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Why I support Obama

Inga Causey
Vail CO, Colorado

On August 29, 2008, I heard the voice of our future, the voice of change ” it was the voice of Sen. Barack Obama. It was for me the first time that I felt I was witnessing history. I have listened to many voices since then, including those of Gov. Sarah Palin and Sen. John McCain, and it is Obama’s voice that resonates with me.

As an American and as a “community organizer” myself, I felt personally attacked by the words of Gov. Palin and Rudy Giuliani. I have donated much of my time to giving back to my community. I feel so strongly that change begins from the ground up, and that one person really can make a difference, that I spend the majority of my time donating, not money, but my services, to those in need. I teach my three children that no act of kindness is without reward.

To this end, I conveyed my troubling thoughts to my mother and, with a rush of words, told her that I would be supporting Barack Obama in this election. She listened intently, asking question after question about what Obama stood for specifically. I know that those were the questions that most of us will be asking ourselves about either candidate in this election. Most of us have strong feelings toward one candidate or the other ” that is what makes democracy work. I do hope, however, that you read the issues that have led me to support Barack Obama and that you at least might give them a second thought and delve a little deeper. To that end, and point by point, I support Barack Obama, in part, due to his positions on the following issues:

– Obama will enact a windfall profits tax on excessive oil company profits to provide a $1,000 emergency energy rebate to American families. This initial emergency rebate is the first step in Obama’s long-term plan to provide middle-class families with at least $1,000 per year in permanent tax relief.

– Obama will provide a $50 billion to jumpstart the economy, preventing 1 million Americans from losing their jobs. This relief would include a $25 billion state growth fund to prevent state and local cuts in health, education, housing and heating assistance, or counterproductive increases in property taxes, tolls or fees and include $25 billion in a jobs and growth fund to prevent cutbacks in road and bridge maintenance and fund school repair to save more than one million jobs in danger of being cut.

– Obama will provide a tax cut for working families and provide 150 million workers the tax relief they need by creating a new “making work pay” tax credit of up to $500 per person, or $1,000 per working family. This tax credit will completely eliminate income taxes for 10 million Americans.

– Obama will eliminate income taxes for seniors earning less than $50,000 per year. This proposal will eliminate income taxes for 7 million seniors and provide these seniors with an average savings of $1,400 each year. Under the Obama plan, 27 million American seniors also will not need to file an income tax return.

– Obama’s plan invests in a clean energy economy and creates 5 million new green jobs by investing $150 billion over 10 years to advance the next generation of biofuels and fuel infrastructure, accelerate the commercialization of plug-in hybrids, promote development of commercial scale renewable energy, invest in low-emissions coal plants, and begin transition to a new digital electricity grid.

– Obama’s plan creates a National Infrastructure Reinvestment Bank to expand and enhance, not supplant, existing federal transportationinvestments. The bank will receive $60 billion over 10 years to provide financing to transportation infrastructure projects across the nation, creating up to 2 million new jobs per year and stimulating approximately $35 billion per year in new economic activity.

– Obama will provide tax relief for small businesses and start-up companies by eliminating all capital gains taxes on start-up and small businesses in an effort to encourage innovation and job creation. Obama will also support small business owners by providing a $500 “making work pay” tax credit to almost every worker in America to reduce the double-taxation effect resulting from paying both the employee and the employer side of the payroll tax.

– Obama will raise the minimum wage, index it to inflation and increase the earned income tax credit to make sure that full-time workers earn a living wage that allows them to raise their families and pay for basic needs.

– Obama will create a credit card rating system modeled on the five-star systems used for other consumer products to provide consumers an easily identifiable ranking of credit cards, based on the card’s features which will be required to be displayed on all application and contract materials.

– Obama will reform bankruptcy laws to protect families facing medical crises by creating an exemption in bankruptcy law for individuals who can prove they filed for bankruptcy because of medical expenses ” creating a process that forgives that debt.

– Obama’s plan will expand the child and dependent care tax credit by making it refundable and allowing low-income families to receive up to a 50 percent credit for their child-care expenses.

– Obama will make available a new national health plan to all Americans, including the self-employed and small businesses, to buy affordable health coverage with guaranteed eligibility that is similar to the plan available to members of Congress. The Obama plan will have the following features:

– Obama believes the government needs to take steps to better enforce the Equal Pay Act, fight job discrimination, and improve child-care options and family medical leave to give women equal footing in the workplace. Women still make only 77 cents for every dollar a man makes and it is estimated that it will take another 47 years for women to close this wage gap with men at Fortune 500 corporate offices.

– Obama introduced legislation to increase child support enforcement by an additional $4.9 billion over 10 years, a measure that will collect nearly $20 billion in child support payments from non-paying parents who don’t fulfill their parental responsibilities.

On Nov. 4th, I hope you will get out and vote. Possibly you might vote for Sen. Barack Obama, but at least support our democratic system, the foundation on which our country was created, and vote for the candidate you feel will serve every citizen in our great nation.

Inga Causey is a Gypsum resident. E-mail comments about this column to letters@vaildaily.com. Submit your guest column to valleyvoices.@vaildaily.com.

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