White House aide: Time for Congress to act on jobs

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  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 8, 2011 2:46 p.m.

    Re: Pagen | 11:23 a.m. Sept. 8, 2011

    CNN - Atlanta - "About a month ago, the dams finally burst as commentators gave voice to the concern building for some time among everyday Americans: Did we elect a president who just doesn't have what it takes to lead?"

    Translation: Obama is toast.

  • byu rugby Crystal Lake, IL
    Sept. 8, 2011 2:11 p.m.

    "Lost in DC" AMEN!!! pagan is really good at cut and paste but not so much with actual facts. BTW pagan, most of the sources you cite are biased, out of context, and mostly statements of opinion. Stick to trolling the Trib.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 8, 2011 1:31 p.m.

    jobless benefits are not jobs bills.

    I'm GLAD the GOP has filibustered as much of BO's agenda as they could, I wish they had been successful in filibusteriung Obamacare.

    We've made money on the bank bail-out. BO's porkulus has failed

    CBO figures are based on models designed with a result already in mind. A former head of the CBO has said as much. CBO projections (you have chastised me in the past for using projections, but it is OK for YOU to use CBO projections to make a point?? double. standard.) CBO projections showing Obamacare saving $230 billion are based on $500 billion in Medicare cuts which have not and will not be made.

  • FDRfan safety dictates, ID
    Sept. 8, 2011 12:14 p.m.

    "While prompt and decisive action to put the federal government's finances on a sustainable trajectory is urgently needed, fiscal policymakers should not, as a consequence, disregard the fragility of the economic recovery," Bernanke said in a speech in Minneapolis.

    Do you think the Republicans want a recovery under Obama? Bernanke does not play the game as the Republicans want and that is why they want him replaced. Business school professors know that the student most recruited will be a "C" student that looks good and has a great personality, i.e. Rick Perry. Rick Perry made his millions in government. Whose interests did he serve?

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 8, 2011 11:38 a.m.

    Re: Pagan | 8:40 a.m. Sept. 8, 2011
    "Since when has the Republican party ALLOWED the congress to move foward...?"

    Do you want the exact date? It was October 26, 2010. That was the day Obama said "You can come along for the ride but you have to sit in back". With an attitude like that did you really expect the Republicans to get out and push when Obama got his bus mired in the mud?

    That is what separates the Obama types from Chicago from good leaders that encourage compromise.

  • Anonymous Infinity American Fork, UT
    Sept. 8, 2011 10:57 a.m.

    One of the things holding this country together is the House of Representatives opposing the President's cockamamie claptrap. The only action the House majority should be fostering is a complete repeal of The so called Affordable Health Care Plan and elimination of the Dept. of Education, EPA, and the Federal Reserve, just for openers. Bernanke must go. The next thing they should be fostering is impeachment of the President. This twenty twelve campaign is going to be ugly.

  • ArizonaDad flagstaff, AZ
    Sept. 8, 2011 10:35 a.m.

    He wants Congress to support what, exactly? His speech? It certainly can't be his plan, because we can't know just what's in it yet(from the article):

    "Obama's American Job Act will be formally sent to Congress next week, a White House official said."

    But at least it's paid for (from the article):

    "And he will promise a long-term plan to pay for it all."

    Translation: His proposal will be for President Obama to spend the money, and President Romney (or whomever) to repay the money.

    So far, there is exactly ONE comprehensive jobs plan presented. It's in writing, 160 pages long, and was presented a couple of days ago, without a prepared text or teleprompter. Mitt Romney does understand the task, and the solution.

  • MarieDevine Divine-Way Kansas City, MO
    Sept. 8, 2011 9:46 a.m.

    Our government is buying jobs; actually paying the wages. That is not wisdom, fairness or sustainable. That increases the cost of government. It is going the wrong way.

    God's solution is to back out of lifelong employment which causes our problems; and return to the land which easily and quickly solves our many major problems.

    What man highly exalts is abomination to God. The Education System took children from their family, made women bored, so they took a job. Then conflicts have made Child Care, Elder Care and many restaurant facilities because women were gone from their very important role at home and community. That took much of the money earned and left the family poorly nourished and unhealthy, which took more money.

    God has true prosperity with no sorrow added. We need to convince President Obama, Congress and our candidates that God has provided a lifestyle to end our deficits, keep us healthy and keep our families and communities together in peace; and we want it.

