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Takeaways from Round Two of the Debates

No mention of the housing crisis.
The main culprit of the Great Recession was not discussed at all. While the president has put forth policies that have helped families refinance their mortgages, we have yet to hear a detailed plan from Governor Romney on his recovery plan for the housing crisis.

The housing market has been slowly bouncing back, with construction of new homes at its highest rate in more than four years. Economists are optimistic about the housing market, speculating that it could “add growth this year for the first time since 2005.” Gov. Romney probably doesn’t want to tread into this subject because he’s stated in the past that we should let the foreclosure process run its course and bottom out, just like he wanted for the auto industry. I guess the governor wants to put people out of work and out of their homes as well.

No mention of criminal justice or prison reform.
A growing problem in our country is the fact that we incarcerate a larger percentage our population than any other country in the world. In fact, according to the New York Times, even though the US has less than 5% of the world’s population, we hold almost a quarter of the world’s prison population.

With all this talk about the deficits, you’d think we could get comprehensive prison reform to save us some money. Do we really need to lock up our fellow citizens and children for simple drug or misdemeanor crimes? There have been numerous studies demonstrating that rehabilitation is more cost effective than sending someone to prison. Let’s have a debate about that!

Gov. Romney’s empty claim of creating 12 million jobs, as bad as Clint’s empty chair.
It doesn’t actually matter what Gov. Romney says because whoever is president will see 12 million jobs created. Moody’s Analytics predicted, in August, that 12 million jobs will be created by 2016 regardless of who holds the highest office.

This is straightforward in that Gov. Romney is trying to take credit for what is already going to run a natural course. What he does actually get credit for – providing the blueprint and trial run of Obamacare with the health plan he implemented in Massachusetts.

Binders full of women, huge hit on social media.
Social media meme’s aside (including ours), the important question posed was: “In what new ways do you intend to rectify the inequalities in the workplace, specifically regarding females earning only 72 percent of what their male counterparts earn?”

Gov. Romney danced around this question like it was a maypole. He referred to his staff during the time of his governorship being filled with women but offered no support for the Lilly Ledbetter Act. The Act was President Obama’s first signed piece of legislation, and “allows women greater opportunity to sue over pay inequalities at the workplace.”

Whether he personally would pay his “binder full of women” on staff the same amount as he pays his trapper keeper full of men is yet to be determined.



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