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Vivian Davis Figures on Budget & Economy

Democratic Senate Challenger; member of State Senate


GOP turned nation from surplus to deficit, and jobs get lost

In campaign stops around Alabama, Sessions and Figures both said people voiced concerns about the economy.

Figures said people are "really finding it harder and harder to make ends meet. Look where we are. We went from a nation in the black to a nation in the red. Now we're up to trillions of dollars in the red," she said. "My opponent voted with the president 98 percent of the time."

But Sessions broke with the Bush administration in voting against the financial bailout bill on Oct. 1. "Though well-intentioned, the administration's plan represents unprecedented governmental intervention in the economy," Sessions said in a statement. Sessions said he doesn't believe in "protecting reckless investors" but supports "maintaining a healthy framework for investment."

Figures said she doesn't think anybody will be immune from the financial crisis. Without action by Congress, she said more jobs will be lost.

Source: 2008 Alabama Senate Debate; Associated Press on www.AL.com Oct 11, 2008

Provide economic stimulus package for our nation's elderly

As our nation faces the continued economic downturn--while food, gas and healthcare continue to soar--it is our nations' elderly that have been hit the hardest.

An additional element to consider beyond just reforming the Social Security program is to also examine the need to provide an economic stimulus package for our nation's elderly. For instance, the recently passed economic stimulus bill left many of our seniors totally out of the loop by leaving individuals that receive a social security check far too often prevented from receiving a rebate check. To leave the fixed-income elderly out of the stimulus equation was misguided as they are just as likely to spend the money and stimulate the economy as anyone, which of course was the very purpose of the economic stimulus package. As such, an economic stimulus package that includes a rebate check for a broadened amount of social security recipients along with healthcare tax rebates is and must be part of the next Congress' pathway forward.

Source: Senior Citizens League Guide to the 2008 US Senate Campaigns Oct 10, 2008

Comprehensive "home rescue plan" to avoid foreclosure

Mortgage Crisis: Put the American dream ahead of mortgage company profits. I will push for a comprehensive "home rescue plan" to help homeowners at risk of foreclosure stay in their homes.
Source: Campaign website, www.figures2008.com, "Priorities" Mar 2, 2008

Other candidates on Budget & Economy: Vivian Davis Figures on other issues:
AL Gubernatorial:
Bob Riley
AL Senatorial:
Jeff Sessions
Richard Shelby


2008 Senate retirements:

Wayne Allard(R,CO)
Larry Craig(R,ID)
Pete Domenici(R,NM)
Chuck Hagel(R,NE)
Trent Lott(R,MS)
Craig Thomas(R,WY)
John Warner(R,VA)

Incoming Obama Administration:

Pres.Barack Obama
V.P.Joe Biden
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NH:*Shaheen over Sununu
NJ:Lautenberg
NM:*Udall
OK:Inhofe
OR:*Merkley over Smith
RI:Reed
SC:Graham
SD:Johnson
TN:Alexander
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