It hasn't been a terrific week. But if there's one thing our Commander-in-Chief has taught us (by example) is that when the chips are down, Americans are best served by raising their chins, assessing their strengths, and working hard—methodically, unrelentingly—towards our goals. And ours, here in this group, is clear: re-elect President Barack Obama, and maintain a level-headed yet positive morale.
Here are just a few reasons to feel good:
7.8% Unemployment, Down Considerably, and Without Republican Help
Obama has officially created more jobs than we lost in the recession. Times are still hard for many Americans, but they are getting better—and we are starting to "feel it".
The rate dropped sharply, to 7.8 percent from 8.1 percent, because the Labor Department’s survey of households showed a large gain in the number of employed people in September. The survey of businesses showed a smaller gain, but it also showed that hiring gains in July and August were larger than expected.Companies are hiring more, the private sector is doing a lot better, car manufacturer profits and consumer confidence are up, and Apple is now the world's most valuable company. We've managed to do all this mostly without any GOP support. Just imagine what we'll do with another four years.
Serious Endorsements of a Serious Candiditate
Mr. Obama sees an America where the common good is as important as the individual good. That is the vision on which the nation was founded. It is the vision that has seen America through its darkest days and illuminated its best days. It is the vision that underlies the president's greatest achievement, the Affordable Care Act. Twenty years from now, it will be hard to find anyone who remembers being opposed to Obamacare.This is the kind of endorsement that reminds us who exactly this man we have in office is. He is a slugger for the American middle-class as much as for the long-term American dream. Don't be fooled by the rhetoric of the opposition—unlike them, Obama is beholden to a vision of a prosperous many, not just a prosperous few. A greener future, with a real shot at avoiding global warming calamity, buttressed by a better-educated and competitive American middle class and a tapestry of laws that take care of our own and doesn't disown the American dream merely because we're getting browner...this is the kind of holistic vision espoused by our President, and precisely what we need. Forget a debate performance; Obama's record of honest fighting on behalf of all of us speaks for itself—and will continue to do so.
$181M Funds Raised, Through Millions of Americans, in September
Our president is on the verge of becoming the first (and only) billion-dollar candidate in the nation's history. That it would take that much money to re-elect him, particularly when the choice is as clear as the St. Louis Dispatch poignantly presents, is telling. Make of that what you may; parse that reality however you want to. Yet, reality is what it is, and the reality is that he who has more money exerts more influence—in Obama's case, this will play out in the form of more (and better) ads, now boosted with from-the-horse's-mouth examples of bloviating mendacity coming from Romney himself. As Zach Friend puts it:
Governor Romney gave the Obama campaign a huge gift during the debate: dozens of examples that reinforce an election-ending narrative about Romney.Right onn, man. Right onn.
That narrative is that Romney flip-flops or will say or do anything to get elected. And according to multiple non-partisan fact-checkers, he pulled some good ones during the debate.
Facts, by themselves, don't win elections.
But the electorate has little interest in flip-flopping or dishonest candidates. You don't need to look very far back in history to see this is the case.
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