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An Obama Reelection and What It Will Mean for Filipinos

Nowhere in recent American political history has there been such a polarization in political partyPresident Obama at the Democratic National Convention accepts his party's nomination for president of the United States ideology as we are seeing in this year’s presidential elections. It appears that both the Democrats and the Republicans have dug in their heels and are refusing to give an inch to the other side. That leaves only a sliver of undecided voters in swing states to determine the outcome of this presidential race.

Filipino-Americans, now numbering in the millions could become a significant factor in what is shaping up to be a close race between President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney. So let us try and figure out who is the better choice for Filipino-Americans, as well as for the entire Philippines.

The Economy
America’s largest surplus in recent history happened during the Bill Clinton presidency. His eight years in the White House ushered in an era of unprecedented growth in jobs and the economy. Like most Americans, Filipino-Americans were living the American dream: owning a house, sending their kids to good schools, driving a late-model automobile. Sadly after Clinton stepped down, George W. Bush and the Republicans took over and that hard-earned surplus soon turned into a ballooning deficit. Thousands of young Americans (including Filipino-Americans) lost their lives in a war in Iraq that was based on faulty intelligence and outright lies. In Bush’s America, the poor and the middle class were hit hardest while the rich were shielded from the economic pain felt throughout the country.

Since Obama’s election as president in 2008, his administration has slowly and painstakingly been turning the economy around. The ever-increasing job losses left by the Bush administration has slowed to a trickle under Obama so that now we are actually seeing consistent job gains in the private sector quarter-after-quarter-after-quarter. For the Philippines, this has translated into ever-increasing remittances from Fil-Ams living and working in America.

Healthcare
Under Obama more Americans have access to affordable healthcare—from college students to retired seniors. Filipino-American WWII veterans, part of the “Greatest Generation” who stood side-by-side with American GIs to bravely face down the Japanese over 70 years ago are now in their twilight years and depend on Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid to live their remaining years in dignity and health. These social safety nets put in place decades ago are in danger of being diluted, replaced and even removed by the Republicans should they win the election. Both the Philippines and the United States owe a debt of gratitude to these ageing warriors and Obama and the Democrats will see to it that these programs are not only kept in place but even strengthened for all Americans.

Dream Act-Lite
There are hundreds of young Filipinos who through no fault of their own were brought to American illegally. Filipino Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist has become a poster-child for this group. Through no fault of his own, Vargas was brought to the United States as a boy and grew up believing he was every bit as American as the other boys and girls he grew up with. So a few months ago Obama announced that his administration would stop deporting these young individuals and provide them a path to legal residency. Thousands of young Filipinos like Vargas are sure to benefit from this policy change (known as Dream Act-Lite) and now have a legal path to residency as well as citizenship.

Unfortunately many Republicans like Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman are opposed to Obama’s initiative and said they would not enforce many of its key provisions in their states.

For Filipino-Americans, the choice is clear. It is a choice between an inclusive, immigrant-friendly, middle-class focused Democratic Party with Barack Obama and Joe Biden heading the ticket, or an exclusionary, immigrant-wary, millionaire focused Republican Party lead by billionaire Mitt Romney and his vice presidential running mate Paul Ryan who would like to end Medicare as Americans have known it for over half a century.

The Philippines might not teach the United States many things but here’s one lesson it can teach Americans who are thinking of voting Republican this election. If you want to see what it will be like to live in a country that is run almost exclusively by the rich; if you want to see what it will be like to live in a country where the size of government is reduced down to an MIchelle Obama with daughters Malia and Sasha, along with close friends and relatives listen to the President's speech from the convention flooralmost insignificant level and incapable of governing properly; If you want to see what it will be like to live in a country where there is really no middle class and all you have are just the very rich and the very poor; If you want to see what it will be like to live in a country where young children, seniors and the handicapped are left to fend for themselves and go begging in the streets; then please take the 12 or 18 hour flight (depending on which airline you choose) from the West Coast and come visit the Philippines to see for yourself what America could look like if the Republicans have their way. The choice should be crystal clear for Filipino-Americans this coming November, and that choice has to be the Obama-Biden ticket. Published 9/7/2012

(Note: PHILNEWS.COM is a website staffed by Filipino-Americans)

