Obama asks deeper payroll tax cut to spur economy

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  • Brother Chuck Schroeder A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    Sept. 8, 2011 6:28 p.m.

    Obama sought to put himself on the side of voters who he said could not care less about the political consequences of his speech, and he did. Obama said in a high-stakes address to Congress that the United States is in a "national crisis" and called for urgent action on sweeping proposals to revive the stalled economy and avert another recession. "Those of us here tonight can't solve all of our nation's woes," Obama said in a nationally televised prime-time speech. "But we can help. We can make a difference. There are steps we can take right now to improve people's lives." Taking aim at Republicans who have consistently opposed his initiatives, Obama said it was time to "stop the political circus and actually do something to help the economy." Obama is seeking to seize the initiative in his bitter ideological battle with Republicans, ease mounting doubts about his economic leadership and turn around his presidency just 14 months before voters decide whether to give him a second term. If Obama can push through his plan, it might provide an economic boost quickly enough for him to reap political benefits. It's time to play Obama hardball now.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 8, 2011 5:50 p.m.

    I'm all for tax cuts but who going to pay for this new plan? Sounds like more promises of pie-in-the-sky that are just too good to be true.