The Republican Jobs Plan Is To Help Wall Street And Pollute!

President Obama spoke in Asheville, North Carolina this morning as part of his continued push to bring jobs to the American people. He laid waste to the Republican’s “plan” and did a little comparison for us that spells out a stark reality. It needs to be shared with the people marching in the streets across the country…(emphasis mine)

THE PRESIDENT:  They said no to helping veterans find jobs.
Essentially, they said no to you — because it turns out one poll found that 63 percent of Americans support the ideas in this jobs bill.  (Applause.)  So 63 percent of Americans support the jobs bill that I put forward; 100 percent of Republicans in the Senate voted against it.  That doesn’t make any sense, does it?


THE PRESIDENT:  No, it does not.

Now, it turns out that the Republicans have a plan, too.  I want to be fair.  They call — they put forward this plan last week.  They called it the “Real American Jobs Act.”  The “real one” — that’s what they called it — just in case you were wondering.  (Laughter.)  So let’s take a look at what the Republican American jobs act looks like.  It turns out the Republican plan boils down to a few basic ideas:  They want to gut regulations; they want to let Wall Street do whatever it wants. 


THE PRESIDENT:  They want to drill more.


THE PRESIDENT:  And they want to repeal health care reform.


THE PRESIDENT:  That’s their jobs plan.

So let’s do a little comparison here.  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.  On the other hand, our plan puts teachers, construction workers, firefighters and police officers back on the job. (Applause.)

Their plan says the big problem we have is that we helped to get 30 million Americans health insurance.  They figure we should throw those folks off the health insurance rolls; somehow that’s going to help people find jobs.


THE PRESIDENT:  Our plan says we’re better off if every small business and worker in America gets a tax cut, and that’s what’s in my jobs bill.  (Applause.)  Their plan says we should go back to the good old days before the financial crisis when Wall Street was writing its own rules.  They want to roll back all the reforms that we’ve put into place.


THE PRESIDENT:  Our plan says we need to make it easier for small businesses to grow and hire and push this economy forward.  (Applause.)

All right, so you’ve gotten a sense — you got their plan, and then we got my plan.  My plan says we’re going to put teachers back in the classroom; construction workers back to work rebuilding America, rebuilding our schools — (applause)  — tax cuts for small businesses; tax cuts for hiring veterans; tax cuts if you give your worker a raise.  (Applause.)  That’s my plan.

And then you got their plan, which is let’s have dirtier air, dirtier water.


THE PRESIDENT:  Less people with health insurance.


THE PRESIDENT:  All right so, so far at least, I feel better about my plan.  (Laughter and applause.)  But let’s admit I’m a little biased.  So remember those independent economists who said our plan would create jobs, maybe as many as almost 2 million jobs, grow the economy by as much as 2 percent?  So one of the same economists that took a look at our plan took a look at the Republican plan, and they said, well, this won’t do much to help the economy in the short term — it could actually cost us jobs.  We could actually lose jobs with their plan.

So I’ll let you decide which plan is the real American Jobs Act.  (Applause.)

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  Obama’s plan!

The awesome people taking to the streets across America need to know who is on their side and who is defending Wall Street and the status quo. There is a huge difference between the two parties and the protestors need to be armed with facts, not platitudes and hyperbole from people trying to co-opt their movement. Facts are powerful, when people know them.


7 thoughts on “The Republican Jobs Plan Is To Help Wall Street And Pollute!

  1. I reached the conclusion long ago that the republicans don’t care about the average American citizen. They rail on and on about PBO and dems being elitists, but the reality is that they are the true elitists because they serve only the very rich, the corporations, and Wall St. Anyone who doesn’t yet realize that the GOP doesn’t care about them the way that PBO does has issues that reach far beyond his policies. I have former students who are “friends” on FB who say they will not vote for any democrat because we are baby killers and approve of homosexuals. I’ve engaged in several conversations with these young so-called Christians to call them out for stereotyping. They weren’t paying close attention to the HCR issue because it was a dem, Stupak, who insisted on having PBO sign an executive order stating that the government would not pay for abortions under the ACA. IMHO, this was more showboating because the Hyde Amendment has been in force since 1976.

  2. And he leaves on another campaign trip at taxpayer expense. The healthcare reform fiasco is unraveling by the day because the majority of Americans know it will lower their standard of healthcare, cost the country trillions and to provide healthcare to people who have medicaid currently and don’t pay for it. Can you spell sham!!

    You keep saying this is a jobs bill. If you are a construction worker you may be right. If your unemployed from another industry, you will remain unemployed under this bill.
    It is such a great bill even democrats don’t support it. This is another action by BHO to vilify conservatives. He had no expectations this bill would pass otherwise he would have asked for a vote, After the bill was written not before and he would have had someone championing it.

    All of the MSM are in sink with BHO so he is assured as much air time as they can give him and he has their support for another four years.

  3. I can’t help you skudrunner.

    You come here with your whining and complaining about the awful – in your view – PBO. I cannot help you with your personal problem; I can only suggest that you make an appointment with the chaplain.

  4. The GOP does not have very much to offer; I am not sure what they are relying upon. It seems that they are relying first upon the apathy of the voting public to ignore reality and stay home. And, their ‘base’.

  5. All presidents get a portion of their campaign travel covered by taxpayers. Surprise! Surprise! A 2006 report for the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform found that during 2002, political campaigns reimbursed the federal government for $198,000 of the $6.5 million in flight expenses racked up by campaign-related stops made by President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. That’s 3 percent of the total cost.

    Taxpayers paid the remaining $6.3 million.

    Most of any president’s air travel is paid for by the military. Campaigns, party committees pay for political portions of a trip. Often a fund raiser trip will include a side trip to a destination to speak about a national interest to get some compensation from the taxpayers. The “watchdog” National Taxpayers Union keeps tabs on such travel. The “NON-partisan” group favors a “flat tax” and in the case of former executive director, Grover Norquist, NO taxes at all. Sen. Jim DeMint won their Taxpayer’s Friend Award in 2007, so I have great reservations about their absence of bias.

  6. And relying on suppressing the vote of Democrats with their “Jim Crow” tricks taking away the right to vote from minorities, senior citizens, college age voters.

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