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Voice

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In this issue: Resources for College Parents She’s the Boss: Women in Business Injustice=Zero Tolerence Decision 2012: Who is your President? February 2012


VOICE Magazine Executive Board President/Editor-in-Chief: Antonice Strickland strick63@msu.edu Treasurer: Andrena Taylor taylo752@msu.edu Secretary: Adrena Benson bensonad@msu.edu Copy Editor: Megan Kirk kirkmega@msu.edu Blake Benberry benberr1@msu.edu Photographer: Mine’ Perry perrymin@msu.edu Marketing/Public Relations Director: Alex Boone booneale@msu.edu Public Relations Assistant Director: Simone Page pagesimo@msu.edu Marketing Assistant Director: Natisha White whitena6@msu.edu Advertising Director: Chelsea Saleeby saleeby@msu.edu Art Director: Daniele Owens owensda7@msu.edu

Vice-President/Editor: Amber McDonald mcdon327@msu.edu Magazine editors and writers: Antonice Strickland Amber McDonald Devyne Lloyd Rachel Waddles Prettenhoffer Megan Kirk Allen Martin Daveen Taylor Aidan Clarke Simone Page Mine’ Perry Shanacee Shereve Silver Moore Brittany Powell


Table of Contents

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6. Stand-out Students 8.Women Entrepreneurs 11. Gossip: Spillin’Tea 12: Fashion: Fashion Rules that Should Be Broken 14. Sports 16. Cover Story: Express Yourself 20. Lifestyle 21: Lunch with Mine’ 23. Entertainment: “The Tall Tale” 24. News:The Next President

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VOICE Magazine aims to entertain, educate and enlighten the multicultural community of Michigan State University. Focusing on music, campus events, fashion, sports and other pressing issues concerning MSU’s multicultural communities. We are here to create an outlet for the voices of our community that may not have been uplifted in the past: Our issues, our music, our lifestyle, our consciousness.

We are VOICE Magazine. ~Founders, March 2010 Antonice Strickland, Amber McDonald, April Barnes, Cara Ball, Jeremy Vandegrift, Dedrick Cotton, Megan Kirk, Mine’ Perry, Andrena Taylor, Adviser: Dr. Judi Brown-Clarke


Letter from the Editor Hello! I first want to say thank you for taking time to engage in VOICE Magazine. I have to express to you how important this issue is. Not only is this the first printed issue of VOICE Magazine, but with this being such a critical time on our campus for the multicultural community, it is imperative that we are here. The student activism on the campus of Michigan State University this year is admirable. To watch students of every community come together for the common goal of being respected and treated fairly regardless of their race, gender, religion or sexual orientation makes me so happy and proud to be a part of this movement. Their activism has sent messages far beyond campus, receiving coverage from The Detroit News, NBC, and BET.com. So to be able to report and highlight what these students are doing is an honor. I am so proud of my fellow students standing up for what they believe in. In this issue we will also present our stand-out studentsthat have made a difference on campus. We cover some hard-working ladies in this issue as well in our “Female Entrepreneurs feature. More than anything I want to give a special thank you to all of the founders of VOICE Magazine; Amber McDonald, Mine’ Perry, April Barnes, Cara Ball, Megan Kirk, Jeremy Vandegrift and Dedrick Cotton. And the current members. I love you all and I appreciate your dedication and influence on the production of this magazine. We have made a mark at MSU…now comes the real challenge…to watch this dream grow. Also, thank you to the Black Student Alliance for making this a reality. Well let me just say again, thank you so much! You as a reader are showing your support for VOICE Magazine and I truly appreciate you. We have come a long way from just a group sitting in the Multicultural center to now a large group of people who are passionate about being the VOICE of this very diverse community at MSU. I truly hope that this is a publication you can be proud of. Sincerely,

Antonice J. Strickland

“We declare our right on this earth...to be a human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being in this society, on this earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence by any means necessary.” - Malcolm X


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Student Highlights

Stand-Out Students by Aiden Clark VM Student Highlights

Here at Voice Magazine, we like to give voices to those who think that no one cares to hear what they have to say. One way we do this is by highlighting the outstanding achievements of students who are involved on campus but do not get the recognition they deserve. The following students were nominated by several of their peers for their leadership and have most definitely earned the titles of “Stand Out Students.� Name: Monica Sanders Year: Senior Major: Interdisciplinary Studies and Human Resources with a Business Emphasis

