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Nation at an economic crossroads on Election Day
by Jeff Blanck
Nov 03, 2008 | 492 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Today is Election Day and we have a very important choice to make. Do we want to continue our decline as we have over the past eight years or will we rise up and embrace the future and start to rebuild our broken society?

Sen. Barack Obama will help restore the middle class that is the backbone of America. He will not reward corporations that send jobs overseas. He will create new jobs in the emerging energy fields and let Americans once again be the innovators of new technologies. He will bring down the cost of health care that millions of Americans can’t afford. He will get us out of Iraq and bring our troops home and save our country $10 billion a month. Obama’s election as president will show the world that America is still great.

The alternative is a nightmare. Sen. John McCain will continue to deregulate corporations as he has for decades. He will still rely on “trickle-down” economics, which never has worked and only let the rich get richer. He will keep us in Iraq without any clear objective. He is a “borrow and spend” Republican who is responsible for our current economic crisis. He has sided with Bush on every major issue and we will just see more of the same societal decline. And God forbid he should die in office and let Gov. Sarah Palin become president. She is not qualified to carry McCain’s briefcase, much less lead the country.

Is Obama a liberal? I sure hope so. Our country was founded by liberals and radicals. And we need more of that kind of leadership now. We are at a crossroads and must decide if we are a democracy for all or just the super rich.

Acquiring money is not the foundation of America but you couldn’t tell that today. Our country was founded on the principles that all people are free and entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Somehow, our core values have been corrupted by the current administration into the sole pursuit of money. We have been led to believe that money is the only thing that will make us happy.

Well, a very small percentage of Americans have gotten rich during Bush’s reign. So even if you believe that the pursuit of money is our true calling, it clearly hasn’t happened to the majority of Americans in the past eight years. Sure, the carrot was dangled in front of us but it was unreachable. We are much worse off now than we were eight years ago.

We have gone from a nation operating in the black to being enormously in debt. Maybe if we elect the “tax and spend” Democrats to office, we would not spend money that we don’t have. But if we really wanted something, we would pay for it now and not go into debt and let our children pay off the loan. We need change.

Obama is our hope; McCain would be our downfall.

Jeff Blanck is an attorney in private practice in Reno. He can be reached at
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