the failed policies of the past.

The road to America’s recovery proposed by the two presidential candidates, the current US President, Barack Obama, and his opponent, Mitt Romney, have never been starker. The Obama/Biden ticket seeks continued forward movement on a course of action which benefits the nation as a whole where the Romney/Ryan ticket wants to return our nation to failed policies which only benefit the 1% and serve to cause great harm to 99% of the electorate. Lest we forget, “Trickle Down” economics failed miserably under Reagan and Bush as best demonstrated by the economic collapse. The definition of insanity is repeating the same behavior and hoping for a different outcome. With that said, say no to trickle-down economics once and for all.

There are twenty (20) days until the 2012 Presidential Election. Early voting has started. Take action that can and will change the future. On or before November 6, 2012, seize the opportunity to cast your vote for the next President of the United States.

As was aptly stated by President Johnson when discussing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, “The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men.”

Each election day, countless eligible voters deprive themselves of their voting right through complacency or apathy. Don’t be among them—exercise your right to vote. Your vote can be decisive, stand up, speak out, be heard— vote!

Source: CBS News. Wikipedia

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Nichelle Mitchem Discusses the Characteristics of A Healthy Relationship

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This month, we will discuss the dynamics of domestic violence, the impact of domestic violence, and programs and services designed to prevent and intervene abuse. Further, we will discuss the characteristics of healthy relationships. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), intimate partner violence results in an estimated 1,200 deaths and 2 million injuries among women and nearly 600,000 injuries among men annually. Twenty-three percent of women and eleven percent of men aged 18 years or more have a lifetime history of intimate partner violence victimization. Prevention is key in domestic violence.  With that understanding, this post discusses the characteristics of healthy relationship.

Characteristics of Healthy Romantic Relationships:

Partnership: There is shared responsibility.

Economic Equality: Freedom exists related to issues of work, school, and money.

Emotional Honesty: Both parties feel safe to share fears and insecurities.

Sexual Respect: Accepts that “no” means “no”.

Physical Safety: Respects partner’s space and discusses issues without violence.

Supportive/Trusting: Listens and understands, values partner’s opinion, and sensitive to other’s needs.

Characteristics of Abusive Relationships:

Domination: Abuser decides. Servant-Master relationship.

Economic Control: Withholds money.

Emotional Manipulation: Uses jealousy, passion, and stress to justify actions.

Sexual Abuse: Treats partners as sex object.

Physical Abuse: Hit, choke, kick, punch, pull hair, twist arms, trip, bite.

Controlling: Isolates partner from friends.

Intimidating: Charming in public but menacing in private.

The abusive behaviors listed above are not comprehensive. The information should simply serve as a brief overview and to encourage the reader to seek more information.

For further information on the topic of domestic violence, there are many websites that can provide comprehensive information on this topic including but not limited to: http://www.thehotline.org; and http://www.ncadv.org.

Source(s): Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Sanctuary for Families. National Domestic Violence Hotline. Photo credit: Microsoft Clip Art

President Barack Obama’s Response to Violence

In 2010, the Obama administration launched a new initiative to assist employers to respond to domestic and sexual violence. Workplaces Respond to Domestic and Sexual Violence: A National Resource Center is a new initiative that makes it easier for employers to adopt policies to support and protect employees who are victims of domestic and sexual violence. The National Resource Center’s website includes but is not limited to: information on work place violence, guns and the work place, and union responses.

The new Workplace Resource Center was created by a partnership of seven national organizations led by the Family Violence Prevention Fund.

For further information on the new national center, visit Workplaces Respond to Domestic and Sexual Violence: A National Resource Center’s website at http://www.workplacesrespond.org/.

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