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Election Extra A supplement to the Wichitan of Midwestern State University | Nov. 7, 2012

President Barack Obama meets with senior advisors in the Situation Room of the White House, July 8, 2011. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

Obama wins! By Rachel Garrett Reporter

President Barack Obama won re-election. Students at campus watching parties expressed their opinions, predictions and feelings toward the outcome of the election and the respective candidates.

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tudents on campus shared their experiences and predictions of whom they thought would win the presidential election last night based on their opinions of the voting process and their reactions to the outcome of the election. Devanta Silva, sophomore in criminal justice said, “I’m so happy that Obama won! I felt like my voice was heard and that Obama can finish what he wanted to accomplish in the beginning.” One Republican student was not surprised with the outcome. Eddie Miller, junior in mass communication, said, “The election was a thriller! Everything was so close, but I kind of knew that Obama was going to win.” Another, Kaiden Stanely, freshman in computer science had a neutral opinion towards the outcome. “I don’t like anybody, and I didn’t care what the outcome was,” Stanely said. However, there was a student who expressed his joy with the results. Tin Phan, senior in chemistry, said, “I was excited, Obama was re-elected!” Although these students were able to voice their opinions after the results came out, some were not able to vote for their chosen candidate of the election due to their original places of residence outside of Wichita County. Tanner Sanders, a freshman in computer science did not register for this election because he forgot to register. “If I were to vote, I would vote for Romney,” Sanders said. According to Sanders if Romney was given a chance he could make a difference. “I do not like President Barack Obama’s policies and what he did with the economy. I believe Mitt Romney can do better.” Jasmine Staton, a junior in psychology voted in this 2012 presidential election. “I believe that Obama will win this election. I do not believe race is a

factor, I voted Obama based on his policies,” Stato said. Policies on the economy and social policies sealed the deal for Staton. “I am for gay marriage and pro-choice, I believe the choice is yours,” she said. The predictions for the election were that the votes would come down until the end. “The election is going about the way I thought it would. The election would be close until the end,” Kagan Love, a senior is mathematics and physics, said Love did not vote because he did not have time to register. “If I were to vote I would have voted for Romney because he is the lesser evil of the two, I not a big fan of either.” Nick Rainey, a junior in healthy sciences voted for Mitt Romney. “I believe everyone who is informed should exercise their right to vote.” According to Rainey, Obama has not done anything in the past four years. “Romney’s success comes down to how much he does if he wins.” Another student, Caroline Chambers, who is a freshman mass communications major, agreed with Rainey. “Obama has had his chance and didn’t perform, so we need someone new. Fixing the debt will be the biggest problem because it’s the biggest topic right now,” Chambers said. According to her, Obama has led the nation’s debt to triple during his term, Chambers said. Shaela Kobs, freshman in nursing did not vote because she was registered in a different county and did not have time to get back to vote. “My entire family voted for Mitt Romney and I did not feel educated enough on the election to want to vote,” Kobs said.

“I didn’t vote because I’m not educated enough about the candidates,” McLarin Smith, a freshman in nursing, said. | “It was a confusing experience to vote because it was my first time voting, and it was on an absentee ballot,” Caroline Chambers, a freshman in mass communication, said. | “My experience was easy because I knew who to vote for,” Robert Kitchen, an undecided freshman, said.


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Students surveyed shows support for finance reform By Owen, Jayson Reporter here is one subject that students agree on according to this fall’s campus poll — campaign financing. Nearly threefourths of students surveyed said they believe there should be a limit on the amount of money given to groups to influence the elections. “There should be some kind of limit on how much money someone can contribute to the campaigns,” said Eduardo Garcia, a freshman in mechanical engineering. “As far as getting that to pass and go into effect, that’s a little difficult and probably unconstitutional to make someone to limit what they spend on,” Garcia said. Political Action Committees, organizations that spend more than $1,000 toward or against a candidate, are major financial tool in campaigns. Super PACs have unlimited independent spending. Garcia said Super PACs should not exist. Although they cannot support a candidate directly, he said they put too much competition on each party. Campaign finance reform has become a popular subject amongst politicians, especially when it comes to the presidential elections. In 2010, the Democratic Party pro-

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Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney speaking at Conservative Political Action Conference at the Marriott Wardman Park Feb. 11, 2011 in Washington, D.C. Photo by Gage Skidmore

What makes a Republican? By Erin Hagy Reporter n Texas is red, and MSU is Republican. Jeremy Duff, an assistant professor of political science, defines a real Republican is for free entrepreneur, blaming the federal government for a national debt, state superiority, emphasizes traditional and family oriented values and anti-gay marriage. Duff blames churches for the majority of students to vote Republican.

