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Obama pleas for Congress to pass jobs bill

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President Barack Obama addressed Congress on Thursday and in a plea to stop what he has called a "political circus" he begged Congress to pass his jobs bill -- immediately.

"I am sending Congress a plan that you should pass right away," President Obama said.

Obama went on to passing the bill, termed The American Jobs Act, would provide tax cuts to all small business owners and encourage all employers and businesses to focus more on work on American soil.

"Pass this jobs bill and we can put people to work rebuilding America," he said.

In addition to creating jobs, President Obama said the American Jobs Act would also benefit those currently employed with a $1,500 tax cut next year. He said without the jobs plan, the American middle class would be hit with a tax increase at one of the absolute worst times in history.

The jobs plan wouldn't only benefit the work force but the future of America.

President Obama said the plan would put thousands of teachers in every state back to work, an act needed to improve struggling school systems. He said his plan would put $25 billion into school infrastructure and the modernizing of thousands of American schools.

American made? You bet. President Obama said if he can see foreign cars driven in America then he should see American made cars driven in other countries.

"America should be in a race to the top, and I believe we can win that race," Obama said.

"This is simple math," President Obama said. "These are real choices that we need to make, and I'm pretty sure I know what Americans would choose. It is right to do what's right for our future."

Congressional officials and others outside the White House say the plan the president is outlined costs nearly $450 billion.

College of Charleston professor of political science Jeri Cabot said the speech showed President Obama's understanding and focus on the discussion of job creation.

Cabot said the only beneficial reaction from those opposed to the plan is a tight-lipped approach.

"I think it will harm the Republicans more than the President," she said. "If all they do is say 'more of the same' -- this is just political rhetoric that is electionary, because the viewing population wants there to be action."


  • Victoria Hansen

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