I’ve done the best that I could refraining from actively engaging in political speak on this blog (and to a lesser extent on Twitter) but I figure that now is the time to explain why I am voting for Mitt Romney. I know that not everyone agrees with me, but as this is a free country with freedom of speech, I get to use this space for what I am thinking. If you don’t agree with me, tell me why in the comments below (and keep it civil, my parents will read this).
Being from Chicago, I’ve been privy to seeing the President rise from obscurity to the highest office in the land. Which, to be honest, is no easy feat since most of our elected leaders spend several years in Club Fed. I’ll give him the credit and respect that he is due as being the sitting President but I won’t be voting for him tomorrow. I could give you a much more detailed explanation than this but I think, as a lawyer, my argument against the current Oval Office occupant can be summed up in two words: Sandra Fluke.
I graduated law school in 2007 as we were just entering the economic death spiral, I was unemployed for nearly a year (those damn jobs wanted someone with lawyer experience!) and I had to move home. Not exactly where I pictured myself in 2004 when I began my legal education. Since landing my job, I have been underpaid without benefits from day one. I’ve had paychecks bounce. I’ve had a laundry list of experiences that no one should have in their first lawyer job due to the fact that money is quite scarce. Worst of all, I’ve seen my health insurance premium, that I pay for myself, rise and rise and rise (even though I haven’t been to a doctor since last year). I’ve been looking for a new job for the better part of three years and while I could have stopped chasing ambulances to go work in debt collection, I will continue to hold out hope that I can get a better job in the field that I practice in now. But I digress as I know that I am lucky to have an actual lawyer job.
Now, lets go back to Sandra Fluke.
She is/was a law student tied to a very respected school and it just so happens that she gets the opportunity to speak on a national level before and after Rush Limbaugh opens his mouth. Her claim to fame is that she got called a nasty word by a pompous blowhard after she was testifying about the thing that matters most to law students and new lawyers everywhere: the lack of
jobs free birth control. And she became a major surrogate of the President. One who spoke at the DNC in Charlotte. One who has been holding rallies. One who has been front and center for months now. And she talks about free birth control.
Hey Sandra: maybe it wouldn’t be an issue to get birth control if you and your fellow law students and new lawyers had paying lawyer jobs to take after graduation… Maybe?
This, in a nutshell, is why I am voting for Mitt Romney. I watched Ms. Fluke continually talk about the issue that matters most to her, reproductive rights, and each time she spoke, I wondered what on earth she was planning on doing for a job after this campaigning gig was over. The biggest issue facing America isn’t what Ms. Fluke is talking about nor is it what the President has been talking about. I watched all four debates and I kept hearing the same response from the President when it came to jobs: (1) manufacturing, (2) green jobs and (3) community college tuition grants (this was his response to the very first question asked by Nervous Jeremy the Townhall debate in New York). I have seven years of higher education under my belt and I am not going to transition to a manufacturing job, a green job applicant or wanting to go to community college for retraining. I do not believe the President knows how to help fix this economic situation and when I become a parent, I do not want my children to have to work with this as their best hope for success.
If I got the chance to speak to the world, I would hope that I can use it to advocate for those like my old summer clerk Bambi. My clerk from two years ago is now a licensed attorney and last I heard he doesn’t have a law job yet. This is a kid who was smart as hell, an incredible worker and given the chance, will make a great lawyer. If he gets the chance. The only way that happens is if the economy picks back up and our nation gets back to work. The sad truth is that lawyers don’t make anything. We don’t. We depend solely on others to make sure that we can put food on our table. As lawyers and lawyers to be, we have to have a vibrant economy so that we have firms that can put us to work. It’s been four years since there was a celebration in Grant Park and the world watched in hope for what was to come. And after those four years, not much has changed for the better.
I’m voting for Mitt Romney as I think he gives us the best chance to restart our economy. And give lawyers everywhere more work to do.