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A COLUMN DIVIDED: The topics candidates didn't focus on

Published: Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 10:11


From the right: Casey Saxton


The 2012 presidential election has focused on issues such as the economy, jobs and national debt. It’s even touched on areas like health care and, to an extent, education. We’ve heard a little about foreign policy and the military.

   

I would have liked to have heard more about energy and illegal immigration during the campaign. Obviously, energy has been talked about a little by Mitt Romney but hasn’t really been touched by President Obama, aside from his line when he says he’s got an “all-of-the-above” strategy. Illegal immigration is probably a topic Mitt Romney wanted to avoid, given he didn’t want to scare off what few Hispanics might support him. Here’s my take on those two issues.

   

To fill up my 2007 Chevy Cobalt costs more than $40 at the pump. I think it’s ridiculous, especially given the fact that gasoline was only about $2 a gallon when President Obama took office. I don’t necessarily blame the President for the high gas prices, but I certainly don’t think he’s done anything to increase production here at home.

   

On the energy front in general, the President did invest stimulus money in a lot of green energy companies like Solyndra, Bright Source, Abound Solar and more. The problem with his initiatives in those areas is that those companies listed and many more failed due to the high price and lack of demand in the market.

   

I think nearly everyone agrees we need to find an alternative source of energy, given there is a finite amount of fossil fuels on the planet. However, until there is a cost-effective, feasible alternative to natural gas, oil or coal then we won’t begin moving away from those energy sources.

 

Illegal immigration has been a problem in our nation for a long time and will most likely continue to be a problem for years to come. I do agree with many politicians when they say we need to secure our border before we undertake massive immigration reform. I also agree with Romney full-heartedly about the need for an e-verify system for employers. If illegal immigrants can’t find work, there will be much less of an incentive for them to come in to the United States. For some reason, liberals seem to think putting an e-verify system in place is a form of racism. All I can say to that is — what a joke. Let’s secure our border and put in place the e-verify system, and then we can discuss what needs to be done with the illegal immigrants already in our country.

Although energy and illegal immigration weren’t talked about as thoroughly as I would have liked during the election, I feel like the overall theme about the economy, jobs and the deficit was entirely appropriate given the situation in which our country currently finds itself.

– Casey Saxton, a sophomore majoring in business administration, is the president of the USU College Republicans. He can be reached at caseysaxton@hotmail.com.

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