|English: Barack Obama delivers a speech at the University of Southern California (Video of the speech) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
the country could suffer another recession if the wrong policies take hold .... An ideological assault from the right has started to undermine the vital health reform law passed in 2010. Those forces are eroding women’s access to health care, and their right to control their lives. ...... Astonishingly, even the very right to vote is being challenged. ..... Mr. Obama has impressive achievements despite the implacable wall of refusal erected by Congressional Republicans so intent on stopping him that they risked pushing the nation into depression, held its credit rating hostage, and hobbled economic recovery. ........ Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, has gotten this far with a guile that allows him to say whatever he thinks an audience wants to hear. But he has tied himself to the ultraconservative forces that control the Republican Party and embraced their policies, including reckless budget cuts and 30-year-old, discredited trickle-down ideas. ...... approaches the election clearly ready for the partisan battles that would follow his victory ...... he would challenge the Republicans in the “fiscal cliff” battle even if it meant calling their bluff, letting the Bush tax cuts expire and forcing them to confront the budget sequester they created ........ Obama’s many important achievements, including carrying out the economic stimulus, saving the auto industry, improving fuel efficiency standards, and making two very fine Supreme Court appointments. ...... Obama has achieved the most sweeping health care reforms since the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. The reform law takes a big step toward universal health coverage, a final piece in the social contract. ...... Starting in 2014, insurers must accept all applicants. Once fully in effect, the new law would start to control health care costs. ....... Obama prevented another Great Depression ...... Stimulus should come first, and deficit reduction as the economy strengthens. ..... At the last debate, Mr. Romney talked about funneling arms through Saudi Arabia and Qatar, which are funneling arms to jihadist groups. .... Obama, who appointed the impressive Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor ..... The extraordinary fact of Mr. Obama’s 2008 election did not usher in a new post-racial era. In fact, the steady undercurrent of racism in national politics is truly disturbing. ...... Romney .. says he is not opposed to contraception, but he has promised to deny federal money to Planned Parenthood, on which millions of women depend for family planning.