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Obama vs Romney Polls: When You Crunch the Numbers, Romney is Actually Doing Very Well

Paulus Textor Wrote: Sep 25, 2012 8:54 AM
My own view, as a libertarian on the outside looking in, is that there is so little difference between Obama and Romney, it doesn't really matter which one wins. Both support constant overseas wars. Both support bailouts. Both support TARP. Both support the Federal Reserve (though they hardly ever mention the Federal Reserve, now that Ron Paul is out of the way). Both support government control of medicine. Both support the insane War on Drugs. Both will continue trillion-dollar deficits as far as the eye can see. If I vote at all, I'll vote for Gary Johnson. He's hardly the perfect libertarian candidate, but in comparison with Romney and Obama, he's a giant of statesmanship.
AJ4USA Wrote: Sep 25, 2012 3:22 PM
Here is one big difference that will make all the difference.....Obama wants your guns and ammo....all of it. How's that you self proclaiming libertatian idiot!
Paulus Textor Wrote: Sep 25, 2012 7:55 PM
In 2004, Romney signed an unconstitutional assault-weapons ban in Massachusetts--one of the most restrictive gun bans ever.

Sorry, AJ4USA--no sale, and no significant differences.
waynesteapartyworld Wrote: Sep 25, 2012 11:35 AM
Dude, that's utterly absurd. Stop huffing glue or you'll damage your brain. Let's see, Barry O wants to bankrupt the country, and Romney pledged a balanced budget-- Yep, you're right there: Bankruptcy = Solvency...the two candidates are identical there, yes-siree-bob. 2) Barry funneled a gazillion dollars of tax payer money to GM & Chrysler and executed a government takeover, while screwing bond holders, while Romney preferred no money for them, but that they go through a structured bankruptcy and restructure union pensions and remain a public corp... yes-siree-bob, identical views there. As for the drug war thing the Libertarians constantly harp about, some things are so addictive and destructive that they can't be made legal, tbc...
Paulus Textor Wrote: Sep 25, 2012 8:05 PM
Wayne, it seems you're buying the flip, but ignoring the flop.

1) Romney's campaign manager, in April, proudly said that the GM and Chrysler bailouts were Romney's idea!
2) Romney has indeed flipped on the Balanced Budget, but is a flop on the details. He says he'll do it, but doesn't give us any clue HOW.
3) You are absolutely correct that there is zero difference between Obama and Romney on the unconstitutional War on Drugs.

Again, my friend--no substantive differences. Some window-dressing fluffery, to be sure, but no real, dramatic differences.

My challenge stands unanswered.
Reginald10 Wrote: Sep 25, 2012 9:08 AM
This is another liberal / libertarian tactic, pioneered by the Paulists. Claim that two such different men are actually about the same, and "it doesn't really matter which one wins". In fact, any votes that don't go to Romney increase the relative number for Obama, making his victory that much more likely.

And if you're so blind that you can't see the difference between the two, have your dog lead you to a doctor.
Paulus Textor Wrote: Sep 25, 2012 9:14 AM
Really? Please explain these gigantic differences.

Vague fluff like "Romney's a businessman" doesn't count. Nor does, "Romney's patriotic."

I'm talking real, substantive differences. There aren't any.
Sharron13 Wrote: Sep 25, 2012 12:27 PM
Well, a major one that stands out in my mind is that Romney loves this country, Obama has nothing but contempt for it.
jstafford Wrote: Sep 25, 2012 12:35 PM
As plain as the difference between socialism and capitalism...but you vote for Ron paul or gary johnson if that makes you feel better, then you will get obama again..useful idiot
Paulus Textor Wrote: Sep 25, 2012 7:51 PM
Sorry Sharron, that is a meaningless bromide. My request was for real, substantive differences on the major issues.
Paulus Textor Wrote: Sep 25, 2012 7:52 PM
Again, no substantive issues. Just vague fluff.
Paulus Textor Wrote: Sep 25, 2012 8:05 PM
Again, no substantive issues. Just vague fluff.
Paulus Textor Wrote: Sep 25, 2012 8:27 PM
Sorry Sharron 13. No disrespect, but that statement is just vague fluff.

I was talking about significant policy differences on the substantive issues.
Editors' note: this piece originally appeared at PolicyMic.

Two things typically happen after the major parties conventions come to an end. People that normally do not pay attention for most of the year start to pay attention to the news and polls more, and voter enthusiasm jumps up as a result. The major polls that are appearing on the daily newscasts, in the newspapers and on the internet have become incredibly important. While meant to accurately reflect the views of the nation, these polls today have unfortunately turned into a weapon.

Many major organizations have skewed their...