10.05.11

President Obama was in North Texas yesterday and sounded great

Posted in Around The Nation, Around The State, Commentary, jobs, The Budget at 8:06 am by wcnews

Here’s an excerpt from President Barack Obama’s speech in North Texas yesterday. He struck a great tone and called out GOP House Minority Whip Eric Cantor.

But you know what, we tried it and it didn’t work. So now you’ve got a choice. Would you rather keep tax loopholes for big corporations that don’t need it? Or would you rather put construction workers back to work rebuilding our schools and our roads and our bridges? (Applause.) Would you rather I keep a tax break that I don’t need and wasn’t looking for, didn’t ask for and if I don’t have it, I won’t miss it? Or do you want to put teachers like Kim back to work and help small businesses and cut taxes for middle-class families? (Applause.) This is a choice that we’ve got to make.

And I believe, and I think you believe, it’s time we build an economy that creates good, solid, middle-class jobs in this country. It’s time to build an economy that values the — that honors the values of hard work and responsibility. It’s time for us to build an economy that lasts, that’s not just based on speculation and financial shenanigans, but rather is based on us making stuff and selling things to other people around the world instead of just importing from all around the world. (Applause.) That’s the America I believe in. That’s the America you believe in.

And, Dallas, that starts now. That starts with your help. Yesterday, the Republican Majority Leader in Congress, Eric Cantor, said that right now he won’t even let this jobs bill have a vote in the House of Representatives.

AUDIENCE: Booo!

THE PRESIDENT: This is what he said. Won’t even let it be debated. Won’t even give it a chance to be debated on the floor of the House of Representatives. Think about that. I mean, what’s the problem? Do they not have the time? (Laughter.) They just had a week off. (Laughter.) Is it inconvenient?

Look, I’d like Mr. Cantor to come down here to Dallas and explain what exactly in this jobs bill does he not believe in. What exactly is he opposed to?

Does he not believe in rebuilding America’s roads and bridges? Does he not believe in tax breaks for small businesses, or efforts to help our veterans?

Mr. Cantor should come down to Dallas and look Kim Russell in the eye and tell her why she doesn’t deserve to be back in the classroom doing what she loves, helping our kids. Come tell her students why they don’t deserve to have their teacher back.

Come tell Dallas construction workers why they should be sitting idle instead of out there on the job.

Tell small business owners and workers in this community why you’d rather defend tax breaks for folks who don’t need them — for millionaires — rather than tax cuts for middle-class families.

And if you won’t do that, at least put this jobs bill up for a vote so that the entire country knows exactly where members of Congress stand. (Applause.)
Put your cards on the table. I realize that some Republicans in Washington are resistant, partly because I proposed it. (Laughter and applause.) I mean, they — if I took their party platform and proposed it, they’d suddenly be against it. (Laughter.)

We’ve had folks in Congress who have said they shouldn’t pass this bill because it would give me a win. So they’re thinking about the next election. They’re not thinking about folks who are hurting right now. They’re thinking, well, how is that going to play in the next election?

Give me a win? Give me a break! (Laughter.) That’s why folks are fed up with Washington. (Applause.) This isn’t about giving me a win. This isn’t about giving Democrats or Republicans a win. This is about giving people who are hurting a win. (Applause.) This is about giving small business owners a win, and entrepreneurs a win, and students a win, and working families a win. This is about giving America a win. (Applause.)

Dallas, the next election is 13 months away. The American people don’t have the luxury of waiting 13 months. A lot of folks are living week to week; some are living paycheck to paycheck; some folks are living day to day. (Applause.) They need action on jobs, and they need it now. They want Congress to do what they were elected to do. They want Congress to do their job. Do your job, Congress! (Applause.)

I need you all to lift your voice — (applause) –- not just here in Dallas, but anyone watching, anyone listening, everybody following online. I need you to call and tweet and fax and visit and email your congressperson and tell them the time for gridlock and games is over. The time for action is now. (Applause.)

Part of his speech was about the loss of teaching jobs in states due to budget cuts, as we’ve seen here in Texas. President Obama: American Jobs Act Will Prevent Up to 280,000 Teachers from Losing their Jobs.

The White House today released a report that outlines the devastating impact the recession has had on schools and students across the country. Teacher Jobs at Risk highlights the significant cuts in education spending that have resulted from state budget shortfalls since 2008, including the loss of nearly 300,000 teaching jobs across the country (see chart below).

And in the coming school year, without additional support, many school districts will have to make another round of difficult decisions. As a result of state and local funding cuts, as many as 280,000 teacher jobs could be at risk. Unless they receive federal assistance, many school districts will be forced to reduce the number of teachers in their classrooms, or turn to other measures such as shortening the school year or cutting spending on schoolbooks and supplies.

More and better tax cuts for the rich and corporations is not going to fix our economy. They already have billions of dollars, and they’re not hiring anyone. The American people need jobs, and once they’re put back to work our economy will improve. The more the President points out the the GOP and their partnership with the rich and corporations is killing our country, the better our economy will get and the better his chances for reelection will get.

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