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ith Texas being a red state and MSU having a 64 percent Republican student body, according to a recent survey, one wonders what a Republican is. Common stereotypes say a Republican is racist, homophonic, uncaring about the poor, mean-spirited, greedy, selfish, and intolerant, but what is a Republican really? “Republicans are conservative,” Jeremy Duff, assistant professor of political science, said. “They are pro-life mostly and have traditional family values.” Traditional family values mean they tend to be anti-gay marriage, Duff said. “They have traditional, moral stances on social issues and tend to not support the legalizing of marijuana,” Duff said. Duff also explained that Republicans are economically and fiscally conservative as well. “They do not like big government and they don’t think the government needs to spend mon-

ey to influence the economy,” Duff said. “They believe government needs to stay out of the economy and let free market run its course. They tend to believe that when the economy goes bad the government is the last thing we should look at to fix it and the government probably caused the economy to go bad in the first place.” Olivia Whitley, a junior international study major with a minor in history and Spanish, and a registered Democrat, has her own thoughts on what a Republican is. “A Republican is someone who suffers from an entitlement complex. They really don’t have a conscience and they have no empathy for those who aren’t in a similar place or from a similar background or financial status,” Whitley said. She said she also believes that Republicans see the government as guiders, not providers. “They are confused as far as government role. It’s a minority of people that have the superiority complex as well as the entitlement and they don’t care for anyone whose not in the same boat,” Whitley said. Duff said entitled is not a word that describes a Republican. “Republicans do not believe the government owes them anything. They do not think they are entitled to the government giving them money. They believe that you need to work hard on your own and that your own effort and your own work will give you success and that nothing should be given to anybody in life,” Duff said. Junior Cortne Toller, a social work major and

a registered Republican concurred. “Republicans are stingy with their money,” Toller said. “Social programs are a good thing and some people really need them, it’s the people who take the money and use it wrong who make a bad name for them.” Republicans believe and stand for a lot of things, but through all of them there was one stereotype everyone mentioned, old white males. “It is the stigma that if you are a Republican you’re an old, traditional Baptist who doesn’t want change,” Toller said. Duff said that democrats would characterize Republicans as rich white people or rednecks. “Republicans are seen as businessmen, property owners, wealthy individuals, or backwoods rednecks,” Duff said. Whitley also mentioned a stereotype, religion of Republicans and more directly, religion of Republicans at MSU. “MSU is an oddball when it comes to being so conservative. A huge factor is that we are a part of the Bible belt. Another is that a lot of college students only look at one or two items from a platform to make their complete decision, and most of them pick gay marriage, and abortion and because they were raised in church and were taught that those things were wrong, they vote for the party that stands against those things without knowing what else they are voting for,” Whitley said. “Students are not focused on the things that are going to affect them immediately,” Whitley said.

posed a bill to the senate that would limit the amount of money that could be given to the parties. Two Republicans did not vote on the bill, but all of the remaining Republicans voted against the bill, as did one lone Democrat. “I’m a Republican and I don’t think there should be a limit. Maybe it seems like a good idea, but it’s just limiting the freedom of the campaigners. Limiting the campaign funding limits freedoms, it limits the spread of the candidate’s message, and it discourages wealthy individuals from running,” said Zack Rankin, a sophomore in computer science. “Donations to campaigns are considered protected under the Bill of Rights as a freedom of speech. People should be able to spend their money however they want.” According to the New York Times, the Democratic Party has spent a total of $852.9 million, while the Republican Party has spent $752.3 million. Together, the candidates have spent $1.6 billion during this presidential campaign. “All the money they spend and raise for campaigning is a waste. They should be using it to help get us out of our debt,” Ashlee Cunningham, a junior in psychology said.

