Hypocrisy behind the presidential candidates

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Brian Yuss

The two presidential candidates seem to show hypocrisy with their actions and statements. Credit: Felicia Perez/The Foothill Dragon Press
The two presidential candidates seem to show hypocrisy with their actions and statements. Credit: Felicia Perez/The Foothill Dragon Press

As the upcoming election for 2012 is drawing ever near, two candidates are in a constant battle to obtain the coveted position of President of the United States. On the Democratic field is incumbent Barrack Obama, and on the other side is underdog Mitt Romney.

As the days dwindle down, the rhetoric and promises are on the rise as the amount of swing voters are on the slide.

Both sides claim to be consistent; however, when it comes to looking at their past comments it is easy to see some hypocrisy in their previous actions and statements.    

One issue that seems practically unavoidable during this recession is the state of the economy.

Republicans have been persistently hammering President Obama about his plan to fix the economy, which has not only failed to better the state of our economy, but has also caused a downward spiral in our country’s financial health.

One of his main instruments in aiding the country during our economic crisis was his Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 which was designed to alleviate the banks and prevent a further economic decline, but has unsuccessfully alleviated the record high unemployment rate which he promised to be less than eight percent.

Using the ailing economy as his golden ticket, Mitt Romney boldly states his diverse experience in the public and private sectors. Romney has shown support for the “cut, cap, and balance” motion to restrain federal shortage safeguarded by Tea Party Activists, as well as by other conservative lawmakers.

If elected president, Mitt Romney promises to create an even more robust middle class. Statistics show, however, in Massachusetts people have accused Mitt Romney of outsourcing jobs, increasing the state’s taxes and fees by $750 million per year, and jobs declined of at least twice the national rate. {sidebar id=66}

Furthermore, Mitt Romney has discussed his intention to shutdown what is known as “Obamacare” but as governor of Massachusetts he has signed on a bill that punishes citizens of Massachusetts for not having health insurance. Romney has brought up his healthcare plan, which is known as “Romneycare,” where he plans to grant every citizen accessible and extensive health insurance. Romney has stated once again that he is going to repeal “Obamacare,” which he has called the largest tax accretion in U.S. history.

A lot of discussion has been going around about Romney not addressing the war in Afghanistan, as well as the fact that Obama continues drone attacks even though he was against George Bush doing it. What is more, Obama promised us a quicker end to the war, yet more than a decade later we still have troops in Afghanistan.

There are speculations about Barack Obama and how he is trying to gain the support from the Hispanic vote in the United States. This is seen negatively because he is counting on these people’s vote and not the actual support of these people. His latest attempt to swing the Latino population to his side can be seen in his executive order to stop deportation of hundreds of thousands of immigrants in the United States. This course of action could potentially benefit 800,000 young people. Ironic, considering that he deported more people during his administration than that of his predecessor.

Unfortunately, there is not a direct solution to the rivaling Republican and Democratic parties, but they need to focus on a few main problems at hand which are the budget crisis and increasing deficit in the United States.

This bickering between candidates takes away from the fact that students miss quite a few days of school due to budget cuts. So, in order to solve this problem, we need a political leader who is willing to sacrifice a lot in order to fix things such as this.

Politics also affect how many students are in a classroom and the number of teachers that could be in their classes. To elaborate, the number of school days in the school year, how many classes can be offered, and how many activities a school can participate in. President Obama has zeroed out funding in the school system for 2013 for the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, and despite this, he has talked about the urgent need to develop a better school system for all of the students in the United States.

From where I see it, it’s time to end the hypocrisy and bring a little more honesty to this election.

What do you think?