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Tomorrow morning I am going in for triple bypass surgery.  ISome blockage was found after taking a stress test and having an angiogram.  I was told that I would eventually need the surgery and since I am healthier than I probably will be in the future, I figured now was the time.  So I guess that I will misss tomorrow night's debate.  I figure President Obama will just have to kick Romney's ass without me.

Before tomorrow' big day I felt an urge to get somethings off my chest (in my case figuratively).  I keep reading how Romney is losing the election.  I do not believe that for a second.  Romney is not losing, we are winning.  Bill Clinton in his speech at the convention showed America that in these tough times President Obama has done an excellent job.  While I do not agree with everything he is done, I have been proud to support him vocally and with my wallet.

Let us look at the record.  President Obama prevented a catastrophe in 2009.  Without his leadership there would not be General Motors and Chrysler commercials on our televisions today.  Without the stimulus new industries in alternative energy would not have the capital to begin the foundations for a new economy.  Without the stimulus many of the roads in need of repair would not be getting fixed.  Yes unemployment is too high, but think of what it would have been if we had a President McCain in the White House in 2009.

President Obama has improved our standing in the world after the Iraq debacle.  Our allies listen to us now and do not run away when our President approaches them.  He is working to avoid a war with Iran which is something Romney and the neocons around him are salivating for.  He has actually fought terrorism with action and not just empty rhetoric.  Romney keeps talking about how tough he is.  I do not know what he means.  President Obama understands the world's complexities and that there is more to power and influence than creating fear.

Because of President Obama, those of us on Medicare can reasonably expect to be provided adequate health care in the future.  He has closed the donut hole which is economically devastating to many who are seniors or disabled.  He has passed a health care plan that will extend insurance to those who in the past have been uninsurable.  The Affordable Care Act has its flaws.  However it is a good start on the road to a modern health care delivery system.  After tweaks occur in the future America will have a health care system second to none.

However much needs to be done.  I hope a second term leads to a draw down in Afghanistan where any action the President took would have been wrong.  Bush created a situation where there are no good answers.  More has to be done to deal with climate change.  The affects of which are just beginning to be felt and provides the greatest danger the world faces today.  A better way has to be found to fund education at every level, so students can meet the challenges of the future without being saddled with enormous debt.

I know of no one voting for Romney.  His voters are just voting against Obama.  I am actually voting for someone I am proud to support.  President Obama is a figure whose legacy will be studied in a positive manner for centuries to come.  So as I tell my Republican friends when I look at their candidate and their platform, "I may have a heart problem, BUT ATLEAST I HAVE ONE."


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