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Women Entrepreneurs

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Gossip

As you all know, I am the absolute biggest Stan (stalker-fan) for Beyonce´ but who isn’t a fan these days? I know thugs who jam to Freakum Dress and Get Me Bodied every now and then, but that’s beside the point. As I was saying, I’m a huge fan of Beyonce´ so I spend much of my time scouring the World Wide Web for details on everyone’s favorite pop star. Recently, I came across an article in the Huffington Post entitled “Blue Ivy Strain Marijuana Sprouting Up In LA Weed Shops”…hold the {bleep-bleeping} phone. If you haven’t been living in a third-world country – and chances are, you haven’t – then you know that my girl Bey gave birth to her daughter in early January and gave the little munchkin the moniker “Blue Ivy.” Mr. and Mrs. Carter had arguably the highest profile pregnancy and birth since…dare I say it? This is my article, so whatever…since the birth of Jesus Christ. Knowing this information, one cannot just believe everything you read. I’ve read stories accusing them of all types of scandalous things – but this story is posted from a very reputable source and in my opinion, newsworthy. The Huffington Post article goes on to say that a medical marijuana dispensary in Rosamond, CA promoted a new strain called “Ivy Blue OG” via Twitter just days after the birth of Jay and Bey’s firstborn. Obviously, the celebrity couple did not sign off on the use of “Blue Ivy” for the weed strain but they have not taken any legal action against the dispensary and only recently moved to trademark the name. I, for one, would love to try the new strain! But only after renewing my medical marijuana (which totally works better than your favorite over-the-counter painkiller) license of course. In further Beyonce’ news, Mrs. Carter came out in support of Mr. Carter’s charity concert held at Carnegie Hall to benefit the United Way of New York City and the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation. Rocking a flaming red Alice Temperly dress – which was snug enough to show off her post-baby curves – Ofira and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry, Alexander McQueen clutch and glimmering Louboutin heels. Quite simply, Bey blew my mind. I absolutely loved her outfit and Bey’s current figure (she’s thicker than the proverbial Snicker)-- could turn a gay boy straight. However, keep my “stan” status in mind – I wonder what her stage presence will be like when she takes to the stage again. Of course Beyonce´ will get back in shape, she’s never been one to let her body go but will she be able to perform with the same fervor she always has now that she has given birth? I pray for a positive comeback but only time will tell. Now to wrap this article up, on Friday, February 10th, I received a text message from a fellow Beyonce´ “Stan” as I pumped across campus to an appointment and nearly walked into oncoming traffic when I read it. Mr. and Mrs. Carter had released photos of Blue Ivy! After keeping mum about her pregnancy until her 4th month, covering up her belly throughout gestation and being a rather private person in general, it was rather surprising to discover. Reportedly, the couple was offered $14 million dollars for the first photos of their little girl (which isn’t unheard of for celebrity baby pictures) but turned the money down, opting instead to release intimate pictures via a Tumblr page created just for baby Blue. Entitled “helloblueivycarter.tumblr. com,” the website has just five photos of the baby and it’s reported that the family will be regularly updating Courtesy of helloblueivycarter.tumbrlr.com Beyonce holding newborn Blue Ivy the website with new pictures. In my opinion, Blue Ivy is super-cute (it seems as though Beyonce´ got pregnant by Beyonce´ and birthed a clone) and I cannot wait for future photos! As for all the whispered controversy involving the pregnancy and birth, I’m just going to ignore it. The public will never know anything about it except what we’re told anyway so why trip? Besides it’s Beyonce´, you all will still love her at the end of the day. n

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Fashion

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There are so many fashion rules we hear throughout our lifetimes. Whether it’s from our moms, TVs, or magazines, we are given an unofficial checklist of things we should remember when putting together an outfit. But the bottom line is, fashion is supposed to be fun. I admit I have my moments where I just go through my closet and try this shirt on with that belt, that belt with that jacket, that jacket with that scarf or tie. I like to call is experimenting with fashion. I enjoy putting together pieces that some fashion rules, and unimaginative minds, would say is a no-no, and then looking in the mirror and deciding for myself if I like it or not. There are some rules that truly are meant to be broken.

