As we enjoy a day of rest, it is important to remember that our country's great strength is our middle class. And in this election, that strength is under attack.
I'm not talking about economic theory here--although it's true that a big, strong middle class working in jobs that pay well is the single best indicator of future economic growth.
I'm talking about what really makes our country strong. How do we build a strong future for our kids? How do we take care of one another when times are tough? How do we summon the strength to meet challenges from abroad? The answer to all of these questions is the same: our greatest strength is rooted in a large and growing middle class.
But right now, our middle class is not growing--it's shrinking. By every measure--income, assets, number of families--our middle class is disappearing.
And my opponent in this race for Congress is proposing ideas that will shrink us even more. He proposes massive cuts to local Arizona schools by eliminating the Department of Education. He champions Paul Ryan, who promises to turn Medicare into a voucher program. He supports radical tax schemes that will make working families shoulder more of the burden while CEOs and millionaires pay less. Ideas like these will drain money and opportunity away from middle class families, who are working harder than ever for a fair shot at the American Dream.
On Labor Day of all days, it's worth thinking about the American Dream: that the opportunity of a middle class life is open to anyone and everyone who is willing to work for it.
I am running for Congress to keep that Dream on the table. Our country's future is at stake, and you have the power to take a stand for the future.
Thanks for everything you've done so far this year.