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Why would you like to vote for Barack Obama?Why would you like to vote for Barack Obama?

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yelfri12 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 29, 2008 at 8:59 PM via web

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Why would you like to vote for Barack Obama?

Why would you like to vote for Barack Obama?

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playsthething | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted October 29, 2008 at 9:17 PM (Answer #2)

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For a lot of reasons:

He's smart.

He seems to care about the people he serves.

His priorities on how we spend our money are more in line with my values.  

His more egalitarian approach to taxes makes sense to me.

He is thoughtful and careful/measured in his responses. 

He doesn't talk smack.

I never dreamed that I would have the opportunity to vote for an African-American for President in my lifetime, and I am delighted to have the honor of voting for this very human and humane individual.

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cburr | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted October 29, 2008 at 9:21 PM (Answer #3)

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For the first time in my life (I'm 56), I have found someone that I am really enthusiastically supporting. In the past I have supported people only because they were better than the other guy.

Obama is extremely smart, he is known for asking incisive questions and he also will be able to attract very talented people to his administration.

I worked in Washington for almost 10 years before the incredible partisan divide we now live with. It was an entirely different -- and better -- world politically. I feel that Obama is committed to restoring that sense of shared respect and working to find common ground rather than constant attack mode.

I deeply support Obama's policies. Between Reagan and Bush, we have experienced a massive redistribution of wealth from the middle class to the wealthy. This is wrong, in my opinion. It is time that we work for a sane and sustainable economic model that rewards hard work instead of greed.

Finally, I am very hopeful that an Obama presidency would help us get to a new level on our path to the future as a multi-racial and multi-cultural country.

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netahh | Student , Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 30, 2008 at 1:17 AM (Answer #4)

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Yes, I suppose your claim.

Barack Obama will be save U.S rather than G.Bush.

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morrol | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted October 30, 2008 at 10:16 AM (Answer #5)

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There are a lot of reasons to vote for Barack Obama. The first is that he is fresh and new. He is relatively untainted by the political machine. A second reason is that he is a charismatic, exciting leader who will bring respect back into the White House. He is willing to listen to others. He is also on the side of middle class America. He does not kowtow to corporate America.

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alexb2 | eNotes Employee

Posted October 30, 2008 at 11:24 AM (Answer #6)

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One way of answering this question is to focus on the issues of the election. Go to Barack Obama's issues page on his website and pick some of the issues that are important to you and where you agree with Barack Obama's positions on those issues.

You can then write your paper based on the issues and the candidate's positions that you agree with.

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timbrady | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted October 30, 2008 at 12:40 PM (Answer #7)

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Someone has to say it:  I would NOT like to vote for him.  His past is frightening, he has no administrative experience, and his "redistribution of wealth" concept is no in keeping with the famous "American Dream" --- which is not being given the dream but earning it for yourself.  So for the first time in my life (I'm 62), we have a candidate whose policies I find frightening.

And I hasten to add that only W.E. can save U.S.

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omni | College Teacher | eNoter

Posted October 30, 2008 at 12:58 PM (Answer #8)

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Where is this "redistribution of wealth" McCain supporters are hanging on Mr. Obama? Nowhere in his actual stated policies can I find anything remotely resembling this charge. 

In the 1970's under Richard Nixon, the top tax rate was 70%. Under Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush, it was 39%. Under George Bush, it went down to 35% (something John McCain did not support). Obama proposes raising it back to 39%. In terms of United States History, these raises are minimal. Given the tremendous U.S. debt, they may be necessary even if McCain is elected.

There are many good reasons not to vote for Obama, but "redistribution of wealth" is a ridiculous charge that does not stand up to an even basic analysis. 

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alexb2 | eNotes Employee

Posted October 30, 2008 at 1:06 PM (Answer #9)

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I think the original poster is looking for help with an assignment, not a political debate. Let's keep the answers helpful to the original question. 

