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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Building Legacy: President Obama Transcends Political Status Quo

“We don't inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” David Brower (1912-2000 environmentalist)

President Barack Obama's election victory over conservative political dogma, led by his opponent Governor Mitt Romney, was made possible by voters who agreed with his premise about needing more time to execute his progressive agenda.  

In other words, President Obama was re-hired to transcend politics as usual.  He's expected to pave a path forward for our children, where the opportunities for success begin with a national environment of equal opportunity. 

Creating a healthy environment includes the totality of the human condition.  Providing the inheritors of our nation with access to quality, affordable health care is as important as promoting initiatives to protect clean air, water and environmental pollutants.

President Obama's re-election affirms a direction already paved to protect the following:

1.  A balance on the US Supreme Court whereby any appointments during the next 4 years will protect against another conservative appointment.

2.  Affirmation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act aka "Health Care Reform" or "Obamacare".

3.  Support for voters rights whereby every American citizen will be offered the opportunity to exercise the US Constitutional freedom to elect our government without undue restrictions or obstructions.

4.  Immigration reform will be an administrative priority. President Obama will affirm our nation's immigration heritage by providing a path to US citizenship for  hard working immigrants and their families, which includes foreign nationals who serve in the US military.

5.  Implementation of a taxation laws whereby wealth is shared to improve the quality of life for all Americans.  This includes taxing super rich people at a rate consistent with what is paid by the middle class.  For example, while Governor Romney reported paying a tax rate of about 14 percent, my husband and I paid at 30 percent.  (Yes, it's aggravating to realize the unfairness of this unbalanced rate.)  Americans don't want tax gimmicks like "closing loop-holes".  Rather, President Obama must transcend these "loop-hole" euphemisms that really mean middle class tax increases.  Using simple arithmetic, our nation's taxation policy must enforce uniformly fair tax rates. 

6.  Support for excellent American education where science and critical thinking skills are essential components of our national curricula. 
7.  Reversing the US Supreme Court "Citizens United" ruling whereby free speech in paid political discourse isn't required to be truthful.

8.  Political campaign finance reform where individual names are revealed to disclose how much money they contribute to Political Action Committees.

9.  Protecting Social Security for future generations.

10. Recognizing the science and theory of about global climate change, rather than marginalizing the discussion of weather into political rhetoric.  

Building a legacy means improving the human condition for many generations. President Obama is given an opportunity to "earn forward", by protecting our nation's environment for freedom, success and upward mobility for all our children. 

President Obama has already transcended the often constraining issue of race and social class to become the leader of the free world.  His beacon of success must now shine on all Americans.

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