Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Obama's re-election argument in a nutshell

For those looking for a list of the president's accomplishments, as well as his vision for a second term, here is a nice succinct answer he himself gave, in response to a question during tonight's debate asking what Obama has done to earn this gentleman's vote: 
We've gone through a tough four years. There's no doubt about it. But four years ago, I told the American people and I told you I would cut taxes for middle class families. And I did. I told you I'd cut taxes for small businesses, and I have.

I said that I'd end the war in Iraq, and I did. I said we'd refocus attention on those who actually attacked us on 9/11, and we have gone after Al Qaeda's leadership like never before and Osama bin Laden is dead.

I said that we would put in place health care reform to make sure that insurance companies can't jerk you around and if you don't have health insurance, that you'd have a chance to get affordable insurance, and I have.

I committed that I would rein in the excesses of Wall Street, and we passed the toughest Wall Street reforms since the 1930s. We've created five million jobs, and gone from 800 jobs a month being lost, and we are making progress. We saved an auto industry that was on the brink of collapse.

Now, does that mean you're not struggling? Absolutely not. A lot of us are. And that's why the plan that I've put forward for manufacturing and education, and reducing our deficit in a sensible way, using the savings from ending wars, to rebuild America and putting people back to work. Making sure that we are controlling our own energy, but not only the energy of today, but also the energy of the future. All of those things will make a difference, so the point is the commitments I've made, I've kept.

And those that I haven't been able to keep, it's not for lack of trying and we're going to get it done in a second term.
Anybody who says this guy doesn't deserve re-election would have to be making the argument that they were expecting a miracle worker, and what they got instead was a mere human being who keeps his promises, has turned around the worst economic disaster since the Great Depression, and has compiled a solid record of landmark accomplishments that compares favorably with any modern president.

The president went on to compare the only available alternative, a prospect that should give any voter some pause:

You should pay attention to this campaign, because Governor Romney has made some commitments as well. And I suspect he'll keep those too. You know when members of the Republican Congress say, "We're going to sign a no tax pledge, so that we don't ask a dime for millionaires and billionaires to reduce our deficit so we can still invest in education, and helping kids go to college. He said, "Me too."

When they said, "We're going to cut Planned Parenthood funding." He said, "Me too." When he said, "We're going to repeal Obamacare. First thing I'm going to do," despite the fact that it's the same health care plan that he passed in Massachusetts and it's working well. He said, "Me too." That is not the kind of leadership that you need, but you should expect that those are promises he's going to keep.
Anyone want to risk our country's future on those kinds of promises?

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