First a little about me: I am guy from Denmark, who is (as a lot of people around the world) interested in American Politics, so I have been following the 2012 campaign since sometime last may when the GOP candidates started announcing. As you might guess since I am from Denmark, my points of view are quite liberal, and if I could cast a vote, I would defiantly vote for Obama. I will however try and keep this post as unbiased as possible,
I have been pondering about this question for quite some time and I would really like to get other people's thoughts on this, also people who are more insightful as to American Politics.
Ok well now onto the matter.
Mitt Romney's main argument so far is that he has had a fairly successful business career, where he has made a lot of great investments which have made a lot of companies grow and thereby hire people. He even goes on to state that this somehow makes him uniquely qualified, far more qualified than the current incumbent. But here is where I do not get it, because how is that so?
He certainly knows a lot about business and all that stuff, and I admit more than Barack Obama, and he would defiantly be better at running a company than Barack Obama. The case however is just that, as far as I can see, running a country and a business is not really the same thing. When you run a country you lay the ground works for job creation, and try and create an environment where businesses thrive and companies grow, which means new jobs. Then one might add, that he might be better at creating these conditions, because he has been in the private sector. But I suspect Barack Obama has tons of people around him, who knows everything about the private sector and how one creates job and what affects company either negatively or positively. Also if Mitt Romney were so good with business, how come he had such a mediocre term as governor of Massachusetts? something he hardly mentions.
So is it not a value based election, where we for instance have Obamacare, where I guess that one can admit that it is not good for businesses. But it does provide healthcare coverage for a lot of people who would not be covered. So to me it is more like do we want to become richer but more unequal, or do we want to become slightly less rich and slightly more equal, so is that not for instance an example of what this election is about?
Well the post got quite long and perhaps a bit unstructured as well, but I hope you will manage to read through, and I look very much forward to hear your thoughts on this!