As a small business owner, mother of a child with a pre-existing condition, and a woman deeply committed to women’s rights, my support for President Obama is deep.
I am moved when I think of the thousands of military families reunited with loved ones returning from war; the more than 5 million people back to work at new private sector jobs; the students finishing college because of increased Pell grant funding; and the millions of parents who can now provide their children with essential medical care thanks the Affordable Care Act.
Most American presidents since FDR have tried to make affordable and comprehensive health care available to all Americans. Finally, thanks to President Obama, by 2014 no American will need to worry about being one illness away from bankruptcy.
Obama’s record on the economy
When the President took office, the economy was in freefall, with 839,000 private sector jobs lost that one month alone. The President stopped the bleeding through bold measures that restored confidence in the market, and thanks to his insistence on rescuing the American auto industry, over a million workers still have good jobs there.
We have now had 31 consecutive months of job growth adding a total of 5.2 million new private sector jobs. That growth is continuing. Unemployment hit a 4-year low, the stock market is approaching its all-time high, and the federal deficit has dropped $200 billion since 2011. President Obama will continue to grow the economy from the middle out, so that middle class families will feel the improvement first. They won’t have to wait for it to trickle down from the top.
A vision for the future
President Obama has a vision for America where if you work hard and play by the rules, every American has the opportunity to succeed and achieve their own version of the American Dream.
He believes in civil rights for all, in equal pay for women, and in each person’s right to plan their own lives and control their own health care. He believes that Medicare and Social Security are benefits each of us pay for over our working lives, and that those benefits must be protected.
His plan for strengthening America’s economy includes incentives for companies to create jobs here — and not send them overseas. It includes investing in education and training so the best workers continue to be American workers. And it focuses on creating manufacturing jobs and growing exports so that the label “Made in America” is proudly displayed on more and more products distributed around the world.
The right kind of leader
The Oval Office is a place where momentous decisions are made under great pressure. President Obama’s thoughtful approach to the economy and to the new realities of world politics has restored respect for America. In crisis situations at home and abroad he has displayed steady, resolute determination and professionalism.
At the foundation is his belief that we Americans are all in this together. We give each other a hand up, and give back to this great country that nurtures us and provides each of us the opportunity for success. That is how his vision differs from those who believe “you’re on your own.”
That’s the kind of leader I want in the White House, and the kind of leader America needs.