In President Obama’s final campaign, he’s fighting for the same things he’s always believed in and fought for: that this country cannot succeed without a growing, thriving middle class.
The President is fighting to reclaim the middle-class security that had been undercut by the failed policies of the previous decade – the same policies Mitt Romney wants to reintroduce. President Obama is pointing the way forward to real change that will create jobs, boost the middle class and create a stronger future for all Americans.
Must See: This OFA video of the President laying out his closing argument
- Together, we’ve battled back from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, the American auto industry is back, the war in Iraq is over, Osama bin Laden is dead, and our heroes are coming home. Our businesses have created more than 5 million new jobs in the last two and half years, home values and 401(k)s are rising, and we’re less dependent on foreign oil than at any time in the last 20 years.
- We’re not there yet. But we’ve made real progress. And on Tuesday, America will choose between two fundamentally different visions of what makes America strong.
- President Obama believes America’s prosperity was built on the strength of our middle class. We’re better off when everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same rules. And he has a clear, specific plan to get there:
o First, creating jobs: He’ll help create a million new manufacturing jobs and double our exports so manufacturers can stamp “Made in America” on more products and sell them around the world.
o Second, developing homegrown energy: We’ll cut our oil imports in half and produce more American-made energy – like oil, clean coal, natural gas, and new resources like wind, solar and biofuels – supporting 600,000 new jobs in natural gas alone, all while doubling the fuel efficiency of our cars and trucks.
o Third, training the best workforce in the world: We’llrecruit and prepare 100,000 math and science teachers so Americans graduate prepared to compete for the jobs of the future, train 2 million Americans at our community colleges with the job skills they need, and cut the growth of tuition in half over the next decade and expand student aid so more students can afford college.
o Fourth, reducing our deficit in a balanced way: The President put a plan on the table to cut the deficit by more than $4 trillion in the next decade. On top of the $1 trillion in spending we’ve already cut, we’ll ask the wealthy to pay a little more and cut spending we don’t need throughout the budget.
o Fifth, do some nation-building here at home: we’ll use half the savings from ending the war in Afghanistan to help pay down our debt and invest the rest in fixing our roads, runways, bridges and schools.
- Governor Romney offers a philosophy that lets those at the very top play by a different set of rules than everyone else.
- It’s based on bigger tax cuts for the wealthy that we can’t afford, encouraging companies to ship jobs and profits overseas, and rolling back rules for big banks and insurance companies. But those are the same policies that caused this mess in the first place.
- Another $5 trillion tax cut weighted towards the wealthy, $2 trillion in defense spending our military didn’t ask for, and more power for big banks and insurance companies is not the change we need.
- The people who need a champion in Washington are not those at the top – they’re middle-class families and those working hard to get into the middle class, including students, teachers and small business owners. When these Americans do well, America does well.
- It’s time to finish what we’ve started – to educate our kids, train our workers, create new jobs, new energy, and new opportunity – to make sure that no matter who you are, where you come from, or how you started out, this is the country where you can make it if you try.