Last nine weeks of the campaign will be decisive in the race for the White House
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Last nine weeks of the campaign will be decisive in the race for the White House

Washtucna : WA : USA | Sep 01, 2012 at 11:35 AM PDT
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With the nomination in his pocket, Republican candidates Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan must now convince swing voters in America, starting with Hispanics, that his radical proposals for reform of public expenditure can benefit them.Star of the ultraconservative Tea Party, the running mate Ryan is the chief ideologue of his chief economic program Romney, with tax cuts for all layers of society, including the richest, and a fundamental change in health programs and pension.

Ryan proposes, among others, cut immediately by 19% of non-military spending and cut $ 810 billion health plan for the poor Medicaid, which covers half of Latino children in the country .Ryan also proposed as part of its program a cut of up to 200 thousand people in a program of educational assistance for children dating from the 1960s, Head Start. "Over a third of children in Head Start are Hispanic," .

Romney's strategy and Ryan, ratified in their acceptance speeches, is to paint the U.S. problems, starting with the deficit, as something that should concern and unite all citizens."Hispanics have the same priorities and concerns of all Americans, and that's the economy, create jobs and create the conditions to overcome the deficit of this government," he told reporters during the Republican convention Congressman Mario Diaz Cuban American.

But the unemployment rate among Hispanics is two points higher (10.3% in July instead of 8.3% of the national average), and the poverty rate of unpaid mortgages, have devastated the community for four years.A lack of bright economic news and immigration reform, President and candidate for re-election, Barack Obama, has in its health reform his most ambitious political asset for the community.

The Democratic president's health reform extends to almost universal coverage to the entire population.Latinos give more importance to health coverage or education to immigration reform, according to various polls.And the most comprehensive opinion surveys show that a strong government role in the health area, the style of Latin America or Europe, is an idea that appeals to Hispanics.

These programs are essential to the Hispanic community, recognizes Israel Ortega, of the conservative Heritage Foundation. But "if we do nothing now going to go bankrupt," he warns.Ryan suggested that the health care program for retirees, Medicare, public only change being one in which beneficiaries can obtain state aid to negotiate contracts with private insurers.

That represents a total change of philosophy and vastly more expensive health coverage, the Obama administration argues.The amendment does not apply to those over 55, replicates the Romney campaign and Ryan, which interestingly uses the same arguments that Obama when he managed to pass his ambitious health reform: people who do not want change models are not required to it.But the Republican and Democratic proposal are substantially different because they involve also another central aspect: the taxes on the rich.

The Obama administration wants to end tax cuts for wealthier taxpayers who passed George W. Bush, while Romney and Ryan say the cuts should actually extend to other citizens.With the nomination in his pocket, Republican candidates Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan must now convince swing voters in America, starting with Hispanics, that his radical proposals for reform of public expenditure can benefit them.

karasiwo is based in Karāchi, Sind, Pakistan, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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