It shouldn't be a close election. We have Gov. Romney, who put in place a health plan in his state that works, but he intends to eliminate the national copy of that plan.
He claims he will create jobs, but he doesn't say how. Actually, his company, Bain Capital, didn't create jobs. The companies it took over were run into debt so that the interest payments were exempt from taxation, thus making the companies more profitable.
He says he will balance the budget but won't show the arithmetic of how to do it. He says he can do it without raising taxes while increasing spending for defense beyond what the military is asking for. Obviously, he can't do it, but claims he can in a loud voice so that the gullible will believe him.
The Obama administration, on the other hand, took over an economy in free fall, already in the worst recession since the Great Depression. Jobs were being lost at the rate of hundreds of thousands per month. Yet, the rate of unemployment has been lowered from over 10 percent to 7.8 percent because of Obama's policies.
But Romney has criticized Obama for not doing better. He has failed to mention, of course, that Mitch McConnell, Republican leader in the Senate, stated plainly the first priority of the Republicans was to make Obama a one-term president.
The obstructionism of Republicans in Congress was for the purpose of making Obama appear ineffective, when his efforts saved us from another Great Depression and reduced health-care costs, which were going through the roof.
We need to re-elect Obama as well as Bill Owens and Kirsten Gillibrand so Obama has support in Congress.