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Change is a tax code that rewards work instead of wealth by cutting taxes for middle-class families, and senior citizens, and struggling homeowners; a tax code that rewards businesses that create good jobs here in America instead of the corporations that ship them overseas. That’s what change is.
Change is a health care plan that guarantees insurance to every American who wants it; that brings down premiums for every family who needs it; that stops insurance companies from discriminating and denying coverage to those who need it most.
Change is an energy policy that doesn’t rely on buddying up to the Saudi Royal Family and then begging them for oil – an energy policy that puts a price on pollution and makes the oil companies invest their record profits in clean, renewable sources of energy that will create five million new jobs and leave our children a safer planet. That’s what change is.
Change is giving every child a world-class education by recruiting an army of new teachers with better pay and more support; by promising four years of tuition to any American willing to serve their community and their country; by realizing that the best education starts with parents who turn off the TV, and take away the video games, and read to our children once in awhile.
Change is ending a war that we never should’ve started and finishing a war against Al Qaeda in Afghanistan that we never should’ve ignored. Change is facing the threats of the twenty-first century not with bluster, or fear-mongering, or tough talk, but with tough diplomacy, and strong alliances, and confidence in the ideals that have made this nation the last, best hope of Earth. That is the legacy of Roosevelt, and Truman, and Kennedy.
Originally posted by Andrew E. Wiggin
reply to post by jamie83
Wow. Congrats Jaime, you just described every politician that ever walked this planet.
Want to know the difference between Obama, and all of his predesessors? (spelling)
If elected, he'll have a democratic congress to back him.
Its hard to get things accomplished without a majority in your corner.
Originally posted by kosmicjack
I am so disappointed.
Originally posted by jamie83
What happened is that Obama allowed each individual to fill in the blanks in their own mind about what change meant to them. Now when the rubber meets the road, and Obama actually is forced to take a stand on issues, he's going to burst the bubbles that people had in their imagination.
Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
Excellent point! Excellent! I agree with you that people all have their own idea of what he means. That's why I asked this question. And just as I'm surprised and disappointed at his intention to support the FISA thing, I wonder how many more times people can be disappointed and still support him...
But, like I said, I want to hear more.
Nobody ever said it wouldnt take time, money, and congressional support. But a democratic president, with a democratic congress is more apt to apply change than anything else.
Originally posted by LLoyd45
reply to post by Andrew E. Wiggin
That all sounds great in theory, but the reality of the situation is that all these changes require large amounts of time, money, and congressional support.
I agree it would be difficult. But democratic congress + democratic president = results. It can be done. Nobody ever said it would be easy.
I doubt he could muster the support needed to lower taxes for the middle class while shifting the burden onto large corporation. There are simply too many corrupt politicians that are on the corporate dole for that to ever happen.
i TOTALLY agree. But, taxpayer funded healthcare is 100 times better than what we have now. I agree with you that its not *the* answer, but its a helluva lot better than what we got now.
Healthcare for everyone is a hollow dream. Unless you institute a national healthcare system, premiums will continue to remain out of the average American's reach. Why not regulate the healthcare industry instead?
How many times in the past 40 years has there been a democratic combination of president+congress in power at the same time? republicans stand for conservatism - IE : Sticking to the old ways. Of course they wont change. I agree, we should have been doing these things all along. But with contentment comes lathergy. There was never a demand for cheap gasoline like there is today. With demand comes technology to meet that demand. Look for a change to happen regardless of who runs this country.
An energy policy that doesn't rely on oil would be nice, but we should have been working on renewable energy sources about 20 to 30 years ago. Any changes effected now will not be felt for a decade or better. In the meantime we will still require fossil fuels. Changes like this don't happen over night.
I'd rather my tax dollars go towards a better education, than an expanded welfare system to support uneducated, lazy, degenerates.
A world class education system would be terrific, but who's going to pay for this army of educators? I'll tell you who, the American taxpayer will.
Ending the War would be a big plus to our economy, but I don't think it will happen during one term in office. Obama has said that himself.
Anyone expecting major changes from Obama, or any other candidate for that matter, has alot of disappointment coming their way.
Originally posted by jamie83
The irony is that Obama's nebulous "change" campaign is going to be his undoing. What happened is that Obama allowed each individual to fill in the blanks in their own mind about what change meant to them. Now when the rubber meets the road, and Obama actually is forced to take a stand on issues, he's going to burst the bubbles that people had in their imagination.