Any number of Forks voters have heard and seen countless political ads and speeches as Election Day approaches. As usual there's a tremendous amount of misinformation floating around. Which candidate for President has demonstrated an understanding of what it takes to succeed in local businesses like those in Forks Township? What policies will help local communities thrive?
For answers, Community First recommends the work of award-winning investigative reporter Michael Grunwald contained in his 2012 book, "The New, New Deal." In a comprehensive, in-depth analysis of President Obama's $800 billion stimulus bill, Grunwald finds it one of the least understood, yet most important pieces of legislation in U.S. history.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the stimulus bill) not only helped prevent a depression, but was a down-payment on our nation's economic and environmental future, according to Grunwald. The stimulus launched a transition to a clean energy economy, doubled our renewable power and financed unprecedented investments in energy efficiency. It launched a smarter grid, electric cars, advanced biofuels and green manufacturing while simultaneously instituting a computerized medical system and Race to the Top education reform.
The biggest middle class tax cuts in a generation went into paychecks of American workers with the implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The stimulus included the largest research investments ever and the most infrastructure investments since the Eisenhower Interstate Highway System was built.
Using new documents and interviews with more than 400 sources on both sides of the isle, "The New, New Deal" details how President Obama's stimulus created the world's largest wind and solar projects, a new battery industry, a fledgling high-speed rail network, and the world's highest-speed Internet network.
Right here in Forks Township, the Crayola Solar Farm received a $1 million stimulus grant ensuring a stable, predictable power source for at least 20 years into the future for an important community business.
Aside from foreign policy progress, advocating for women's rights and greatly enhanced benefits provided to our veterans, we believe Barack Obama's steady, reliable, confident leadership, his thoughtful approach to governing, benefits all Forks residents and communities everywhere.