AS THE ELECTION landscape unfolds, the choice we face in November becomes clearer. Re-elect President Obama, who has focused on rebuilding the middle class and fighting for economic fairness and opportunity for all Americans, or elect a candidate who Is out of touch with the concerns of working families.
The vast differences between the presidential candidates, their proposals and their track records on jobs, die economy, healthcare, retirement and education speak for themselves.
"I believe that this country succeeds when everyone gets a fair shot, when everyone does their fair share, when everyone plays by the same rules," President Obama said during a speech given in Osawatomie, Kan., on Dec. 6, 2011.
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Nowhere are die candidates' differences more evident than in their budget proposals. Despite inheriting the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, President Obama's proposals underscore his track record of fighting for die middle class.
* Championed and signed into law die American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which saved or created approximately 300,000 education and public service jobs.
* Worked with labor and management to provide critical rescue loans to save the U.S. auto industry and 1.4 million jobs. Since then, die U.S. auto industry has created more than 160,000 jobs.
* Fought for economic fairness via the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.
* Is fighting for the American Jobs Act, which would prevent layoffs of educators, police officers and firefighters; provide resources to modernize infrastructure, including public schools, roads and bridges; and provide funding to community colleges and job training programs.
Meanwhile, the leading Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, is supporting out-of-touch policies that hurt working families. He seems most interested in attacking President Obama and espousing rhetoric about die economic recovery.
Mitt Romney criticized the bold steps taken to save die auto industry.
"Let Detroit go bankrupt," he wrote in an op-ed in the New York Times. In another op-ed he wrote for the Detroit News, Romney called the auto bailout "crony capitalism on a grand scale."
Romney also supports the Republican congressional budget (also called die Ryan budget), which calls for dramatic cuts to programs that provide security and economic opportunity for all Americans. The budget Romney supports will slash so-called discretionary spending, including assistance and education programs. These cuts disproportionately affect women, children and older Americans. While cutting aid to people who need it most, the budget would provide millionaires with an average tax cut of $150,000.
As President Obama said recently in a speech …