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42 Reasons to Vote for Obama


From Bob Fertik:

And here are 42 outstanding reasons to work your heart out, courtesy of Ben Brandzel:

1. Health care: High quality health care guaranteed to every American regardless of medical history or income, lower insurance premiums for everyone, and the freedom to chose our own doctor and our own plan.
2. Iraq: Bringing all combat troops home from Iraq within 16 months and no permanent bases.
3. Climate: Reduce America's carbon emissions 80% by 2050 and lead the world in negotiating a binding global treaty to replace the expiring Kyoto Protocol.
4. Taxes: Shifting the tax burden to reward work and cut taxes for 95% of American families while rolling back Bush's tax giveaways to the rich
5. Eliminate all income taxes for seniors making under $50,000 a year
6. Triple the Earned Income Tax credit, one of the most powerful anti-poverty programs ever
7. Raise the minimum wage to $9.50 an hour by 2011 and index it to inflation (finally!)
8. Pass the Employee Free Choice Act, eliminating unfair barriers to organizing and rejuvenating the labor movement overnight
9. Establish a "Credit Card Bill of Rights" to protect consumers
10. Help every student afford college by provide a $4,000 tax credit and boosting Pell grants
11. Ensure workers can care for elderly parents and even attend children's' activities by expanding the Family and Medical Leave Act
12. Eliminate no-bid contracts for any government expenditure over $2500. Sorry Halliburton!
13. End the loophole that allows major corporations to incorporate off-shore and evade billions in taxes
14. Get 1 million plug-in electric cars on the road by 2015
15. Double fuel economy standards
16. Invest $150 billion over ten years to support renewable energy and create 5 million new green jobs
17. Allow individuals to generate electrify at home with solar or wind and then sell the excess power back to the utilities by creating a "Digital Smart Grid"
18. Offer voluntary, universal pre-school to all children
19. Send 30,000 highly qualified teachers to high-need areas
20. Double federal funding for after school programs
21. Bring broadband internet access to every community in America
22. Significantly increase federal support of stem cell research
23. Invest in public transit and high-speed national rail
24. Encourage growth from the bottom up by eliminating the capital gains tax on start-up small businesses
25. Only negotiate new trade agreements that contain vigorous labor and environmental protections
26. Focus diplomatic and military efforts on addressing real threats, like Al Qaeda
27. Revise the Patriot Act to protect Americans' rights
28. Close the Guantanamo Bay detention center
29. De-politicize military intelligence to avoid ever repeating the kind of mistakes that led us into Iraq
30. Fully fund veterans' health care and adopt a zero-tolerance policy for letting veterans fall into homelessness
31. Establish a clear goal of eliminating all nuclear weapons across the globe
32. Lead the world in stopping the genocide in Darfur
33. Save millions of lives and win allies around the world by doubling foreign assistance to cut extreme poverty in half by 2015 and accelerate the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculoses and Malaria (This one is definately my favorite)
34. No more "signing statements" that undermine legislative intent and subvert the constitution
35. Shine light into Washington with a searchable online database that easily connects the dots between all federal lobbying, tax earmarks, campaign finance filings, and Congressional ethics records
36. Triple AmeriCorps, double the Peace Corps
37. Cut corruption by prevent any political appointees from working on any regulations or contracts related to their former employer for two years (Sorry again, Haliburton!)
38. Ban all gifts from lobbyists to any executive branch employee
39. Work towards ending the pay gap for women by passing the Fair Pay Restoration Act
40. Ensure Americans are never again denied their right to vote by pass the Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Act and fully funding the Help America Vote Act to guarantee that every vote is counted
41. Support equal rights and privileges for all same-sex couples and end discrimination against gays and lesbians in the military
42. Require polluters to pay for cleaning up their messes under the superfund program

After 8 years of fighting bad stuff, it kinda makes your head spin to think of all this change actually happening, huh? But it really could. And it's just the beginning. Cause this is the stuff Obama has already committed to. And America's progressives are just getting warmed up.

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Vote green party or any third party or just suffer and shut up! And under obama you will suffer that is if he win.

The fix is in the next president is john mccain!

