If President Obama could visit your kitchen table . . .

From the Obama campaign:

During the last weeks of this campaign there will be debates, speeches and more ads. But if I could sit down with you in your living room or around the kitchen table here’s what I’d say:

When I took office we were losing nearly 800,000 jobs a month and were mired in Iraq. Today I believe that as a nation we are moving forward again. But we have much more to do to get folks back to work and make the middle class secure again.

Now, Governor Romney believes that with that even bigger tax cuts for the wealthy and fewer regulations on Wall Street all of us will prosper. In other words he’d double down on the same trickle down policies that led to the crisis in the first place. So what’s my plan?

First, we create a million new manufacturing jobs and help businesses double their exports. Give tax breaks to companies that invest in America, not that ship jobs overseas.

Second, we cut our oil imports in half and produce more American-made energy, oil, clean-coal, natural gas, and new resources like wind, solar and bio-fuels—all while doubling the fuel efficiencies of cars and trucks.

Third, we insure that we maintain the best workforce in the world by preparing 100,000 additional math and science teachers. Training 2 million Americans with the job skills they need at our community colleges. Cutting the growth of tuition in half and expanding student aid so more Americans can afford it.

Fourth, a balanced plan to reduce our deficit by four trillion dollars over the next decade on top of the trillion in spending we’ve already cut, I’d ask the wealthy to pay a little more. And as we end the war in Afghanistan let’s apply half the savings to pay down our debt and use the rest for some nation building right here at home.

It’s time for a new economic patriotism. Rooted in the belief that growing our economy begins with a strong, thriving middle class. Read my plan. Compare it to Governor Romney’s and decide for yourself. Thanks for listening.

Read the President’s plan: http://OFA.BO/SAzDgd

6 Responses to If President Obama could visit your kitchen table . . .

  1. JamesK says:

    Here’s a manifesto of the people in this country who think they are the most entitled:


    I am a job creator: A manifesto for the entitled
    By Steven Pearlstein, Published: September 29
    I am a corporate chief executive.

    I am a business owner.

    I am a private-equity fund manager.

    I am the misunderstood superhero of American capitalism, single-handedly creating wealth and prosperity despite all the obstacles put in my way by employees, government and the media.

    I am a job creator and I am entitled.

    I am entitled to complain about the economy even when my stock price, my portfolio and my profits are at record levels.

    I am entitled to a healthy and well-educated workforce, a modern and efficient transportation system and protection for my person and property, just as I am entitled to demonize the government workers who provide them.

    I am entitled to complain bitterly about taxes that are always too high, even when they are at record lows.

    I am entitled to a judicial system that efficiently enforces contracts and legal obligations on customers, suppliers and employees but does not afford them the same right in return.

    I am entitled to complain about the poor quality of service provided by government agencies even as I leave my own customers on hold for 35 minutes while repeatedly telling them how important their call is.

    I am entitled to a compensation package that is above average for my company’s size and industry, reflecting the company’s aspirations if not its performance.

    I am entitled to have the company pay for breakfasts and lunches, a luxury car and private jet travel, my country club dues and home security systems, box seats to all major sporting events, a pension equal to my current salary and a full package of insurance — life, health, dental, disability and long-term care — through retirement.

    I am entitled to have my earned income taxed as capital gains and my investment income taxed at the lowest rate anywhere in the world — or not at all.

    I am entitled to inside information and favorable investment opportunities not available to ordinary investors. I am entitled to brag about my investment returns.

    I am entitled to pass on my accumulated wealth tax-free to heirs, who in turn, are entitled to claim that they earned everything they have.

    I am entitled to use unlimited amounts of my own or company funds to buy elections without disclosing such expenditures to shareholders or the public.

    I am entitled to use company funds to burnish my own charitable reputation.

    I am entitled to provide political support to radical, uncompromising politicians and then complain about how dysfunctional Washington has become.

    Although I have no clue how government works, I am entitled to be consulted on public policy by politicians and bureaucrats who have no clue about how business works.

    I am entitled to publicly criticize the president and members of Congress, who are not entitled to criticize me.

    I am entitled to fire any worker who tries to organize a union. I am entitled to break any existing union by moving, or threatening to move, operations to a union-hostile environment.

