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After Debt Fight, Obama Moves To Jobs

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 (UPI) — President Barack Obama said he would move beyond the U.S. debt-limit fight and tackle job creation as Washington was about to release its latest jobs report.

“In the coming months, I’ll continue … to fight for what the American people care most about — new jobs, higher wages and faster economic growth,” Obama said in the White House Rose Garden after the Senate approved a plan to raise the federal debt limit and cut government spending, ending a bitter partisan standoff.

“While Washington has been absorbed in this debate about deficits, people across the country are asking, What can we do to help the father looking for work? What are we going to do for the single mom who’s seen her hours cut back at the hospital? What are we going to do to make it easier for businesses to put up that ‘now hiring’ sign?”

Facing re-election in 15 months, and with unemployment at 9.2 percent, Obama called on Congress to extend unemployment-insurance benefits and a payroll-tax credit for employees.

He urged lawmakers to approve a patent overhaul, free-trade deals and an infrastructure-funding bank.

“There’s no reason for Congress not to send me those bills so I can sign them into law right away, as soon as they get back from recess,” he said.

The Senate, which finished its legislative business Tuesday, is in recess until Sept. 6. The House, which wrapped up its work Monday, returns Sept. 7.

“It shouldn’t take the risk of default, the risk of economic catastrophe, to get folks in this town to work together and do their jobs,” Obama said.

“Both parties share power in Washington and both parties need to take responsibility for improving this economy,” he said, vowing to offer ideas “in the weeks ahead to help companies hire, invest and expand.”

Republican lawmakers had no immediate comment on Obama’s remarks.

Senate and House Republicans have their own jobs agendas for the fall. They include trade agreements and a patent bill as well as longer-term goals such as reducing government regulations, increasing energy production and reducing individual and corporate tax rates.

“Every meeting I’m in talks about the regulatory burden that we’re experiencing throughout the American economy — massive increases in regulation,” USA Today quoted Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., as saying.

The U.S. Labor Department is expected to release its July jobs report Friday, with many economists forecasting the unemployment rate would remain at 9.2 percent and new jobs created would show a net growth of 90,000 to 120,000 — 120,000 to 150,000 jobs in the private sector and a loss of 30,000 government jobs, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Employers added 18,000 new jobs in June, the Labor Department said, with the private sector creating 57,000 positions and the government cutting 39,000.

The unemployment rate rose that month from 9.1 percent in May, and both hourly earnings and the average work week ticked down.

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  • s c

    The stench coming from the W H is too much. Now, after acting as he cared about THE debt issue (no wonder this prez never made it to Hollywood), he DARES to claim that he is ‘moving beyond’ (thanks, UPI) and will stoop to think about jobs. Without a doubt, this prez is a new breed.
    Unfortunately, this breed is closer to a career con artist than a leader. Mr. Prez, it’s the gubmint [aka Uncle Scam] who hates having factories and jobs in America. It’s Uncle Scam that “gives preferential treatment” to companies that pack their bags and leave America and take their JOBS with them.
    It never stops with you, does it? You lie, misrepresent, speak in half-truths, you cater to anti-social types and you haven’t a clue about economics [that's ECONOMICS, not Obamanomics].
    As long as YOU don’t give a damn about factories and jobs in America, you’ll never make a difference when it comes to Americans having JOBS. Hypocrisy is the most polite word to use to describe your “plans.” But, you’re way past hypocrisy, aren’t you? Please do America a big favor, and the next factory that closes and sends more jobs overseas (never to return), go with those factories and jobs, and never return.
    It’s only fair. And it’s the right thing to do. Just think of it as social engineering in reverse. Or, you could call it social justice. Whatever you want to call it, leave America. You were never worth a #^@* as a senator, and being in the W H was simply an exercise in proving that some people have no place here.
    You’ve definitely earned your place in history, and no one will ever be able to make you look good unless they’re fellow members of the Hate America and Freedom Society. Truly, a ‘class’ act.

    • Angel Wannabe

      Well said sc! :)

  • Angel Wannabe

    Now all of a sudden Bam Bam worries about job creation, Really?__
    Well, ahem, he promised transparency on the campaign trail and he certainly delivered on that!_The only reason cares now about job creation is, he’s afraid the ballot box is going to be empty in 2012.__And I hope the h*ll it is!
    __You’ve lost it Mr President. Too many folks have wised up to your lies! Along with YOU and Homeland Security watching us, the tables are turned and the American people, are watching YOU!
    Question is and remains to be seen_ while the debt debate was being smeared across TV land, I wonder How much more destruction you’ve caused us? What was the left hand doing while the right one was busy??_-Yeah your transparent alright, but I’ll tell ya as a gesture of good faith, we’ll save you the trouble of you trying to convince us of your sincerity in caring for what was the greatest Country the world has ever seen_We’ll tell you now how feel about another 4 years of Obamanomics the next year or so__NO WAY!!!! Your lies are waaaay too transparent for me!__but Hey, Thanks for trying____Next wannabe POTUS, step up to the plate?!

    • Raggs

      :) :) …. He can still rely on the dead in Chicago-land to stuff his ballot boxes….

      • Angel Wannabe

        Raggs_ Boy Howdy, ain’t that the truth!

  • Jeep

    What? Wait a minute… So, the plan is to extend unemployment (probably to just after the election) and start a “bank” for infrastucture? Let me get this straight, we just had a massive fight over spending and he wants to introduce more spending? Where in the world is that money going to come from? Oh yeah, the rich…

    • Raggs

      Yeah didn’t ya know that if you are losing your house because you can’t pay your mortage the best thing to do is buy stuff that you don’t need and give it away to people that you don’t even know.

  • DaveH

    Excellent article for those who aren’t ready to move beyond the debt battle like Obama is:
    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/political_commentary/commentary_by_tony_blankley/debt_status_quo_triumphs_over_future_again

    • Jana

      DaveH,
      He really doesn’t have the faintest idea how to create jobs. He has never had a real ‘normal job’ before, and he doesn’t have anyone around him that has had any experience either.

      This o – bum – er is a real loser.

  • http://PersonelLibertyDigest A Conserned Citizen

    Hey Everyone here is a link to a video everyone should watch it’s on the Glass Steagall Act and if we can Get it Reinstated it would wipe out all of the Fraudulent Debt that the Federal Reserve has piled onto our national Debt. Obama says that if the Bill is sent to his Desk he will veto it. but if enough of us start demanding that the Executive powers be taken away from Obama then he couldn’t veto anything. and we could get the Glass Steagall Act Reinacted. here is the link to the video. http://youtu.be/2TVmFnL1j6w

  • Raggs

    Ok so how many of you people have like me figured out that the CODE word “JOBS” is oblama gearing up to throw billions of his newly acquried riches to the unions?

    • DaveH

      And other politically connected groups.

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