ElectoraL College Votes n Obama 303 | n Romney 206 | As of presstime Even by 10 p.m. early election returns gave both the popular vote and the electoral college vote. In his victory speech in Chicago, Obama said, “It moves forward because of you. It moves forward because you reaffirmed the spirit that has triumphed over war and depression.”

Frank plans to maintain job growth Estes promises to improve colleges By Makayla Kinney Reporter he de facto state representative for district 69, James Frank, a longtime Republican resident of Wichita Falls and a Rider High School graduate, disagrees with the amount of Texas funds spent on Medicaid. Frank hopes to improve regulations in Texas, which impacts the amount of funds provided for higher educational institutions. “I hope to improve the regulations in Texas to maintain job growth, which affects college students,” Frank said. Students follow a degree plan until they hit the job market once they graduated coming to find out that there are no jobs in their field available, therefore all the money spent towards a degree suddenly becomes worthless. The amount of funding a school receives impacts the rate of tuition. Frank said, the biggest drain in the Texas budget is the amount of money spent on Medicaid. Ten years ago, Medicaid accounted for 14 percent of the Texas budget and increased to 21 percent this year, taking away a lot of funding for universities and the job market. “Right now the biggest drain on the Texas bud-

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Jan. 3 Barack Obama wins Democratic Iowa caucus; Ron Paul wins Republican caucus in Iowa

get is an increase in the funding of Medicaid. Medicaid is taking an increasingly large amount of the budget. It’s projected on Obama care to go to 37 percent in 12 years and if we do not address that, it will affect higher education. If we do not get a hold on these costs, we will just see a spiral increase in tuFrank ition,” Frank said. Obama care is a national program it is also regulated by the states. It pulls money away from every other state program leaving fewer funds to schools and colleges. If the state of Texas were to decrease the amount of money spent on Obama care and Medicaid, students in Texas would see a decrease in the rate of tuition. “Medicaid is pulling money away from every other state program. I think that is the biggest issue in this upcoming session,” Frank said. With each new law enacted by legislation, the amount of freedom of citizens decreases. Frank said one thing he believes in is limited restrictions passing in legislation.

Jan. 4 Michele Bachmann announced withdrawal from presidential campaign Feb. 2 Green party presidential nominee, former actress Roseanne Barr announced candidacy

Apr. 10 Campaign suspended by Former US Senator Rick Santorum for the Republican presidential nomination Apr. 18 – 21 Constitution Party National Convention held in Nashville, Tennessee; Virgil Goode won the nomination

By Ruby Arriaga Reporter exas Sen. Craig Estes (RDist. 30) won his election Tuesday night, promising to secure the goals of college students and those seeking a higher education. Elizabeth White, legislative diEstes rector for Estes, said during the 82nd legislative session that Estes voted in favor of Senate Bill 8 which returned local control of personnel matters to school districts, reducing salaries of school district’s employees, and imposes furloughs. The goal is to get the power back to the universities and let them decide for themselves, what their budget needs to cover to improve colleges for the better. White said, school administrators favored the bill, instead of teachers as a way to avoid cuts, because it results in a temporary unpaid leave of some employees. “Additionally, school districts no longer have to employ teachers, who do not maintain their certifications and are no longer forced to terminate continuing contracts on a seniority basis,” White said.

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Apr. 21 Presidential nomination of the Constitution party won by Former US Congressman Virgil Goode Apr. 25 Mitt Romney declared presumptive nominee by the Republican National Committee

This privilege has now been revoked to ensure the quality of teaching at universities. “Prior to Senate Bill 8, Texas law imposed burdensome restrictions on school districts’ decision-making power in ways that ranged from requirements regarding personnel matters to mandates concerning school operation and resource allocation,” White said. Estes also voted for budget cuts during the last legislative session. Education spending accounted for approximately 60 percent of the state’s entire budget in the previous biennium, while the budget shrunk. Although the amount spent on education increased from the previous biennium. For the first time funds could not cover enrollment growth. “The legislature was facing a historic budget shortfall where cuts had to be made in order to balance the budget, as required by the Texas Constitution, without raising taxes,” Estes said. Estes said he believes in education and that it is important for this state, especially since he was born and raised in Wichita Falls, Texas. College students are the next generation to enter the job market. The best scenario for students would be lower taxes and fewer regulations to keep chances open for a successful economic environment.