Don’t wear white after Labor Day: Now this rule never made any sense to me, but it is one of the most popular fashion faux-pas. On an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air: Will went on a date with a girl who was mortified when she discovered she wore a white dress after Labor Day. Will discovered a more down-to-earth sista (guest star Queen Latifah) whose opinion of wearing white after Labor Day was “If it’s clean and I can button it, I’ll pretty much where anything.” While I can’t say I agree with this completely (I mean I wouldn’t wear just anything) the premise makes sense to me. If it looked good before Labor Day, it’ll look good after it too. So why not rock it? Besides, a crisp white button-down is a year around closet staple.

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Spartan Nation No one on the corner has swagger like us

by Al Martin VM Sports Writer Not again. These were the two words running through my head as the MSU football team took to the field with under two minutes left, down by a touchdown and staring at 85 yards of hope. But then hope revealed destiny. Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins moved the Spartans down the field in effortless fashion. Without the help of any timeouts, Cousins showed the world in 10 plays why the Spartans deserve to be among the elite, capping the drive off with a 7-yard touchdown pass to MSU receiver Keith Nichol. The battle would go to three overtimes, ending on a 28-yard Dan Conroy field goal to give MSU the victory. This gave MSU their first bowl victory since 2001, when they beat Fresno State in the Silicon Valley Bowl. But in many ways, this win wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just about a bowl victory for MSU. It was about so much more.


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It was about MSU head coach Mark Dantonio, who came to MSU in 2006 with a mission to change the culture at the university. Before Dantonio, coach John L. Smith was in the commanding seat. Smith finished at MSU with a dismal 12-20 record in the Big Ten Conference, and 22-26 overall. Dantonio started revamping the way MSU’s offense and defense operated, approaching the game with a new mindset. Immediately you started to see change. Since taking over, Dantonio has won a Big Ten Title, a Big Ten Legends Division title, Big Ten Coach of the Year, and now a bowl victory, putting the Spartan football team among the best in the country. It then was also about the players, specifically the tremendous senior class who played their hearts out for Dantonio each and every season. Players like wide receiver BJ Cunningham, who became MSU’s leading yardage receiver in the history of the school. Then to safety Trenton Robinson, who became a two time All-Big AP Photo/Chris O’Meara Ten player this year. Michigan State’s Kirk Cousins raising his hands and celebrates with the win of the OutBack Then quarterback Kirk Bowl . Cousins, who became MSU’s career leader in passing and total offense. We all saw this senior class do some magical things throughout their time at MSU, buying into the leadership of Coach Dantonio. Finally, it was about a group of people without whom the football team could never have been successful; the fans. They were the ones who stayed faithful after every loss and celebrated after every win. It was the fans that cheered “GO GREEN, GO WHITE” when the Spartans needed a boost of energy or confidence. It was the fans that, on the last drive of regulation in the Outback Bowl, believed they still had a chance. These are the ingredients fueling the Spartans’ success and what got them to that sunny day in Tampa Bay, Florida. During that moment when they took the field with under two minutes left, odds stacked against Photo by Bill Marklevits them, those ingredients believed. Coach “D” and our Outback trophy. “Not again.” Two words that, after the game had ended and green and white rushed the field in jubilation, quickly left my mind. I then found myself saying nothing at all, just a smile on my face, in awe of that moment of destiny. n


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he 39th Annual Black Power Rally was held on November 2nd in the Auditorium, where a phenomenal group of poets, singers, dancers and speakers, including guest speaker M.K. Asante Jr., encouraged students to continue fighting the good fight and keep hope alive. “I’m happy to be here in support of the black students on campus. I think you should all be commended for standing up to power and giving truth to power because you know, at the end of the day, you control this institution,” Asante said during Photo by Mine’ his speech. The BSA Mario Lemons, President of the Black Student Alliance speaking at the Black Power Rally. Executive board also gave the audience a recap of their meeting with President Simon, where they presented her with their list of demands. The State News published an editorial about the meeting soon after, blasting BSA for their alleged rude, disrespectful behavior and outrageous demands. When asked to clarify their stance on the issue, the State News declined a comment. The BSA met with administration again on November 18 in the Brody Neighborhood to further discuss their list of demands. Both the administration and the BSA agreed on changes to the discrimination policy. Although things are coming together in terms of policy, the administration reminded BSA that they could only do so much. The administration has the power to punish for acts of discrimination, but they can only do so if the incident is reported to the proper authorities. Negotiations and policy changes are continuing. So what do you do now? Should students sit back, twiddle their thumbs and wait for negotiations to end? Absolutely not. Students must continue the fight, not just in the street, but also in the classroom. “Don’t be extracurricular junkies and academic flunkies,” warned MSU alum and professor Dr. Temple during the Emergency Town Hall meeting. So turn acts of discrimination into teaching moments. Be calm and be patient; but don’t just sit in the background and wait for others to do the dirty work. You’re the only one who can make your voice heard. From protests to programs, student activism groups on campus made sure the university has heard their demands; and called other students to join ranks.


