Sunday, June 29, 2008
Some people say that words are unimportant. I respectfully disagree. It is thoughts that are the seeds of words. It is words then that are the seeds of action. And I believe that Barack Obama believes what he says, and that he can and will take the actions necessary to deliver the kind of change we need to begin to heal our country and our world. Republicans and Democrats. Blacks and Whites. Men and Women. Christians and Muslims. Rural residents and city dwellers. Rich and poor. Business owners and laborers. The economically-disadvantaged people of the “developing world” and those of us fortunate enough to be in the “developed world”. Barack Obama represents the future of what we can be together.
There remain vestiges of sexism in this country. There remain vestiges of racism in this country. There remains economic inequality in this country. And there are many other examples of inequality remaining in this country and throughout the world. Barack Obama is our best hope for beginning to bring our country and our world together, heal our wounds, and eliminate all forms of inequality. I am dedicated to electing Barack Obama as the next President of the United States because he is the single candidate that can bring Americans together around the values of economic and international security, affordable health care, and education. He embodies the kind of change that all Americans desperately want. He alone can restore the United States’ standing in the world and lead us into a hopeful future at home and abroad.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Although specifics are not yet available, here is a general view of the convention schedule:
Sunday, August 24th: a welcome reception for the Delegates will be held Sunday evening
Monday – Thursday:
--7:30 a.m.: a state-specific Delegate meeting will be held every morning at the Grand Hyatt Hotel where the Colorado state delegation is staying
--10 a.m.: caucuses and/or training sessions meet at the Colorado Convention Center
--4 p.m. – 9 p.m.: convention at the Pepsi Center
More details will continue to emerge as the party hammers out the specifics. In addition, http://www.demconvention.com/ is an excellent resource for answering any questions.
· Taxes: Barack Obama will provide a broad base tax cut for the middle class. He’ll provide a tax credit of $1,000 per family or $500 per worker, putting money back in the pocket of 95 percent of workers and their families. He’ll provide struggling homeowners relief by offering a tax credit that covers ten percent of their mortgage interest payment every year, and he’ll eliminate income taxes entirely for seniors making less than $50,000. While it’s that the wealthiest Americans will be asked to pay their fair share, the reality is that under President Obama, virtually every American is going to see a tax cut.
· Education Expenses: Senator Obama will guarantee every student $4,000 a year of tuition in return for a pledge to engage in community or national service. If you invest in America, America will invest in you.
· Fiscal Stimulus: Senator Obama has called for another round of fiscal stimulus, an immediate $30 billion to help those who’ve been hit hardest by this economic downturn. The Senator has proposed expanding unemployment benefits and extending them for those who can’t find another job right away.
· Mortgage Crisis: Senator Obama offered a proposal to crack down on mortgage fraud almost two years ago, and in this campaign he’s called for the immediate creation of a $10 billion Foreclosure Prevention Fund to provide direct relief to victims of the housing crisis. He’ll also help those who are facing foreclosure refinance their mortgages so they can stay in their homes at rates they can afford. And he’ll provide struggling homeowners relief by offering a tax credit to low- and middle-income Americans that would cover ten percent of their mortgage interest payment every year
· McCain’s Policy: in contrast, Senator McCain offers four more years of George Bush’s tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans who don’t need them and didn’t ask for them. This means four more years of a health care plan that works for the healthy and the wealthy while tens of millions go without care, and families struggle with rising costs. And four more years of a President who sees private accounts as the way to save Social Security.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
I am dedicated to electing Barack Obama as the next President of the United States because he is the single candidate that can bring Americans together around the values of economic and international security, affordable health care, and education. He embodies the kind of change that all Americans desperately want. He alone can restore the United States’ standing in the world and lead us into a hopeful future at home and abroad.