May 2 Newt Gingrich suspended his candidacy and endorsed Mitt Romney May 3 – 6 Libertarian National Convention held in Las Vegas, Nevada; Gary Johnson won the nomination

May 29 Texas primaries May 31 Buddy Roemer drops out of the presidential campaign Jun. 29 Presidential campaign of Fred Karger was suspended


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Alexander LeClaire, freshman in criminal justice, Jourdan Polock junior in sociology, Tanner Sanders, freshman in computer science, Kegan Love, senior in math and physics, and Grant Hardaway, sophomore in physiology watch the presidential elections and play video games. “I believe everyone who is informed should excercise their right to vote,” Nick Rainey, a junior in health science, said. Photo by Shanice Glover

Caroline Chambers, freshman in mass communication, and Hayley Nunn, freshman in respiratory care, watch election night coverage in the resident lounge on the third floor of Killingsworth Hall. “The Democrats had a better approach toward race and the youth,” Nunn said. Photo by Samantha Forester

Students expect politicians to do jobs professionally — emphasizing education There has been a lot of attention focused on the national election recently, but we will also be electing a lot of local, state, regional and national leaders. What do you personally and specifically expect from these leaders? “I expect what any employer would. I want to see a resume of experience that would benefit the persons’ constituents. I want to see that they have a real idea of what the needs are and how to effectively meet them. I want to see that they are team players and willing to work with others. And most importantly I want to see that they are involved and interacting with the community. I want to know that whomever I chose has my well-being in mind,” Olivia Whitley, junior in international studies. “I expect that they do their jobs correctly and proficiently. Like for the judges that are elected. They should be fair and not be partial towards certain groups.” Joseph Hadwal, sophomore in history and accounting. “I really don’t think much about local government. But if I had to sit down and think about it, I would expect them to make sure that things fall in line with our national governments’ agenda,” Skyler Warrick, senior in mass communication. “I’m expecting men and women to be elected that can better our state and country by making decisions that will leave a positive impact on our future,” Savannah Parker, junior in English “I expect from the leaders of Wichita Falls and Texas that they will put more emphasis on the educational system. I am going to enter the job market as a teacher after this semester, and as far as I have applied to different schools, there are no positions available. I hope that if Obama wins, teachers will have a better shot also in Texas, even though I believe my chances are pretty bad,” Michael Daly, senior in educational social studies “I really just expect them to continue taking care of and strengthening our school systems. Every aspect of our schools needs to be accounted for whether it is books, equipment for classes, alarm systems, even down to simple things like pencils and erasers. I expect them to care for the teachers and students. I expect them to make sure that these kids walk out of school every day having learned something new,” Marika Bell, junior in early childhood education. “If I was an American the first issue I want them to deal with is the healthcare system and proper price constraints. Cut spending on the armed forces and also make a strong commitment to reduce taxes on the lower class and increase taxes on those who can afford it. It was time that those who can afford it pay for the debt. A lot of people have an issue with the Obamacare , but if not Obamacare, what is the solution?” Raul Hazel, senior in mechanical engineering and physics. “I expect the leaders to do what needs to be done to help the people and not only to make themselves or their party look good, but for the greater good of everyone,” Edward Grisham, junior in mass communication. Reported by Ruby Arriaga, Darren Black, Shelby Davis, Erin Hagy, Makayla Kinney, Adrie Letang, Sarah Muschiol, Joseph Solis

June 12 – 15 Green party nominated Jill Stein as presidential nominee and Cheri Honkala as vice presidential nominee July 13-15 Green National Convention held in Baltimore, Maryland; Jill Stein won the nomination

Aug. 11 Mitt Romney announced Paul Ryan as vice presidential candidate Aug. 27 – 30 Republican National Convention held in Tampa, Florida; Mitt Romney won the nomination

Cups and masks predict election outcome By Shelby Davis Reporter

n People have come up with entertaining and accurate ways to determine the outcome of presidential elections. This year, the results of a few alternative forms of voting were spot on in predicting the outcome of the presidential election.

