Promises to change
The Democratic Nominee Barack Obama gave his acceptance speech during the recent Democratic Convention upon some crucial elements like his approach to the tax policy, the oil policy, diplomacy and the domestic policy. He mentioned Bush’s failed policies and made a promise to change people’s lives for the better. He also criticized John McCain’s unreasonable policies and confidently announced that he would have a debate on the basis of the political affairs. He focused on benefits for all kinds of people: young veterans, young students, senior people, workers, women, children, homosexual people and so on. Obama included some of his reflection on economic policies, society and diplomacy, and emphasized their importance for the American nation. Obama is certain about the change he wants to bring into the American society whether it happens on domestic or international levels.
In Obama’s speech, he criticized John McCain’ political activities. Obama attacked that “Senator McCain has been anything but independent.” (Obama’ speech, page 2) Actually Obama means that some Republican policies are not effective. He doesn’t want to “subscribe to that old, discredited Republican philosophy” (Obama’ speech, page 3) any more. Obama said, “John McCain has voted with President Bush 90 percent of the time,”(Obama speech, page 2) a scathing indictment of his Republican rival on health care, education, the economy and more.Over two decades, John McCain didn’t do any good changes regarding taxes, the education and the health care, as Obama indicated in his speech:
How else could he offer a health care plan that would actually tax people’s benefits, or an education plan that would do nothing to help families pay for college, or a plan that would privatize Social Security and gamble your retirement?(Obama speech, page 3)
Obama wanted to do some great changes to American and declared that he wanted to debate with John McCain on these political issues.
Taxes are in the spotlights. In his speech, Obama showed more concerns about benefits for middle-class people than anyone else in America. In order to provide more job opportunities for middle-class people, he preferred rather to give taxes breaks to companies that create good jobs right here in America than to corporations that ship jobs overseas. In his speech, Obama pledged to abolish Bush’s economic policy and replace it with his own designed to help hard-pressed families:
I will eliminate capital gains taxes for the small businesses and the start-ups that will create the high-wage, high-tech jobs of tomorrow. I will cut taxes – cut taxes – for 95% of all working families. Because in an economy like this, the last thing we should do is raise taxes on the middle-class. ( Obama’ Speech, Page 5)
The Obama’ goal is to provide Americans more job opportunities and make profits in America.
In addition to taxes policy, he talked about the policy on oil. He announced that “In ten years, we will finally end our dependence on oil from the Middle East.” (Obama speech, page 5) Instead, he proposed new plans to end this addiction. He said that, “I will tap our natural gas reserves, invest in clean coal technology, and find ways to safely harness nuclear power.” (Obama speech, page 5)As Obama concluded his purpose he began to paint a vivid picture in our eyes:
I’ll help our auto companies re-tool, so that the fuel-efficient cars of the future are built right here in America. I’ll make it easier for the American people to afford these new cars. And I’ll invest 150 billion dollars over the next decade in affordable, renewable sources of energy – wind power and solar power and the next generation of biofuels; an investment that will lead to new industries and five million new jobs that pay well and can’t ever be outsourced.(Obama speech, page 5)
Obama instilled his determination in his every single word to show his detailed oil plan for Americans.
When talking about oil, Obama cannot avoid mentioning Iraq war and diplomacy. He said McCain had no standing on foreign policy, not after backing the Iraq war from the start and rejecting timetables for withdrawal now accepted by Bush. “John McCain stands alone in his stubborn refusal to end a misguided war,” he said.Obama’s pledge to end the war in Iraq responsibly was straight from his speech:
I will end this war in Iraq responsibly, and finish the fight against al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan. I will rebuild our military to meet future conflicts. But I will also renew the tough, direct diplomacy that can prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons and curb Russian aggression. I will build new partnerships to defeat the threats of the 21st century.(Obama speech, page 8)
With this great picture in mind, Obama led us to his empowering purpose for presenting his clear diplomacy.
Apart from international policies, he also put forward domestic policies. First of all, he talked about education. He promised, “Now is the time to finally meet our moral obligation to provide every child a world-class education.” (Obama’ speech, page 6) His education policy focused on high-quality early education, which will provide American children with advanced knowledge to make them more competitive in the world. In order to offer excellent education, teachers are very important, so he said, “I’ll recruit an army of new teachers, and pay them higher salaries and give them more support.”(Obama’ speech, page 6) Furthermore, he announced his affordable, accessible health care proposals. His health care plan aimed to bring benefits to every single American. No matter people have the health plan or not, Obama’ health care plan will work well. Under the plan, if you like your current health insurance, your premiums will fall. If you don’t like your health insurance, or you don’t have health insurance, you will have a choice of new, affordable health insurance options.
Some of Obama’ proposals seem vastly different from John McCain’s, but Obama emphasized in his speech that his plans based on his love of America. He claimed,
“The men and women who serve in our battlefields may be Democrats and Republicans and Independents, but they have fought together and bled together and some died together under the same proud flag. They have not served a Red America or a Blue America – they have served the United States of America.” (Obama’ speech, page 8)
What he said showed that he is a great person who has a big picture for his much-loved country in his mind and doesn’t fear the pressure from the Republic Party. His confidence and his great care for Americans will gain him a lot.
Obama’ speech specifically showed his promises to change America better. However, we should further discuss whether some plans will work well or not. As for his economic proposals, in my opinion, giving taxes breaks to local companies will encourage people to build more companies in America, which will benefit people who live and work in America. However, it is unfair that local company can pay no taxes. Most US companies doing business in the United States pay no federal income tax, according to a study by the Government Accountability Office. Everyone has the equal right to support their country, so it is really unfair that many local companies make big profits but pay no taxes. Furthermore, it may also cause some problems for International companies, which certainly don’t want to pay those taxes by themselves. They must try to transfer those taxes to customers in their country or companies in other countries. If taxes are paid by customers in their country, it will bring burdens to middle-class people in America. Nevertheless, if taxes are paid by companies in other countries, it will be disadvantageous to American international trade. Because companies in other countries prefer low taxes, they may develop new relationships with other countries with low taxes and good quality goods.
In Obama’ speech, he has very different proposals regarding domestic and international affaires, which demonstrated his ability and willingness to lead this country over the next four years. At the same time, he specifically analyzed and criticized the Bush’s and McCain’s policy, and showed his confidence to win the final election. His promises to change will let Americans know better about him and bring benefits for his election.