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Maintaning a Balanced Family and College Career By Brittany Powell VM Lifestyle College is filled with many experiences. You gain memories that last forever and develop lifetime friendships. As a student-parent, you gain additional responsibilities that are just as important as school; and that is raising a child. As a studentparent at Michigan State University, there are many resources that are very helpful and will assist you in your journey to successfully completing your degree, as well as maintaining your household. A popular student-parent organization on campus is Spartan Parents On a Mission, or SPOM. Photo by SPOM SPOM was officially TaJanae Ford, co-chair for SPOM, 21, and son Noah Tyri, 1, enjoy the SPOM Valencreated August 1994 tineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Dance. bytwo student parents, LaRonda Brown-Chastang and Sharon Preston. SPOM gives student parents an opportunity to network with each other and find out about many resources available on campus and in surrounding communities. SPOM holds monthly workshops to teach parenting skills and self-health, as well as monthly family activities. SPOM also makes child care affordable with the Spartan Kids and MSU Child Care Grants. There are also opportunities to earn scholarships. The website www.msu.edu/user/studentp/ links to information on how to become a part of SPOM, scholarship and grant opportunities, a schedule of events, and much more. For more information, contact Lori Strom, coordinator of the Family Resources Center at frc@hr.msu.edu or call (517) 432-3745. Below, you will find additional resources to assist you on your path to success. As a parent and student, you have resources to help you succeed. Never give up because you think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too hard. Check out the MSU Resource Guide for MSU Students with Children for a complete list of resources available to you as student-parents. For more information, go to voicemagazineonline.com/lifestyle. n


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On the Menu: No Thai!

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By Mine’ Perry VM Food Critic On my latest journey to find new foods in the East Lansing area, I noticed a relatively new restaurant. The name of it is No Thai! Now some may be wondering, what is No Thai!? So they don’t sell Thai!? I was curious as well so I decided to head there to try it. No Thai! is a restaurant conveniently located on Grand River near Abbot Road. Walking inside, you can already smell the food they’re cooking. The atmosphere is very cozy and people were inside laughing and talking with friends. Upon sitting at one of their nice black tables, I noticed there was a huge menu by the register to order from. While glancing over the menu, I saw the story of how No Thai! got started. In summary, four friends decided that they would open a modern Thai restaurant in their community. The head chef ’s name is Noerung “No” Hang, and this is why the restaurant is named No Thai! The friends thought the name would bring about a little confusion and also intrigue people; it definitely did. They have a pretty simple menu. There are pasta, rice, and vegetable dishes to choose from and you choose which protein you would like added: chicken, beef, tofu, or shrimp. I ordered the Sweet and Spicy Chicken. The prices are somewhat high compared to other places, but it is worth it. The dishes range between $7 and $11. My food was very good and there was a good amount of food served. The chicken was lightly fried and covered with a delicious sweet and spicy sauce. Not only was the food great, but the customer service was as well. They are willing to answer your questions and make sure your food is correct and cooked in a good amount of time. Overall, I would recommend this restaurant to anyone that loves stir fry or just wants to try a new restaurant that offers a modern twist on Thai food. n


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YEAR OF THE BLACK DRAGON By Rachel Waddles VM News