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nscientific methods are a fun way to predict the outcome of the presidential election. These alternative, yet accurate, methods give voters a more entertaining opportunity to cast their votes. “It’s a fun way [to vote], and gives people a chance to show their decisions before they vote,” Karrie Rincon, manager to the 7-Eleven convenient store on the corner of Southwest Parkway and Barnett Raod, said. For presidential elections, 7-Eleven convenient stores have been offering their customers a choice of coffee cups. They offer a Democratic, Republican and an undecided cup so that coffee drinkers can display their allegiance for presidential candidates. In the past three elections the number of cups sold by each party have closely resembled the outcome of the election. Wichita Falls

7-Eleven locations take part in this alternative form of voting. Rincon said this year’s warm weather has resulted in fewer people buying the cups. But when coffee drinkers do come in they usually participate in the voting. “When they come in to get coffee that’s usually what they go for,” Rincon said. According to 7-Eleven.com, in Texas, Obama lead the polls with a 57 percent lead over Romney. In the United States, as a whole, Obama also lead the polls with a 59 percent lead over Romney. In Wichita Falls, however, it seems to be a different story. “In the last two weeks we have sold twice as many Romney cups,” Rincon said of the Barnett location. The coffee-cup method is not the only one that showed Obama taking the majority vote for president. Halloween masks also gave Obama as the favorite for the 2012 election. For the past four presidential elections, the number of Halloween masks sold of each candidate has predicted the outcome of the election. This year, the Spirit of Halloween stores, with its more than 1,000 locations nationwide, reported that 60 percent of presidential masks sold were of Obama.

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Obama didn’t live up to the hype n Four years ago college students were raving about Obama’s educational promises. All across the country, college students attended rallies, used the slogan “Change we can believe in” and chanted “Yes We Can.”

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resident Barack Obama failed to live up to the hype. Since those promises were left empty, young voters seem less interested and were unsure of which way to vote. This presidential campaign has seen slippage in interest on both sides of the ballot. A Pew Research Center poll showed only half of adults under 30 were certain they were registered to vote. This was a decrease from 61 percent in 2008. Throughout this campaign students have taken the backseat to other major issues. Without education being a hot-topic, we are left with unanswered questions. It’s time Obama get to work on issues of importance to students. Jobs. The economy. Supporting higher education.

We need more jobs after college. Jobs are essential to the economy. When students graduate from college and are competing for the same jobs as those who have not obtain a degree, a college education seems like a waste of money and time. Without jobs, the future for college graduates is not bright, either nationally or locally. Local businesses and the government need to create jobs that provide careers for college graduates and the economy bounce back. According to the National Education Association, 80 percent of voters said education is important. Voters said they even supported an increase in funding. In the past four years, legislators have been made draconian cuts in education budgets and the amount financial aid available to students. This affects us not only in our ability to pay for school but also in the quality of the education we receive. Now it’s time to move on. Four more years. Fund education. Create jobs. And don’t make us regret it.

©2012 The Election Extra is a production of the News Writing and Reporting class at Midwestern State University. Opinions expressed in the Election Extra do not neccessarily reflect those of the students staff, faculty, administration or Board of Regents. The Election Extra is a supplement to the Wichitan and printed by Morgan Printing of Bowie, Texas. Staff | Ruby Arriaga, Darren Black, Jessica Davis, Shelby Davis, Sam Forester, Rachel Garrett, Shanice Glover, Erin Hagy, Skye Hera, Miguel Jaime, Makayla Kinney, Adrie Letang, Cristina Martinez, Sarah Muschiol, Jayson Owen, Roylyka Roache, Joseph Solis, Kenni Wallace Coordinator | Sarah Long Instructor | Bradley Wilson, Ph.D.

