We do not believe the U.S. can afford four more years under President Barack Obama.
In the past four years we have added $5 trillion to the deficit, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Annual deficits for every year of the Obama presidency will top $1 trillion, pushing the federal debt to $16 trillion.
The economy was in poor shape when Obama took office. But the expectation was not that there would be a complete revival in four years, but that it would be better in four years. This is not the case. Although he exhausted his political capital on new government programs, unemployment has remained above 8 percent for 43 consecutive months, according to the Dallas Morning News.
For these reasons, we endorse Mitt Romney for president.
Romney’s five-point plan shows that he understands fixing the economy is paramount to other issues and has a clear plan that could be implimented. As college students not far away from entering the disaster-zone that is the economy, we need the economy to improve if we want any hope of finding a job with the education we are receiving.
His plans for tax reforms, which shift focus from the government to an innovated private sector, as well as his proposed reforms to a crumbling Medicare system, are both encouraging.
Obama’s support of the Health and Human Services contraception mandate is also cause for alarm. The federal mandate requires religiously-affiliated organizations to provide contraceptives, including the morning-after pill, to their employees.This mandate led to many religious liberty lawsuits filed by Christian and Catholic hospitals, charities and universities. Wheaton College in Illinois was one of them.
“This is a matter of religious principle, which it is unconstitutional for the government to force us to violate,” a statement on Wheaton’s website said. “The mandate allows the government to declare that we are not entitled to First Amendment protection for our freedom of religion — a dangerous precedent.”
Romney is not a perfect candidate, and voters should demand more details on both his tax plans and his stance on immigration. But he is a practical, principled leader with business success, and that is a step in the right direction.
The Huntingtonian editorial is written by the editorial staff: Jessi Emmert, Brad Barber, Josh Lanphier, Jared Huhta, Rachel Batdorff, Laura Good, Sara Marshall and Alex Hoffman. It reflects the viewpoint of the editors only, and does not represent the viewpoint of Huntington University. To respond to the editorial, comment on it below, or send us an email.