On this last Sunday before the US election the media is abuzz with final appeals and explanations from both candidates. Two such articles that caught my attention are Andres Oppenheimer’s column in the Miami Herald, 10 reasons why Latinos will vote for Obama and Drew Westen’s opinion piece in The New York Times, America’s Leftward Tilt?
Oppenheimer emphasizes the effect of the election outcome on Latinos, but the issues he raises are interesting for all voters to consider; here’s his third point:
On health care, Romney’s virulent attacks against the Obamacare law, which provides healthcare to all Americans and prohibits insurers from denying coverage to people with pre-existing illnesses, drew alarm bells among most Latinos. The fact that the world’s biggest industrialized country wasn’t providing health care to 45 million people before Obama’s law was seen by many Latinos as scandalous.
Meanwhile Westen’s Op-Ed article takes on the whole right versus left issue that has become so sharply defined recently in the US. He illustrates the growing disparity:
… because working people with money in their wallets drive demand, whereas wealthier people with money in their wallets drive Jaguars (and send the rest of their income to their hedge fund managers).
And concludes his piece with
… if the candidate who wins takes a left turn like the one that won him the presidency, the Reagan era would finally be over. We can only hope.
It’s a dull, almost snowy day here in Montreal, the perfect sort of day to devote time to watching and reading about our good neighbors to the south as they grapple with one of the closest election races in some time. Much food for thought.
Good luck on Tuesday, and remember to vote!