Saved Comments

Name: Phil Researcher
City/State/Country: LA County, CA USA
IP Address: 96.247.127.252

Comments

Re: Dream Act.--Development , Relief and Education for Alien Minors..The President had to make an executive Decision because although the Act passed in the lower house of congress, in the Senate the Republicans used the Filibuster rules to stop the Dream Act.. The last voting was 56 - 43. It takes a total vote of 60 to break a senate Filibuster considering that the Dems did not have enough votes the Act didn't pass. Voters should however be aware that if the Republicans win in this election in Nov. they are going to reverse what Pres. Obama did..Filipino Republicans remember please do not vote against your own interest. The GOP would also overturn the Affordable Healthcare Act, notwithstanding that they don't have anything to replace it.


Name: Gimme Inay
City/State/Country: Tutok kay LPiF
IP Address: 64.40.183.70

Comments

Pardon me for getting off track here-- but I can't help note the irony. While the editorial is dealing with the "high and lofty issue" of American politics and the Filipinos-- the Tutuban Mall blaze took two days to control because -- "Firefighters had difficulty entering the mall to get at the fire due to lack of breathing devices." (Phil Star Sept.08/2012) What a contrast and utter parody of present day reality of life concerning Filipinos-- the high life of Fil-Americans vis-a-vis American Politics--- and the pathetic existence of Filipino life in the home country!! JEEEEZ- "lack of breathing devices"---AND this happened in the premier city of the Philippines!!!!


Name: ASSTIG AKHO
City/State/Country: EMPIRE STATE
IP Address: 207.38.182.120

Comments

If you have watched the GOP convention in Tampa, you must have noticed the lack of diversity and the tepid enthusiasm of those attending their convention. It was very much like a typical business convention. Contrast that to the DNC’s convention in Charlotte, NC. It was more fun and racial diversity was very obvious. Why would I join a political party where I am least welcomed and even admired? But Deo would not mind that! Pinoys should be concerned with citizenship, jobs, social security, access to health care and education, racial equality and economic opportunities; they may be hard to come by with the Grand Old Party. GOPs always leaves the country in shambles and the Dems almost always have to clean up their mess.


Name: boy vegas
City/State/Country: las vegas, nv
IP Address: 12.24.61.52

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On 'an Obama reelection and what it will mean for Filipinos'. My regards to your editorial which all the while I thought was respectable, all of a sudden crumbled by your one-sided and biased opinion of the coming United States presidential election. I'm sure you know that the democratic party platform is pro-abortion and pro-gay which is totally against conservative Filipino culture, the Catholic church and anti-God. you just lost and avid reader...


Name: Edward
City/State/Country: Angeles City
IP Address: 70.180.202.8

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PNL staff is way off base on this new editorial. The question asked each election is. Are you better off now than 4 years ago? And if you are vote for Obama. The truth is the man did next to nothing that he promised. The oil and drug companies still make billions and not only do not pay taxes but still receive money from the government. He gave GM billions and than they opened up plants in China. Now 7 out of 10 vehicles are made outside of the US. What has changed under his leadership NOTHING for the better. The nations debt grew off the charts. The people without jobs and with low paying jobs keep climbing. Do you Filipinos believe Obama will defend the PI against China? No! He is already kissing the asses. I say vote for the man that will make your life better.


Name: Eric Reyes
City/State/Country: Montreal, Canada
IP Address: 174.88.118.62

Comments

I'm always truly puzzled by the Pinoy mindset. Brothers, you ARE NOT White! Perhaps you missed the memo. Perhaps you’ve been looking down on the Aetas and painting Pinays with whitening skin poisons for so long that you now believe you're White. Tampa showed the world who the GOP represents. People here side with the amoral R&R and bring in the abortion and military defence. Obama inherited carabao dung. To convert that into gold, with all the farmers fighting to prevent, it does not take 1 hour. As Pres. Clinton said, do the Arithmetic! Sad that so many Pinoys have bought into the greed and selfishness of the GOP, while calling themselves Christians.


