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"Plan For Change"

Posted in Personal by Will on Friday, September 19th, 2008 ~ 9pm

I just saw the best political commercial I’ve ever seen.

In it, Barack Obama speaks to the camera, simply telling voters about his plans. I’m for this commercial for a couple reasons. First, since all the major news magazines have decided to only print McCain and Palin covers for the past few weeks (as any visit to a supermarket will confirm), Obama’s face has not been seen by the public since the DNC. So having him actually appear in his own commercial is much needed. Beyond filling that need, the ad impresses me because it takes the audience seriously, and believes they are capable of hearing actual facts. He speaks respectfully to the audience.

Here’s what he says in 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 news. 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.

http://thepage.time.com/script-for-obama-two-minute-ad/

(A few minutes later I saw a McCaine ad where McCaine lies and says Obama will raise taxes on the middle class — quite a difference in honesty between these two candidates.)

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