The Obama campaign released a new ad this morning.  It’s a 2 minute effort which has Sen. Obama speaking directly into the camera about the economy and reform. I’m interested to hear your reactions.

The lobbyists versus regular folks having a voice in the process part was well done, I thought. 

Yesterday, Sen. Obama spoke about the economy — as he and Sen. Biden have been doing for several weeks without getting a lot of press about it during Palinpalooza.  I thought this went to the heart of where a lot of Americans are these days:

Because the truth is, what Senator McCain said yesterday fits with the same economic philosophy that he’s had for 26 years. It’s the philosophy that says we should give more and more to those with the most and hope that prosperity trickles down. It’s the philosophy that says even common-sense regulations are unnecessary and unwise. It’s a philosophy that lets Washington lobbyists shred consumer protections and distort our economy so it works for the special interests instead of working people. 

…Jobs have disappeared, and peoples’ life savings have been put at risk. Millions of families face foreclosure, and millions more have seen their home values plummet. The cost of everything from gas to groceries to health care has gone up, while the dream of a college education for our kids and a secure and dignified retirement for our seniors is slipping away. These are the struggles that Americans are facing. This is the pain that has now trickled up.

So let’s be clear: what we’ve seen the last few days is nothing less than the final verdict on an economic philosophy that has completely failed….

Because America cannot afford more McSame.  We’re sick and tired of being trickled on and taken for a golden parachute corporate socialism ride.

Obama isn’t perfect (what politician is, sadly?), but I simply cannot vote for McCain, who has lobbyists doing business on his campaign bus and who seemingly has no concept how real people live day to day.  Joe Biden got this right:  "I could walk from here to Lansing, and I wouldn’t run into a single person who thought our economy was doing well, unless I ran into John McCain."  

I’ve had more than enough rose-colored malarky from Bush/Cheney to last a lifetime. 

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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