"President Obama wants to protect the middle class and help it grow. I remember when you could get a job at a factory in Dubuque, Iowa, and work that job for 30 years and retire, and you might not have a giant pension, but you’d have enough to live on with health care benefits. So much of that has gone away, and the entire definition of the middle class has changed. That used to be working class. Now it’s middle class.
"That stability where people can afford to get married and have children and raise them in a two-parent household and spend time with them and give them advantages, even if it’s just city rec baseball, is disappearing. You shouldn’t have to work three jobs just to keep a roof over your head. I hope the President will be able to protect that.
"Just the fact that he was able to pull the country back from the brink of a depression is remarkable. That could have been so horrible. I don’t think anybody realizes how bad it could have been. On the whole, I think President Obama has done a far better job than he’s given credit for. He has the good of the entire country as his guide, and I can’t say that about a lot of people. That’s what I like the best about him. I see from what he’s done that he’s trying to do what’s best for everybody, not just the 1% or the 99%. He doesn’t do a lot of pandering—he hasn’t said, ‘I’m going to fund a mission to Mars,’ in order to get votes. I haven’t seen him say anything that he isn’t willing to back. That’s a kind of integrity that I really appreciate.
"If you believe in doing what’s best for the USA, now is the time to step up. It really bothers me a lot that the Republicans have so much corporate money behind them and so much hidden money from super PACs and so forth. I think that there certainly could be a hidden agenda because we don’t know the names of a lot of the donors, and I think that’s wrong. As a result, I felt that it was important to see this in another way and to support the candidate who doesn’t have the big corporate money behind him. I think now more than ever he needs the help of grassroots supporters.
"I plan to make another donation, probably several. I actually love that you can make a six-dollar donation. Six bucks? Come on, that’s a burger or some coffee."
—Laurie, a factory worker in Iowa
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