Obama’s Jobs Speech To Congress – Full Video

The American Jobs Act

President Obama tells a joint session of Congress that it is time to end the political circus and pass the “American Jobs Act”.

“Those of us here tonight can’t solve all of our nation’s woes. Ultimately, our recovery will be driven not by Washington, but by our businesses and our workers. But we can help. We can make a difference. There are steps we can take right now to improve people’s lives.

“I am sending this Congress a plan that you should pass right away. It’s called the American Jobs Act. There should be nothing controversial about this piece of legislation. Everything in here is the kind of proposal that’s been supported by both Democrats and Republicans — including many who sit here tonight. And everything in this bill will be paid for. Everything.

“The purpose of the American Jobs Act is simple: to put more people back to work and more money in the pockets of those who are working. It will create more jobs for construction workers, more jobs for teachers, more jobs for veterans, and more jobs for the long-term unemployed. It will provide a tax break for companies who hire new workers, and it will cut payroll taxes in half for every working American and every small business. It will provide a jolt to an economy that has stalled, and give companies confidence that if they invest and hire, there will be customers for their products and services. You should pass this jobs plan right away. “

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7 comments

  1. Oh KStreet….I knew you would have this and I so needed to vent a bit. What is the point? The President tries so very hard to meet in the middle, but he won’t succeed in getting his bill passed. They’ll be all rah, rah in the House for tax cuts….but actually spending money, even on bridges and roads…they’ll just talk about it as spending, not what it will do and the need for it. They absolutely do not want the Pres reelected.

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    1. Democratista! Hello my friend :) I understand what you are saying but with the exception of the teabaggers in congress, I believe that a significant portion of the sane GOP in congress will look at the consequences of not following Obama’s plan. Think about it…in 2010 the GOP ran on jobs, yet did not produce one bill that focused on the populous concept of jobs. They disguised their “reduce taxes for the rich” as “reduce taxes for the job givers (the rich). That didn’t go too well so now they have to contemplate 2012 elections and denying Obama this…jobs for the citizens of this country..would mean a death knell to the GOP. They’re already tanking in the polls. I see no other way but for them to approve this. So cheer up Demo…I predict a win/win for the POTUS on this one. It’s long over due.

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  2. LOL, I know! Since I wrote that, I heard on the news that Repugs are having temper tantrums and will NOT cooperate so easily after all. In my opinion, I still believe that their opposition to the POTUS’ plan will be detrimental for them.

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  3. It’s good to talk with you, K. I can’t believe they feel “bullied”. The President is doinig everything he can to meet in the middle….to be realistic. Personally, I think he’s way too nice.

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  4. I can’t believe they feel “bullied”.

    Eric cantor had the nerve to say that Obama is asking for “all or nothing”. How many times have they done the same thing. Didn’t Boehner recently say that he got 98% of what he wanted…that’s pretty much ALL of what he wanted. Those guys, like LWS, can never see their faults…only the PERCEIVED faults of other.

    About the POTUS being “nice”…I dunno, ask Osama bin Laden. :)

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  5. Demo, this is a bit long but relevant to our converstation:

    The Week

    After watching the president urge and cajole a joint session of Congress on Thursday to pass his American Jobs Act, “friends and foes alike had to wonder,” says Howard Fineman at The Huffington Post: “Where has that Barack Obama been?” In about 37 minutes, a “startling, feisty, combative and, in a way, commanding” Obama laid out his $447 billion plan to jolt the economy — largely through a mix of tax cuts, infrastructure spending, state aid, and other measures. Obama pointed out that every part of his plan had at one point enjoyed bipartisan support, promised that every initiative would be paid for, and repeatedly challenged Congress to pass it right away. Here, five key takeaways from Obama’s big speech:

    1. Obama is through playing nice
    “After months of being a negotiator, Obama finally looked like a president,” says E.J. Dionne at The Washington Post. He didn’t politely ask the Republican House to pass his bill as much as he dared them not to. “He might as well have said to the Republicans, ‘So what’s your problem?’” Indeed, Obama “sounded rather done with the preposterous business of bipartisanship, at least with these particular boys and girls,” says P.M. Carpenter at his blog. He cajoled, threatened, “demanded all or nothing.” In other words, “he led.”

    Read more here…

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