    I am entitled to a duty of care and loyalty from employees and investors who are owed no such duty in return.

    I am entitled to operate my business free of all government regulations other than those written or approved by my industry.

    I am entitled to load companies up with debt in order to pay myself and investors big dividends — and then blame any bankruptcy on over-compensated workers.

    I am entitled to contracts, subsidies, tax breaks, loans and even bailouts from government, even as I complain about job-killing government budget deficits.

    I am entitled to federal entitlement reform.

    I am entitled to take credit for all the jobs I create while ignoring any jobs I destroy.

    I am entitled to claim credit for all the profits made during a booming economy while blaming losses or setbacks on adverse market or economic conditions.

    I am entitled to deny knowledge or responsibility for any controversial decisions made after my departure from the company, even while profiting from such decisions if they enhance shareholder value.

    I am entitled to all the rights and privileges of running an American company, but owe no loyalty to American workers or taxpayers.

    I am entitled to confidential information about my employees and customers while refusing even to list the company’s phone number on its Web site.

    I am entitled to be treated with deference and respect by investors I mislead, customers I bamboozle, directors I manipulate and employees I view as expendable.

    I am entitled to be lionized in the media without answering any questions from reporters.

    I am entitled to the VIP entrance.

    I am entitled to everything I have and more that I still deserve.


  2. JamesK says:

    Hightower, I’m still waiting for you to explain why, if it isn’t to raise their taxes, the GOP keeps on kvetching about the supposed 47% that pay no federal income taxes?


  3. JamesK says:

    To quote Ed:
    The stockmarket is at a high, and corporate profits are setting records, especially in oil and retail.

    Wait..isn’t it Republican credo that if the 1% and corporations have as much money as possible that it would “trickle down” to the rest of us in the form of jobs and economic prosperity?

    So Republicans…where’s the jobs and economic prosperity?


  4. Ed Darrell says:

    If you think that more regulation and more taxes on the middle class (which is, of course, what the democrats mean when they say “tax breaks for the Rich”, will help this nation you are out of your mind.

    What “more regulation?” That’s completely without foundation. What regulation Obama instituted has hurt business?

    Pure hooey.

    “More taxes on the middle class” is Romney’s plan, not Obama’s.

    The usual socialist lies and nonsense we get out of the Democrats.

    The stockmarket is at a high, and corporate profits are setting records, especially in oil and retail. If that’s socialism, it’s really crappy socialism. Maybe you don’t know what socialism is?


  5. JamesK says:

    To quote:If you think that more regulation and more taxes on the middle class (which is, of course, what the democrats mean when they say “tax breaks for the Rich”, will help this nation you are out of your mind.

    Funny…in what world is Mitt Romney and the richest 10% of the country “middle class.” Because it sure isn’t the Democrats proposing tax hikes on the middle class…it’s the GOP.

    If you think tax cuts to the 1% are going to help this nation you aren’t out of your mind….you simply have no mind at all.

    And as for regulation..tell me…exactly how well did deregulation keep Wall Street from crashing the economy?

    As for socialism..yeah don’t use terms you don’t understand you fascist gasbag.


  6. Youareprojecting says:

    If you believe that pack of lies then you are truly mindless.

    If you think that more regulation and more taxes on the middle class (which is, of course, what the democrats mean when they say “tax breaks for the Rich”, will help this nation you are out of your mind.

    The usual socialist lies and nonsense we get out of the Democrats.

    Obama is absolutely the worst president this nation has ever seen and America has never been in worse shape, Four more years of this rascal and we will cease to be a country worth living in.

    The only solution is to get him and the rest of the Democrats out of power and earning an honest living.

    Unemployment is worse, and the handling of the ME is a disaster,

    If we were “mired” in Iraq, it was because the traitorous Democrats had so undermined and politicized it. Iraq, due to Democrat cowardice will turn out badly now. On turth we were not “mired” in it at all. (and it is telling that they use this word for it is the same sort of rhetoric they used when they betrayed us during the Vietnam War.)

    On all fronts Obama has been a failure. The only way he can not be seen as a failure is from the perspective on an enemy of the USA.

    What a pompous dolt you are to believe this poppycock.


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