Elections are about choices. In 2012, the choice is clear for American Workers.
Do we want more tax breaks for the wealthy? Do we want to gut the Medicare and Social Security safety net for millions of Americans? Or do we want an economic recovery in which we participate? This site presents the facts about the presidential candidates and candidates in other key races.

Barack Obama (D)


Stance on Jobs

Keep first responders working and put more teachers in classrooms with a comprehensive jobs bill.

“...let's focus on what will actually put people back to work. Keeping first responders on the job -- that's a jobs plan. Putting more teachers in the classroom -- that's a jobs plan.”
“This is a jobs bill that contains the kind of proposals that in the past, at least, have been supported by Democrats and Republicans alike. It’s paid for. It will not add to our deficit. And it's paid for by asking the wealthiest of us -- people like me -- to be able to put in a little bit more so that we can make sure that folks who are struggling get the help they need...”

Source: Real Clear Politics: Obama's Jobs Speech in North Chesterfield, VA


Stance on Collective Bargaining

Supports collective bargaining as crucial to having a growing economy and a strong middle class.

“As long as I’m in the White House, I’m going to stand up for collective bargaining”
“Some of what I've heard coming out of Wisconsin, where you're just making it harder for public employees to collectively bargain generally seems like more of an assault on unions and I think it's very important for us to understand that public employees, they're our neighbors, they're our friends.”
“America cannot have a strong growing economy without a strong growing middle class and without a strong labor movement.”

Sources:

ABC News: Obama on Wisconsin Budget Protests

Talking Points Memo: Obama Pledges to Protect Collective Bargaining While Creating Jobs


Stance on Retirement Security

Believes all seniors should be able to retire with the Social Security benefits they've earned.

“[A]ll seniors should be able to retire with dignity, not just a privileged few.   And, he believes that all Americans deserve to know that, if they become disabled or if they lose the breadwinner in the family, Social Security will be there to protect them.”
“Currently over 75 million working Americans—about half the workforce—lack access to retirement plans through their employers. The President’s budget lays the foundation for all Americans to participate in retirement accounts at work, proposing simple rules and automatic enrollment—that will automatically enroll workers in IRAs who, until now, haven’t had a workplace retirement plan.”

Source: White House Website: Seniors and Social Security


Stance on Health Care

Doesn't believe that government should run health care, but doesn't think insurance companies should either.

“[Health care reform] is an issue that affects the health and financial well-being of every single American and the stability of our entire economy. It’s about every family unable to keep up with soaring out of pocket costs and premiums rising three times faster than wages. Every worker afraid of losing health insurance if they lose their job, or change jobs. Everyone who’s worried that they may not be able to get insurance or change insurance if someone in their family has a pre-existing condition.”
“From this day forward, all of the cynics, all the naysayers -- they’re going to have to confront the reality of what this reform is and what it isn’t. They’ll have to finally acknowledge this isn’t a government takeover of our health care system. They’ll see that if Americans like their doctor, they’ll be keeping their doctor. You like your plan? You’ll be keeping your plan. No one is taking that away from you. Three months from now, six months from now you’re going to look around. You’re going to be sitting in a doctor’s office reading through the old People magazines. And you’ll say, hey, this is the same doctor, same plan. It wasn’t Armageddon.”
“Opponents of health reform warn that this is all some big plot for socialized medicine or government-run health care with long lines and rationed care. That’s not true either. I don’t believe that government can or should run health care. But I also don’t think insurance companies should have free reign to do as they please.”

Sources:

White House Press Release: Remarks By the President on Health Insurance Reform

White House Press Release: President Obama Says Health Care Reform Cannot Wait


Stance on Money in Politics

American elections should be decided by the American people, not powerful interests or foreign entities.

“I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests, and worse, by foreign entities. They should be decided by the American people, and that’s why I’m urging Democrats and Republicans to pass a bill that helps to right this wrong.”
On Citizens United: “In short, this decision gives corporations and other special interests the power to spend unlimited amounts of money -- literally millions of dollars -- to affect elections throughout our country," Obama says. "This, in turn, will multiply their influence over decision-making in our government."

Sources:

Los Angeles Times: Obama's State of the Union address: Criticism of the Supreme Court campaign finance ruling

The Washington Post: Obama Calls Citizens United Ruling 'A Huge Blow'