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Barack Obama’s Economy

September 17, 2008

If you’ve been confused about the direction Barack Obama wants to take our Economy, this new ad is as “straight” an outline you can get.


Here’s the full text of the ad:

In the past few weeks, Wall Street’s been rocked as banks closed and
markets tumbled. But for many of you – the people I’ve met in town
halls, backyards and diners across America – our troubled economy isn’t

600,000 Americans have lost their jobs since January. Paychecks
are flat and home values are falling.  It’s hard to pay for gas and
groceries and if you put it on a credit card they’ve probably raised
your rates. You’re paying more than ever for health insurance that
covers less and less.  This isn’t just a string of bad luck.  The truth
is that while you’ve been living up to your responsibilities Washington
has not.  That’s why we need change.  Real change. 

This is no ordinary
time and it shouldn’t be an ordinary election. But much of this
campaign has been consumed by petty attacks and distractions that have
nothing to do with you or how we get America back on track. Here’s what
I believe we need to do. 

Reform our tax system to give a $1,000 tax
break to the middle class instead of showering more on oil companies
and corporations that outsource our jobs. End the “anything goes”
culture on Wall Street with real regulation that protects your
investments and pensions.  Fast track a plan for energy
‘made-in-America’ that will free us from our dependence on mid-east oil
in 10 years and put millions of Americans to work. Crack down on
lobbyists – once and for all — so their back-room deal-making no
longer drowns out the voices of the middle class and undermines our
common interests as Americans.  And yes, bring a responsible end to
this war in Iraq so we stop spending billions each month rebuilding
their country when we should be rebuilding ours. 

Doing these things
won’t be easy.  But we’re Americans. We’ve met tough challenges before.
And we can again. I’m Barack Obama.  I hope you’ll read my economic
plan. I approved this message because bitter, partisan fights and
outworn ideas of the left and the right won’t solve the problems we
face today. But a new spirit of unity and shared responsibility will.

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