Open For Questions: White House On The American Jobs Act

Wednesday at 4:00 PM Eastern Time, Michael Pyle, Special Assistant to the President for Financial and International Markets, and Roberto Rodriguez, Special Assistant to the President for Education Policy, met with mediator Ronnie Cho to address questions submitted by youth across America pertaining to the American Jobs Act. The questions were submitted to the White House Open for Questions panel through Facebook, Twitter, and an online White House forum.

Obama’s proposed Jobs Act consists of five parts, each designed to lower the unemployment rate and put more money into the pockets of America’s workers. The questions chosen by Cho, an Associate Director in the White House Office of Public Engagement, addressed each of these key issues:

1. Tax Cuts to Help America’s Small Businesses Grow and Hire

Many young adults are struggling to find jobs in today’s economy. The root cause of this is, obviously, that many businesses are simply not hiring. The President proposes tax cuts that will benefit every small business (98% of America’s companies) nationwide. These tax cuts will allow small business owners to expand without placing a huge financial burden on their companies. The health of our economy lies in our small businesses; if they are hiring, the unemployment rate will plummet.

2. Putting Workers Back on the Job While Rebuilding and Modernizing America

Many public institutions such as schools and community colleges are desperately in need of modernization. The President proposes to invest $25 million in public schools and $5 billion in community colleges in order to bring them up to date. He also plans to prevent lay-offs of teachers, police officers, and firefighters through a $35 billion investment to help states and localities prevent budget-driven layoffs. Reduction of lay-offs and improvement of schools and community colleges is a great way to ensure higher-quality education, leading to a more productive and employable generation of young workers.

3. Pathways Back to Work for Young People Looking for Jobs

More and more teenagers and young adults struggle to find summer jobs or steady employment after graduation, and those lucky enough to have landed jobs may already be facing unemployment due to the slow economy. This issue was the main focus of Open for Questions, as many of the submitted questions, and even mediator Cho’s question, focused on providing jobs for young Americans. There are many proposed programs addressing this issue, including the “Bridge to Work” program, which Rodriguez described as a way for previously employed young adults to engage in part-time or volunteer work while continuing to receive unemployment benefits.

4. Tax Relief for Every American Worker and Family

In order to allow young Americans to keep more of their hard-earned money, Obama plans to cut the payroll tax in half next year. This will benefit the 45.5 million people under 30 who pay payroll taxes.

5. Fully Paid For As Part of the President’s Long-Term Deficit Reduction Plan

One concerned Open Questions participant asked about how all these programs and tax cuts will be paid for. Pyle described how the American Jobs Act is included in Obama’s long-term plans for deficit reduction.

All of this sounds great, and I would love to jump on the bandwagon for the American Jobs Act. But my question (which did not get selected) is: How are we going to make sure that the American Jobs Act ensures long-term improvements in the economy and unemployment rate?

I am 23 years old and have few responsibilities. I only need to feed and clothe myself. I could move back in with my parents if I really needed to. While it would be great to have a permanent, salaried job with benefits right now, I am more concerned about ten or fifteen years down the road when I am married, have a family and need to save for retirement while making mortgage payments.

The American Jobs Act is a step in the right direction, but next year’s tax cuts don’t give me a lot of hope that the President is laying down infrastructure for the next twenty years. I am glad that the White House provided America’s youth with the opportunity to ask questions about how this proposed act will affect us over the next year or two — but there ultimately needs to be more focus on the long-term for the American Jobs Act to succeed.

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50 comments

Dianne Robertson
Dianne Robertson4 years ago

The President needs to get out of DC and TALK TO PEOPLE.HE NEEDS to HEAR from US AND WE need to hear a WHOLE LOT MORE from HIM!

Michael C.
Cynthia C.4 years ago

I went to the site shown below, if the numbers are correct, a sane man would conclude that it is an inheritance from that miserable regime of Bush and the evil doers. You know the one, they lead a bloody election coup against the peoples of America and the blood was let from your constitution, thus your lives and your future.



http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-jobs-lost-in-the-bush-and-obama-administration-2010-2



Bush attempted to do everything and anything to prove that he wasn't a loser, he forced America into 2 wars, without end, possibly neither is truly winnable.
Then again, who really wins at war, time has a funny way of reversing your hand, i.e. VietNam.