Apperently Obama doesn't know what's being promised. Fortunatly the author uses the word COULD at the end. He should have stressed it. Most of these proposals I agree with. However !!
1. Obama promises affordable health care. The majority of Americans want single payer. To trump special interests we will need 95% of the population DEMANDING it.
2 Bring all the troops home. The majority wants all the troops home. Obama has not committed to bring them all home. Special interests (capitalists) want them to stay.
14. As a one time believer in electric cars I see compressed air vehicles more feasible. Add a trickle of fuel for 800 to 1,000 miles per gallon. I don't know if it's theory or has been demonstrated. Interested?? Check it out.
15. Ford is selling a 4 cylinder diesel in Europe. 60 mpg. Ford says they can't sell them here.
This piece can make us dream but we need reality.

Once elected it's up to us to PUSH PUSH PUSH !!!

This poll claims to have been the best in 2004. It shows a big improvement for McCain since yesterday.

http://www.ibdeditorials.com/series13.aspx?src=POLLTOPN

The BEST is yet to come!

OBAMA 08

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4 days to go before the election & Obama's foreign policy still equals the Bush doctrine
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQx10p1NbWk

Special Announcement: 2008 is Just the Beginning
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZoxgZLX8JU

... Nuf said!!!

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FOREIGHT POLICY is QUITE DIFFERENT:

Wes Clark on Obama, military & economy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59oyv5Wvvko

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJY7LADH6QQ&NR=1

BUT FAR FROM BEING PERFECT!

I think it took less than 6 weeks to get all the troops into Iraq. Why would it take 16 more months to leave? Give me a break.
4Peace

And it would ALL be a bunch of ultimately worthless talk.

Your vote should be based on ACTION. And, of course, INACTION.

Like the action of Barack Obama's repeated votes to CONTINUE FUNDING the illegal occupation of Iraq (which show exactly where he truly stands on it), his vote FOR the FISA bill that shredded the Fourth Amendment and granted retroactive immunity to telecoms that assisted in the Bush administration's illegal warrantless spying program (which came, by the way, after he had promised to vote against it and even filibuster it if necessary), and his vote FOR the unprecedented American taxpayer ripoff that is the Wall Street bailout.

And the inaction of his refusal to recognize and speak out against the extensively documented crimes of the Bush administration. Our Constitution has been shredded by the most corrupt, criminal, impeachable administration this country has ever seen, and Barack Obama has not shown so much as a raised eyebrow in response.

We must ask ourselves: If he will so blatantly ignore his oath as a senator, why should we even begin to believe he will honor it as president?

Unfiltered Video Commentary:
Why I Will Vote For Ralph

There will be no change if Nobama and Mcbush wins tomorrow, it's more of the same.

No More Two Party dictatorship.
http://www.baldwin08.com

Isn't CT solid for Obama? What would you do if you lived in Virginia? Just asking around.

I do live in Connecticut. But my vote would be wasted on McCain or Obama no matter where I lived. I don't believe in either of them and I see no difference between them.

As I said above, I'm not going on the same tired campaign promises we always hear. I'm going on action. Obama can spew the emotionally charged rhetoric until the cows come home. The bottom line is he has repeatedly voted to continue funding Bush's war, voted FOR the FISA (putting his stamp of approval on Bush's illegal warrantless wiretapping) after promising to vote against it, voted FOR the Wall Street bailout that by itself will have our unborn grandchilden living a lifetime of debt, and been unacceptably silent on the issue of accountability for the most impeachable executive branch this country has ever had.

I would be betraying my personal values and my commitment to defending our Constitution if I voted for him. I refuse to do it.

I refuse to vote for the "lesser of two evils." It only serves to perpetuate a broken system. This feeling has been solidified forever over the past two years, as I have watched Democrats in Washington trash the will of the people who gave them a majority in Congress.

The war rages on, and the Bush administration is still in office.

End of story.

Unfiltered Video Commentary:
Why I Will Vote For Ralph

No one else can, they simply don't have enuf votes.

IMPEACH BUSHCO & RICO PNAC/FARA AIPAC...PNAC is Bush/Cheney's "Helter Skelter" !

UNITE IN SOLIDARITY > WE MUST DEFEAT MCCAIN!!!

Severely fine ANY company that outsources jobs and manufacturing overseas, and MAKE IT RETROACTIVE. Closing the loopholes that allow these big companies to do so with a slap on the wrist should be a part of this legislation as well.

We have lost too many jobs to China and India to pay off our bad loans, and it makes no sense to do this at the expense of the American workers. This is also criminal, and should be examined further.

In Search of Justice,
Dorothy Collins

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