As a college student, I take a lot of things for
granted. However, one thing I donít take for granted is my right to vote,
every election allows me to take part in a process which has defined
American culture and history since the Constitution was signed. Before each
election the most important thing is making an educated decision on who is
going to get my vote. With all of the ads and mudslinging sometimes the
facts are hard to find in such a mess. However, after sorting through
everything I have decided to support President Obama for a second term. Iím
not going to say things are perfect right now; but I think our nation has
come a long way, and under good leadership can go a lot further. I want to
share with you why President Obama has earned my vote and deserves a second
There are many things that Barack Obama has done that
have earned my vote for 2012. In countless ways, he has improved the lives
of young Americans. First, he has doubled the amount of Pell Grants and
significantly increased the number of students receiving these awards.
Investing in young adults allows us to compete for higher skilled and higher
paying jobs. Additionally, to help young adults under the Affordable Care
Act President Obama has created the ability for young Americans to stay on
their parentís health insurance plan until they are twenty-six. Previously,
children were cut off at the age of eighteen leaving many students attending
college without the benefit of health insurance. The Credit Card Act of 2009
also made predatory issuance of credit cards harder, by restricting the use
of credit cards in very young adults and limiting marketing activity on
college campuses. Further, Barack Obama has been a champion of student loan
reform and forgiveness programs for career areas with the most need, such as
nursing. Barack Obama said, ďThe future belongs to young people with an
education and the imagination to create,Ē I believe his policies and actions
stand behind this statement and I want a President who stands behind me and
other young Americans.
Barack Obama has led the way in equal treatment for
women. The first act signed by the President was the Lily-Ledbetter Fair Pay
act. President Obama has made it clear that equal and fair pay for women
wonít just make womenís lives better but it will also make the economy
stronger. Overall, Obama is a champion for equal rights for all Americans
regardless of race, gender, age, or sexual orientation. In the 21st
Century I believe any President we elect should be able to stand up for all
of those he or she represents.
Foreign policy is a very complex subject with plenty of
room for debate. However, Barack Obama has overall shown the power and
capability to skillfully represent the United States abroad. He brought an
end to the war in Iraq and Osama Bin Ladenís reign of terror. Additionally,
Obama has shown the ability to take responsibility for his actions, the
actions of American agencies, and all Americans.
Finally, I have to look at the economy. I completely
see that our recovery from ďThe Great RecessionĒ has been a long road that
we are still traveling. However, I also see improvement. I believe a plan
that is showing improvement is better than no plan. Without more details
from Governor Romney I canít perceive that he has a better plan for America.
At an economic time like this I donít want to leave the economy to a plan
without details, Iíd rather elect someone with a clear vision and plan.
There are definitely arguments to be made that a faster recovery is
possible; however, without details of this plan I canít support it. I donít
think America can gamble with its recovery.
Overall, I have plenty of reasons Barack Obama has
earned my vote in 2012 and I havenít shared all of them with you today. This
decision wasnít based on a debate or the overwhelming amount of information
from advertisements. Research is the best tool a voter has, and my secret
weapon is politifact.com. I was able
to look at the claims both campaigns made and make my own decision. Most
people wouldnít hire a babysitter without checking their references so
before we hire a President we have a responsibility to check out their
claims and find out the facts. When it comes down to a job like President,
facts really do matter. The facts showed me President Barack Obama deserves
my vote for President.