That’s why I’m in it!

*Previously in this blog
I’ve tried to highlight the achievements of one Barack
Obama. I have detailed his accomplishments in the Illinois State
Senate and the Us Senate. Now I would like to highlight his plan for
America and how this country would be better off, under his bold
vision. It would be long and nearly impossible to read if I simply
repeated his plan as posted on his website. But feel free to go over and read it all yourself in detail. I highly recommend you download each of his PDFs
and see for yourself the great stuff he’s got planned. The only way
its going to happen though is if we stop Hillary and Obama receives
the Democratic nomination. Edwards dropped out this morning so now it’s down to two. Super Tuesday is next week and if you live in one of the ST states I hope you will be
voting and letting your voice be heard. Change is possible if you
have hope-the man says.

What I can do is give those of you too lazy to read
for yourself a slight overview of the plan and highlight the major
talking points. There are some truly radical things included, like
fixing the Drug Code1
and ending the disparity between crack and powdered cocaine
sentencing, and reforming mandatory minimums. That’s mainly for us
colored folks though. There’s tons of stuff on equal rights and
increasing opportunities for women and minorities. But lets start at
the beginning. This weeks hot topic-the economy. Now, I now most of
you don’t own your own hoe or have mortgages but there are bigger
things at stake than whether suburban dads can keep their credit
scores up. I’ve put together a quick run down of what could be, if
you have the courage to elect the only candidate ready for real
change. What we don’t need are more typical empty promises. Barack
has a practical plan, and not just hallow rhetoric like some other
candidate.

  1. On economy; Obama plans to cut income taxes by $1000, for
    working families. Unlike the Bush tax cuts which gave cuts only to
    individuals earning over $1 million a year. Obama will provide over
    150 million workers (like you and me), the tax relief we need.
    Obama wants to create a
    “Making Work Pay”

    tax credit. Similar to the $100 million Earned Income Tax Credit,
    he passed while in the Illinois Senate. The bill provided each
    individual taxpayer a credit against the Illinois Tax Act in an
    amount equal to 5% of the federal income tax credit allowed.
    Increasing the Earned Income Tax Credit, will make sure that
    full-time workers earn a living wage that allows us to raise our
    families and pay for basic needs. Along side of that Obama plans to
    raise the minimum wage, and index it to inflation. He stated
    November 10, during a speech in Des Moines, Iowa that; “I’m
    in this race to take those tax breaks away from companies that are
    moving jobs overseas and put them in the pockets of hard working
    Americans who deserve it. And I won’t raise the minimum wage every
    en years-I will raise it to keep pace so that workers don’t fall
    behind. That is why I am in it. To protect the American worker. To
    fight for the American worker.” This applies to the rest
    of us, for those of us lower on the totem pole. Barack also plans
    to ensure our freedom to unionize., fight attacks on workers rights
    to organize, and protect striking workers. Obama co-sponsored the
    Employee
    Free Choice Act,

    a bipartisan effort to assure that workers can exercise their right
    to organize. Obama has fought the Bush Administrations National
    Labor Relations Board

    , and their efforts to strip workers of their right to organize.
    Obama also plans to expand the Family
    and Medical Leave Act
    .
    This will provide low-income families with a refundable tax
    credit to help with their child-care expenses, and encourage
    flexible work schedules. Strengthening the economy only begins with
    the worker it also extends to trade, technology, bankruptcy reform,
    credit cards and this weeks buzz topic home ownership. Obama plans
    to fight for fair trade not just free trade. He plans for a trade
    policy that opens up foreign markets to support American jobs. He
    will use trade agreements to spread positive labor and environmental
    standards around the world. He stands firm against bad agreements
    like the Central
    American Free Trade Agreement
    ,
    that failed at these important standards. Obama believes that 2
    and it’s potential were oversold to the American public and he will
    work to fix NAFTA so that it works for American workers. Obama
    also wants to improve transition assistance by extending it to the
    service industries where I work. Creating flexible education
    accounts to help workers retrain before they lose their jobs.
    Barack Obama also suports job creation, he plans to double federal
    funding for basic research. And make the research and development
    tax credit permanent, to help create high-paying, secure jobs. Obama
    plans to make long term investments in education, training, and
    workforce development. He wishes to invest in US. Manufacturing,
    create new job training programs for clean technologies, boost the
    renewable energy sector and create new jobs. Obama genuinely wants
    to restore strength to our ailing economy. The current hot topic in
    the media is housing crisis. Obama plans to create a universal
    mortgage credit. A 10% credit to provide tax relief to homeowners
    who do not itemize. This credit will provide an average of $500 to
    10 million homeowners, the majority of whom earn less than $50,000 a
    year. This is more than the band-aide currently being attempted. The
    current bill in debate calls for one-time tax rebates to go
    primarily to individuals making less than $75,000 and to married
    couples making less than $150,000. It does not as Obama would have
    call for accountability in the sub-prime mortgage industry. He has
    introduced comprehensive legislation over a year ago to fight
    mortgage fraud, and protect consumers against abusive lending
    practices. His Stop
    Fraud Act

    provided the first federal definition of mortgage fraud, increasing
    funding for federal and state law enforcement programs. He’s created
    new criminal penalties for mortgage professionals found guilty of
    fraud, and requires industry insiders to report any suspicious
    activity. Obama also plans to close the bankruptcy loopholes for
    mortgage companies, create funds to help homeowners avoid
    foreclosures, and mandate accurate loan disclosures.

