(Republicans are feeling the heat on this one, big time. Let's push this action again, and push it HARD! Already written Boehner? Write him AGAIN, and keep up the pressure!)
President Obama, in an address to a joint session of Congress, has laid out a plan for creating jobs. The plan, while not perfect, was far bigger and bolder than had been expected by most political observers:
President Obama delivered a determined address to a joint session of Congress Thursday evening, laying out a bold, nearly half-trillion-dollar plan aimed at creating jobs and giving the weak economic recovery a shot in the arm. The President's job proposal is wide-ranging, including extensions of unemployment benefits and payroll tax cuts, tax incentives for hiring veterans, as well as funds to rehire teachers, renovate schools, fix roads and rehabilitate neighborhoods suffering from the blight of abandoned homes and buildings, fallout from the housing crisis. (source)
According to a top economist at Moody's, that boldness would come with real rewards for the American worker, in the form of millions of new jobs:
A top economist says President Barack Obama's job plan will likely add 1.9 million jobs and grow the economy by 2 percent. Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics, also said Obama’s $447-billion plan would likely cut the unemployment rate by a percentage point... (source)
This should fall in the category of "duh." American unemployment is over 8 percent, and the recovery has been agonizingly slow. This plan would add jobs, and do it in a responsible way. Speaker Boehner should either support its passage ASAP, or suggest a real alternative that would equal or surpass it in effectiveness.
Unfortunately, if past is prologue, what we can expect instead is more pandering by Boehner to his fanatical Tea Party base, more ridiculous right-wing rhetoric, and more inaction from one of the "do-nothingest" Congresses in history. (Oh, and wasting time with "feel-good/do-nothing" nonsense, such as "reaffirming the national motto.")
Enough is enough. Tell Speaker Boehner that you want jobs, not excuses.
Some Republicans are showing signs of wavering. This plan, or something of its scope, really can pass, but only if we really put on the pressure.
Tell Speaker Boehner that you want jobs, not excuses.