Name: John b
City/State/Country: Sherman Oaks CA
IP Address: 76.216.152.14

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President Obama is certainly the ANSWER...to the worst 'historical' catastrophies resulting from the once mediocre, and flagrantly irresponsible and ego-driven administration of the past--but most certainly to the fervent prayers of the most desperate, and forgotten American minorities. He is the REAL 'personification' of true American ideals, specially of EVERY man's birthright to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness!...not so with the rich and powerful GOP, whose only interest has always been to maintain their status quo..(sounds familiar?).


Name: JRH
City/State/Country: Montreal, Canada
IP Address: 70.83.179.172

Comments

Something to think about Romney. Did you know that he had a $77,000 tax write-off for his wife's half-million dollar show horse? Likewise, he has several Cayman islands account. He doesn't want to declare his SALN. Yet the Romney-Ryan team would like to make drastic cuts in govt spending that would come at the expense of the poor & the middle-class. Ryan even voted against the Dream Act & remains against amnesty. Also, Romney's promise to create 12 million new jobs is just a dream cuz it doesn't add up. Sad to add that he now relying on many of George W. Bush's foreign policy advisors who miserably failed in this area. Romney is pro-rich & flip-flops a lot.


Name: GFJ...
City/State/Country: Hercules
IP Address: 67.188.19.40

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The editorial's concern is akin to mind. Like most of the millions of Filipinos in Diaspora, I'm just a worker, that remit dollars to relatives in the Philippines, even after leaving the Philippines 50 years ago, and still visit the motherland occasionally. Obama is pro me. Romney is pro rich/millionaires/billionaires.


Name: Eric Reyes
City/State/Country: Montreal, Canada
IP Address: 174.88.118.62

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(1/3) I agree 100% with the Editorial. As in 2008, I'm saddened to see and hear some Pinoys completely removed from reality and actually believing that today's Republican Party represents them or anything conservative. A look at the attendees of both parties' conventions tells the story very clearly. I remember going to NJ in 2009 and getting into a heated argument with a retired Pinoy immigrant there who was on Medicare, and who with a straight face, told me Obama couldn't be an American because he had travelled so much when he was young. Some of our brothers and sisters in the USA watch Fox News, which is the propaganda arm of the Republican Party, and end up parroting the hate and greed that the party now represents.


Name: Eric Reyes
City/State/Country: Montreal, Canada
IP Address: 174.88.118.62

Comments

(2/3) Obama inherited a near-catastrophe, and has had to "work" with people who swore that their one and only goal would be to make sure he is a one-term president, not to work to clean up the mess their guy had left, and help Americans, because good employment numbers would make Obama look good. What some Pinoys fail to realize is that this GOTP intends, through the complete disrespect and complete obstructionism it has shown Obama, IMO, to completely discourage anyone who does not fit the middle-age to old white guy cliche (including the children of Pinoys) from EVER even thinking of running for President. Yet they stand there grinning like complete idiots, thinking they will be loved by haters.


Name: Eric Reyes
City/State/Country: Montreal, Canada
IP Address: 174.88.118.62

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(3/3) The Bishop Mormon and the Atheist-turned-Catholic duo have shown that morality has nothing to do with their actions, and LIE in front of their children, just to make the Black guy look bad. Pinoys, think of your self-interest, and don't be blinded by special effects.


Name: Phil Researcher
City/State/Country: LA County, Ca USA
IP Address: 96.247.127.252

Comments

Re: the Dream ACT.. there are Filipinos who are by persuasion mostly Republicans who couldn't accept that Pres. Obama gave a "pass" to illegals but before you make a conclusion you have to analyse.. that the illegals who are allowed a deferred action are minors not more than 16.. and more than 30 of age at the time of the Presidential order.. No criminal convictions e.g. even some misdeameanors (less than 6 months penalty)..are in school or completed studies..These children are similarly situated with Juan Antonio Vargas A Filipino whose grandfather gave him a fake greencard. Vargas is a Pulitzer prize winning journalist and a UC Berkeley grad.


Name: Dragonslayer
City/State/Country: Kingsbridge
IP Address: 74.254.86.66

Comments

Everyone seems to think that the fate of the Filipinos, the US public, and the world, in general, hangs totally on the election of a US President during the next four or so years. Do not lose sight of the fact that there is a US Congress that's been in place and dug in deep with its own set of prerogatives for nearly three centuries and counting. Regardless of who the chief executive is, his laundry list of priorities will still have to go through the inquisitive, microscopic, and meddling needle eye of the majority party in Congress. The last four years of the Obama presidency is an excellent attestation as to how much a head of state can accomplish still depends much on the majority. The President may lead the way, but Congress still have the say which path to take at the crossroads.


