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I've tried to keep this as objective as possible in a way that will best inform the voters! Test yourself by not checking the answer until you've come to a decision about the question. If you have any questions about my sources, let me know what in particular and I will cite. Enjoy!


1. The context of Romney's “47%...” remark was (in his words):

a: Will support him in the election because they disagree with Obama's entitlement programs as well as government handouts.

b: Are at risk of loosing their jobs because of Obama's failed policies.

c: Will vote for Obama no matter what because they don't pay income taxes feel entitled to food, housing, and healthcare.

d: Will vote for Obama because they antagonize the rich, Romney being among them.


2. The context of Obama's “You didn't build that” remake was (his words):

a: That successful business owners did not accomplish their feats alone, and that many people contributed to the building of roads and businesses.

B: That the infrastructure of the US was created by the working class, not the rich.

C: That the government is more responsible for the rise of successful businesses than the ambition of US citizens.

D: That God is the one who enable all of us to come together as a country and build successful businesses and infrastructure.


3. One of the things Romney criticized Obama for supporting a cut on is:

a: Healthcare

b: Defense

c: Education

d: Corporate taxes


4. Obama has not raised taxes:




5. Social mandates and programs like income tax and redistribution of wealth have swollen in the last 30 years:




6. Mitt Romney returned his 2011 tax returns with a tax rate at 15%:




7. Obama's statement “Taxes are lower on families than they've been probably in the last 50 years




8. Obama has stated that he plans to reinstate the federal Assault Weapons Ban, which outlaws rifles and shotguns with 'military-style aesthetics'




9. Romney supports abortion in the cases of rape, incest, and when the life of a mother is in danger:




10. Which of the following is most key to defining socialism?

A. Universally available programs such as healthcare and food stamps

b. Limits on an individual’s potential income and bans on public expression of religion.

c. Redistribution of wealth by means of income tax and welfare.

D. Government control of means of production and private property.


11. US national debt is at:

a: 6 trillion

b: 10 trillion

c: 16 trillion

d: 20 trillion


12. Under the affordable healthcare act (aka, Obamacare), you are required to switch to a government-drafted healthcare plan:




13. Romney's statement about the president advocating redistribution of wealth is




14. As governor of Massachusetts, Romney enacted a healthcare act essentially the same as the affordable healthcare act.




15. Which presidential candidate supported the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012, which included an infamous passage which allows for the indefinite detention of US citizens without due process by the military if they deem the circumstances appropriate?

a. Obama

b. Romney

c. both

d. neither


16. The NRA's claim that even though there are 436,000 gun crimes a year, there are 2.5 instances of an armed citizens preventing violent crimes is...




17. [DISCLAIMER: I am not trying to invalidate anybody's faith or beliefs, I simply cite objective scientific research.] At what point in pregnancy does the zygote/fetus show signs of early consciousness and susceptibility to pain?

a. 2 months

b. 4 months

c. 6 months

d. 8 months


18. Obama repealed the patriot act and the Bush tax cuts:




19. Obama does not officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel:

* true

* false


20. Obama has no clearly defined date for full withdrawal from Afghanistan







1. c

2. a

3. b

4. False. In addition to two minor acts of taxation on tanning beds and smoking, his healthcare act requires a raise in taxes if one is to opt out and, in 2013, have a slight increase on more wealthy americans.

5. False. Such programs have been around, and at periods, in greater potency, than today.

6. True, and the reasons his tax rate is so low are essentially 'legitimate'

7. True... mostly. There are a a few minor problems with the numbers, and the low tax revenue are probably due, in large part, to a weak economy.

8. False. Although Obama said he would not oppose the ban, the administration clarified that there are no plans in the reinstatement of the ban on a federal level due to the ability of states to do this themselves and, more importantly, because Obama plans to focus on the economy and not gun control.

9. True

10. d

11. c

12. false

13. true

14. true

15. c, both. Thankfully, the indefinite detention claus was stricken down as unconstitutional by the supreme court.

16. False. There is a study suggesting the 2.5 million cases of armed prevention, however it suffers from various methodological flaws. More thorough, moderate estimates of crimes prevented by armed citizens is about 1 million. It is also worth noting (person bias coming in here) that 9/10 guns used in gun crimes are illegally obtained.

17. c. This is the period when complex centers of the brain responsible for consciousness, most notable the cerebral cortex, begin to develop.

18. false

19. true

20. true. It should be noted major troop withdrawals have commenced just weeks ago, but it will take some time.


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