September 20, 2011
Last Thursday President Obama delivered a direct message to Congress and the American people to “pass this bill right away.” Obama makes it very clear that the American Jobs Act is exactly what our country needs in order to jumpstart our failing economy. The plan that he laid out appeals to all citizens. It will create thousands of jobs for construction workers, teachers, veterans and the long term unemployed. It seems that Obama has realized the great frustration of citizens, in which people are exhausted by the fact that our Congress cannot seem to get anything done. He speaks for all Americans when he stated that politics need to be put aside in order for this bill to actually be passed. As a conservative, I believe that this bill is very bi-partisan and should be agreed upon by Republican Congressman.
It seems there are three main occupations that Obama feels are essential to our economy: construction workers, teachers, and military. All three of these occupations provide great service to our country. Construction workers build things that are vital in our everyday lives such as roads, schools, and office buildings. When these people aren’t working, our infrastructure isn’t progressing at all. In order to be seen as an international powerhouse, America needs to invest in construction projects. Teachers provide a crucial service to the young people of this great nation. They enable their students to learn new things, which will ultimately make our nation smarter as a whole. The Veterans are truly the unsung heroes of our country. They put their lives on the line to ensure the safety and freedom of America. There should be no reason, as the President said, for these Veterans to come home and no be able to find a job. The least that these men and women deserve when they come home is a job.
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President Barack Obama did a great job representing all Americans. In his plan he proposes to give all Americans a $1500 tax refund that otherwise “would have been taken right out of their pockets.” (3) He also includes a plan to give all small businesses a 50% payroll tax cut for a whole year. This will give small business owners the ability to pump money back into their business which will help them stay afloat. Obama argues that if Congress doesn’t pass this bill that “middle-class families will be hit with a tax increase at the worst possible time.” (3) He is speaking directly for working class America, which is the foundation for our free-enterprise economy.
Obama drafted this plan with conservatives in mind as well. He sided with Republicans on key topics such as reforming Medicare, which many liberals don’t agree with. He also sided with Republicans in setting up a criterion for building projects in order to reduce unnecessary government spending. This criterion involves two questions, how badly the project is needed and how much good it will do for the economy. Reducing government spending is a main goal for Republicans, and it seems that Obama compromises on such issues in order to show that bi-partisanship is a necessity in order for Congress to be productive. From a conservative standpoint, this really elates me because it proves that Obama really wants this bill passed, for the better of our nation, not just his political party.
In conclusion, I believe President Obama’s speech was extremely effective. He got directly to the point and spoke on behalf of all Americans to press Congress to pass something that will be beneficial to the hard working people of this country. His bill provides legislation that should appeal both political parties and there should be no reason why Congress can’t come to an agreement on this. Americans should be proud that the President is determined to pass this bill, which will directly affect all of us. However, no matter how much the President pushes the ideals of this bill, it is ultimately up to Congress to pass it. And from what we have witnessed so far, that is much easier said than done. That’s why it is up to us as citizens to call our representatives and express our concern just as the President had mentioned.
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