I thought it was interesting that Emerson Bolen plans to vote against Obama primarily because of state issues and what he feels the Democrats have done to the state of Illinois [Why I'm voting straight Republican, Viewpoints, June 20].
Here's why I plan on voting for Mr. Obama:
For the past three years, the Republican leadership has expressly said their No. 1 goal is to limit Obama to one term, not to advance the interests of our country. While the leadership has preached "jobs, jobs, jobs," the legislation they have advanced has been more tax cuts for the rich and various forms of restrictions on abortions. Therefore, the Republicans have proved themselves unfit to govern (as if the record from 2001-09 isn't enough) and do not deserve another chance.
As for Mr. Romney, he is a weathervane. Rather than pursuing what he thinks are the correct policies and stands on issues, he simply reflects whatever his constituency desires. This, in part, reflects his background as a businessman, which Mr. Bolen touts as a reason to support him. Any good businessperson reacts to what the market tells him or her. That's because the purpose of business is to make money. But government isn't a business, nor should it be compared to one. A good example of Mr. Romney's lack of leadership is his handling of the foreign policy spokesperson, Richard Grinnell, who happened to be gay. By all accounts, Mr. Grinnell was well-versed in foreign policy, but once the Republican base found out about him, Grinnell was gone faster than a job at a Bain-owned company. Didn't matter that Romney apparently thought he was the best man for the job
So what do we take from the Grinnell episode? That Romney can be pushed around and doesn't have the guts to stand by his decisions. Not the sort of person I want for president.
You can have legitimate policy differences with Mr. Obama, but what the President has faced from Republicans the past three years has not been legitimate policy differences. It has been a concerted effort to deny him any help in trying to pull this country out of an economic position that was largely the Republicans' making. Perhaps Republicans are ashamed of themselves for 2001-09. They certainly won't talk about it, so something about those years has them spooked.
As for Romney, you don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.