Sept. 3 – 6 Democratic National Convention held in Charlotte, North Carolina; Barack Obama won the nomination Oct. 3 First Presidential Debate moderated by Jim Lehrer of PBS

Oct. 11 Vice Presidential Debate moderated Martha Raddatz of ABC Oct. 16 Second Presidential Debate moderated Candy Crowley of CNN Oct. 22 Third Presidential Debate moderated by Bob Schieffer of CBS

Nov. 6 Election Day

2013

Dec. 17 Election of president and vice president by Electoral College

Jan. 6 Votes of Electoral College counted before Congress Jan. 20 Inauguration Day


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President Barack Obama listens to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood during a briefing on the response to Hurricane Sandy at FEMA headquarters in Washington, D.C., Oct. 31. | Obama talks with farmers during a tour of the McIntosh family farm to view the effects of the drought, in Missouri Valley, Iowa, Aug. 13, 2012. | Obama has a beer with patrons at the Pump Haus Pub and Grill in Waterloo, Iowa, Aug. 14. | Obama holds a conference call with advisors to discuss the Aurora, Colorado shootings, July 20. | Obama talks on the phone with NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover team aboard Air Force One, Aug. 13. | Obama reacts to a photograph during an interview with David Letterman, Sept. 18. Official White House photos by Pete Souza

Issues define election ObamaCare is going to replace Medicare, moving the U.S. towards a more socialist oriented nation. The

affairs in the Middle East, might lead America to more warfare raising religious and racial issues, while at

home the abortion conflict continues. Campaign finance reform continues to pit the working class against the wealthy. Now, President Barack Obama has four more years to battle those conflicts. And more.

Obama’s experience with Middle East makes him ‘better president’ By Sarah Muschiol Reporter n the last presidential debate Romney and Obama talked about foreign affairs and especially concentrated on the conflicts in the Middle East. Even more conservative nations than Texas as Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan have a Muslim belief and are fighting for civil rights and a democratic state after years of oppression and war. Obama and Romney claimed in the presidential debates to support and stand on Israel’s side in case of potential warfare; the question is how do these religious beliefs stay in conflict, and how is our future president going to deal with them. The Democratic Party platform on Palestinian terrorism against Israel encourages the pursuit of peace but insists on Israel’s right to exist and reject violence. The Republican Party platform says that the Palestinian people must respect Israel’s establishment of a democracy and should be unexpected to negotiate with entities pledged to Israel’s destruction. The campus survey showed students do not believe religion was a significant issue in this election. Ryan Read, a freshman in engineering, voting Republican in this election said, “I don’t think necessarily being Mormon is going to lead to any issues, but it might affect how Romney is going to handle these issues, and definitely how Obama would handle them or any other religion would. I am not afraid of them, because these conflicts are going to happen either way.” Obama grew up with a Christian mother and a Muslim father, who later claimed to be atheist. Obama now claims to be an active Christian. Sarah Young, a junior in biology, voting for Obama said, “Obama is going to be the better president, because he has more experience and knows from his background more about Middle-Eastern religions and their emphasis on morals and culture.” Gavin Belle, a junior in mass communication, considers himself liberal, but he would vote for Obama, if he was a citizen. Belle said, “My views are that religion and politics usually don’t interact too well. I could see why Obama would be the smarter choice in regards of foreign affairs, but I personally believe that religion should stay out of politics.”

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Sophomore: ‘Obamacare is good for the people’ By Jessica Davis Reporter n March of 2010, under President Barack Obama, Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, with an aim to reduce the overall cost of healthcare and to decrease the number of uninsured Americans. This is a concern for students and working-class citizens. The national opinion of the act seems

