Romney and Obama: What You Need to Know

It is a well-known fact that this year’s election will be a close one, between two very qualified candidates.

GOP Nominee Mitt Romney was born in 1947 and graduated from Brigham Young University as well as Harvard. He is well known for his economic background because of his success in business. If elected president, he hopes to cut the corporate tax rate from 35 to 25 percent, amending the Sarbanes-Oxley law to remove certain regulations on mid-sized businesses, and creating jobs by increasing the domestic production of fossil fuels. His immigration policies include creating a secure US-Mexican border. When it comes to education, Romney believes that America should offer school voucher programs for private schools and provide performance based pay for public school teachers. Romney’s energy plan calls for the US to be completely energy independent by 2020.

President Barack Obama was born in 1961 and graduated from Columbia University and Harvard Law School. He is well known for his expertise is foreign policy.  Economically, Obama wants to improve the American infrastructure and providing tax cuts to those making under $250,000 a year. Obama signed legislature this year that sidesteps the Sarbanes-Oxley law by letting small startup businesses ignore this law for their first 5 years of operations. Obama has been vocal in his support of immigration, signing an executive order in June that protected illegal immigrants who had been brought to the US as children from deportation. His Education Reform Plan includes increased funds and support for public and charter schools; however, he is against school voucher programs. Obama’s hopes for America to be energy independent, but, unlike Romney, he hopes to achieve this through the implementation of alternative energy sources like solar energy and wind energy.

Although these two candidates propose very different policies, they both have very clear visions for America’s future. Now it is up to you to decide who you support in this year’s presidential elections.