Social Security

By eliminating the cap, Obama would increase the Social Security pool, and ensure its availability to future Social Security receivers. Obama also plans to curb federal spending but not as a singular goal to balance the budget (Sawicky). While balancing the budget is desirable as a singular goal, the failures of the economy exclude this from being an immediate need (Izzo). An extreme decrease in federal spending, or a large increase in taxes, would further strain an already staggering economic scene.

By balancing the need for spending restraint with the obvious needs of the American economy, Obama has struck an imposing balance by tightening the government's belt while ensuring that the economy will not suffer from a large decrease in government spending. The PAYGO (Pay as you go) system, is currently used by the Democratic legislature to prevent uncontrolled spending. By mandating that any spending increase be accompanied by an equal increase in taxes or decrease in spending elsewhere, the PAYGO system insures that, at the worst, fiscal responsibility is a central ideal in every policy debate (“Plan for restoring fiscal discipline”).

This tenant, fiscal responsibility, probably sums up Obama's economic plan best, making the government accountable for how they spend money, and, in the same light, making it accountable for how that money is brought in. Obama's foreign policy views echo the same needs for responsibility that highlight his economic policy. Obama's central belief in the foreign policy field is to bring back the roll of diplomacy in American foreign policy (“Barack Obama's Plan to Secure America and Restore our Standing”). The Bush administration has to be viewed as one of the least diplomatic administration's in American history.

President Bush was fairly quick to announce the failure of diplomacy before the invasion of Iraq. He has also closed down communications with Iran, a nation Obama would rather talk down than embolden with silence (Gordon). Beyond ending the war in Iraq, which Obama wants to do fairly quickly if he gains office, the return of diplomacy to the U. S. is as important as any issue in this election. As the world's foremost democracy, it makes sense for America to act diplomatically with both friends and enemies. The responsible thing is to open dialog and encourage reform, whether it be in Darfur, Baghdad, Palestine, Beijing or Tehran.

Whatever steps the United States makes in the international community in the future, it must be done by a voice that is willing to have an open dialog. Barack Obama presents that voice. In an election where one candidate would be the first President of her gender and another would be the first of his race, the fact that Barack Obama is black will influence the vote of every voter. While Obama's race may negatively affect the decisions of some, it seems equally as likely that his race can be viewed as a reason to vote for him.

This is not because the United States necessarily needs a black President, but because the experiences of a black man who has worked for his community can only aid Americans as they continue to struggle with issues of social diversity and understanding. He clearly demonstrated that he understands the continuing problems of race in America. There is little doubt that he should be able to help diffuse it, if afforded the opportunity. After eight years of perhaps the most reckless government since the Gilded Age, it is becoming more and more necessary for the next President to recreate the government into something its citizenry can trust.

Obama sees the need for newness in Washington, and he's certainly less a part of the political establishment than the candidates left in the race. Secondly, he has a personal history of responsible change. He has done the dirty work of inner-city community organization and has rubbed shoulders with Harvard Law's elite. If nothing else, he has the pedigree to identify with a large swath of Americans, inarguably a much larger swath than Hilary Clinton or John McCain could claim.

When Barack Obama opens his mouth to begin giving a speech, he easily gives the watcher the impression that he is someone trustworthy, and that he feels responsible for every word that comes out of his mouth. This is what Washington needs as the United States continues into the 21st century. This makes him the best choice for President in 2008.

Sources

“Barack Obama. ” Wikipedia. org. 12 April 2008. <http://en. wikipedia. org/wiki/Barack_obama> “Barack Obama's Plan to Secure America and Restore our Standing. ” BarackObama. com 12 April 2008. http://www. barackobama. com/issues/foreignpolicy/