Obama Speaks on Jobs — Will Anyone Listen?


Happy Jobs Day! Oh, wait, maybe not so happy, with nearly half the working age population currently registering as “marginally employed” or worse.

In response to these dire statistics, President Barack Obama will be making a speech addressing his new plan for getting America working again.  Calling his new legislation the American Jobs Act, Obama will unveil a proposal that is “expected to cost between $300 billion and $400 billion and contain a mix of tax cuts and infrastructure projects.”  It will, among other things, ask for an expansion of the payroll tax cut, but spokesman Jay Carney said it will involve new proposals as well.

The big concern as always isn’t even what the president is proposing, as much as it is whether it can find any support among Republicans.  Obama’s need to bring some members of the GOP into the fold, both logistically in order to get enough votes to pass a bill, and as a moral victory to declare it bipartisan, could once more force the administration to push something unappealing to Democrats in the hopes of getting through to a Republican Party hell-bent on obstructionism.   With so much of their hopes of electoral victory in 2012 riding on the need for a bad economy and an ineffective president, will the GOP even be willing to consider a proposal that, if passed, would signal a win for Democrats?

And in some cases, lawmakers will literally be forced to listen.  Numerous Republicans have made announcements that they do not intend to attend the president’s speech.  However, Majority Leader Harry Reid has come up with a plan to at least ensure the Senate Republicans don’t make excuses and leave town — schedule a vote.  The senate will be voting on a resolution to show “disapproval of the president’s request to increase the national debt limit.”  If Republicans don’t vote, Obama’s request for an additional $500 billion in spending will be approved.

Frankly, Reid should have scheduled a vote to end Bush Tax cuts for millionaires instead.


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Cynthia M.
Cynthia Morrison6 years ago

Thank you Doris M. my exact thoughts. Americans need to grow up and see who the Republicans are fighting for. They should support the President more in his fight to create jobs for the middle class and the poor. Unless jobs are created the people cannot get the opportunity to spend and so generate capital in the country.

Janet K.
Janet K6 years ago

Probably not. Our only hope is that people will be fed up with the GOP and vote them out of office.

Patrick F.
Patrick f6 years ago

I doubt anyone will listen to his speech, especially if nobody knows when it will be. This is shoddy reporting, the date and time of the speech is nowhere to be found in this article or the links within it.

Diane O.
Diane O6 years ago

I didn't hear anything great about Obama's speech. You folks don't see to understand that Obama blatantly ignored the one thing that would've stimulated our country early in 2009. He turned his back on the middle and lower middle class Americans when he ignored the relevance of our small businesses.

Now, after Obama wasted billions on failed bandaid approaches to recovery, he says we need to help the small businesses. Only problem is....it's two years too late. So, no, I will stand firm on what an awful speech he delivered....once again.

Patrick F.
Patrick f6 years ago

Why would you NOT listen? How can you determine the value of his speech without even hearing it? Trust me, we will have lots to discuss afterwards

Marie W.
Marie W6 years ago

The GOP never listens and does not support anything their corporate masters don't like.

Sharon S.
Sharon W6 years ago

Abraham Lincoln was Republican, and probably the last Republican to show concern for every American. Boehner is repulsive and an embarrassment. His (smirking, pouting) demeanor while sitting directly behind the President of the US, regardless of party differences, was sophomoric and indicative of his priority - himself and enriching his fellow Reublicans, and the hell with the dwindling working class.
While I do not agree with everything the President has done or that he said in his speech, I do believe he is trying and that his greatest struggle is the unnecessary one of battling ignorance and bigotry within Congress. These "spitting" contests are a debacle! Why is our nation taking a backseat to the good-ole-boy system???? That has not worked and has not produced one job.....

Mark Alan Dellavecchia

OK, I'm getting this now - so, if I set up the dominoes and tip the first one, and then I leave the room; the schmuck who comes in behind me is responsible for not being able to stop all of the dominoes I set into motion from falling? I am loving this, as is Bush and his cohorts.

Rachel Maddow had an excellent report on the effects of the (first) stimulus package. It was a definite success. It's only "failure" was that it was too small to counter act the trend established during the previous administration. Had the second stimulus package passed, America would be more employed and well on her way to recovery.

We know from the track record that, "What's good for General Motors is NOT good for the country."

The Titanic has hit the iceberg, and the Republicans are still debating how many lifeboats are needed, and who should pay for them. Their inaction will prove to be our undoing.

annelies j.
annelies j6 years ago

My 12 year old listened! I'm happy to see that she and many others her age had this as a homework assignment last night. She just could not understand why the republican party would not want what's best for our country.... Even a 12 year old knows the republicans aren't going to get us anywhere....

Doris Mason
Past Member 6 years ago

Just as President Obama pointed out in his address to Congress, it took the cooperation of both political parties to make our country what it became and what we have fought for...