Jewish World Review Oct. 19, 2012/ 3 Mar-Cheshvan, 5773
By Greg Crosby
ABORTION AND BIRTH CONTROL
ROMNEY: Opposes abortion on demand and free contraceptives paid for by taxpayers. Believes state law should guide abortion rights, and Roe v. Wade should be reversed by a future Supreme Court ruling. Said he would end federal aid to Planned Parenthood, a group that promotes abortions.
ROMNEY: Promises to cut $500 billion per year from the federal budget by 2016 to bring spending below 20 percent of the U.S. economy and to balance it by 2020. He would reverse the $716 billion in Medicare cuts that Obama made and cut taxes for all. He favors constitutional balanced budget amendment.
ROMNEY: Wants lower taxes, less government regulation, balanced budget, and more trade deals to spur growth. Wants to encourage more hiring in small businesses. Replace jobless benefits with unemployment savings accounts. Proposes helping the middle class keep more of their money.
ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT
ROMNEY: Pledges U.S. will become independent of energy sources outside of North America by 2020 through more aggressive exploitation of domestic oil, natural gas, coal and other resources and quick approval of Keystone XL pipeline from Canada. Supports opening Atlantic and Pacific outer continental shelves to drilling, as well as Western lands, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and offshore Alaska. Says green power has yet to become viable and causes of climate change are unproved.
ROMNEY: "My view is that marriage itself is between a man and a woman."
ROMNEY: Promises to work for repeal of Obamacare because he says the states, not Washington, should drive policy on the uninsured. He would allow people the right to purchase health insurance in any state, which would have the effect of lowering costs through competition between companies. Would expand individual tax-advantaged medical savings accounts and let savings be used for insurance premiums as well as personal medical costs. Would save Medicare for seniors by returning the money that Obama took out of it.
ROMNEY: Mr. Romney's position is there should be no constitutional rights for foreign terrorism suspects. He does not consider waterboarding to be torture. He says America needs to be stronger in dealing with terrorists aboard, with no apologies. He has made it clear that we should be more supportive towards our one real friend in the Middle East, Israel.
If you still can't make up your mind by now, well maybe you'd just better confine your voting to Dancing with the Stars this year.
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