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Presidential Debate: Time for Wise Leadership and Vision

Posted: 10/18/2012 8:02 am

Thank you for showing us passion, Mr. President.

We needed to be reassured that you were passionate about the values you defend and that you are not willing to let the debate being polluted by arrogant and nasty negative lies. We needed you back as our leader and, more importantly, as a president who will fight for our country and its values.

Now what lies ahead is the task of being our next president, and it is for you to lose. We need to see that man, convincing us that you are inclusive, caring and yet, showing us the challenges that lie ahead.

This is the wise leadership that we need. Let's look ahead, at the challenges we are facing.

The American voters know that the United States economy is not in the best shape.

Slogans will not bring us prosperity back. We know it, and over-promising jobs is not credible. The drop in employment in the first months of your presidency were obviously due to the twin crises that happened, and were sometimes caused, under the George W. Bush watch.

The three million jobs created under your watch are not only yours: as you, very honestly, said, jobs are not created by Washington. Your policies made it possible. The rest is the collective responsibility of the corporate world.

This is why they don't understand why Mitt Romney pays 14 percent in taxes while the federal tax rate is at 35 percent.

China is a distraction

The imbalances between China and the United States are due to American companies. Apple is creating tens of thousands of Chinese jobs, and their iPhone5 was produced in circumstances that were close to slavery. Foxconn admitted using underage employees as interns.

This is the glory of corporate America: giving $600 million of free shares to the CEO of a company that perpetuates slave-like conditions abroad. They deserve the imposition of import duties to the United States for doing so.

Energy independence is coming

The United States has incredible reserves. That means that energy independence is almost there. But to implement it, it has to be independent for the U.S. oil cartel. Once again the issue is with us, not with the Middle East or Iran. That strategic asset cannot be privatized: it belongs to the American people, and the licenses have to be used for exploration, not to ensure that the current monopolies exploit them for their own sake.

The hypocrisy of both sides of the aisle is untenable when it comes to subsidies. Why, in our bugetary and indebtedness, should we subsidize Exxon, which made $16 billion last quarter?

The man we are hoping to see in you at the last debate is 45th President of the United States: a wise, passionate and caring leader. Give us some vision we can all embrace enthusiastically.

 

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