I'm so thrilled to have my best friend guest blog today! And just in time for the most important day for our country in the next four years. She's not only brilliant, but she is the bravest, most caring, smartest person I know. I love and adore her.
With that, here is Mom2Brie, my best friend:
1) My biggest concern is America's deficit. I believe Obama will do more to decrease our deficit. Pay-as-you-go has been a hallmark of his economic policy since he began his presidential campaign. This is what he said in the final debate: "I have been a strong proponent of pay-as-you-go. Every dollar that I've proposed, I've proposed an additional cut so that it matches.”
2) My second concern - education. I believe that the best way to improve America is through education. Here is the education question from the final debate:
"SCHIEFFER: Let's stop there, because I want to get in a question on education and I'm afraid this is going to have to be our last question, gentlemen.
The question is this: the U.S. spends more per capita than any other country on education. Yet, by every international measurement, in math and science competence, from kindergarten through the 12th grade, we trail most of the countries of the world.
The implications of this are clearly obvious. Some even say it poses a threat to our national security.
Do you feel that way and what do you intend to do about it?
The question to Senator Obama first.
OBAMA: This probably has more to do with our economic future than anything and that means it also has a national security implication, because there's never been a nation on earth that saw its economy decline and continued to maintain its primacy as a military power. So we've got to get our education system right. Now, typically, what's happened is that there's been a debate between more money or reform, and I think we need both.
In some cases, we are going to have to invest. Early childhood education, which closes the achievement gap, so that every child is prepared for school, every dollar we invest in that, we end up getting huge benefits with improved reading scores, reduced dropout rates, reduced delinquency rates.
I think it's going to be critically important for us to recruit a generation of new teachers, an army of new teachers, especially in math and science, give them higher pay, give them more professional development and support in exchange for higher standards and accountability.
And I think it's important for us to make college affordable. Right now, I meet young people all across the country who either have decided not to go to college or if they're going to college, they are taking on $20,000, $30,000, $50,000, $60,000 worth of debt, and it's very difficult for them to go into some fields, like basic research in science, for example, thinking to themselves that they're going to have a mortgage before they even buy a house.
And that's why I've proposed a $4,000 tuition credit, every student, every year, in exchange for some form of community service, whether it's military service, whether it's Peace Corps, whether it's working in a community.
If we do those things, then I believe that we can create a better school system.
But there's one last ingredient that I just want to mention, and that's parents. We can't do it just in the schools. Parents are going to have to show more responsibility. They've got to turn off the TV set, put away the video games, and, finally, start instilling that thirst for knowledge that our students need.”
Beautiful - I can't add a single thing to that.
3) Obama's intelligence shines through, and I think it is imperative that we have an intelligent President. He not only was President of the Harvard Law Review, but also taught constitutional law. Only the president has a constitutionally prescribed oath of office that reads: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Who can do this better than a former constitutional law professor?
Finally, if you want to see an inspiring video go to this link: http://my.barackobama.com/aclearchoice. It's excerpts from Obama's October 27th speech in Canton OH, and it shares his message of hope for our future.
Thanks for reading this, and I hope you enjoy a lovely, joyous, and meaningful holiday season!
What are the most important issues to you? Why are you voting for who you're voting for? And how are you feeling? I'm so nervous I don't know what to do with myself!