Name: Pete Taylor
City/State/Country: Old Glory Town
IP Address: 69.223.104.58

Comments

What many Pinoys don't understand is that the Republican party has been stopping the government from doing anything! Like they just want to see government failure everywhere so they can blame Obama for it. I think deep down Republicans are really un-American and want to see their country go down. Sooo Saaaad!


Name: Manuel C. Diaz
City/State/Country: Montclair CA USA
IP Address: 76.173.82.243

Comments

What's in it for the Philippines if Obama or Romney is elected as President of this also blighted country with debts so far US$15trillion? The Philippines will still be corrupt as ever.


Name: GFJ...
City/State/Country: Hercules
IP Address: 67.188.19.40

Comments

Taxing the rich equally as the average American is anathema to Romney. Worse than George W. Bush? In 2001 Bush gave the rich millionaires/billionaires humongous tax cut, and enlarged it much more in 2003. The gap between the rich and the poor became a chasm. Romney is likewise adamant against taxing the rich/millionaires/billionaires commensurate to you and me. Their argument against taxing the rich individuals because they employ us, does not hold water. Corporation/companies/industries Etc employ people by the millions/billions, not individual rich dudes like Romney.


Name: Pete Taylor
City/State/Country: Old Glory Town
IP Address: 69.223.104.58

Comments

The word seems to be out among Pinoy republicans to comment on this site. That's why there are so many anti-Obama comments. But the American public knows better and it looks like Obama will be reelected this November.


Name: GFJ...
City/State/Country: Hercules
IP Address: 67.188.19.40

Comments

What Obama wants is for individual rich folks to pay their taxes equitably, like you and me. Obama is not asking private sector employers of millions, like companies/corporations/industries to pay taxes. These entities already pay their dues, evident by the millions of people they employ and give livelihood to. They are the hens that lay the bread and butter eggs of the USA. Romney et al are individual tax payers like us, and ought to pay their equitable dues same mo same mo.


Name: tonyo
City/State/Country: pinas
IP Address: 111.68.59.97

Comments

Looks like the Dream Act that favors Filipino immigrants in the tates will be wasted by the Republicans of Mitt Romney if he succeeds to the White House. This alone is enough for FILAMS to rally behind and support Barak Obama who supports immigrants, e.g., the Dream Act that favors Pinoys in the tates. Besides, the economic issues in the USA today can be resolved by the economic advisers who already identified the root causes of this problem. The rule is “Identify and know the problem to find the solution.”


Name: Sven
City/State/Country: EU
IP Address: 57.124.221.39

Comments

People outside America hope the US voters come to their senses and reelect Obama. He seems better suited for America and the world. Romney and Republican right-wing philosophy is backward and will lead the US and the world to the wrong goals. Even europe is now more progressive than the US and europeans see America as moving backwards.


Name: Gimme Inay
City/State/Country: Nakatutuk kay LPiF
IP Address: 64.40.183.70

Comments

A commenter said: "If Obama wins this reelection, America is no longer America. It will already be Africa... The blacks will become more abusive...." WOW!!!!! The current talking point by the PNL Editorial certainly exposed the "dark" underbelly of many Fil-Ams!! They forget that they are also considered "people-of-color" by many Rednecks and many "genteels" of the deep south.


Name: Eric Reyes
City/State/Country: Montreal, Canada
IP Address: 174.88.118.62

Comments

Lourdes wrote: "If Obama wins this reelection, America is no longer America. It will already be Africa... The blacks will become more abusive..." Truly sad that Pinays have to display their gross ignorance of anything of substance even outside the country. How could someone with this view of "blacks" ever be objective and right-thinking? I believe her parents had (Our Lady of) Lourdes in mind when they named her, but obviously, this Christian is definitely not a well person. American Pinoys are generally hard-working, generous people, but the gross ignorance exhibited by some when it comes to certain matters is mind-boggling. This person makes Sarah Palin seem like Einstein's daughter, and would do well to examine what is missing in her own life.


