My tribute to the President of the United States: Barack Obama

Herbrews 11: 1-11

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

For by it the elders obtained a good report.

Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:

For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.

Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.

Innovative Poverty Plan

As I thought the topic of Blog Action Day 08 – Poverty, it was only natural for me to think in terms of presidential election.  In less than three weeks America will have an opportunity like no other country in this world, to elect Barack Obama as the President of the United States of America.  Of all of the issues that have crowded the electionsphere Poverty has received little limelight. It is, in many ways, regrettable. Not simply because the number of those living in poverty – 37.3 million in 2007, according to the U.S. Census Bureau – warrants attention.  Because, the Senator from Illinois, has a plan to end proverty in the United States. Because that plan, according to Harry Boyte, founder of the Institute’s Center for Democracy and Citizenship at the University of Minnesota – “would be really innovative.”

Boyte says Barack, “sees a need for “catalytic government that enables citizen action rather than displacing citizen initiative.”  It is an effort, Boyte says, that constitutes and anything-and-everything approach when it comes to fighting poverty.

Barack Against Poverty

Barack Against Poverty

Barack Obama and Joe Biden‘s Plan (watch Barack’s video)

  • Expand Access to Jobs

  • Make Work Pay for All Americans

  • Strengthen Families

  • Increase the Supply of Affordable Housing

  • Tackle Concentrated Poverty

Barack Obama’s Record

  • Tax Relief for Low-Income Working Families: Obama created the Illinois Earned Income Tax Credit for low-income working families in 2000 and successfully sponsored a measure to make the credit permanent in 2003. The law offered about $105 million in tax relief over three years.
  • Housing: In the Illinois State Senate, Obama championed multiple pieces of legislation to help low-income families find adequate affordable housing.

My role is to work persistently to to ensure that Mr. Obama is elected President of the United States on November 4th.  And although, I am aware that his plan is domestic in scope, we must start at home first – in our neighborhoods, cities, states, and country.  What’s your plan?  I’m in, are you in?


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