What exactly is the Chinese New Year? Why are the years named after animals? The answer lies in more than thousands of years ago. While the Western calendar (called the Gregorian calendar) only goes back about 430 years, the Chinese calendar goes back more than 4,000 years. Why? 4,709 years ago, the Yellow King, the first king of China (not emperor), was inaugurated eight days before our January 1st new year tradition. The Yellow King marks the beginning of time for the Chinese. The Chinese New Year isn’t counted the same way the Gregorian calendar is. Rather than by day, the Chinese use the Photo by Jackie Pennington The Dragon is out and ready to prowl! lunar calendar. The New Year begins on the day of the first new moon, rather than on January 1st like on the Gregorian calendar. In addition, China’s lunar calendar is named after an element and an animal each year . The Chinese use the Stem-Branch system to count. There are ten stems and twelve branches in the system. Every year is named after a stem and a branch. The stems are named by Yin-Yang and the five elements—Metal, Water, Wood, Fire, and Earth. The stem would then proceed as Yang Wood, Yin Wood, Yang Fire, Yin Fire and through the elements in order of Earth, Metal, and Water, respectively. The branches are named after the animals of the zodiac —rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, ram (or sheep or goat), monkey, rooster, dog or pig. With this system, a cycle of sixty counting systems are used, beginning with wooden Rat (Yang) and ending with water Pig (Yin). That means one complete cycle lasted from the years 1924 to 1983. The Chinese New Year may begin on the day of the new moon, but it doesn’t end until 15 days later. During these days, the Chinese celebrate with family by reuniting, giving thanks, and honoring Heaven and Earth, the gods of the household, and their ancestors. The last day of the New Year, the fifteenth day, is the Lantern Festival, which occurs at night with lanterns and parading children. January 23rd started the year of the Water Dragon or Black Dragon because it is a Yang year. So rather than bemoaning how over a month of your new year has already passed and how you’ve already broken your New Year’s Resolutions, check out the Chinese New Year and discover something wholly new. If you want to take a deeper look into the Chinese New Year, check out www.chinesefortunecalendar.com, www.chinapage.com, or education2.uvic.ca n


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By Daniele Owens VW Entertainment “I will be the greatest rapper of all time. That’s all you need to know about me. What will happen, will happen, whether you understand me, my potential, or you looking at me like I’m crazy, I will be.” That’s a bold statement and there are some pretty big shoes to fill. But Saffal “Fowl” Tall isn’t afraid of anything or anybody. Saffal is currently working on his new LP “The Tall Tale”, which he says is an in-depth and versatile piece that shows who he really is. “This album is extreme and serious. Some people will love it. Some people will hate it. But if you listen and you like me, then you are going to like my work,” Saffal said. Saffal’s influences include albums like “Godson” by Nas, “The Marshall Mathers EP” by Eminem, and “The Black Album” by Jay-Z. His journey to create this album has been going very quickly for him and he says he has been in the studio recording and writing music; Saffal thinks of and writes all of his own lyrics. “They come from the eventful, fortunate or unfortunate, and the good or bad things in my life. I tell true stories. My stories are real. Everything that I say isn’t too far from home.” Saffal has great ambition and drive to become the best, but he doesn’t want to be taken out of context. “Much respect to the greats before me. Rest in Peace to Tupac, Biggie, etc. But we have so much to take away Photo by Mine’ Saffal Tall performing at The MSU Auditorium as an from them and we have learned from them. They are opening act for Big Sean. long gone. This is who I am, 100 percent. This is all I have. I don’t want to fall in line; I want to take this as far as I can go. If I’m going to put my time toward something, it will be my best work.” His best boost came from confidence during a freestyle competition hosted by Eminem. “I was the youngest contestant in the battle. While people were hesitant to get a wristband to participate, I wasn’t. I put it on quickly. And our pictures were taken and put up when we rapped. I smiled while others were trying to look hard. People laughed when they saw my picture but at the end, I was the only one laughing. On that night, I knew my life was going to change. I quit college and focused on my music. This experience put pessimism in my perspective, and helped me figure out what more can I do to impress people.” And there are many people to impress, especially when going from underground to the mainstream. Saffal also has a very strong opinion of the music industry. “Music is from the soul and there is no better way to say it. But the music business is focused on the business. I care about my music so much. I’m a bold, emotional guy. And to surrender my feelings for money, it’s hard.” But that isn’t to say that he would prefer an independent record label over a major one. “They are each their own. The difference is the level of exposure. I’m doing my thing. But I don’t want to seek out a major label. I want them to say ‘We want to be a part of what you are doing’. Not the other way around.” And to those who want to be musicians, Saffal says this: “Follow your heart and take in the vibes. If you don’t, you’re going to be sad. Don’t do what you don’t want to do. But also do what you have to do. Find common ground between emotion and logic.” n


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Who will YOU choose to be the next President? There are a few special things about 2012: The year started on a Sunday; it’s a leap year (shout out to all those February 29th birthdays!); and it’s also time to elect a new president. The two biggest questions you should be asking yourself are A, ‘Am I registered to vote?’, and B, ‘Am I informed on the issues?’ If you answered no to the first question, put down this article immediately and get registered. There are four different elections in the state of Michigan this year, which gives you plenty of time. The absolute latest you can register to vote in the presidential election is October 9th. See your local Secretary of State office for details. If you answered no the second question, you’re in luck because I am going to give you the Cliff Notes version of the Democratic & Republican candidates to date. Here’s a little biographical information and their stance on some of the most important issues our country faces; read and decide for yourself.

