Later today in Dallas, President Obama will challenge Republicans to take action on his jobs bill, singling out Eric Cantor for saying yesterday that House Republicans won’t even hold a vote on the proposal. According to this speech excerpt, Obama will call on Cantor to explain what in the jobs bill Republicans oppose:
Yesterday, The Republican Majority Leader in Congress, Eric Cantor, said that right now, he won’t even let the jobs bill have a vote in the House of Representatives. He won’t even give it a vote.
Well, I’d Mr. Cantor to come down here to Dallas and explain what in this jobs bill he doesn’t believe in. Does he not believe in rebuilding America’s roads and bridges? Does he not believe in tax breaks for small businesses, or efforts to help veterans?
Mr. Cantor should come down to Dallas, look Kim Russell in the eye, and tell her why she doesn’t deserve to get a paycheck again. Come tell her students why they don’t deserve to have their teacher back.
Come tell Dallas construction workers why they should be sitting at home instead of fixing our bridges and schools.
Come tell the small business owners and workers in this community why you’d rather defend tax breaks for millionaires than tax cuts for the middle-class.
And if you won’t do that, at least put this jobs bill up for a vote so that the entire country knows where every member of this Congress stands.
There’s no good reason for Republicans to oppose the American Jobs Act period, let alone for them to refuse to allow a vote on it. The only reasonable explanation for their blanket opposition is that they are playing political games, more interested in positioning themselves for the 2012 election than actually doing something to help address America’s economic crisis.
Meanwhile, even though they refuse to do anything at all about the economy, House Republicans are continuing to pursue their right-wing social agenda, reviving battles from earlier this year over funding for Planned Parenthood and public broadcasting. And you know what that means: there’s no chance Eric Cantor or anyone else in GOP leadership is going to explain their position in Dallas or anywhere else. They’re too busy fighting BIg Bird to worry about something as mundane as creating jobs.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) won’t even allow House vote on Jobs Bill.
Says Obama: “Yesterday, the Republican Majority Leader in Congress, Eric Cantor, said that right now, he won’t even let the jobs bill have a vote in the House of Representatives. He won’t even give it a vote. Well I’d like Mr. Cantor to come down here to Dallas and explain what in this jobs bill he doesn’t believe in. Does he not believe in rebuilding America’s roads and bridges? Does he not believe in tax breaks for small businesses, or efforts to help veterans?”
There is no question that our circumstances qualify as extraordinary and demand a laserlike focus by the president on job creation. At the pace of job growth we’ve seen over the past three months, we will never, not ever, reach normal levels of employment in America again. We know now that only 58 percent of American adults are employed, the lowest number in nearly three decades. We know that, as of last month, 6.2 million Americans have been out of work for more than six months. Forty-six million Americans are on food stamps, a national record.
What exactly do we consider a “jobs bill”? This whole article just amounts to “the economy sucks, somebody do something!”
We need him to start doing something about jobs — something that will capture the attention of the American people and the media, something that will change the debate in a city that has lost its way.
… such as? I mean what do you expect? It’s not like we can make unemployment illegal or force employers to hire.
There simply is no way to create jobs without more government spending in one way or another. There are a lot of small things you can do to incentivize hiring but you still won’t see any substantial growth for years upon years, and arguably the time we waste arguing over those small things wastes more tax dollars than might be worth it.
Historically there is only ONE way the government can create a lot of jobs at once… and well, you’re not going to like it. That one way is you vastly expand the scope of government, create new divisions, and put a ton of new people on the federal payroll. Even though you’ve increased government spending those people with jobs will spend their money elsewhere, create more demand in various markets, that demand creates further jobs and then your economy starts rolling again.
Now that is my mostly uneducated perspective, I’m sure an economics major can explain why I’m wrong (in fact I’d welcome that) but at least it’s an idea or at least a perspective. Which is better than whining “Where’s the jobs Obama!?”