President Obama is leading us forward
To the Editor:
Even before the Great Recession hit, our country experienced massive shifts in technology and global competition, that had eliminated a lot of good, middle-class jobs, and weakened the economic foundations that families depend on.
Today, after four years of economic growth, corporate profits and stock prices have rarely been higher, and those in the top income bracket have done extremely well. However, according to the U.S. Census Bureau average wages for the middle-class have barely budged. The fact is that even in the midst of this recovery, too many Americans are working more than ever just to get by; let alone to get ahead. And too many still aren’t working at all.
In his State of the Union Address, President Obama proposed a set of concrete, practical ideas to speed up growth, strengthen the middle class and build new ladders of opportunity for the middle class. Most of his proposals require congressional action. But, our president has promised to take action wherever and whenever be can move our country forward without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families.
The White House has organized a College Opportunity Summit, where 150 universities, businesses, and nonprofit organizations have already made concrete commitments to reduce inequality in access to higher education and to help every hardworking student go to college and succeed when they get to campus.
Across this country the Obama administration has begun partnering with mayors, governors and state legislatures on issues from homelessness to marriage equality.
Fortunately, there are millions of Americans outside Washington who are tired of stale political arguments and are moving this country forward. They and President Obama believe, that here in America, our success should depend not on accident of birth but the strength of our work ethic and the scope of our dreams.
James O’Leary, Delhi