Name: Phil Researcher
City/State/Country: LA County, Ca USA
IP Address: 96.247.127.252

Comments

Re: Jorge Villanueva and other Republican supporters--There was never a misrepresentation by the Editor that this is an unbiased forum like Fox News supposedly balanced approached the Editor here is a progressive so he is presenting progressive ideas..did you look at the Republican convention..did you count how many colored people were represented there in Tampa. A black person who was one of the Republican delegates said he counted 40 Now why do you think there are very few minorities there? Because the candidate himself said "I don't really care about the poor." A party for the few and by the few


Name: Pajun
City/State/Country: Chicago, IL
IP Address: 99.8.10.160

Comments

You hit a grand slam home run on this editorial. POTUS is one us middle class hardworking family. He knows it by heart how we leave as middle class family. Like his mother who die with cancer because there was no affordable health care to cure her. GOP has no plans for us middle class family 99%, they are only for the very rich or the 1% family. Lets go give Pres. Barack four(4) more years. I'm fired up, ready to go.


Name: Ding
City/State/Country: Illinois
IP Address: 98.253.126.66

Comments

Each voter has the right to express and made remarks in this period 2012 Presidential Election season. It is easy to detect and distinguish who is gullible, biased and brainwashed by the ultra right propaganda machine. The Republican convention in Tampa, Florida and the Democrat convention in Charlotte, North Carolina were tangible showcase which of the two parties got specific plan and direction that will benefits the middle class or the super rich Americans. Unfortunately Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan did NOT give SPECIFICS about their alternative plan to change Obama"s administration policies with regards to Health Care, Taxes, Immigration and Foreign Policy. They keep on ranting that Obama is an INCOMPETENT Leader but the world see it from different perspective..


Name: Phil Researcher
City/State/Country: LA County, CA USA
IP Address: 96.247.127.252

Comments

Re A Certain Merle Villadolid from Vallejo wrote: I am voting for Romney because the Obama Admin had done nothing and the senior will suffer under Obama Care".. You were a Democrat but now you are a Republican.. Ms Villadolid the Affordable health care Act is going to protect Medicare.. If Romney wins there will be no more Medicare as we know it because Romney following the proposal of his VP will issue vouchers. You do not understand that Romney's program is for the rich while taking away money from the disabled and the infirm.. I don't know where you got that abortion is going to be th policy of Obamacare. Not true there is no provision for abortion in Obamacare


Name: Gimme Inay
City/State/Country: Tutok kay LPiF
IP Address: 64.40.183.70

Comments

Eric Reyes got it right on - "Obama inherited carabao dung. " . Many Fil Am in this forum have already forgotten that 4 years ago- the financial market is going south and Lehman Bros went kaput. AIG "was too big to fail" and has to be bailed out the auto industry needed bail out money too in a bad way (except Ford) and the housing bubble burst-- and all of these are due to GOP policy of Laissez Faire following the dictum of less regulation and less government by Greeenspan that big business will police itself(!!!) -- and later admitted that it was a mistake!!! How easy for people to forget!!


Name: Manuel C. Diaz
City/State/Country: Montclair CA USA
IP Address: 76.173.82.243

Comments

The way Obama will respond to the Muslim attack on US Embassy in Libya and the Libyan killing of the US Ambassador and the attack of US Embassy in Yemen and Egypt will determine his re-election. If Obama's response will be Carter like he will be a one term President.


Name: Phil Researcher
City/State/Country: LA County, CA USA
IP Address: 96.247.127.252

Comments

RE: Someone from Pittsburgh, Penn. "New immigrants tend to vote democrats we who arrived earlier (Nixon) era know better". So you elected Nixon, if I remember correctly that President resigned because he was about to be impeached.. You know better so you voted for McCain.. Read History guy from Pittsburgh, the immigration in the USA by Filipinos increased because of the Civil Rights Act..(1965) LBJ was President. The quota was equalized because of democrats not republicans It is good that Dem are around otherwise you would still be sitting at the back of the Bus.


Name: Mike
City/State/Country: Japan
IP Address: 124.26.145.86

Comments

The only reason Pinoy-Americans are voting GOP is because they are too ignorant to comprehend progressive, liberal ideas. That's why Pinoys elect movie actors and entertainers in the PI and vote Republican in the US. Either way they end up voting for unqualified candidates no matter what country they live in!