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crystalangel79 | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 30, 2008 at 6:20 PM (Answer #10)

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Obama is your typical Democrat... higher taxes for corporations, upper class, more social services, etc. More social services will equal more taxes for SOMEBODY. To accomplish what he wants to accomplish, everybody will have to contribute something... that's redistribution of wealth.

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timbrady | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted October 30, 2008 at 7:19 PM (Answer #11)

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I think I agree with blazedale, but the question invites debate.  And the first answer to the question set it up ... a blind peon of praise to Obama could not just sit there ... and I'm sure the questioner is bright enough to extract what they wish from this discussion ....

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted October 30, 2008 at 7:48 PM (Answer #12)

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I agree with timbrady--somewhat. The question asked for an opinion, and the answerer gave that opinion. But I can't help putting in my two cents worth. My answer to the original question is this: I don't want to vote for Obama, and I don't intend to vote for Obama. All we hear is rhetoric about "change" but very little of what those changes are going to be. And it scares me that people revere him as if he were a demigod. Last week, I heard on the radio one of his commercials in which a choir was singing a hymn about sanctuary, and after every line they chanted "Barak Obama." We know too little about him to entrust the world's most powerful political office to him.

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 31, 2008 at 6:56 AM (Answer #14)

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In Reply #10--you're right.  Everyone will have to contribute something.  This is the very reason why our welfare system isn't being used as it was meant to be--a support program to get people back on their feet when they need help--but rather as a way of life for people who don't want to work and keep looking for ways to cheat the system to live free while the rest of us pay for it.  Barack also intends to give these same people who don't work or pay substantial taxes a tax break!  It's  a great deal if you can get it.  There are single parents out there who don't get it since they make $10 more than the cut off.  It boggles the mind.

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omni | College Teacher | eNoter

Posted October 31, 2008 at 10:33 AM (Answer #15)

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In Reply #10--you're right.  Everyone will have to contribute something.  This is the very reason why our welfare system isn't being used as it was meant to be--a support program to get people back on their feet when they need help--but rather as a way of life for people who don't want to work and keep looking for ways to cheat the system to live free while the rest of us pay for it.  Barack also intends to give these same people who don't work or pay substantial taxes a tax break!  It's  a great deal if you can get it.  There are single parents out there who don't get it since they make $10 more than the cut off.  It boggles the mind.

According to the non-partisan Tax Foundation, the cut-off under Obama's tax plan is $200,000 gross income per year. People earning between $200,000 and $650,000 per year will see their taxes raised from 33% to 36% under Barack Obama.

I don't think that's going to hurt any single parents in any significant ways.

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omni | College Teacher | eNoter

Posted October 31, 2008 at 10:35 AM (Answer #16)

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Obama is your typical Democrat... higher taxes for corporations, upper class, more social services, etc. More social services will equal more taxes for SOMEBODY. To accomplish what he wants to accomplish, everybody will have to contribute something... that's redistribution of wealth.

Barack Obama's tax plan is very clearly laid out-- that SOMEBODY is the top 1% of all earners, who will see their taxes raised from 33% to 36% for the first $200k through $600k, and from 36% to 39% on money from $600k per year and up. This would be the exact same tax rates as Bill Clinton, and less then Reagan's first term.

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omni | College Teacher | eNoter

Posted October 31, 2008 at 10:38 AM (Answer #17)

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I agree with timbrady--somewhat. The question asked for an opinion, and the answerer gave that opinion. But I can't help putting in my two cents worth. My answer to the original question is this: I don't want to vote for Obama, and I don't intend to vote for Obama. All we hear is rhetoric about "change" but very little of what those changes are going to be. And it scares me that people revere him as if he were a demigod. Last week, I heard on the radio one of his commercials in which a choir was singing a hymn about sanctuary, and after every line they chanted "Barak Obama." We know too little about him to entrust the world's most powerful political office to him.

