Why is it government is trying to control every aspect people’s lives. What they can do or what they can not do. They put all their power whether at State or Federal level to have that type of control. But for the issues we have today that really need to be taken care of there is little to no effort to resolve them. Like the issues today of same sex marriages (North Carolina just passed amendment to ban same-sex marriages) and women’s rights to make choices in their own health care (Republican’s War On Women’s Rights). I mean really have we gone back to the cave man days. All the fight for women and gay/lesbian rights that was not for nothing. Yet no matter how much we have progressed as people we are still falling behind because of a minority of people who just refuse to accept change and want to make everybody else just like them closed-minded and ignorant. It’s crazy how some people will use religion and other means of reasoning as propaganda to support their cause. Why can’t these same people put all their energy into something that really needs to be changed. I can think of many other things that this country needs to be worked on for example poverty, better education for our nation’s kids, the environment, crime, the economy, etc, etc. Our citizens and politicians need to put all that effort in improving our country instead of destroying it. All these movements we had over the course of our country’s history was for a reason for a better life of our country as a whole. What is the point of having the women’s movement, the gay and lesbian rights movement, the civil rights movement, and so on and so forth if all we going to do in the end is take all those rights away and revert back to the closed-mindedness and ignorance of the old days. It’s already bad enough they are trying to undo everything that was done for women and gay and lesbian rights you have to think what will the government undo next civil rights? The way this is going I wouldn’t be surprised if they did. Why is it that this minority of close-minded, ignorant and lets be real racists people are the one’s trying to control everything? It looks like they rather have a dictatorship then to have free country. Last time I checked we had the independence movement in order to not have this why do we keep going backwards and not forwards is beyond me. Why won’t some people just accept the freedom of choice and free-will? Why must our government feel everything and everyone has to be under control? Is the government so drunk with power they can’t see how much destruction is being caused in this country by them? It’s funny how the US can help everybody else in the world but our own citizens. Whatever happened to country first? I understand other countries need help too but if we can not even resolve issues in our own country then how can we help anyone else. That is the problem when you have too much power you misuse it for your own gain. There is just no priority in this country with this government. Here is an example of what I mean: Notice what is on the top of the list for the 2012 campaign issues real important issues that is on the list, issues that shouldn’t be on the list, and issues that needs to be on the list. (Campaign Issues from CNN Politics website “America’s Choice 2012 Election Center” http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2012/campaign-issues.html
TOP CAMPAIGN ISSUES
The economy, unemployment, taxes and how to manage the federal government’s $14 trillion debt will be leading issues in the 2012 White House race. With the near-collapse of the U.S. banking and financial system hitting late in the 2008 race, President Obama’s tenure in the Oval Office is being defined, in many ways, by economic and fiscal policy issues. And the tea party movement – the conservative wing of the Republican party — has been hammering Obama’s economic and fiscal policy since 2009, pushing GOP candidates to hold firm on pledges not to raise taxes and to cut spending.
Most Republican candidates are pushing to “repeal and replace” much of the health care reform bill passed by a Democratically controlled Congress and signed into law by President Obama in spring 2010. The law has proved less popular than Obama and Democrats anticipated when they used considerable political capital to pass it. But the GOP is also exposed on health care. Gov. Mitt Romney is plagued by comparisons between the Democratic law and a similar bill he supported and signed while governor of Massachusetts.
President Obama has had a full plate on the foreign policy front for much of his term: inheriting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, developing U.S. policy in a Middle East where Iran is a potential nuclear threat, coaxing along a stalled peace plan when Israel and the Palestinians are still fierce adversaries, and encouraging popular voices to stand up against oppressive regimes in the Middle East and North Africa through democratic uprisings, a movement known as the Arab Spring. Meanwhile, Republicans have accused Obama of “leading from behind” in much of the Middle East. He had a major success, however, with the discovery and death of notorious terrorist Osama bin Laden, the face of al Qaeda for the past decade.
Border security and the millions of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. could prove to be a contentious issue in the 2012 White House race. Concerns about cross-border violence from Mexico and efforts by some states — especially those on the border — to try to enforce federal immigration laws have been high since Obama took office in 2009. Republicans and conservatives fault the Obama administration and Democrats for not doing enough to secure the border and enforce existing laws. And, from his left flank, Obama is facing criticism for not doing more to push through an immigration reform bill that would help put the undocumented on a path to citizenship.
Though it was once a reliable “wedge” issue for Republicans, public opinion about same-sex marriage is increasingly moving toward more tolerance, making it difficult to predict how the issue will play out in 2012. While social conservatives remain concerned about the issue, the economy nowranks much higher in polls for most Americans.
Abortion proved a contentious issue – particularly among social conservatives — during the legislative fight over the Democratic health care reform bill in 2009, with last-minute demands to include language further restricting federal funding for abortion providers. But during the 2012 White House race, many political observers expect economic issues to dominate the presidential campaign, with less attention being paid to pro-life and pro-choice camps.
OTHER ISSUES TO WATCH
Social security/MedicareDemocrats view preservation of entitlements as a key issue with their base, while Republicans, conservatives and the tea party movement see these programs as potential places to make cuts.
Gun controlThe January 2011 shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has put gun control back in the national conversation. Democrats tend to favor more gun control measures, while conservatives, led by the National Rifle Association, oppose additional restrictions.
Environment/Global warmingWhen they had control of both chambers in Congress, Democrats failed to pass the cap-and-trade carbon emissions bill. Many Republicans, meanwhile, are far more skeptical about the science of global warming and fear the economic impact of aggressive energy policies.
TerrorismOn Obama’s watch, terrorist Osama bin Laden was hunted down and killed, and the administration has stepped up its drone campaign over Pakistan. But the GOP field has not hesitated to criticize Obama despite his recent successes fighting terrorism.
EducationAs academic performance continues to stagnate in the U.S., the Obama administration has been critical of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law, which requires that all students meet reading and math adequacy marks by 2014.
Role of government
Whether it is on bailouts, the debt ceiling or entitlements, a fundamental source of disagreement between Republicans and Democrats is whether the federal government should be a support system for the country or play an extremely limited role in business, social and day-to-day life.
Now I see some issues that are under the title other issues to watch that need to be in the top campaign issues and some in the top that need to be in the other issues. I find it amazing how same-sex marriages and abortion are two of the top campaign issues trying to be changed but not education, environment/global warning or any of the other issues that are under other issues to watch that need to be seriously addressed. At least they got some of that list right in regards to the economy, healthcare, foreign policy and immigration but what about the rest. Think about it: Why is education never a top issue our kids are our future and will be running the country one day how can they when they don’t have a proper education. Our education system needs a complete overhaul. And when it comes to budget cuts why is it that education is usually one of the main areas they cut. The priorities of this countries issues are completely out of wack. Until we get our priorities straight and get our issues resolved we are just going to keep going down hill as a country. It is so sad that the United States is the most powerful country in the world but can not even properly take care of its own citizens its a crying shame.