In last Tuesday’s debate, undecided voters asked the president and Governor Romney many questions that are of concern to many Americans. Although there were two candidates on the stage, only one had the answers that we were looking for.
The American people saw their leader – a strong, steady and decisive president with an affirmative vision to move this country forward and build the economy from the middle out, not the top down. They saw a president who has helped the middle class by cutting their taxes by $3,600 per year; a president with a plan to reduce our nation’s deficit in a balanced way, asking the top 2% to pay a little more combined with sensible budget cuts; a president who understands that small businesses are the heart of our nation’s economy and who has cut their taxes 18 times.
With recent polls in the president’s favor, Americans are realizing that we cannot go back to the same failed policies that brought us the Great Recession. We must move forward. We must progress. Progress is 31 consecutive months of job growth, declining unemployment, and 5.2 million new jobs. Progress is saving $60 million for Pell Grants so more Americans like you and I can attend college.
The president talked about women as breadwinners for American families; Mitt Romney talked about them as resumes in binders. President Obama proudly cited the first bill that he signed into law, the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act that allows women like Lily Ledbetter from Calhoun County, Alabama working at places like Goodyear to have a chance to receive equal pay for equal work.
Progress is increased oil production in the U.S. to the highest level in 16 years. Progress is a plan for the future, one that will fuel our children and grandchildren’s economies with green energy like solar, wind, and bio-fuels. President Obama wants to give us the tax rates that we had under President Clinton; at a time when the economy generated 23 million new jobs. That’s progress.
“I want to make sure that the next generation has those same opportunities. That’s why I’m asking for your vote. That’s why I’m asking for another four years.” – President Barack Obama, Oct. 16 2012 Town Hall Debate.