President Obama Prepares Jobs Speech

Posted on August 31, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , |

by Caren Z. Turner

In less than one week President Obama will deliver his highly-anticipated major speech on the economy, with a main focus on job creation. While the details of the President’s initiative are still being ironed out, labor leaders and many Democrats are urging him to lay out strong proposals that are solution-oriented rather than proposals designed to appease political opposition in Congress.

“Will he commit all his energy to offering bold solutions, or will he continue to work with the tea party?” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka at a recent breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. “If he falls into nibbling around the edges, history will judge him and working people will judge him.”

It is as yet unclear what direction the President will take: advancing limited initiatives which will have a greater chance of passing the Republican-led House, or offering a broad stimulus plan that will appeal to his Democratic and liberal base.

Administration officials who are aware of developments indicate that the President is considering a tax cut that would directly reward companies for hiring new employees. He may also consider clean-energy tax cuts, as well as new spending for green construction and for rehabilitating schools.

Among other initiatives the President is considering:

• Programs to deal with long-term unemployment including a plan similar to Georgia’s unemployment insurance program that      pays employers to hire workers who have been unemployed.
• Economy-stimulating refinancing programs to help revitalize the housing market.
• Possibly renewing and expanding payroll tax cuts.

As the President continues to finalize his plan, black leaders are increasing their pressure on him for not doing enough to address high joblessness among African Americans.

On August 16, while President Obama was on his three-day Midwest economic bus tour, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) questioned the President’s visit to a nearly all-white Iowa community to discuss jobs.

“Our people are hurting,” said Waters. “Unemployment is unconscionable. We don’t know what the strategy is. We don’t know why this trip that he is on in the United States now, that he’s not in any black communities.”

Some say that the President’s reticence to give specific outright attention to African American concerns is politically wise, in that it serves to stave off any appearances of favoritism to a particular segment of the American people.

“The president is smart enough to know he’s the first African-American, and I think he’s concerned — I would say afraid — that people are going to think he’s favoring African-Americans,” said Rep. Laura Richardson (D-CA), who represents several predominantly black Los Angeles-area neighborhoods.

Adding to the pressures on the President, House Republicans are preparing their own initiatives to tackle the joblessness issue in a legislative agenda that will focus on regulatory and tax relief.

“When we return next week, the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction will begin meeting to take an additional incremental step toward addressing our debt crisis. During this time, it is essential that the House continue our focus on the jobs crisis,” wrote Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) in a memo being sent on Monday to House Republicans.

Cantor’s memo further describes efforts to go after “10 job-destroying regulations” which are “reflective of the types of costly bureaucratic handcuffs that Washington has imposed upon businesspeople who want to create jobs.”

Among the regulatory rules House Republicans will focus on are new EPA standards for cross-state air pollution from power plants, boilers, coal ash in mining-heavy states, cement production, and farm dust. We covered this topic recently in an article titled “Saving Jobs: Washington Must Invest In Consistent Approach.”

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Is it just coincidence, or have I been here too long, that President Obama requested a joint session on the same night and at EXACTLY the same time as the Republican Candidates Debate Forum? Perhaps it was just an oversite by White House staff.

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