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to be split; however, the support of students is apparent. “ObamaCare is for the good of the people and I don’t see why it should ever be eliminated,” Robyn Foster, a sophomore in business, said. While students support it, tax increases are a concern for adults who oppose the act, Foster said. By 2014, a person will pay $95 in health insurance with a $325 increase the next year and $695 once the act is fully set in. “Obamacare is worth the tax money,” Foster said. Along with the tax increases, another concern for ObamaCare include its potential unconstitutionality of forcing religious institutions to provide services that violate their faith and imposing taxes in which the Constitution does not approve. The act also allows room for individuals to take advantage of being unemployed, spending money earned by hardworking individuals. “I understand and respect that not all users of Medicaid/ ObamaCare are actively nonproductive,” Mitch Saville, a freshman engineering student said. “However, money is being taken away from those who spent their lives reaching financial security and success, and it is being handed out, with good intentions, in a way which is, unintentionally but quite thoroughly, encouraging otherwise capable individuals to stay in that [lazy] mentality simply because they can, and because it will cost them more money to earn a higher income. It discourages the pursuit of higher success.” Although, students have mixed opinions concerning this act, Texas Representative Mac Thornberry voted to repeal it. “While the Supreme Court ruled the majority of the law was constitutional that certainly does not mean ObamaCare is a good law or that it is right for America,” Thornberry said. Eighty-four percent of Americans already have insurance, he said, so the health care system needs to find a way to expand access of care for the remaining 16 percent instead of changing the entire system to require everyone to obtain insurance. “Although the Supreme Court has ruled the individual mandate is constitutional, I strongly believe that the health care bill was a mistake and that it will adversely affect health care for most of the people in our area and around the country,” Thornberry said.

Pro-choice versus pro-life: Students react to abortion controversy By Kenni Wallace Reporter bortion has largely divided the American people: the “pro-life” contingency versus the “pro-choice” faction. Few other issues have been as polarizing as abortion for the last century. Republicans lean toward being “pro-life” – the belief that life begins at conception, whereas democrats lean toward being “pro-choice” – the belief that it is a woman’s right to choose whether or not to terminate a pregnancy. In a campus poll, students claim to be Republican and, therefore, “prolife.”

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Religion Has religion played too big of a role in this election?

Abortion Abortion is never acceptable.

n Neither | n Strongly Agree n Agree | n Disagree n Strongly Disagree

n Strong Agree | n Strongly Disagree n Niether | n Disagree n Agree

Sophomore nursing major and right leaner, Brittanie Tullous, contributes to the majority. Tullous said abortion is 100 percent unacceptable, regardless of the situation, which is one reason why she decided to be republican. “There could never be a good enough reason to kill an innocent human being. Yes, it would be horrible to get pregnant from being raped, but two wrongs don’t make a right,” Tullous said. Even though the Republican views are known to be “prolife,” presidential candidate Mitt Romney seems to have moved toward the center on the controversial issue. “Taking innocent life is always wrong, and always tragic, wherever it happens,” Romney said. On the contrary, President Barack Obama, a democrat, has revealed himself to be a strong supporter of the “pro-choice” position. He showed his Democratic opposition to any attempts to de-fund Planned Parenthood. “The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to make decisions regarding her pregnancy, including a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay. We oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right.” the Democratic Platform states.

Students say race played a major role in presidential election

By Joseph Solis Reporter n 2008, Barack Obama, an African-American and United States senator from Illinois, won the presidential election of the United States of America becoming the first African-American elected to the position. He received 81 percent of the minority vote (which includes African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans, and Pacific Islanders). “In the first election, minorities felt as if their voice was finally being heard because this country and its government are majority Caucasian. When Barack Obama came out, minorities felt as if they were finally coming up in the world and felt a sense of real equality,” said Jair Lozano, a junior in respiratory care. Lozano said he experienced the 2008 election and by doing so he gained a better understanding about how people thought about the candidates. “I believe race does have to do with it to an extent. I think it was more of an issue in the first election though. This one not so much,” Lozano said. Cornelius Roberson, a senior in music education, also said he believes that race plays a part in this election. “I feel like the biggest issues regarding people and voting are race and social class,” Roberson said. Roberson said the upper class consists of majority Caucasians and the middle and lower classes tend to hold the majority of the minorities. “Romney favors the upper class and Obama wants to strengthen the middle class,” Roberson said. “Of course this makes it seem as if it’s totally a race issue, and in some cases it is, but it mostly has to do with race and social class together. ”

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Party affiliation Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as a Republican, a Democrat, an Independent, or something else n Republican | n Democrat n Independent | n Other

Wichitan Election Extra  

A 2012 election supplement of the Wichitan student newspaper at Midwestern State University.