Why Vote Obama: A Look Forward to 2016 After an Obama Second Term

Today, Americans are going to the polls to decide who will be the next president of this great nation. Every four years we vote to elect the leader of the free world, and every four years  we all hear the that same mantra, “this is the most important election of our generation.” At 32, I obviously did not have the opportunity to vote for FDR or JFK or Reagan, transformational figures that changed our country for a generation. However, I believe that President Obama is the right choice for my generation and that this is our time and this is THE election that will decide what kind of country we will live in. To demonstrate this, let’s fast forward to November 2016, and take a look at what America would look like after an Obama second term.

The president continued his efforts at creating good paying sustainable jobs, and making it easier for small businesses to be successful and hire more workers. Therefore, unemployment has continued to decrease and the economy has maintained strong growth. The president worked with Congress to increase taxes on the wealthy, while making strategic cuts to entitlement programs to begin to pay down our national debt. Since the rich are paying their fair share, this has enabled the president to continue the Bush tax cuts and the payroll tax cuts for the middle class and small businesses strengthening our economy.   

On the foreign policy front, President Obama fulfilled his pledge to pull all U.S. troops out of Afghanistan. Because the president kept his word, our troops are home with their families and not in harm’s way.  The sanctions the Obama administration and our international allies imposed on Iran have crippled the Iranian economy, bringing the Iranians to the table, where they decide for economic reasons, to give up their nuclear program averting additional confrontations in the Middle East and keeping Israel protected.

One or possibly two Supreme Court Justices have resigned, and President Obama continued his past performance of selecting moderate, intelligent, and qualified individuals that represent all Americans. Due to the president’s appointments, Roe vs. Wade is upheld, corporations who initially harm individuals are held accountable, and the fight to end discrimination against women and minorities is continued. 

Lastly, because President Obama was reelected in 2012, every American has health care. Children and adults with preexisting diseases are still alive because they received the medical treatment they needed, students and young adults are on their parents insurance getting the medical attention they deserve, and Medicare is still funded due to the common sense cost saving measures enacted by Obamacare.

So when people say, “this is the most important election of our generation,” you can be assured it is. Whether it’s ending a war, choosing high-quality Supreme Court nominees, continuing to improve our economy, or upholding Obamacare, this is an important election and one that nobody should sit out. The decision that you make today will reverberate for many years to come.  

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Justin Day

Justin Day is a Director at The Advocacy Group at Cardenas Partners (TAGCP). He brings nearly ten years of experience in the political and governmental fields to TAGCP, where he specializes in representing clients in front of local governments and the state legislature in Tallahassee. Mr. Day started his career working for Former Florida Education Commissioner Betty Castor’s U.S. Senate campaign, where he acted as the Trip Director and was responsible for the logistics of all travel for Mrs. Castor. Following the Castor campaign, Mr. Day was named the Executive Director of the Florida Mainstream Democratic Caucus (FMDC). As Executive Director, he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Caucus. This included: Managing call time with state Senators and House members, researching, developing and implementing fundraising plans, composing press releases, recruiting and consulting candidates for the state legislature, and organizing annual statewide conferences. When Mr. Day arrived at FMDC the organization had never raised more than $300,000 in any election cycle. After one cycle, Mr. Day was able to nearly quadruple the income to $1.1 million dollars. Due to the record number of contributions, the FMDC was able to participate in multiple state House and Senate races, winning a majority of them. In 2006, Mr. Day worked as a consultant for current Florida Democratic Party Chairman, Rod Smith’s Campaign for Governor. Mr. Day was the campaign coordinator for 35 counties in North Florida and the Panhandle. He developed and implemented the North Florida and Panhandle political outreach strategy, and worked with North Florida and Panhandle elected officials and community leaders to enhance Sen. Smith’s name recognition. Mr. Day assisted in shaping the campaign agenda and message for North Florida and the Panhandle In 2007, Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, asked Mr. Day to move to the Florida Democratic Party and act as her Director of Cabinet Affairs. While there, Mr. Day identified political and policy trends both within Florida and at the national level and was responsible for reporting these trends to the CFO and staff. Mr. Day acted as CFO Sink’s political director and was in charge of all fundraising operations for CFO Sink, raising over $1.3 million. Following his stint at the Florida Democratic Party, Mr. Day went to work for Alex Sink’s Campaign for Governor, where he begin the campaign as the Political Director. In this capacity, he helped secure important endorsements to ensure CFO Sink was the only Democratic candidate running for Governor. In late 2009, CFO Sink asked Mr. Day to move to the finance side of the campaign and concentrate on raising money from the business community. He went on to excel in this new role, raising nearly $10 million for the campaign from contributors throughout the country. Mr. Day has raised money and/or consulted with various campaigns including President Barack Obama, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, Congresswoman Kathy Castor, former U.S. Representatives Allen Boyd and Suzanne Kosmas, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and many more. Mr. Day is active in national Democratic politics serving on President Barack Obama’s National Finance Committee, he is a National Chair for the Democratic National Committee’s Gen44 program, and is the Tampa Bay Region Finance Chairman for President Obama’s re-election campaign. Mr. Day is a graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelors Degree in International Affairs and a Masters Degree in Political Science. He is active in his community, having served on the boards of Connect Florida, Image of Change, and the Leon County Human Service Grant Review. He currently serves on the Big Bend Cares Board of Directors, Greater Tampa Chamber Public Policy Committee, and AMIKids Tampa, Inc. Board of Trustees.

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