  2. On Health Care; Now I admit to me this
    is one of the most important topics. I haven’t been to a doctor
    since I was in prison, and much of that is due to the fact that I
    simply can not afford it. Health care comes at a price that most of
    us can not afford. Health insurance premiums have risen four times
    faster than wages in the past six years. Nearly 11 million of those
    with insurance , last year ended up spending a quarter of their
    salary on health care. The increasing co-pays and deductibles
    threaten acces to health care for any but the wealthy. Over half of
    all personal bankruptcies are caused by rising medical bills.
    There’s a lot of hype surrounding the issue, and as the two
    candidates slug it out over their respective plans. I’ve broken down
    the talking points of Senator Obama’s and stood them next to
    Hillary’s so you be the judge. First just how “universal”
    can we expect either of their health-care plans to be? Obama’s plan
    creates various mechanisms to make sure that both private and public
    insurance is more available. Clinton’s plan sort of does the same
    thing, but it also creates a “individual mandate”. She
    would require that every one buy health insurance. Obama also
    creates a mandate, but only for children. Under Obama’s plan we
    would remain free to buy insurance or not. The main argument here is
    that how would one enforce a insurance mandate. Would not having
    insurance be punishable by jail time? Or would you get a ticket for
    walking with out insurance (much like driving with out it)? Obama’s
    resistance to the “individual mandate” makes perfect
    sense. Hillary has no outline for how she would even enforce her
    mandate, which in itself make s me both nervous and suspicious as to
    how committed she actually is. There is a lot of debate as to
    whether the government can mandate that you have health-care.
    Forcing people to pay for health care will be hard enough. The most
    obvious and logical solution is to make health insurance a function
    of the government, as it is for the poor and elderly. There’s
    nothing odd about the government collecting insurance premiums in
    the form of taxes for Medicare or Medicaid. Yet this presents
    Republicans with the argument that “Big Government”
    will steal your wages if you don’t buy insurance! And they would be
    right, but what’s more important here is the question. Public health
    is an issue that effects us all. There’s nothing I hate more than
    being on the bus with people sneezing and coughing all around me, or
    riding the train touching poles that good knows what has been wiped
    on. Clinton and Obama both have plans that would steadily enlarge
    the role of government in health insurance. These are accommodations
    to the political reality. Senator Clinton advocates incremental
    reform. The best argument there is that it probably won’t work and
    that’s when the federal government would step in and take over. Her
    plan consist not of one big idea but several small ones, most of
    them familiar. Hillary purposes a competition between private plans
    and a public plan. Senator Obama would establish a National
    Health Insurance Exchange
    that would create “rules
    and standards for participating insurance plans”. Meaning that
    anyone could buy private health insurance through the NHIE, and be
    guaranteed a certain price (on a sliding scale) with a certain bit
    of coverage. The participating insurers would not be permitted to
    exclude customers with pre-existing medical conditions. Oddly enough
    this is based partly on the Massachusetts health-care plan that was
    signed into law by former Governor
    Mitt Romney,
    himself on the presidential trail. The hazard,
    however, with regulatory services in general is that the more
    complex they are the more they are susceptible to pressure from
    lobbyist. The cost of Hillary’s plan is around $110 billion while
    Barack’s stands at $50 to$65 billion. Which is the biggest
    difference between the two. Both Senators plan to pay for their
    respective plans by allocating the funds from the Bush tax cuts that
    expire at the end of 2010. Obama would also invest $50 billion over
    five years to accelerate the adoption of electronic health records,
    a vital and necessary reform that would reduce medical errors and
    hopefully save lives. It would also save money by avoiding needless
    duplication. Such as blood test that are preformed more than once
    because of lost paper work. Obama and Hillary both cite a Rand
    Corporation study that predicts saving up to $77 billion a year. A
    similar proposal from the two would allow Medicare to negotiate
    prescription drug prices, producing savings as high as $30 billion
    annually. Implementing Obama’s plan though would cost employers only
    if they refused to provide health-care for their workers. It would
    require them to contribute a percentage of payroll to the new public
    health plan. Obama would however limit the liability of small
    businesses for “catastrophic” care expenses. Obama care
    would be great for employers because the public insurance part
    would take care of providing care to their employees. Obama also
    wants to invest in prevention, support disease management programs,
    coordinate and integrate care, and require full transparency about
    quality and cost. The most important and least talked about part of
    Obama’s plan is the public insurance part, because it’s portable.
    You can remain in the plan even if you change jobs.

I’m going to have to save my third talking point
the Iraq situation! For another time I’m running long and have to get
to work. Pray I don’t get hit by a bus I still don’t have health
care!

1The
‘National Drug Code’ (NDC) is a universal product identifier used in
the United
States

for drugs intended for human
use. The Drug Listing Act of 1972[1]
requires registered drug establishments to provide the Food
and Drug Administration

(FDA) with a current list of all drugs manufactured, prepared,
propagated, compounded, or processed by it for commercial
distribution. Drug products are identified and reported using the
NDC

2The
North American Free Trade Agreement

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
eliminated the majority of tariffs on products traded among the
Canada,
United
States

and Mexico,
and gradually phases out other tariffs
over a 10-year period. Restrictions were to be removed from many
categories, including motor
vehicles
,
computers,
textiles,
and agriculture.
The treaty
also protects intellectual
property rights

(patents, copyrights, and trademarks), and outlines the removal of
investment
restrictions

among the three countries. The agreement is trilateral in nature
(that is, the terms apply equally to all countries) in all areas
except agriculture,
in which stipulations, tariff reduction phase-out periods and
protection of selected industries, were negotiated on a bilateral
basis. Provisions regarding worker and environmental protection were
added later as a result of supplemental agreements signed in 1992.
NAFTA was an expansion of the earlier Canada-US.
Free Trade Agreement

of 1988. NAFTA is a treaty under international law, though under
United States law it is classed as a congressional-executive
agreement

rather than a treaty.

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