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Oklahoma business leaders offer Obama economic advice

FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: November 6, 2008 at 10:07 am •  Published: November 6, 2008
Some Oklahoma business leaders were given an opportunity on Wednesday to provide recommendations to President-elect Obama and a Democratically controlled Congress that could help boost business and industry, and ultimately restore calm to financial markets. They offered several suggestions:

Get more of the revenue bailout to John Q. Public. That would have a direct impact on our economy. We need stimulus not from the top down, but from the bottom up.”

Russell Perry, head of Perry Publishing & Broadcast Co.

It is vital that President-elect Obama works to end gridlock in Washington and create the climate for meaningful reform of health care and long-term financial security. For over two years, AARP has worked to raise awareness of these two pressing domestic issues through our Divided We Fail initiative. Mr. Obama — along with more than 300 Members of Congress — signed a Divided We Fail pledge to work across party lines and fix our broken health care system. AARP will be there to ensure that the new president and Congress give health care reform and long-term financial security their attention.”

Bob Bristow, state president, AARP Oklahoma

The country is still faced with the problems that always have been there. But the nation has lots of energy, whether it be oil, natural gas, or coal. I would tell them that we need policies that will allow us to develop those resources. That will create more jobs here in the U.S., and send less of our financial capital overseas to other countries.


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