CBC 2012 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION VOTER GUIDE

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CBC 2012 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION VOTER GUIDE




PATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT


aka “OBAMACARE”


OBAMA:

Strongly supports as his signature legislative achievement. Would continue with full implementation in second
term.


ROMNEY:

Strongly opposes
. Publicly stated that he would “on day one” issue opt out waivers to States, push for and
would sign a repeal. Supports a “repeal and replace” plan which replaces PPACA with less costly Healthcare
reform.

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TAXES



OBAMA:

Individual Tax Rates:

Supports increasing tax rates for individuals earning over $200,000 a year and couples
earning over $250,000 a year, which would change the current 5 tax brackets from 10%, 15%,
25%, 33% and
35% to 10%, 15%, 25%, 36% and 39.6%.


Investment Income Tax Rates:
For taxpayers earning over $200,000 a year for individuals and $250,000 a
year for couples, supports raising the current 15% tax rate to 20% on Capital Gains, plus the PPACA
“M
edicare Contribution Tax” of 3.8%, thereby raising the current 15% rate to 23.8%. Also, for these same
taxpayers, income from Dividends would be taxed according to his proposed individual upper income tax
rates of 36% and 39.6% plus the same 3.8% additiona
l tax, thereby raising the top tax rate for Dividends from
the current 15% to 43.4% (39.6% + 3.8%).


Estate Tax (Death Tax):
Supports reducing the current Estate Tax exemption level of $5.12 million to $3.5
million and increasing the current top tax rate
from 35% to 45%.


Corporate Tax Rates:
Supports reducing the current corporate tax rate of 35% to 28%, but also eliminating
“dozens” of current corporate tax deductions.



ROMNEY:

Individual Tax Rates:
Supports reducing all tax brackets by 20%. This would
lower current tax brackets of
10%, 15%, 25%, 33% and 35% to 8%, 12%, 20%, 26.4% and 28%.


Investment Income Tax Rates:
Supports reducing the current 15% tax rate on Investment Income and
Dividends to 0% for taxpayers earning less than $100,000 for indivi
duals and $200,000 for couples while
maintaining the current 15% rate for those earning more than $100,000 for individuals and $200,000 for
couples.


Estate Tax (Death Tax):
Would eliminate the Estate Tax.


Corporate Tax Rates:
Supports reducing the curre
nt top corporate tax rate of 35% to 25% with the
elimination of some corporate tax deductions.

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ABORTION


OBAMA:

Strongly supports legalized abortion for all reasons, o
pposes a ban on “Partial Birth Abortion”, opposes
Parental Consent Laws, is enthusiastically endorsed by Planned Parenthood and overturned Ronald Reagan's
“Mexico City Policy” which prevented U.S. tax dollars from supporting abortion services in other coun
tries.


ROMNEY:

Opposes legalized abortion is all cases except rape, incest and life of the mother. Supports overturning Roe v.
Wade, supports Parental Consent, is aggressively opposed by Planned Parenthood and NARAL, is endorsed
by National Right to Life,

has stated he would end taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood and would re
-
instate Ronald Reagan's “Mexico City Policy” banning U.S. Tax dollars from supporting abortion in other
countries.

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EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH


OBAMA:

Ordered and continues to support taxpayer funding of Embryonic Stem Cell Research.


ROMNEY:

Opposes taxpayer funding of Embryonic Stem Cell Research, but does support other types of stem cell
research such as amniotic fluid, umbilical cord and adult stem cell research.

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HOMOSEXUALITY


OBAMA:

Gay Marriage:
Supports.


Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA):

Opposes
and currently is pushing for it's repeal which he stated he will sign.


“Don't Ask, Don't Tell” Military Policy:

Overturned as President, allowing homosexuals, for the first time ever, to serve openly in the military.


“Employment Non
-
Discrimination Act” (
ENDA)

Supports and has stated he will sign into law this legislation that would require businesses to not discriminate
against hiring openly gay, trans
-
gendered or cross dressing applicants regardless of whether these applicants
would violate the Christian
/religious beliefs or image of the business or it's owners.



ROMNEY:

Gay Marriage:
Opposes


Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)

Supports DOMA, says he would fight to keep it the law and has further publicly stated he would sign a
Constitutional Amendment decla
ring marriage to be defined as one man and one woman.



“Don't Ask, Don't Tell” Military Policy:

Publicly declared his support for this policy and his opposition to President Obama's decision to overturn it.


“Employment Non
-
Discrimination Act” (ENDA)

Has
publicly declared he opposes ENDA.

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DEATH PENALTY


OBAMA:
Opposes


ROMNEY:
Supports

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TERRORISM


OBAMA:

Supports Drone attacks and has continued many of the Bush Administration's terrorism fighting policies such
as the Patriot Act, indefinite detentions, Military Tribunals, Warrantless wiretaps and the continued operation
of the G
uantanamo Detention Facility (GITMO). Supports cuts to overall Defense spending.


ROMNEY:

Also supports Drone attacks as well as the Patriot Act, indefinite detentions, Military Tribunals, Warrantless
wiretaps and GITMO. Opposes cuts to Defense spending. P
roposes a Defense spending increase to 4% of
GDP.

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SUPREME COURT



OBAMA:

Added to the Court two strong liberals in Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.


ROMNEY:

Has pu
blicly declared he would nominate Judges “in the mold of Roberts, Scalia, Thomas and Alito”, the four
conservative judges.

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SECOND AMENDMENT


OBAMA:

States that he
supports the 2
nd

Amendment, but has also fought for various restrictions on gun ownership
rights. Earns an “F” grade from the NRA.


ROMNEY:

States he strongly supports the 2
nd

Amendment. Supported some restrictions on guns while Massachusetts
Governor, bu
t has become more pro
-
guns over the years. Has been a member of the NRA since 2006.

SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE


OBAMA:

Strongly supports the “Separation of Church and State” as it is interpreted by the ACLU.


ROMNEY:

Interprets the term “Separation of
Church and State” differently than the ACLU, stating in 2008
“In recent
years, the notion of the separation of church and state has been taken by some well beyond it's original
meaning. They seek to remove from the public domain any acknowledgment of God.
Religion is seen as merely
a private affair with no place in public life. It is as if they are intent on establishing a new religion in America


the religion of secularism. They are wrong. The founders proscribed the establishment of a state religion,
but

they did not countenance the elimination of religion from the public square.”

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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION


OBAMA:

Granted amnesty for most illegal immigrants who were brou
ght into the U.S. before the age of 16. Strongly
opposes individual states enforcing illegal immigration laws, having his administration's Justice Department
file lawsuits against some states for their illegal immigration crack down laws.


ROMNEY:

Opposes
amnesty and supports Illegal Immigration crack down laws such as SB 1070 in Arizona.

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SCHOOL CHOICE


OBAMA:

Opposes school choice through Voucher and Charter Schoo
l programs.


ROMNEY:

Supports school choice through Voucher and Charter School programs. On February 22, 2012, said “As
President, I will stand up to the National Teachers Unions.”

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ENERGY & OIL


OBAMA:

Supports alternative fuels. Blocked offshore drilling, rejected the Keystone Pipeline project and opposes
additional oil drilling in the U.S.


ROMNEY:

Supports alternative fuels as well as offshore and additional U.S. d
rilling. Has stated he will “on day one”
approve the Keystone Pipeline deal, running oil from Canada to the U.S.

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