President Barack Obama views the Hoover Dam on Oct. 2, the day before the debate.

Last week, following Mitt Romney’s closing speech, I shut my television off with a tired sigh. The Oct. 3 debate, which focused on domestic policy, was a continuation of the speeches, advertisements and statements previously made throughout the 2012 campaign season. This is all well- except there comes a certain point when one wonders if the candidates will ever move past lame appeals to the middle class and touch on issues outside the socio-economic box. I reached this point at the conclusion of the first debate.

Both Romney and President Barack Obama have made strides in terms of persuading the middle class that his policy will assist the middle class the most. Romney claims that for the last four years the middle class has “been buried, they’re just being crushed.” Obama says that he wants to “create ladders of opportunity” for the American people and, presumably, the middle class. They each bash their opponent’s plan for the middle class; Romney says that Obama is taking their money and Obama says that Romney will raise taxes on the middle class (which Romney disputed during the debate).

These appeals are emotional and inspiring, but they are quickly growing trite. This nation has repeatedly heard each candidate’s view on the current state of the middle class and what should be done to help them out. Almost any somewhat politically-informed voter, at this point, can recite each candidate’s stance on the middle class.

While improving the lives of those in the middle class is a pressing issue that many voters care about, there comes a point where enough is enough. Repetition can only get a candidate so far. Even the middle class will soon grow tired of hearing the same thing repeated over and over again. The candidates have each made their point and that should be good enough for the middle class. Although it’s understandable that this class, which makes up the majority of American citizens, would primarily care about what each candidate would do for them, it’s reasonable to say that they are interested in more than only that in this election.

If the candidates want to persuade undecided voters to vote for them, then they need to dip their feet into new waters. Romney and Obama should emphasize their differences in more controversial areas- specifically, social issues that often strike a chord within voters. The candidates views on abortion, climate change, education and more are vastly different. It’s time for them to move past the middle class and focus on fresher topics.

Natalie Barman / Opinion Editor

7 thoughts on “Stuck on the middle class [Column]

  1. I 2 want 2 go 2 college & get a nice fine job no not a job an actual career that shall play 2 my advantages drawing, conceptional creature design, etc the only problem is these idiotic democrats are making it more harder 4 people like me to actually make that dream possible…….. I don’t hate obama I just don’t want him as president.

  2. C’mon guys take a break. It’s one person’s opinion. If you don’t like the column then stop reading it. I swear if your on the wrong side of the political in the south they act as if your the devil or some such nonsense. An opinion is an opinion, after all. The problem with Americans is no one is willing is to compromise. You moan, complain, and belittle each other rather then try to reach a middle ground.

  3. Oooooo Bittle aka, don’t get too hot now. Especially when someone else opposes your viewpoints. And yes, the Oracle is notorious for swinging to the left. Just look at your op-ed pieces over the last couple of years.

    1. That doesn’t have anything to do with my viewpoints; that comment was a challenge to a factual survey, not my opinion. Additionally, just because the Oracle has published articles with left-leaning viewpoints does not mean the newspaper is “left-leaning” as a whole; note Odom’s article on Obamacare circa 2010. It simply means no one has bothered to write such articles; is this evident of a bias on our part? Well-written letters to the editor expressing viewpoints contrary to those published are welcome; we’ll publish them as soon as we get them.

  4. Expressing your opinion is fine, but accusing the Oracle of blatantly lying on a poll conducted via a random sample of 1/5 of the school’s population is absurd and unqualified. Is the sample you’ve talked to indicative of the entire school? You are welcome to conduct your own poll of a comparable sample size and report the results to us for publication. Until then, be careful with your accusations, and be sure you have support for them.

  5. Why do you want to go to college?

    -To get a good job.

    Why do you want a good job?

    -To make good money.

    Why do you want to make good money?

    -To provide for my family and hopefully get rich.

    HELLO?! DEMOCRATS WANT TO TAKE MONEY FROM THE RICH. YOU’RE IGNORANT IF YOU VOTE LIBERAL.

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