Basu: Obama faced a huge task and has us moving forward

As the presidential race comes to a close, Basu endorses Obama again.  She explains her reasonings.  She reminds people the things that Obama has done, she asks what Mitt Romney will we meet in office, and finally, she talks about the job creation plan in the Romney-Ryan campaign.

Let’s review the opening of Basu’s column.  This quote pretty much sums up her whole opening:

For this president, those promises could be boiled down to this essential framework: Having the backs of the majority of the people.” – Rekha Basu

We know that Basu is now in favor of the President.

The first thing that she introduces is what President Obama has already done.  She writes about the economic stimulus and auto bailout.  In Basu’s opinion, this was necessary to keep jobs for Detroit workers and things didn’t fall apart in general.  Basu says that many Americans may feel that the government bailing out corporations and industries is completely wrong while they ignore the people.  Now let’s not forget that both parties have done there equal share of bailouts, this may be something that Basu might have wanted to mention.  The Detroit Bureau reminds us of the 2008 Bush bailouts that were supported.  She then goes on to say that without the bailout, the American people would have “paid dearly.”  She has not statistically backed up the “paid dearly” comment.  Without this how are we to know if they would have?

Later in the article, Basu comments on Romney’s dismiss of 47% of Americans.  Now I was hesitant to link this video because the producer does hold a conservative bias, but they did put out the full 47% dismissal video as well as the transcript on their website (not provided).  Please try to ignore the bias from the sight and just read the facts.

Here’s the full video.

From their website I pulled out the now famous quote:

There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what.”

Abortion and contraception are always problematic in the world of politics.  Basu claims that the Republican party would ban abortion, some of them even in the cases of rape and incest.  Although she does not come out and say that the Romney-Ryan campaign would do this, by applying the Republican party to it, news consumers may that Romney-Ryan campaign is in favor of this as well.  The Washington Post shows that Romney, in 2007, did want to put a ban on all abortions.  Romney then stated in his 2008 and 2012 that he was “unapologetically pro-life” however he doesn’t oppose abortions in the cases of rape and incest.  These “flip-flops” are the next thing that Basu writes about.  If Romney was elected, which one would step into office?

Basu writes about the abortion switch that Romney had and states that It would be easier to compare Obama to his Republican challenger if we knew which Mitt Romney would show up in the White House, if elected.”

And lastly, Basu talks about Romney’s job creation plan.  She says that his plan consists majorly of cutting taxes, this has been proved from Mitt Romney’s campaign website.  Earlier in the column she says that Romney claimed to like firing people.  CBS New provided me with the exact quote:

“I like being able to fire people who provide services to me,” Romney said at a Monday breakfast in New Hampshire, when talking about health care.’

CBS also provides a video that you can watch here.

All in all, I believe that Basu has provided another well written column, factually stronger than some of her others.  I wish she would have given the entirety of the “liking to fire people” statement.

What do you think?  Let us know in the comments, also, want to read more?  Visit the Des Moines Register


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