Name: ASSTIG AKHO
City/State/Country: EMPIRE STATE
IP Address: 207.38.182.120

Comments

Pete Taylor: You're damn right! On day 1 of Obama's inauguration, Republicans were already plotting to deny Obama a second term by making his first term miserable. Mitch McConnell openly admitted that on the floor of Congress. Literally, the house was on fire, the economy was a mess, the 401K was down to 201K, etc. and the Republicans were all jeering on the sideline against the sitting president. There was no "constructive cooperation" and no compromise either.


Name: Mike
City/State/Country: Japan
IP Address: 124.26.145.86

Comments

How can anyone trust Romney? He won't even release his taxes (except for 2 yrs). Even his dad released more years when he ran for office.


Name: ASSTIG AKHO
City/State/Country: EMPIRE STATE
IP Address: 207.38.182.120

Comments

WJGBalderama wrote, "The op-ed: a pro-Obama propaganda full of lies, historical inaccuracies, and falsehood. The writer: an ignorant boob. This is the reason I stopped visiting this site 4 years ago. I see it has not changed. It is a site dedicated to spreading ignorant views." But that is what the real world is. People view things differently. Some people say the glass is half full; others will claim it is half empty. The coins in your pocket show the head and the tail, just like opinions of Fox (Michelle Malkin) and MSNBC (Rachel Maddow), liberal newspaper v conservative newspaper.


Name: Phil Researcher
City/State/Country: LA County, CA USA
IP Address: 96.247.127.252

Comments

Re: Former Gov. Romney for President of the USA..I'm addressing this comment to the supporters of Romney in this forum whether or not they are voters. I noticed there are several bloggers here who appears to be Canadians. During the GOP convention when Romney made his final speech there were Journalists who commented that the word Afghanistan was missing in his speech..Well come to think of it the candidate has 5 sons, very able bodied but not one of them has ever mentioned that he is a member of the National Guard from any of the States where they are residents. Did any of his sons ever apply to become a member of the U.S Army, Air force, Marines, Navy or Coast Guard? hmm...


Name: ASSTIG AKHO
City/State/Country: EMPIRE STATE
IP Address: 207.38.182.120

Comments

Most of you guys who are bashing Obama have no sense of history. Obama took over the reins of the government with the worst economic recession since the Great Depression. It took over 10 years for the US to get itself out of the Great Depression. Even before Obama came into office 4.5 million jobs were already being shed as early as 2007 and "the trend was getting worse big time." Banks were in trouble, the housing market collapsed, the auto industry could hardly breathe, etc. With all these woes you expect Obama to do miracles in 4 years? Bring Lazarus alive? We are better off when Bush left office but our economy is moving slowly. If you are nostalgic and eager to go back to the Bush era, VOTE Romney! I am not stopping you.


Name: Phil Researcher
City/State/Country: LA County, CA USA
IP Address: 96.247.127.252

Comments

RE: Romney....During the GOP convention Mitt said he would repeal the Affordable Health Care Act on his first day of office..He was asked by Journalist how about the provision on Pre-existing condition and the coverage for college students who are below 26.. Now he says "I'm not going to repeal the whole thing there are some good parts that I want to continue".. really Mitt Isn't it Mitt that the Health care you help enact in Massachusetts was the basis of the Health care which the Obama signed into law and upheld by the U.S Supreme Court. the Health care act was an idea of the Heritage foundation (meaning Republican)


Name: Filam with brains
City/State/Country: the Beltway
IP Address: 64.147.88.195

Comments

As you can tell from the Republican comments here, the majority of them are racists and intolerant. They dont mind getting the advantages and benefits for themselves but then slam the door shut for those behind them. Are these are the kind of people who you want your kids to look up to and follow? These Republicans are selfish, mean-spirited people who would have felt right at home in Nazi Germany in the 1930s, not the USA in 2012  ...


