One of the things that really impresses me about Barack Obama is how he just ignores the vicious attacks from the Republicans and continues talking about the issues that matter instead of responding in kind.
Once again, I feel absolute despair if I focus on McCain and Palin’s thinly disguised racist and undisguised anti-liberal attacks, whipping up this time charges of treason. On the other hand, I feel genuine hope for America when I look at Barack’s rallies. I hear him talking about substantive plans for issues like the economy, education, and health care. I see positive, engaged crowds; ready to help Obama put his vision for a positive future for them and their families in action.
If I focus my energies on the fear and hatred being sown for the minority of the Republican base, I miss the fact that rallies are still going on around the country like this one in Philadelphia (photos courtesy of Barack Obama’s Flickr page):
One of four “mini-rallies” in different neighborhoods in Philly this Saturday!
I’d miss the crowd reactions, the hope he brings in places like Philadelphia:
The enthusiasm in places like Toledo:
More importantly, I’d miss hearing details of his economic plan. Details from the Toledo Blade (full speech below):
Highlights of his plan include:
* A temporary tax credit of $3,000 for firms that create new jobs in the United States over the next two years.
* New legislation that would allow families to withdraw 15% of their retirement savings — up to a maximum of $10,000 — without facing a tax-penalty this year (including retroactively) and next year.
A 90-day foreclosure moratorium for homeowners that are acting in good faith.
* Calling on the Federal Reserve and the Treasury to work to establish a facility to lend to state and municipal governments.
Mr. Obama’s plan also calls for temporarily eliminating taxes on unemployment insurance benefits; keeping all options on the table to help automakers deal with the financial crisis; having the Fed and Treasury prepare for guaranteeing a broader range of liabilities of the banking system; and instructing Treasury to help unfreeze markets for individual mortgages, student loans, car loans, loans for multi-family dwellings and credit card loans.
Notice two other important things from the video. First, that he immediately silences any booing of McCain and Palin, insisting on civility (something sorely missing from McCain, Palin and their supporters these days). Second, that, just like with education and calling for students and parents to make learning a priority, along with training more teachers and education improvements; he also calls for Americans to look at their own tendency to live beyond their means on credit, while also calling for accountability from the banks, credit card companies and others responsible for the economic crisis.
Definitely guilty here, and have learned the hard way.