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Living and Dying by Who's President

11/05/2012 11:04 pm 23:04:01 | Updated Jan 23, 2014

I was just talking to an uneducated older white man (the sole demographic going all in for Romney) who told me he's voting for Romney -- but doesn't really care either way, because he doesn't "live and die by who's president."

Well, sir, I do live and die by who's president. You see, my six-year-old son has a preexisting condition, and I can now buy reasonable health insurance for him because of the Affordable Care Act. Romney has vowed to repeal the law. But don't mind my family. Go ahead and vote Romney 2012.

However, I do remember talking to a friend concerned about his brother, who's been deployed to Afghanistan. He's voting for Obama because it means a timeline for his brother's return. So I guess soldiers live and die by who's president. But don't mind those soldiers and their families.

I also happened to notice that Romney vowed to defund Planned Parenthood and overturn Roe v. Wade, meaning more women would be forced to get unsafe illegal abortions like they did in the 1950s. Would women live and die by who's president? I guess so. But hey, don't mind women. They're just 51 percent of the population.

However, human beings, I hear, need safe and healthy food, and since Romney is ideologically opposed to the FDA and EPA, which exist in large part to ensure that people can eat without occasionally being poisoned, some people might eat dinner and suddenly find themselves living or dying by who's president. But don't worry about people who eat food.

What about immigrants? Romney vows to harass and intimidate them into "self-deporting," and when they do, you can rest assured people will live and die (presumably along the border with Mexico) by who's president. But don't mind those people.

And seniors? Romney and Ryan want to turn Medicare into Voucher-Care to cap benefits. With this change, and other planned cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, some seniors will live and die by who's president.

And at this very moment, there are people living in the aftermath of natural disaster. Romney said he'd get rid of FEMA if he could. Unfortunately, not all the Hurricane Sandy survivors had a choice of homes to evacuate to. And people kind of need roads, subways, and electrical power. But never mind the entire east coast of America, or residents of any region prone to hurricane, earthquake, tornado, or fire.

Gosh, when you think about it, a lot of people live and die by who's president. But go ahead, sir, vote Romney 2012 because, somehow, you don't live and die by who's president.