    We can choose 100% lifelong employment; or 100% lifelong retirement-unemployment. It is the difference between enslavement for a lifetime or true freedom and abundant life and joy for a lifetime.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 8, 2011 9:32 a.m.

    'No, BO should work with the congress, not the other way around, since we have seen that his policy, a $787 billion porkulus, failed.' - lost in DC | 8:27 a.m. Sept. 8, 2011

    Then...so did the Republican one.

    *'Bush signs stimulus bill; rebate checks expected in May' - CNN - 02/13/08
    'President Bush on Wednesday signed the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008, calling it a "booster shot" for the American economy.'

    *Bush signs $700 billion bailout bill AP Published by Denver Post By Tom Raum 10/03/08

    *'Univ. of Maryland study finds Fox News viewers to be misinformed on key issues' - By Ryan Witt - Examiner - 12/17/10
    'Over 40% of respondents said President Obama started TARP even though TARP was signed into law by President Bush on October 3rd of 2008.'

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 8, 2011 8:44 a.m.

    *'Hatch, Republicans challenge tax cut expiration' - By Becky Bruce, Deseret News - 12/01/10

    'WASHINGTON, D.C. Republicans in the U.S. Senate are drawing a line in the virtual sand, vowing to keep all legislation off the Senate floor unless Congress extends the Bush-era tax cuts...'

    Keep all legislation, off the senate floor.

    (After 2010 Midterms)

    *House GOP blocks bill to extend jobless benefits By Andrew Taylor AP 11/18/10

    Result of all this obstruction?

    *'S&P warns it may downgrade U.S. credit rating' - By Martin Crutsinger - AP - Published by DSNews - 07/15/11

    *'Dow average plunges 513, worst drop since 2008' - By David K. Randall - AP - Published by DSNews - 08/04/11


    *GOP Senate hopefuls praised for 'no'...on debt bill' - By Josh Loftin, Associated Press- Published by DSNews - 08/11/11

    That's right.

    The Republican party's continual 'no' on the US budget...

    lead to the downgrade of America's credit score.

    More examples of party, before country.

  • Hellooo Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 8, 2011 8:42 a.m.

    Why is the President so focused on the Soc. Sec. tax cut. It does nothing for people, is really a corporate tax break, and robs the entitlement program of fixed dollars because it is a flat tax. Better if he would demand that the tax be reinstalled at 6.2% and the salary to which it is applied raised to $200,000. If what this article outlines is the basis of this administration's proposal to lower joblessness, then it is certainly correct Congress must act because the President has surely refused to provide any meaningful leadership to solve the problems.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 8, 2011 8:40 a.m.

    Since when has the Republican party ALLOWED the congress to move foward...?

    *'The Rise Of Cloture: How GOP Filibuster Threats Have Changed The Senate' - Ben Frumin and Jason Reif - Talking Points Memo - 01/27/10

    'When Democrats reclaimed the Senate majority in the 2006 midterm elections, cloture filings shot up from 68 in 2005-2006 (From Dems) to a record 139 in 2007-2008.' (From Republicans)'

    *'Senate Republicans Block Defense Bill, 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' Repeal' - By MATTHEW JAFFE and DEVIN DWYER - ABC News - 09/21/10

    *'Republicans kill Senate jobless aid measure' - By Andrew Taylor - AP - Published by DSNews - 06/24/10

    *'Senate Republicans again kill bill for jobless aid' - By Stephen Ohlemacher - AP - Published by DSNews - 06/30/10

    *Shocker: Fox host calls out Republicans who blocked 9/11 responders bill By David Edwards The Raw Story 12/21/2010

    *Republicans block small business lending bill' - By Stephen Ohlemacher - AP - Published by DSNews - 07/29/10

    'The bill would create a $30 billion government fund to help community banks increase lending to small businesses...'

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 8, 2011 8:27 a.m.

    "Congress must abandon its politically driven refusal to work with President Barack Obama and take action on his job proposals because Americans are demanding help, a top White House aide said Thursday."

    No, BO should work with the congress, not the other way around, since we have seen that his policy, a $787 billion porkulus, failed. One of the first actions the house took after being seated in January was a jobs creation bill, but clown prince harry refused to bring for a vote in the senate and BO threatened a veto if it ever came to his desk. What would the house bill have done? Repealed Obamacare.