Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Thank You

Over the last 5 and a half years, the pure passion and dedication I have seen from the people who have worked alongside me on this campaign has been unparalleled. But what united us was not just our love for President Obama but, more importantly, the idea that we all had a small role to play in how our nation moves forward.

For me, it all started when Jason Waskey asked me to volunteer for the then-Senator Obama’s campaign for Presidency. I was almost done with my senior year in high school and needed to find something to spend my time with. And although I was immediately attracted to the Obama campaign and what it stood for, what kept me engaged and motivated to give-up my life for this cause was Jason. For me, seeing someone sacrifice his life in support of a distant and, what appeared to be, an unreachable goal, was inspiring. And despite being told by almost everyone around us that we were fighting for a lost cause; that what we were doing is a waste of time, Jason's humbleness, focus, and steadfast direction gave me motivation to keep pushing on. I cannot thank him enough for the courage and inspiration he has given me throughout all these years. Although I have looked to him for these last few years as my boss (whether officially or unofficially), he is much more of a role model and a friend. I am truly honored to have met him in my life.

Throughout the first campaign in 2007-2008, I was fortunate enough to have met many more amazing individuals. I canvassed and phonebanked in the cold of Iowa and New Hampshire with Matt Verghese, Chris Wilhelm, Rob Yochem, Bill Romani, and Hans Riemer. I worked to organize students on college campuses with Alex Rischard, Sterling Grimes, Nina Anziska, Irina Zamyatin, Brittany McGrath, and Alexis Aduba.

Then we won the White House. From that moment on, I had the privilege to meet and work with more amazing people like Laila El Gohary (whose obsession with cats is borderline crazy, but always entertaining), Zeppa Kreager (who is one the best student organizers I have ever worked with and whose love for my lame jokes keeps me going), Scott Travers (who helped me organize college campuses across the state), Simone Lavine (who has been a great friend and has promised to give me one of her pet dogs), Victoria Zhao (who has a very bright future ahead of her), Jerusalem Demsas (who literally helped run my life these last few weeks), Jon Heintz (one of the hardest working people I have ever seen), Lilla Weinberger (who is one of the sweetest, most organized, and most loving people I have met on this campaign), and Becca Newman (whose support these last few weeks have been more meaningful to me than I can even put into words…and who I know is crying right at this moment).

To all my summer fellows; all my fellow staffers; anyone who’s ever “liked” my million annoying Facebook statuses; anyone whose read my blog posts; and anyone whose had to put up with my emotionally charged rants about how much I love President Obama…all that there is left to say is THANK YOU.

I want to thank all my brothers in the Crew for providing me with the support I needed to help get me through all these years.

I want to thank the awesome members of the A-Team (Chuck, Alli, Amanda, and Andrew), who had to put up with my loud-mouth for 15+ hours a day.

I want to thank my sister (Anu Jain), who has made me one of the proudest and happiest elder brothers anyone could ever wish to be. Her resilience, humor, smarts, and creativity has been inspiring.

But most importantly, I want to thank my wonderful parents (Indu and Palav Jain) for allowing me to pursue my passion and dream. Without their full support for the work I have been doing on this campaign, I would not be where I am today. Period.   

My experience on this campaign has been one of the most humbling, most inspiring, most gratifying and most rewarding feelings of my life. And I thank every single person who’s helped along this fantastic journey.

Now, all we can do is move FORWARD!   

Monday, November 5, 2012


The reason I support the President is because of all the progress we've made. When he came into office, he literally inherited the WORST economy since the 1950s. We were losing over 750,000 jobs a month. The unemployment reached 10.2%, the financial system was in shackles, and the American auto-industry was literally going bankrupt.

Since taking office, however, we now have:

1 - A stronger financial system (making sure that American taxpayers never have to bailout another bank again, and making sure that banks have enough money in reserves to cover any losses investors will incur. This also strengthens capitalism because it makes sure that no one cheats the systems and plays by a different set of rules).

2 - A stronger economy (we've had 3 years of consecutive private sector job growth, added 5.2 million jobs to people who did not have it 4 years ago, and dropped the unemployment rate to under 8%).

3 - A stronger national security (ending the Iraq War and using those savings to rebuild our domestic economy; refocusing on Afghanistan; reducing the worldwide nuclear arsenal after passing the START Treaty with Russia; isolating Iran to levels never seen before; killing Osama bin Laden; and improving the world image of the U.S.)

4 - A stronger student loan system (making it cheaper for students to pay for their college by removing the middle-men in the loan system). Obviously granting higher access for education provides greater wealth and prosperity for our nation.

5 - A stronger American Auto-Industry (saving 1 million American jobs; making sure to step in and bailout this industry when there were no private lenders willing to assist. More importantly, however, we didn’t just loan this industry bailout money. We made sure they repaid their loan AND improved their fuel standards which saves people thousands of dollars at the pump every year).

6 - A stronger healthcare system (prohibiting insurance companies from having a monopoly on a person’s health; strengthening Medicare for our seniors; making sure that at least 80% of all insurance premiums you pay go to actual treatment and not just administrative costs; saving the average American family $1000 in medical costs; ensuring that people don’t get their coverage dropped for a preexisting condition; and allowing young people under 26 to stay on their parents’ plans).

7 - Home foreclosure rates are at their lowest in 4 years (and we’ve made it easier to refinance).

8 - Consumer confidence is at its highest in years (which is a leading factor for businesses hiring and selling their goods on the marketplace).

9 - Taxes are the lowest in years (18 business tax cuts; the payroll tax cuts saves the middle-class family $1000 a year)

But it all comes down to ideology: Romney believes that government has no role. Obama believes that government should help when needed.

Profit is the bottom line. You need to cut costs and increase revenue. But to do so, you need to make the right investments. Just as a business can’t just layoff all its employees and sell all its cash-generating assets—even if it meant greater short-term profits—we cannot allow gutting programs that help the American working class and create jobs.

For those who argue that we need less government involvement, it was the Bush administration’s lack of government regulation and oversight that caused us the economic crisis we are currently in. And those are the same policies Romney is advocating for.

When companies stop hiring or are deregulated to a point that unfairness occurs, we need the government to enact policies that allow the free market to occur. This, in turn, actually strengthens capitalism by providing predictability, stability, and fair competition to the market (which is why we illegalize monopolies) and prevents fraud that hurts companies who play by the rules. Yes, as conservatives say, we need to emphasize personal responsibility. But when you have a system that favors the rich through corporate tax loopholes and “too big to fail” companies that hold the economy hostage, government is needed.

So before going out and voting TODAY, please take some time to look at the facts. This is an election of a generation and will be decided on by just a handful of voters. Make your voice heard!