American Voters: Do you know who these people are, and whether they have something to do with the current election cycle? Test your political knowledge:
1. Identify as many photos as possible.
2. Answer this Bonus Question: Which of them will lose their jobs if Mitt Romney wins, and which of them is unemployed if President Obama stays in office?
3. Then ask yourself: Shouldn't I know this stuff before I vote?
Top row, Left to Right: President Barack Obama; Vice President Joe Biden.
Row 2, Center: Speaker of the House John Boehner.
Row 3, Left to Right: Presidential Candidate Gov. Mitt Romney; House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
Row 4, Left to Right: Vice-Presidential Candidate Rep. Paul Ryan; Pres. George W. Bush's first Secretary of State Colin Powell.
Row 5, Left to Right: Obama's Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; House Minority Leader and former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
Row 6, Left to Right: Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court John Roberts, who cast the deciding vote that Obamacare is, for the most part, classified as a Tax; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Row 7, Center: He's just the guy who still gets blamed for everything (or, in case you've been in outer space for twelve years, our last President, George W. Bush).
Bonus Question Answer:
-If Mitt Romney wins, then Obama, Biden and Clinton need to go job-hunting.
-If Obama wins, V.P. candidate Paul Ryan is hoping to continue his U.S. House seat for another term. He is actually up for re-election now. The state of Wisconsin does not require that a Congress member give up his/her seat to run for higher office. Mitt Romney can return to private business or possibly seek another public office.
-No matter who wins: House Reps. Boehner and Cantor, and Senators Pelosi and Reid remain in office unless they are defeated in their next campaigns for re-election or they vacate their seat. However, they are elected by their fellow House and Senate members to their leadership rolls in Congress, and could be replaced as leaders for one of two reasons:
1. The majority or minority shifts to the other party because of new seat winners from the opposing party.
2. They choose not to continue and help nominate someone else.
-Former Secy. of State Powell and former President Bush are unaffected. They are retired from official office, pursuing speaking and writing opportunities.
-Justice Roberts has his Supreme Court job for life.
So, how did you do? Do you know enough to vote? Don't forget to also brush up on the various officials running for your state's offices, like judges and school board members, and seek information on any Ballot Amendments.
If you're a glutton for punishment, answer my NonPartisan U.S. Government Quiz questions here.
(All photos are official U.S. government photos, and thereby in the public domain to be used without permission).