On the national level: The Presidential candidates

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney

Election day is coming up. Voters will be rushing into booths Nov. 6 to cast their vote for the next president of the United States. The following article briefs readers on candidates and initiatives statewide and local.

Education:

President Barack Obama hopes to “lead the world in college graduates by 2020.” While in office, he cut money from subsidies that went to banks in order to invest in Pell Grants, making it easier for students to attend college without having to take out a loan. He plans to cut tuition costs in half over the next ten years and has proposed bringing community colleges together with businesses, in order to train students of any age for specific jobs that would be available after graduation. He believes that good teachers are the key to a good education, and plans on recruiting better math and science teachers, as well as rewarding teachers for doing their jobs well.

Republican candidate Governor Mitt Romney also plans to lower college tuition rates by simplifying the financial aid system. Like Obama, he also plans on attracting new teachers and rewarding currently employed teachers for their performance. According to his website, he would also “eliminate unnecessary certification requirements that discourage new teachers.” Romney believes that families should have more options than the public school system for their children’s education. If elected, he would open up more charter schools so that parents and their children had more options.

Energy:

Obama would like to invest in clean energy options here in America, rather than getting resources from other countries. He proposes cutting the level of oil imports from other countries over the next few years. He believes that investing in clean energy would open up thousands of jobs for American citizens. If re-elected, he would like to end all government subsidies for oil companies.

If elected, Romney would like to make America “an energy superpower.” He would like to increase our oil production here in America, in addition to trading with Canada and Mexico. He would also give each state the power to control their own energy development. If elected, Romney would also approve the Keystone XL pipeline.

Healthcare:

Obama would continue with his current healthcare plan, known as Obamacare. According to his website, Obamacare makes it easier for students and young adults to get healthcare, and strengthens Medicare for seniors.

If elected, Romney vows to waive Obamacare on his first day in office. Instead of Obamacare, Romney would leave it up to each state to craft their own healthcare plans based on their individual needs.

Taxes:

While in office, Obama cut taxes for all Americans. If re-elected, he would ask America’s wealthiest citizens to pay more to help with our debt issues, but his personal website does not specify how much. His plan would reduce the deficit by about $4 trillion, though it would take a while to see the results.

If elected, Romney would lower the marginal tax rates for all Americans, an action he believes would allow all citizens to see “economic gains from tax reform.” His plan also includes eliminating the death tax and eliminating taxes for taxpayers who make less than $200,000 per year.

 

For more information, please visit the candidates’ websites:

President Barack Obama:

http://www.barackobama.com/

Governor Mitt Romney:

http://www.mittromney.com/