Obama discusses education, jobs

President Barack Obama gave his speech at the Democratic National Convention Sept. 6, accepting the nomination to run for a second term.

This year’s DNC took place in Charlotte, NC., beginning the week of Sept. 3 and concluding on the day of the president’s speech. Obama told his listeners that the opposing party wants “your vote, but they don’t want you to know their plan.”

He then went on to explain his own plan for the nation if he is elected president once again.

The first topic Obama addressed was manufacturing. He said he will sign for more trade goods that are made in America and reward those companies who provide more jobs for American citizens. His plan is to create one million new jobs in the next four years, as well as to double exports in even less time than that.

On the topic of energy, Obama talked about our nation becoming less dependent on foreign oil than we have been at any point in time over the last two decades. He plans to cut net oil imports in half. Obama also spoke a little on the concern about the environment by stating, “climate change is a threat” to our future generations.

“I am planning to help support about 600,000 natural gas jobs within the next ten years,” he said.

On the issue of national security, Obama spoke about ending the war in Afghanistan and using that money to better our nation.

When it comes to social security, the president said that he plans to strengthen it, as opposed to turning it over to Wall Street.

Obama also said that there will be no bailouts for banks that break the rules. Additionally, he discussed his plan to reduce the deficit by over $4 trillion in the next 10 years.

When it comes to education, which Obama referred to as the “gateway,” he said he will reduce the growth of college tuition by half within a decade. He is also planning to hire around 100,000 math and science teachers around the country. The president also mentioned training millions of workers for jobs at community colleges.

Eastern Michigan University freshman James Williams said he thinks
that Obama is more for helping college students than Mitt Romney. Williams will be voting for the first time this election and said that being a new college student has made him more aware of the issues and promises that take place during election time.

“I feel it is important to vote because we have the power to pick a leader who can make our lives better,” Williams said.

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