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The race for the Republicans

As most of you already know the Republican Primary is well underway. The candidates have debated in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Florida, and along the way all of their radical ideas and empty promises have come out. The famous Republican policy endorsed by candidates such as Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney is the trickle down system.

In this system, the wealthy are given tax cuts. Supposedly, the wealthy are to invest this money into businesses. Then this will open new jobs and provide lower pricing on goods. This may sound good in theory but shows that “in countries like ours that cut the top marginal tax rate, income is a lot more skewed meaning that it has not shown any real economic help. Now the bottom and middle class of America are paying more taxes than the wealthy class. This inequality of income is just ridiculous. Why should a man trying to raise his family that is barely scraping by in this economy have to pay more taxes than the CEO of a corporation? It is outrageous and cannot be allowed to happen.

Each candidate has made empty promises or offensive comments. Take Gingrich; he has promised that by his second term in office, he will have an American colony on the moon. With our federal deficit currently above fifteen trillion dollars, where will we get the money to launch a multi-billion dollar space program? If Newt succeeds to become president, this money will probably come from tax hikes to the lower and middle class.

Also, Gingrich made a comment back in 2007 that has come back to haunt him. He said, “We should replace bilingual education with immersion in English so people learn the common language of the country and they learn the language of prosperity, not the language of living in a ghetto.” He was referring to how many students currently don’t speak English, but Spanish in schools. This language gap creates a hole in education, and while English immersion would be a good idea, calling Spanish the language of the ghetto was uncalled for.

Romney is also a major front-runner for the republican position. He has repeatedly said that if elected, he will repeal ObamaCare. To put it in a nutshell, ObamaCare makes all large businesses provide health-care to employees, the elderly have medicare which is free for people over 65, and people who don’t buy it are fined. Through all of the promises to repeal it, Romney designed a care plan called RomneyCare in Massachusetts that is almost identical to ObamaCare. It too has the mandate to penalize all people without insurance because if that person gets hurt, the state and people should not have to pay for his care, he should.

Romney also has the idea to solve our illegal immigration problem, “Self Deportation.” It is basically just saying that if we do not provide the things that normal families get to illegal immigrants, they will leave on their own. A fine solution but it hasn’t worked so far, mainly because we have been providing free health care and a free education to everyone, including illegal immigrants.

As long as we are providing these incentives, why would anybody leave? Republican ideals are not in the right place.

We need a solid leader, and even though Obama may have not lived up to expectations that some had, he is a better leader than the Republican candidates in these troubled times. Obama has ended wars, created jobs and gotten things done while the Republican candidates are saying what we want to hear.

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