The only thing Bush and the other members of the axis of evil were about to accomplish and somewhat conceal, was that self-inflicted wound, known as 911.



I am not a fan of this fellow, Obummer, though, I do wish him well. He has chosen to surround himself with a bunch of do-littles, too many advisers who live in the shadows, and it concerns me as to his possible abuse of his position.
He, his wife and children, have found every excuse to travel on America's dime, often with the flimsiest of excuses.
, while good American's must accept Food Stamps, the loss of their jobs and foreclosures.

While I applaud the day the a man of colour, was elected to the White House, time has shown that he well go down in history with a reputation more deeply

Michael C.
Cynthia C.4 years ago

I went to the site shown below, if the numbers are correct a sane man would conclude that it an inheritance, a dreadful one, to say the least.

http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-jobs-lost-in-the-bush-and-obama-administration-2010-2

Bush attempted to do everything and anything to prove that he wasn't a loser, he forced America into 2 wars without end, possibly neither is truly winnable. Then again, who really wins at war, time has a funny way of reversing your hand, i.e. VietNam.

The only thing Bush and the other members of the axis of evil were about to accomplish and somewhat conceal, was that self-inflicted wound, known as 911.

I am not a fan of this fellow Obummer, though, I do wish him well. He has chosen to surround himself with a bunch of do-littles, too many advisers who live in the shadows, and it concerns me as to his possible abuse of his position. He, his wife and children, have found every excuse to travel on America's dime, often with the flimsiest of excuses.

While I applaud the day the an man of colour, was elected to the White House, time has shown that he well go down in history with a reputation more deeply stained than Jimmy Carter.

K s Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Igor M.
Igor M.4 years ago

So many wonderful comments here ... and yet it is fighting with windmills.

The GOP in Congress is blinded with hatred and greed. Anything goes that helps to get Obama out. And they are the ones who accuse him of class warfare ...

Nothing will work if people stay home on the election day. Unfortunately, ignorance is the problem. People resist understanding that how they live is a direct consequence of how (and if at all) they vote.

Patrick F.
Patrick f.4 years ago

It's unfortunate but people today are very impatient,can't wait a minute for their coffee, can't wait a day for their new ipod, no, I want it now now now. It's the same with politics, can't wait a reasonable time to fix 8 years of incompetence, no, you want everything fixed overnight. NOBODY can fix this mess overnight, it will probably take a decade, spending is easy, recovery is NOT.

Richard E.
Richard E.4 years ago

how about if you don't manufacture anything in this country any product you sell will be subject to a high tarrif. that's the only way to create more manufacturing jobs.

Yvette T.
Past Member 4 years ago

Oops. We must go to his website in order to email Boehner and tell him to cut out the childish pettiness. Where is the dignity?
http://www.speaker.gov/Contact/

Yvette T.
Past Member 4 years ago

Email Boehner! We must return to the former tax rates for the wealthiest. The cuts failed. Thsi is not RAISING taxes, simply restoring them to the previous level.

Creating JOBS is ESSENTIAL. RESPECTING OUR PRESIDENT IS HOW WE CAN MAKE PROGRESS. Behaving dishonorably and being petty is dragging us all into the abyss.

SpeakerBoehner@mail.house.gov

Vivianne Mosca-Clark

Why people call out Mr Obama....I don't know.
After Mr Bush and company put America in debt,created a war out of lies, the rebubs keep saying they will stop our President from passing any thing, they still want to say it is all his fault.
He has had one of the worst congress then any president I have seen. Co-operation is a word the the repubs don't have in their vocabulary.
Act locally....think globally. We need to help our self and help the rest of our communities. That is what real humans do. The weird and 'keep your hands off of my stack' has been instilled in people to make them afraid of going with out. That will make people do things for survival they would not normally do. I have see people do noble things and that is what helps keep me trying to help make change for the good of all. People are basically good. when they act from a fear mode...anything goes. Until sharing and being as fair as possible is the common way to live we will have greed and fear run us all.