BLUEPRINT FOR CHANGE: A MESSAGE FROM BARACK AND JOE, CONGRATULATIONS!!
Posted 11/4/2008 11:02 PM CST
BLUEPRINT FOR CHANGE: A MESSAGE FROM BARACK AND JOE
Thank you for taking the time to lookat this booklet.
We believe that leaders must be open and forward-looking with the American people about the policy decisions facing our nation.
This booklet brings together our proposals to support American families so you can see clearly where we stand on these fundamental issues. But we also hope that this booklet sparks a dialogue and that after you’ve finished reading it, you get in touch with our campaign and give us your thoughts on the policies you find here.
You can take your government back into your hands, and we welcome you to speak up. You know what’s at stake in this election when you kiss a loved one goodbye as they’re deploying overseas, or see your neighbor’s home foreclosed on, or fill up the tank. This is a defining moment in our history.
The dream that so many generations fought for feels as if it’s slowly slipping away. We’ve never paid more for health care or child care or college. It’s harder to save and retire. And most of all, we’ve lost faith that our leaders can or will do anything about it. But it is because of their failures that this moment of challenge is also a moment of opportunity. We have a chance to bring the country together in a new majority — to finally tackle problems that Washington has ignored for too long.
And that is why the same old Washington textbook campaigns just won’t do in this election. Our leaders have always made the biggest difference in the lives of the American people when we’ve led not by polls, but by principle; not by calculation, but by conviction; when we summoned the entire nation to a common purpose — a higher purpose. And we are here because that’s the party America needs us to be right now.
Joe and I are running to offer this country change that we need.We are in this race to tell the corporate lobbyists that their days of setting the agenda in Washington are over. We’re in this race because we want to stop talking about the outrage of 45 million Americans without health care and start actually doing something about it. We’re in this race to end our dependence on Middle East oil and save our planet from the crisis of climate change so we can give our children a planet that’s cleaner and safer than we found it.
This country of ours has more wealth than any nation, but that’s not what makes us rich. We have the most powerful military on Earth, but that’s not what makes us strong. Our universities and our culture are the envy of the world, but that’s not what keeps the world coming to our shores. Instead, it is that American spirit — that American promise — that pushes us forward even when the path is uncertain; that binds us together in spite of our differences; that makes us fix our eye not on what is seen, but what is unseen, that better place around the bend.
As president, we will end the war in Iraq, a war that I opposed from the beginning and that should never have been authorized. We will finish the fight against Al Qaeda. And we will lead the world to combat the common threats of the 21st century — nuclear weapons and terrorism; climate change and poverty; genocide and disease.
America, our moment is now. We don’t want to pit Red America against Blue America, I want to be the President of the United States of America.
That’s why we’re asking you to stand with us, that’s why we’re asking you to stop settling for what the cynics say we have to accept. In this election — in this moment — let us reach for what we know is possible.
A nation healed. A world repaired. An America that believes again.So thank you for taking the time to read this booklet, which lays out very clearly how Joe and I will achieve these goals for the American people. I hope you look closely at the ideas in this booklet and let us know what you think.
Together, we can change America.
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden
5 Million Green Collar Jobs
A Bold New National Goal on Energy EfficiencyAmerican Energy
Read the New Energy for America plan
Watch Barack's speech in Lansing, MI on his new energy plan:--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
The Obama-Biden comprehensive New Energy for America plan will:
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Provide short-term relief to American families facing pain at the pumpHelp create five million new jobs by strategically investing $150 billion over the next ten years to catalyze private efforts to build a clean energy future.
Within 10 years save more oil than we currently import from the Middle East and Venezuela combined.
Put 1 million Plug-In Hybrid cars -- cars that can get up to 150 miles per gallon -- on the road by 2015, cars that we will work to make sure are built here in America.
Ensure 10 percent of our electricity comes from renewable sources by 2012, and 25 percent by 2025.
Implement an economy-wide cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050.
ENERGY PLAN OVERVIEW:
Provide Short-term Relief to American Families:
• Enact a Windfall Profits Tax to Provide a $1,000 Emergency Energy Rebate to American Families.
• Crack Down on Excessive Energy Speculation.
• Swap Oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to Cut Prices.Learn More...Energy Plan Relief for American Families
Eliminate Our Current Imports from the Middle East and Venezuela within 10 Years:
• Increase Fuel Economy Standards.
• Get 1 Million Plug-In Hybrid Cars on the Road by 2015.
• Create a New $7,000 Tax Credit for Purchasing Advanced Vehicles.
• Establish a National Low Carbon Fuel Standard.
• A “Use it or Lose It” Approach to Existing Oil and Gas Leases.
• Promote the Responsible Domestic Production of Oil and Natural Gas.Learn More...Energy Plan Eliminate Oil Imports
Create Millions of New Green Jobs:
• Ensure 10 percent of Our Electricity Comes from Renewable Sources by 2012, and 25 percent by 2025.
• Deploy the Cheapest, Cleanest, Fastest Energy Source – Energy Efficiency.
• Weatherize One Million Homes Annually.• Develop and Deploy Clean Coal Technology.
• Prioritize the Construction of the Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline.Learn More...Energy Plan Green Jobs
Reduce our Greenhouse Gas Emissions 80 Percent by 2050:
• Implement an economy-wide cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050.
• Make the U.S. a Leader on Climate Change.Learn More...Energy Plan Greenhouse Gas Emissions
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