October 18, 2011
President Barack Obama said the Republican jobs proposal, released last week, would mean “dirtier air, dirtier water, less people with health insurance.”
“The Republican plan says that what’s been standing in the way between us and full employment are laws that keep companies from polluting as much as they want,” Obama said in a speech at the regional airport in Asheville, N.C., on Monday. “On the other hand, our plan [Obama’s plan] puts teachers, construction workers, firefighters and police officers back on the job.”
“My plan says we’re going to put teachers back in the classroom, construction workers back to work rebuilding America, rebuilding our schools, tax cuts for small businesses, tax cuts for hiring veterans, tax cuts if you give your worker a raise,” said Obama. “That’s my plan. Then you’ve got their plan, which is, let’s have dirtier air, dirtier water, less people with health insurance. So far at least, I feel better about my plan.”
Obama’s $447-billion American Jobs Act did not pass in the Senate last week even though the Democrats have a 53-47 majority in that chamber. The proposal, which would largely fund government workers is essentially a second economic stimulus plan – the first $820-billion stimulus passed in 2009 but did not prevent unemployment from rising above 9 percent and not falling below 9 percent for the last 32 months.
This article was posted: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at 7:23 am