Opinion: Mitt Romney is the change we need

The past four years have been troublesome for nearly every family in the United States. Few, if any, can say that they are better off financially than they were four years ago. As the jobless number is still at a staggering 14.9 percent, tensions in the Middle East are escalating, the economy is growing at a crippling rate, and the country stands more divided than it did in 2008. It is clear that America deserves better than Barack Obama.

Throughout the summer and continuing into this school year, I have been interning for the Romney-Ryan campaign. I have experienced the highs and lows of party politics, and have met a group of unique people along the way. Since this is the first presidential election in which I can cast my vote, I am getting excited and trying to be active in the campaign. A fellow intern and I have started a group aimed at reaching young people and encouraging education among our youth regarding party politics. I feel that young Americans have been disillusioned by the vague, fairytale-like campaign slogans that Obama has been running on, and I hope that a new era of awareness will soon be ushered in.

Why am I supporting Mitt Romney?

I feel that America has taken a turn for the worse during Obama’s term in office. Joe Biden has said it best: The middle class has been buried the past four years, and in order to fix our current economic situation, the Obama administration wants to raise taxes by $1 trillion. In its attempt to appeal to less fortunate voters, the Obama administration has been attacking success on all levels. While promising those who have less even more, Obama continues to advocate for higher taxes on those who have lived responsibly and are better off because of their own choices, and not the choices of Washington. As entitlement programs outspend our defense budget by more than double, there is no reason that our intelligence community should receive more cuts in funding.

As a young American, I am scared that Obamacare will jeopardize my freedom to choose my coverage and personal doctor down the road. I am afraid of the costs that a socialized healthcare system will bring to the American tax payer and small business owner.  I am afraid of a nuclear capable Iran, and of a weak U.S. presence in the delicate Middle East. I am afraid that entitlement spending is at an all-time high, with no end in sight to funding increases. It also troubles me when the leader of the free world tells a rouge Russia that he would have more wiggle room after his reelection, showing that the real Obama policies have not been fully unleashed.

As the global economy is on the verge of falling into another crippling recession, an administration with no grasp of foreign policy continues to ignore grim realities, and the jobless rate of students graduating college is at an all-time high, it is clear that Barack Obama does not have the interests of the American people at the top of his priority list.

I believe that Mitt Romney is the choice that will drive America forward. His talk of energy independence, entitlement reform, a balanced fiscal budget, and the promise to not cut our defense, resonates with me. The Romney-Ryan team knows how to turn America and its economy into a well-oiled machine that will retake the role of leadership in the world, and champion American ideals.