Name: butch
City/State/Country: orlando florida
IP Address: 74.235.237.110

Comments

I'm a poor person my vote is going to the honest man I can trust, president Obama


Name: Eric Reyes
City/State/Country: Montreal, Canada
IP Address: 174.94.118.46

Comments

I work in education among US and Canadian youths, and deal with many kids, including Filipino-Americans, who quietly suffer the effects of racism. That their parents themselves are often very racist, as evidenced in this forum, is an interesting dynamic we are currently actually researching. One thing you get to appreciate about rich white people, even Republicans, is their generosity of spirit. Ironically, little of this generally exists among Pinoys who have "made it". They seek glory and honor as they parade aimlessly with expensive barongs and shamelessly go after young girls and call Obama a socialist. They then fail to understand that Obama opened doors not only to Blacks, but also to Asians and just about everybody. I wish our kababayans knew how some racist whites see them.


Name: GFJ...
City/State/Country: Hercules
IP Address: 67.188.19.40

Comments

In a way, we are so blessed living in the good old US of A, because no matter the $millions politicians spend in their campaigns, we still vote as we please. Why is that? Simply because Americans are not beholding to these politicians for their bread and butter.., no matter who wins. I just trust Obama, and not the sly, eager beaver Romney.


Name: Phil Researcher
City/State/Country: LA County, CA USA
IP Address: 96.247.127.252

Comments

Re: Asstig Akho-- Thank you acknowledging our progressive or liberal views.. That guy Balderrama is one of the GOP bloggers here who disappeared after the election because his views were rejected by the American people.. On Nov. 6, 2012 the American people will decide again will you vote for Romney and Ryan who will lower tax for the 2% and increase the tax for middle income while also lower the money available to disabled and seniors who are already retired..Do we prefer a government by the few and for the few. Romney wants people to self deport which was what his grandfather did when the Feds was implementing the criminalization of bigamy.


Name: Gimme Inay
City/State/Country: Nakatutuk kay LPIf
IP Address: 74.14.143.141

Comments

MIKE of JAPAN said - " The only reason Pinoy-Americans are voting GOP is because they are too ignorant to comprehend progressive, liberal ideas. " Not completely so. Many Fil- Ams have already accumulated some wealth and are feeling that they achieved the "American dream." In our vernacular- it is called " Naka-angat na"-- thus they feel that they are being robbed if they are asked to pay more tax to fund medicare or other social program to help the newcomers or the needy. It is also known as the " I am All Right Jack" syndrome. The funny thing though is the same Fil Ams are proud to claim that they are Christians and Catholics at that!!


Name: nelia cahambing
City/State/Country: Vancouver, Canada
IP Address: 50.92.27.5

Comments

All Americans should vote for Obama. We've been in Canada for 40 years. We noticed that this is the first time that the States has a President who is so dedicated to help all Americans. No question about it, Obama is the best! We feel sorry for Americans who don't have health care, who lost their homes because of recession. To all Americans, this is the time to give your full support to the right person. Good luck!


Name: Gimme Inay
City/State/Country: Tutuk kay LPiF
IP Address: 64.40.183.70

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Fil-Am with Brain: Ur --- "They dont mind getting the advantages and benefits for themselves but then slam the door shut for those behind them." This what is called the "I am All Right Jack" syndrome. Sa vernacular natin -- " Nakaahon at ayos na ko kaya wala na akong pakiaalam sa inyo. Bahala na kayo sa sarili ninyo!"


Name: tonyo
City/State/Country: pinas
IP Address: 182.18.209.2

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The issue in this coming US Presidential elections is economics and international politics. Is the US economy in bad shape? If yes, why? What economic programs have been put in place by the Obama administration to better the economy? Are they working? Why is unemployment so widespread unlike in the past? What is the Obama administration doing about it? Is the USA in a position and ready to compete with China in international trade. Is the USA ready to confront China for bullying small countries in the Southeast Asia re China’s ILLEGAL claims on small and uninhabited but resource rich archipelagoes,. e.g., the Paracels and the Spratlys? And what programs is the Romney administration promises to take if it ever it takes over the Obama administration?


Name: nelia cahambing
City/State/Country: Vancouver, Canada
IP Address: 50.92.27.5

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All Pinoys living in the States should vote for Obama, no question about it. We live in Canada for almost 40 years, and this is the first time that the US has a President who is so dedicated to serving all people in the US who had been suffering economic downfall for the past years. We feel sorry for Americans who can't afford to pay health care and the government was not able to help them out. To all Americans, vote OBAMA!


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