We Endorse Obama

Let’s face it — we’re a staff of broke college kids.

For us, this election is about so much more than the last four years. It’s about the next 20.

The Metropolitan endorsed President Barack Obama in 2008. This year, our staff has chosen to support him for re-election.

The staff of this paper ranges more than two decades in age, and our opinions on the issues vary accordingly. There’s one thing we agree about, though — we need a president who understands ramen noodle dinners, dead-end jobs and sick kids.

We need a president who understands all of us — even the 47 percent who don’t agree with him.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is a commendable businessman, but he is not the answer for this country. It is hard to relate to a millionaire when you have trouble making your rent.

We are all in agreement that the economy sucks. Seriously. But regardless of any opinions about the Bush administration, Obama came into office with a lot of work ahead of him. He has tried to bridge the party gap and develop policies to lead the country forward.

These attempts haven’t always been successful, but when it comes to issues and policies that affect students, Obama is working to help us.

By passing a plan to reduce and eliminate college loan debt, Obama showed he has the interests of students in mind.

When he passed the Affordable Care Act, he extended the age to which young people qualify under their parent’s health insurance and effectually alleviated pressure from some college students wallets.

Under his healthcare plan, women no longer pay more than men for equal coverage — being female is no longer a pre-existing condition. Obama’s continued support for Planned Parenthood and his pro-choice stance have shown his dedication to not only women’s health, but women’s rights.

Beyond that, Obama has made huge strides in social equality. The Lilly Ledbetter Act guaranteed women equal pay for equal work. By repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell,” the president showed his support for the LGBT community.

After a summer of unthinkable violence, it is also important to The Metropolitan to support a president who keeps the safety of his people in mind and supports common sense gun laws.

More than anything, though, the staff of The Metropolitan wants a president who they feel they can trust. We can’t find that in a man who has made his campaign on factual inaccuracies and flip-flopping opinions.

It’s not just the next four years — it’s the next 20. It’s too important leave to chance.

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