Despite Republicans’ repeated calls for President Obama and Congress to come together on common ground to remove barriers to job creation, it appears that the White House still isn’t ready to come off the campaign trail to help put Americans back to work. The headlines tell the story:
>> “Obama Jobs Bill: Dead Legislatively, Alive Politically” (USA Today, 10/12/11)
>> “What Does it Mean for President Obama That he Can’t get the Democrat-Controlled Senate to Pass his Jobs Bill?” (CNN, 10/12/11)
>> “Dems Move to Stage Two of Jobs Fight: Hammer the GOP” (CBS, 10/12/11)
>> “Obama attacks Senate Republicans in Speech to Latinos” (CNN, 10/12/11)
>> “Obama Won’t Negotiate with Republicans on Jobs” (USA Today, 10/13/11)
The President may not want to admit it – just today he feigned not having seen of a Republican plan – but House Republicans have outlined a number of ideas in their Plan for America’s Job Creators and they’ve written President Obama several times in recent months to identify areas where Democrats and Republicans can agree.
As three job-creating trade agreements move towards the president’s desk, Speaker Boehner has renewed calls for both parties to work together to make additional progress on other areas to promote economic growth. But President Obama continues to cling to a politically-charged package that contains job-crushing tax hikes that a bipartisan majority in Congress has rejected.
Out of work Americans can’t wait another 12 months for the next campaign. It’s time for the White House to stop scoring political points and start working with Republicans to help create jobs.
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