Obama Slams McCain on Bush Proposal to Privatize Social Security…

Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., greets seniors after speaking at Huntinton Terrace Assisted Living Community in Gresham, Ore., Sunday, May 18, 2008.(AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

***Obama Draws Largest Crowd to Date ***


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75,000 people show up to Portland, Oregon rally

Number validated by Duane Bray, Battalian Chief with Portland Fire and Rescue.

reported from \”The Page\” by Mark Halperin http://thepage.time.com/

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Video: Barack\’s Social Security Plan

John McCain is advocating the same policy George Bush has proposed for privatizing Social Security. This is how McCain plans to fix Social Security by taking Benefits for folks over 65 off the books. Instead, he would have you deal with a private company that\’s bottom line is profit and not the well being of retired people who have paid into a system for years. Can you imagine calling a private company about your Social Security benefits and having to wait hours on a phone because the company isn\’t staffed with enough representatives because it saves them money. Who wants to talk to a private company that somehow has to make a nickel from money you paid into for years.

Barack Obama is looking at keeping Social Security SECURED here is a statement on the first place to start:

Protect Social Security

Obama is committed to ensuring Social Security is solvent and viable for the American people, now and in the future. Obama will be honest with the American people about the long-term solvency of Social Security and the ways we can address the shortfall. Obama will protect Social Security benefits for current and future beneficiaries alike. And he does not believe it is necessary or fair to hardworking seniors to raise the retirement age. Obama is strongly opposed to privatizing Social Security.

Obama believes that the first place to look for ways to strengthen Social Security is the payroll tax system. Currently, the Social Security payroll tax applies to only the first $102,000 a worker makes. Obama supports increasing the maximum amount of earnings covered by Social Security and he will work with Congress and the American people to choose a payroll tax reform package that will keep Social Security solvent for at least the next half century.

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BIG RALLY TODAY IN PORTLAND, OREGON

FIRED UP!!

Lexington Herald-Leader: \”Democrats should choose Obama\”

by Christopher HassFriday, May 16, 2008 at 12:33 PM

Today, the Lexington Herald-Leader formally endorsed Barack Obama in advance of Tuesday\’s Democratic primary:

… Before Kentuckians go to the polls Tuesday in one of the last primaries, let\’s just pause to savor this moment in history: For the first time in 232 years of nationhood, an African-American or a woman will lead a presidential ticket.

That alone makes this election a hopeful turning point.

The opportunity for national renewal will be even greater if, as appears almost certain, Sen. Barack Obama is the nominee.

… while Clinton is an adept practitioner of politics as we know it, Obama is offering something new. He makes a convincing case that he can lead this country without sowing fear and dividing people, the cynical ploys of a political era that has run out of steam.

Obama has given voice to a widespread yearning not just for a changing of the guard but for a changing of the game. And that ability to express a people\’s aspirations is a mark of leadership.

Like President John F. Kennedy, another senator who electrified young people, Obama also has the substance to transform idealism into action.

… Obama is uniquely suited to lay out the challenges, reignite this country\’s can-do spirit and lead us into a better future.

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A Request from John Edwards

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