GOP Candidates Mitt Romney n Born In Michigan, organizer for the 1999 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, governor of Massachusetts 2002-2007, was weeded out of the 2008 election mostly because of his Mormonism. n When it comes to jobs, Romney is all about reduction. If elected President, he plans to introduce five bills to Congress to cut budgets and spending. The three that will affect you the most: A bill to reduce the corporate tax by 25%, a bill to return responsibilities of retraining programs to the states, and a bill to cut spending by 5% which will reduce the federal budget $20 billion. n When it comes to healthcare, Romney wants to repeal Obamacare, give states control over their own healthcare and expand tax deductions to include people who pay for their own healthcare. n When it comes to foreign policy, Romney wants to increase funding for the Defense budget and send our troops back overseas to shut down any threat posed by the Middle East and Asia. Mitt Romney speaks with his supporters.

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Ron Paul

n Born in Pennsylvania, Texas congressman, stickler for the Constitution. n Paul is against forced labor unions and is in favor of the Right to Work Act. He plans to stimulate the economy by refusing to sign any bill that is unfunded or has an unbalanced budget. He also wants to audit & end the Federal Reserve System and legalize sound money. n In the healthcare area, Paul wants to allow the purchase of health insurance around state lines, provide tax credits and reductions for all medical expenses and repeal Obamacare. n With national defense, Paul wants to send troops out and bring them home as soon as the objective is reached, make our borders safer and end the embarrassing physical searches at airports.

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Newt Gingrich n Former Speaker of the House, famous for his “Contract With America”. n Gingrich wants to remove both the death tax and the capital gains tax, and create an optional flat tax of 15% or less. n For healthcare, Gingrich wants to repeal ObamaCare. He wants to make a tax code to give Americans the option of either a tax credit or a deduction of their healthcare to a certain amount. He also wants to save Medicare & Social Security. n Gingrich’s plan for national security is to secure the borders by January 1, 2014 by enforcing English-only government and deporting illegal immigrants immediately. He also wants to increase funding for the national defense fund.

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NEWS Rick Santorum n Former Pennsylvania Senator, wrote and prompted legislation banning partial birth abortion. A tea partier before there was a tea party. n Economy wise, Santorum wants to cut taxes to stimulate the economy. Corporate tax cuts, cutting the normal taxes to just 10% and 28%, and eliminating the corporate tax for manufacturers are just a few bullets in his 12-step plan to fix the economy. n In the healthcare area, Santorum wants to block-grant Medicaid, reduce costs through competition and allow the purchase of insurance across state lines. n For national defense, Santorum wants to tighten the borders, create an English-only government and keep troops overseas to sniff out any threats to America.

Rick Santorum after the Missouri caucus.

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Democratic Candidate Barack Obama

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n 44th President of the United States, elected in 2008 and the Democratic nominee for the 2012 Presidential race. n President Obama is all about keeping jobs in America and helping out small businesses. As of September 2011, 2.6 million jobs have been created in the private sector for the American people. He also instituted tax cuts for small businesses and middle and lower-class families. n President Obama was the creator of ObamaCare. He wants to put an end to healthcare abuse by insurance companies, such as denying care to people with preexisting conditions or terminal illnesses. He is working to make healthcare affordable for all. n Under President Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leadership, the majority of Al Qaedaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leaders have been killed, including Osama Bin Laden. He is in the process of bringing our troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Barack Obama speaks to the nation during his 2012 State of the Union address. So there you have it. And just to keep you even further in-the-know, here are a few websites to help you make an informed decision in November. n Official Website of President Barack Obama: http://www.barackobama.com/?source=action-bar n Official Website of Mitt Romney: http://mittromney.com/s/mitt-romney-2012 n Official Website of Ron Paul: http://www.ronpaul2012.com/ n Official Website of Rick Santorum: http://www.ricksantorum.com/ n Official Website of Newt Gingrich: http://newtgingrich360.com/?gclid=CM67nIzW560CFQsBQAodcHk88A n 2012 Michigan Voter Information: http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127-1633_8716-184977--,00.html


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