President Barack Obama has taken to the Rose Garden to urge Congress to move more quickly on passing job creating legislation. Reaffirming his message that Republicans are obstructing the American Jobs Act in an attempt to win more elections in 2012, Obama announced a proposal aimed at helping unemployed veterans find work by offering tax credits to the companies that hire them.
According to Politico, Obama stated, “We ask our men and women in uniform to leave their families and their jobs and risk their lives to fight for our country. The last thing they should have to do is fight for a job when they come home.” He then discussed not just tax credits for new hires, but also job search tools like websites and personal case managers.
He then made it clear that to block this bill would be the surest sign of Republicans trying to let Americans suffer in order to gain politically. “There’s no good reason to oppose this bill. Not one. Our veterans did their jobs. It’s time for Congress to do theirs. Time for them to put country before party.”
The president’s message, that the GOP is purposefully and selfishly trying to keep America in economic crisis in order to win the White House and the Senate in 2012 is becoming effective, polling shows. In Florida, a full 49 percent of voters believe that the Republican party is purposefully sabotaging any efforts to revive the economy. Nationally, according to the Washington Post, 50 percent of voters believe the following statement, “President Obama is making a good faith effort to deal with the country’s economic problems, but the Republicans in Congress are playing politics by blocking his proposals and programs.”
Clearly, both the president and Democrats are beginning to win the messaging battle. But how much longer will the unemployed, under employed, and poor have to suffer while the lawmakers are stuck just playing politics?
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