America is about giving everybody willing to work a chance, a hand up, and I'd welcome a serious discussion about strategies we can all support, like expanding tax cuts for low-income workers who don't have children.
But there are some areas where we just have to be honest, it's been more difficult to find agreement over the last seven years.
And a lot of them fall under the category of what role the government should play in making sure the system's not rigged in favor of the wealthiest and biggest corporations.
It's an honest disagreement. And the American people have a choice to make.
I believe a thriving private sector is the lifeblood of our economy.
I think there are outdated regulations that need to be changed, and there's red tape that needs to be cut.
But after years of record corporate profits, working families won't get more opportunity or bigger paychecks just by letting big banks or big oil or hedge funds make their own rules at everybody else's expense.
Middle-class families are not going to feel more secure because we allow attacks on collective bargaining to go unanswered.
Food Stamp recipients didn't cause the financial crisis; recklessness on Wall Street did.
Immigrants aren't the principal reason wages haven't gone up; those decisions are made in the boardrooms that all too often put quarterly earnings over long-term returns.