Everything Obama wants to change is very spefically laid out on his website in minute detail. The Wall St. Journal recently reported that Barack Obama and John McCain have given an unprecedented amount of information about their specific proposals. This is one of the benefits of the internet, that candidates can give us very specific policies in a single convenient place.

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dbello | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted October 31, 2008 at 1:09 PM (Answer #13)

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According to this individual's profile he/she is 15 years old (if the information is truthful...some date of births on profiles are clearly incorrect...those who claim to be two months old...etc.)When a question such as this is asked from a student, those of us who are editors should refrain from promoting or discrediting a political candidate. I teach political science and spend alot of time on politics, however I feel that my purpose is to guide young adults towards an understanding of politics,not instill my politics upon them. This is not as easy as it sounds, much of what I just read proves that.If we are to teach that in a free society each of us is free to come to our own conclusion, educators must be open to all the political possibilities and questions students might ask. As educators we should not instill or persuade our own points of view, but challenge our students to develop their own points of view, regardless of our own. Something to think about.....

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 5, 2008 at 1:22 PM (Answer #18)

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Well, we shall see how it all plays out now.  Was it just rhetoric and smoke and mirrors or is it a plan that will truly work?  Campaign promises are often made but not kept...it all remains to be seen.

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alohaspirit | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted November 8, 2008 at 1:43 PM (Answer #19)

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He is for the people.  Being a school teacher, Barack Obama spoke to me.  McCain never mentioned his plan for education and how he would improve this terrible NCLB system. Obama is for revising the NCLB law and creating a more competitive profession.  He is for higher teacher pay for more accountability!  I hope we see some changes in education under Mr. President-elect Barack Obama!

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kwoo1213 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted November 8, 2008 at 9:51 PM (Answer #20)

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*Getting on my soapbox for one time and one time only here*  I, too, believe that we must stick to answering the question.  Personally, those who did not vote for Obama should not be answering this question LOL.  The question was "Why would you like to vote for Barack Obama?" not "Why will you vote for whomever you are voting for?"  I realize people have strong opinions, but feel it is important to answer only those questions that we can and should be answering.  *Off my soapbox now and on to the question.  Thank ya'.*  

I voted for Barack Obama because he has the unique and refreshing ability to relate to many, many types of people...young, old, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Republicans, Democrats, and everyone in between.  He also has some terrific ideas about how to turn the country around from the mess it is currently in and has been for many years.  He is super intelligent, knowledgeable, personable, charismatic, and very likable.  He is able to inspire and motivate people very easily and to instill hope readily.  I was a lifelong Republican until last year, when I switched political parties after researching President-elect Obama.  I was duly impressed.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 13, 2011 at 2:41 AM (Answer #21)

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I did, and I still will. You can't blame Obama for the deadlock in congress. He is not responsible for the economy either. That blame lies with his predecessor.
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rileyb | Student , College Freshman | Salutatorian

Posted October 17, 2011 at 1:00 AM (Answer #22)

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I think Obama has a sizable chance at winning.

I think he's a great President because he knows how to get us on the road to becoming a more progressive and liberal nation. He knows not to rush reforms and not to rush our country into things we're not ready for. He's taking it slow, so we can have a better outcome, and I seriously admire that. He started a movement, not just a campaign, last election. A movement that captured the hearts and minds of almost everyone in America. College kids became a part of the political process because they knew we needed change and they saw that in Barack Obama. The election of Barack Obama was our chance to change everything. The race barrier, backwards policies, and significantly improve our global image. In my opinion, he's done all of that and is on his way to doing even greater things. He knows when to compromise but not give up what he believes in, which is saying a lot compared to his Republican friends. He's calm, cool, and laid back. He's down to Earth and knows what it's like to be an everyday American. He's even a great dad and husband, you can just see that in his character when he's around his family. He doesn’t let the hate or the ridiculous critics get to him, he knows what he's doing and he knows how to get things down in our messy political system. He loves his country enough to try and change it for the better. He represents everything a great man should be.

 

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