I was watching this President tonight, make history by showing his willingness to put it out there on the line. He effectively put the ball in the court of Both of the Houses Of Congress with his “Pass This Jobs Bill! You Should pass it right away!!!!” comments. Throughout the speech, before a joint session or both Houses Of Congress, he placed the duty of creating jobs squarely on the shoulders of ALL Washington politicians. Where it belongs.
Now lets see what the GOPretenders do next. The Speech in it’s entirety follows….
His Very Own Words……
To create more jobs now, the President is sending Congress the American Jobs Act – a set of ideas supported by both Democrats and Republicans that Congress must pass right away. The purpose of the American Jobs Act is simple: put more people back to work and put more money in the pockets of working Americans. Here’s how:
First, it provides a tax cut for small businesses, not big corporations, to help them hire and expand now, and provides an additional tax cut to any business that hires or increases wages.
Second, it puts more people back to work, including up to 280,000 teachers laid off by state-budget cuts, first responders and veterans coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan, and construction workers repairing crumbling bridges, roads and more than 35,000 public schools, with projects chosen by need and impact, not earmarks and politics. And, it expands job opportunities for hundreds of thousands of low-income youth and adults through a new Pathways Back to Work Fund that supports summer and year round jobs for youth; innovative new job training programs to connect low-income workers to jobs quickly; and successful programs to encourage employers to bring on disadvantaged workers.
Third, it helps out-of-work Americans by extending unemployment benefits to help them support their families while looking for work and reforming the system with training programs that build real skills, connect to real jobs and help the long-term unemployed. It bans employers from discriminating against the unemployed when hiring, and provides a new tax credit to employers hiring workers who have been out of a job for over 6 months.
Fourth, it puts more money in the pockets of working and middle class Americans by cutting in half the payroll tax that comes out of every worker’s paycheck, saving families an average of $1,500 a year’ and taking executive action to remove the barriers that exist in the current federal refinancing program (HARP) to help more Americans refinance their mortgages at historically low rates, save money and stay in their homes.
Last, the plan won’t add a dime to the deficit and is fully paid for through a balanced deficit reduction plan that includes closing corporate tax loopholes and asking the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share.
I am pleased, that this master tactician, said words that focused on the issue of jobs and how to create them, and didn’t once, revert to the name calling and childish rhetoric I witnessed last evening, during the GOP (Grand Obstructionists Party) debate. He was poised, confident, classy, savvy, intelligent, eloquent, and right on the money with his focus on what is important to Americans, ALL Americans, even the “99′ers”. He hit this ball, out the ball park, onto Waveland ave.
Now, lets see what spin the Monday morning quarterbacking corp puts on this speech. It started the second POTUS Obama was finished. I was watching the speech on ABC, who went immediately from POTUS Obama’s speech to broadcast a “Breaking News” story about an implied high threat on Sunday, the 10th anniversary of the 2001 9/11 attacks. They actually suspended coverage of the hand shaking and exchange of congratulations between POTUS Obama and supporters to talk about old news.
Nobody is NOT expecting some type of terror threat on the 10th year anniversary of 9/11…so that “Breaking News” story, was really not at all.
This speech was ground breaking in that some elected officials were absent, choosing to protest by boycotting. Did anyone even notice their absence? Right, me neither. But I am still curious as to what they were protesting, by being absent? Do they not agree with the President, that jobs are a major issue, and that this session before the joint Houses, was needed for the American people to see the importance of addressing this issue? Are they uncertain that a jobs bill is what is necessary? OR, are they just plain pissed, that this President solidified his position of “Me Against Them, For YOU”? As I stated in other post, respect the office of the President Of The United States.
In closing, I ask again, what did you think of his speech on a jobs bill….and do you agree with……..“Pass This Jobs Bill! You Should pass it right away!!!!”