Friday, September 7, 2012

Obama: 2012 Election Clearest Choice in a Generation

The Democratic Convention in Charlotte, NC was a resounding reminder of what is truly at stake in the upcoming November election.

And on every issue, the choice you face won’t be just between two candidates or two parties.

It will be a choice between two different paths for America.

A choice between two fundamentally different visions for the future.

Ours is a fight to restore the values that built the largest middle class and the strongest economy the world has ever known.

I am considerably less swept off my feet in 2012 vs 2008, but I am more committed to renewing our contract with Obama/Biden because:

  • I entered the relationship with eyes wide-open. In plain English, I fully understood that the Great Recession -- a Bush/Cheney creation -- was so deep and dire (worst economic downturn since the Great Depression) that it would take years -- similar to the Great Depression -- to fix and repair the systemic economic problems.

  • As Bill Clinton -- he still has that Mojo -- so eloquently stated: We know that investments in education and infrastructure and scientific and technological research increase growth. They increase good jobs, and they create new wealth for all the rest of us.

  • As President Obama forcibly reminded us about GOP's platform:
“Now, our friends down in Tampa at the Republican convention were more than happy to talk about everything they think is wrong with America. But they didn't have much to say about how they'd make it right. They want your vote, but they don't want you to know their plan. And that's because all they have to offer is the same prescriptions they've had for the last 30 years. Have a surplus? Try a tax cut. Deficit too high — try another.”

“Feel a cold coming on? Take two tax cuts, roll back some regulations, and call us in the morning.”

“Now, I've cut taxes for those who need it middle-class families, small businesses. But I don't believe that another round of tax breaks for millionaires will bring good jobs to our shores, or pay down our deficit."

"I don't believe that firing teachers or kicking students off financial aid will grow the economy or help us compete with the scientists and engineers coming out of China. After all we've been through, I don't believe that rolling back regulations on Wall Street will help the small-businesswoman expand, or the laid-off construction worker keeps his home.”

“We have been there, we've tried that, and we're not going back. We are moving forward, America.”

“Now, I won't pretend the path I'm offering is quick or easy. I never have. You didn't elect me to tell you what you wanted to hear. You elected me to tell you the truth.”

“So now you have a choice between a strategy that reverses this progress or one that builds on it.”

Speaking about the dueling party convention:

The GOP convention was like watching black and white TV. Yes, they trotted out their token blacks, women and Latino speakers -- sidebar note: Dang, will Condi Rice ever get tired of defending the ultra restricted good ol boy's club? -- but the audience was basically very homogeneous.

On the contrast, the Democratic convention, on stage and audience, reflected the rich and diverse tapestry of contemporary America. Watching this convention was akin to viewing High Definition TV in Technicolor.

To me it's a no-brainer:

Four More Years!

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