Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Obama. Montana. One more week.

posted by John Blanco @ 9:27 PM


In case you missed it, the primaries END in one week! Can't ya just wait? The primary phase has been going on for a looooooooong time. The next phase starts soon after. Once the primaries end, it's anticipated that most of the superdelegates will announce their support -- and it should be enough to make official:

Obama v. McCain

How exciting. :-)

Incidentally, for the "Barack is all about 'hope' and doesn't have a plan crowd," highlights of his economic plan are:

  • Obama will work to eliminate the provision that prevents bankruptcy courts from modifying an individual's mortgage payments.
  • Obama believes that workers should have the freedom to choose whether to join a union without harassment or intimidation from their employers. Obama cosponsored and is strong advocate for the Employee Free Choice Act, a bipartisan effort to assure that workers can exercise their right to organize. He will continue to fight for EFCA's passage and sign it into law.
  • Barack Obama will raise the minimum wage, index it to inflation and increase the Earned Income Tax Credit to make sure that full-time workers earn a living wage that allows them to raise their families and pay for basic needs.
  • Obama believes we can get broadband to every community in America through a combination of reform of the Universal Service Fund, better use of the nation's wireless spectrum, promotion of next-generation facilities, technologies and applications, and new tax and loan incentives.
  • The FMLA covers only certain employees of employers with 50 or more employees. Obama will expand it to cover businesses with 25 or more employees. He will expand the FMLA to cover more purposes as well, including allowing workers to take leave for elder care needs; allowing parents up to 24 hours of leave each year to participate in their children's academic activities; and expanding FMLA to cover leave for employees to address domestic violence.
  • Obama will create a program to inform businesses about the benefits of flexible work schedules; help businesses create flexible work opportunities; and increase federal incentives for telecommuting. Obama will also make the federal government a model employer in terms of adopting flexible work schedules and permitting employees to request flexible arrangements.
  • Barack Obama introduced the Patriot Employer Act of 2007 to provide a tax credit to companies that maintain or increase the number of full-time workers in America relative to those outside the US; maintain their corporate headquarters in America; pay decent wages; prepare workers for retirement; provide health insurance; and support employees who serve in the military. (Sad we even have to do this, but there it is.)
  • Obama will restore fairness to the tax code and provide 150 million workers the tax relief they need. Obama will create a new "Making Work Pay" tax credit of up to $500 per person, or $1,000 per working family. The "Making Work Pay" tax credit will completely eliminate income taxes for 10 million Americans.
  • Obama will dramatically simplify tax filings so that millions of Americans will be able to do their taxes in less than five minutes. Obama will ensure that the IRS uses the information it already gets from banks and employers to give taxpayers the option of pre-filled tax forms to verify, sign and return.

And for the "There is more important things in the world!" crowd, I repeat, those are just highlights of the economic plan.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

All sounds just peachy... but how does Obama propose we PAY for all of these far-reaching plans? That's where he falls short--the follow-through. Do you have that information? You may be ok with empty promises, but a lot of people want feasible action.

9:15 AM  
Blogger John Blanco said...

If it sounds peachy, I suppose you will support him. :-)

Not all of the items I've listed above cost money. You might want to re-read the list.

1 item is a tax cut to the middle class, something we all need.

5 of the items won't cost money at all. They are merely proposed new law.

1 item is a tax break to American-hiring companies that will be paid for by a fraction of the tax cuts given to the top 1% by Bush.

2 items are investments in the commons that will pay for themselves. (Flex scheduling and Urban Broadband)

Barack Obama will be getting rid of the treasonous tax cuts to the super wealthy -- that will pay for many programs.

Also, if you haven't noticed, there's been talk of ending this Iraq War a little sooner than, say, other Republican candidates. It's costing us over a billion of week. If you're sensitive to government spending, I'm sure you're really sensitive to that.

9:25 AM  

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