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    By Michael Wear on

    Earlier this month, the Obama campaign launched People of Faith for Obama. The President spoke directly to people of faith in a video about issues of common concern, and the moral obligations that bind us all together. The campaign also released the Faith Platform—President Obama’s case to faith-voters based on his record of pursuing economic security for families, upholding the principle that we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers.

    While the President spoke of inclusion, we also heard from Governor Romney that he believes he only has an obligation to worry about half of our country. In a closed-door meeting with high-dollar donors—the engine of his campaign—he said this:

    "There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the President no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what...These are people who pay no income tax ...

    "My job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."

    Mitt Romney may not be worried about 47 percent of the country, but we know that it is exactly the President’s job to care about the well-being of all Americans. People of faith understand this.

    Here is the good news: You are the engine of this campaign. You have a voice. Watch the President’s video, read the platform, sign up on Dashboard, and make sure that your values are represented this November.

    Now is not the time to be offended—now is the time to act. Volunteer today.

The Obama Administration's Impact on Faith-Based Communities

The Faith Platform: Leading with Values

President Obama is a committed Christian who knows that faith and values are more than a personal anchor -- they are also a powerful force for the common good. President Obama’s belief that we are all connected—that, as Corinthians says, “if one part suffers...”—has anchored him as he has worked tirelessly to lead with values: basic economic security for everyone who is willing and able to work, including jobs you can raise a family and save for retirement on, affordable health care that’s there for you when you need it most and opportunity through education.

Download the full Faith Platform today.

Economic Security for Families

Economic Recovery—President Obama knows that when the recession hurt our economy, it hurt families. His top priority has always been putting more Americans back to work and restoring economic security for the middle class.

  • We’ve gone from losing 750,000 jobs a month before the President took office to creating them over 28 straight months of private sector job growth.
  • Rescued the auto industry, saving more than a million jobs, and countless families from the strain they would have endured without his decisive action.

Tax Fairness—President Obama believes our tax system should reflect our values, reward hard work and responsibility, and ask everyone to do their fair share. President Obama supports tax reform that reflects the common sense idea that no one making over $1 million should pay a smaller share of their income in taxes than middle class families pay.

  • Over President Obama’s first term in office, the typical family has seen their taxes cut by $3,600.

Health Reform—President Obama fought for health insurance reform so no family will ever have to worry that their child will be denied coverage because of a preexisting condition. Obamacare means no family will ever have to worry about how to make ends meet once a loved one hits the lifetime cap on their coverage for a serious disease like cancer, and that no one will have to worry about going bankrupt because he or she got sick.

My Brother and Sister’s Keeper

DREAM Act—President Obama believes that our nation’s immigration policies should be sensible, compassionate and just. The Obama Administration announced a policy to lift the shadow of deportation from young people who came to the United States as children, through no fault of their own, and grew up as Americans. The President announced that young people who meet certain criteria, who are contributing to our country by serving in the military or pursuing an education, can request temporary relief from deportation and apply for temporary authorization to work in this country. Only Congress can provide a permanent fix for these young people, which is why President Obama will continue to advocate for the DREAM Act.

Poverty—President Obama believes we have a responsibility to look out for those less fortunate than ourselves. From housing, Head Start and unemployment insurance, to fighting hunger at home and abroad, the President has stood strong for a budget that maintains the basic American values of opportunity and compassion.

Faith, Family and the Common Good

Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

  • The Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships reflects the President’s belief that faith and values are a powerful force for good in the world, and that the government should rely on and partner on these groups to serve the common good.

Strengthening and Supporting Families

  • Increased funding for organizations promote fatherhood and health marriages. Signed the Pregnancy Assistant Fund into law—a $250 million program which helps local organizations support pregnant women who are choosing to carry their pregnancies to term with the services they need.
  • Extended and increased the value of the Adoption Tax Credit and proposes making it permanent.

Faith in Public Life—President Obama started the new tradition of an Easter Prayer Breakfast. He has also hosted events marking the holidays of diverse faiths, including Diwali, the Passover Seder, and continuing the tradition of celebrating Ramadan at The White House.