What is the best measure of economic growth? Is it an increase of the value of corporate stocks on Wall Street? Is it a decrease in the amount of petroleum imported? Is it a decrease in the number of people who are on unemployment?
If it is any of those things then Tuesday when you go to the polls you should vote for four more years of Barack Obama, because I will not argue with facts: Wall Street is doing just fine, gasoline costs so much no one can afford to buy it, and many people have gone so long without a job they've given up looking.
But let’s just say, hypothetically speaking since those numbers above are perfect indicators of economic growth (or so I've been told), you’re still not sure why you should vote for four more years of Obama. Well, I’ve got even better indicators of our super recovery: the number of men and women in poverty is far more than it was before Obama and now comfortably sits at 6.4 million Americans. But it can only get better, right?
Oh, but you say that you’re not worried about economic issues so much as America’s standing in the world? Don’t worry one bit because Obama has done a perfect job making America look good abroad. Why we've lost only one ambassador and three other Americans in an attack on a US consulate. Those are just “bumps in the road,” as the president put it. Just think, way back in those uncivilized days, when President George W. Bush was around, America used fear to keep our place in the world. Now no one fears us. Isn't it great?!
Now some of you still don't understand why we should re-elect Obama. I can almost hear you saying, “What about our deficit?” I can assure you Obama has done an excellent job of making our deficit problems go away. You ever hear of the old saying that you need to spend money to make money? That’s the Obama plan, and look at the results!
Since I wrote my last column (published on Sept. 3) we’ve only added $227,217,420,456.74 to the national debt. What a plan!
I could go on for days, but I won't. There are just so many reasons to re-elect Obama and to reject his opponent, Mitt Romney.
Really, what does Mitt Romney have to offer America anyway? He’s only turned around failing corporations, given 30 percent of his income to underprivileged people, and worked across the aisle to run a state. I don't see how that would help him do anything, do you?
Raymond Anderson of Hammond is a junior at the Hammond Academy of Science and Technology. The opinion expressed in this column is the writer's and not necessarily that of The Times.