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Obama deserves the vote of Oklahomans

Jeff Bezdek October 31st, 2012

Re-electing President Barack Obama to a second term is the clear decision for our state and our nation.

The difference between the two candidates couldn’t be more evident. On one side, there is President Obama’s track record of strong, stable leadership, delivering transformational policy. Then there’s Mitt Romney’s opaque platform on the other side, featuring vague policies and positions that shift like a weather vane in the Oklahoma wind.

When Obama took office, America was facing a second great depression, with the specters of unemployment, shuttered businesses and debilitating cuts to basic state and local services.

Instead, thanks to Obama’s leadership and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, depression was averted. In Oklahoma, major roads and bridge projects were completed; airports were expanded; many teachers, firefighters and police officers retained their jobs; and, most important, stability returned to our state and national economy.

All told, the president’s stimulus package netted Oklahoma nearly $3 billion in reinvestment funding and generated more than 50,000 jobs.

On the energy front, President Obama’s “all of the above” energy policy fueled the highest level of domestic oil and natural gas production in U.S. history. This has provided a huge boost to our city and state economy.

Additionally, the administration’s expansion of wind power credits and tax breaks enabled a fledgling industry to find its wings. Under Obama, output of this clean energy source nearly doubled in four years, providing another boon to Oklahoma’s economy.

By contrast, Romney has stated he will end tax credits for wind power. A Romney presidency would endanger many high-paying Oklahoma jobs.

The most compelling reason for Oklahomans to reelect President Obama is to ensure that the Affordable Care Act takes full effect. Nearly 20 percent of non-elderly Oklahomans remain uninsured.

Many use hospital emergency rooms to resolve health issues that otherwise could be averted by regular preventive care. These visits drive up costs for everyone.

The ACA will provide coverage to the uninsured, and it will help those who already have insurance. Insurance companies will no longer be able to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions, nor will they be able to drop policyholders when they need coverage the most.

Romney has promised to end Obamacare on “day one.” That would be a huge step backward for our state and nation.

Obama holds the edge on a number of other issues, but chief among these is women’s rights. An Obama second term would ensure an administration committed to protecting women’s equality in the workplace, pay fairness and reproductive rights.

Obama’s strong domestic record has been matched by sound foreign policy. He refocused American military intervention on the terrorists who attacked us, killing Osama Bin Laden. By ending the war in Iraq, and planning our exit from Afghanistan, Obama is transitioning our nation from war to peace. For economic security, energy policy, health care, women’s rights, and foreign policy, President Obama deserves Oklahomans’ vote for a second term.

Bezdek, president of Bezdek + Associates in OKC, worked for the 2008 Obama campaign in Iowa, California and Oklahoma.

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10.30.2012 at 02:59 Reply

If Obama loses this election, you can blame/thank the Right for bamboozling him.  How is it ethical that an entire news network questions the President’s citizenship for four years to create doubt in voters while a fringe element of the far right demonizes and degrades him?  Most of this is financed by the rich who want to keep their stranglehold on the flow of wealth in our country.  Watch the white hands apply the Blackface to our first African-American President at


10.30.2012 at 09:40 Reply

I agree with this article.  The US economy is doing better than the complete implosion that was expected by economists.  The nation has been guided through a very difficult time and Obama's leadership has been historical. He has an educated balanced plan that considers many levels.  Romney is offering a short sighted plan, which favors the rich.  Romney meant it when he said he did not care about 47% of Americans.  It is understandable that Donald Trump supports Romney.  It is not because "The Donald' is concerned about America - he is concerned about his personal billionaire type income (which differs from small business income and it's taxation rates under Obama). The propaganda and promoting that has come down from the banded rich is fairly amazing and seems to gather support for their cause even among the middle class and poor.  I hope that America will be able to recognize Obama's leadership skills, as the rest of the world has been able to do just that.  The state of our country is far above where we would have been without Obama.



11.01.2012 at 11:08 Reply

Great comments. I believe Obama is going to win this election going away. His leadership during Hurricane Sandy has shown once again how levelheaded he is, and how competent he is. Mitt Romney has provided no real details of how he would govern the country. No details on tax policy. No details on economic policy. Scant details on foreign policy. Should we be surprised? The guy won't even release his tax returns, something nearly every presidential candidate has done. The biggest difference between these two is that Obama is human and Mitt is a robot. Romney is a shallow human being, something made clear during his fake photo-op reaction to the natural disaster hitting the East Coast.


11.02.2012 at 08:35

That photo op was a hoot.  Wouldn't want to go to Sandy's victims and hand out the food.  No!  Jersey isn't a swing state, so what's he do?  Has his picture taken in the swing state of Ohio collecting food for Sandy's victims.  Talk about having transparent intentions.  Or maybe the people in Ohio are just part of the 53% of people he'd like to vote for him, as opposed to the 100% that Obama wants to vote for him.

That's almost as bad at the photo op of Paul Ryan cleaning pans at a soup kitchen which were apparently left dirty so that he could be seen cleaning them.  The soup kitchen said they stayed open late just to accomodate his arrival and that they could have gone home by that point.  Talk about helping the 47% of us "victims."

I can't wait for this election to be over, this crap is getting stupid.