The race for the White House

Each week between now and the November election, Woman to Woman Voter Campaign will appear in Blount Today and on the League of Women Voters and American Association of University Women websites. The election project is a joint endeavor of the League of Women Voters, the AAUW and Blount Today and strives to offer a comparison of the views of the two presidential candidates on issues of importance to Blount County. Blount Today is happy to provide editorial space in order to encourage people to vote in November and to be an informed electorate.

Issue: Taxes

Why should we care about taxes? An overly complex tax system; tax loopholes for corporations, as well as other special-interest groups and individuals; tax shelter abuse; imbalance between taxes of the wealthy and taxes of lower and middle class families

Senator Obama

• Advocates simplification of the tax system and eliminating special interest loopholes

• Advocates tax relief for middle class workers and low income families

• Advocates repeal of the Bush administration tax cuts for the wealthy and increase taxes for incomes over $250,000 per couple

• Supports the estate tax

• Voted against repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax

• Voted for repealing the capital gains cut to provide additional military funding

• Voted against extending the Bush administration tax cuts through 2010

• Advocates tax relief for small businesses and incentives for companies to create jobs in the U.S.

• Advocates elimination of taxes for seniors making less than $50,000/year

• Supports eliminating marriage penalty and favors allowing low-income families to receive up to a 50% credit for child care

• Supports tax credits to lower the cost of health care

• Supports re-examining tax benefits for the top one percent of earners

• Favors a tax credit that would subsidize higher education costs for most American students

Senator McCain

• Advocates simplification of the tax system and eliminating special interest loopholes

• Advocates lowering of taxes for middle class families

• Opposed the Bush administration tax cuts but now believes they must be extended; objects to removal of tax breaks for the wealthy

• Voted for permanently repealing the estate tax

• Advocates repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax

• Voted against repealing the capital gains cut to provide additional military funding

• Voted against the 2003 Bush tax cut law but later voted in extending the tax cuts through 2010

• Advocates removing the charitable deduction

• Advocates reduction of corporate tax rates from 35% to 25

• Favors doubling of the personal exemption for dependents

• Supports an increase in the medical expense deduction

Sources and further information:

http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2008/issues/issues.taxes.html

http://www.johnmccain.com/Informing/Issues/

http://www.barackobama.com/issues

http://www.procon.org/

http://www.issue2008.com/

http://www.ontheissues.org

The Issue: Women’s Issues/Equal Rights

Why should we care about equal rights? Discrepancy between payments to working men and women in comparable jobs; discrimination against female business owners by lenders; discrimination against minority groups in education, politics, religion; problems of physically handicapped persons' ability to gain access to public buildings because of building age or design.

Senator Obama

• Voted for the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

• Supports preserving reproductive rights under Roe v. Wade.

• Opposes same sex marriage, however, opposes a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage; believes that legislation on the issue is a matter for the states.

• Supports a comprehensive approach to sex education that emphasizes abstinence but includes age-appropriate education on contraception.

• Supports revisions to the Americans with Disabilities Act that would more clearly define disability and expand protection of the disabled from discrimination.

• Co-sponsored and helped reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.

• Favors encouraging employers to offer flex-time scheduling and paid leave for family emergencies.

Senator McCain

• Opposed the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

• Believes Roe v. Wade is a flawed decision that must be overturned, leaving the issue to states

• Believes that marriage is between one man and one woman, however, opposed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage; believes that legislation on the matter is a matter for the states

• Supports abstinence only position on sex education

• Cosponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act; supports revisions to the act that would more clearly define disability and expand protection of the disabled from discrimination.

• Favors encouraging employers to offer flex-time scheduling and unpaid leave for family emergencies.

Sources and further information:

http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2008/issues/issues.abortion.html

http://www.ontheissues.org/Abortion.htm

http://www.johnmccain.com/Informing/Issues/

http://my.barackobama.com/page/content/womenissues

http://obama.3cdn.net/0229472a1e45d95f49_0om6bx014.pdf

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/24/washington/24cong.html?ref=us

http://www.issue2008.com/

http://www.2008electionprocon.org/

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