Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Cartwright at the convention

Cartwright Joins Democrats in Charlotte

PLAINS Marion and I are here in Charlotte by special invitation by the House Democratic leadership.  We're here to witness and support the historic nomination of Barack Obama for reelection as President of the United States.

This election is a make-or-break moment for the middle class.  We have to bring back the values of balance and fairness that have made our country great. We can't just cut our way to success, we need an economy that’s built to last—one that out-innovates, out-educates and out-builds the world.

We need to rebuild an economy that creates the jobs of the future and makes things the rest of the world buys—not one built on outsourcing, loopholes or risky financial deals that jeopardize everyone, especially the middle class.

The American People Will Face a Clear Choice This Year…

The President cut taxes for every working family, putting more money in the pockets of Americans who need it most. He’s also prevented a middle-class tax increase and extended vital unemployment benefits for Americans who lost their jobs through no fault of their own. Now he’s fighting to make sure the wealthiest and corporations pay their fair share.

The Affordable Care Act provides stability and security to Americans who have insurance and gives those who don’t the opportunity to afford it. It puts an end to the worst industry abuses, such as cancelling coverage when someone gets sick, and will stop insurance companies from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions or charging women more for insurance because of their gender. It already is insuring millions of young Americans, providing patients free preventive care, lowering costs for seniors, and will bring down costs for families and businesses.

The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act makes it easier for women to challenge unfair pay practices, helping all Americans earn equal pay for equal work.

We either can continue to level the playing field, invest in education, American manufacturing and clean energy—or we can keep giving tax breaks to the wealthiest, let Wall Street write its own rules again, widen loopholes for corporations, and stick veterans, seniors and the middle class with the bill.  I think the choice is obvious, and that's why Marion and I have come to Charlotte this week.

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