The 57th United States presidential election has once again predictably narrowed down to only two realistic presidential candidates: the incumbent, President Barack Obama for the Democrats, and Gov. Mitt Romney, for the Republicans. Accordingly, we've compiled the most comprehensive database of their positions on all the topics and all the issues to assist you, the electorate, in casting your vote on November 6. Just scroll down below the introductions and click one of the 29 issues and 12 profile categories to compare the political stances and biographical data of 2012 Presidential Candidates.
• President Obama is a strong supporter of worker's rights. He believes they should be given the right to bargain collectively and strike if the need arises. He would see to it that striking workers are not completely expelled from work.
• Obama believes in the Employees Free Choice Act which is a bipartisan effort to enable workers to organize. The essence of the Act is to give the employees a choice whether to join a union or not and not simply be pressured into joining.
• He opposed Bush's National labor Relations Board's 'Kentucky River' decisions to classify workers such as nurses, construction workers as supervisors. They were not to receive protection under Federal labor laws under this decision therefore Obama cosponsored legislation against this.
• Obama intended to raise the minimum wages index it to inflationary levels and thereby raise the Earned Income Tax Credit.
• Obama supports the United Auto Workers and AFL-CIO and the right of workers to bargain collectively and strike if necessary. While running for election he said that he would work to ban the permanent replacement of striking workers.
• Obama believes that America's future lies in developing new clean energy jobs which can be achieved by mandatory limits on carbon pollution which will create a stable business environment welcoming investments from entrepreneurs in a new energy economy.
• Obama plans to invest in innovation and development by giving increased access to capital and by cutting health care costs and also by introducing a new Small Business Health Tax Credit.
• He supports the setting up of a national infrastructure bank to use public and private capital to fund projects. He builds in creating jobs by rebuilding business infrastructure.
• Obama believes that workers should have the freedom to choose whether to join a union without harassment or intimidation from their employers. Obama cosponsored and is strong advocate for the Employee Free Choice Act, a bipartisan effort to assure that workers can exercise their right to organize. He will continue to fight for EFCA's passage and sign it into law.
Johnson’s personal business success, coupled with his libertarian outlook, has given him a definite interpretation on the relationship between businesses and governments. Aside from the often quoted libertarian mantra of entrepreneurship and small government, Johnson also opines that governments should be run as a business, with clear evaluation of the cost and benefits of every decision, instead of the grand voters and special interests inducing gestures that the country has grown accustomed to.
He is also a believer in the economic benefits of immigrant workforce, dismissing the notion that it would take away jobs from the average Americans.
In a recent interview, Johnson has stated his desire to start loosening the country’s child labor laws, which, while continuing to protect minors, will also prevent the curtailing of the spirit of entrepreneurship among our youths.
Scott Keyes: Do you think it’s overreach or do you think it’s fair game to say, for instance, Mike Lee said that child labor laws are probably unconstitutional?
Gary Johnson: Back to unconstitutional. I think there are a lot of kids today, let’s say 13 year-olds, 10 year-olds, that have better knowledge of computers than a 70 year-old. And because of our child labor laws, you can’t pay one of those 10 year-olds, 13 year-olds for a few dollars an hour to help out the 70 year-old with their computer, their computer problems, which might exist if we didn’t have child labor laws.
Scott Keyes: So it might be better to rein in some of those child labor laws, if I’m hearing you correctly?
Gary Johnson: Well, by rein in, the unintended consequence of child labor laws is that we don’t have the entrepreneurial sense with our kids that perhaps existed when I was a 13 year-old, pitching papers and mowing lawns. If there weren’t any child labor laws and you could pay, I use the example of the kid fixing your computer for a couple dollars an hour, is that taking advantage of a child or is that giving a child a real motivation and an understanding of earning money and providing a good or a service? And then on the other side of that, besides child labor laws, there’s the whole notion of you retire and you can’t go back to work for the 75 year-old or the 80 year-old who still has contributions to make.
Scott Keyes: And bills to pay, certainly.
Gary Johnson: And bills to pay. But if all these labor laws were loosened up, you’d have that phenomenon that exists, in a good way.