After years on the campaign trail, Mitt Romney finally revealed his jobs plan today. It is a plan of job elimination, not creation. While the President has put a jobs plan on the table that addresses areas of employment where we need to spur hiring the most right now — keeping police officers on the street and teachers in the classroom, Mitt Romney promised to eliminate even more public sector jobs. Mitt Romney has also said we should 'send home' 145,000 federal workers — those workers are mostly military personnel, VA hospital personnel who care for the wounded and Homeland Security workers. Not only has Mitt Romney opposed the President's plan to create one million jobs, he is actually calling for further job loss in the sector that needs the most urgent boost. While job creation in Massachusetts lagged during Romney's tenure as Governor despite his promises, calling for job elimination when we're still digging out from the economic crisis is nothing short of stunning.
Republicans like to claim that Obama and the Democrats have bloated the size of government. Actually, xcept for a brief blip due to Constitutionally mandated census in April 2010, the size of government has decreased throughout the Obama administration.
As can be seen in the graph of the left, more people are employed in the private sector now than when Obama took office. Any net reduction in jobs is therefore solely due to reductions in the size of government.
Obama for America today released a new television advertisement called "Jobs" that asks Americans to join the President in calling on Congress to pass his commonsense bipartisan plan to create jobs now as we continue to recover from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression and rebuild an economy that's meant to last.
Nearly nine months ago, President Obama gave a speech before Congress where he laid out the American Jobs Act, with ideas to cut taxes to help small businesses hire and grow, rebuild American infrastructure, create pathways back to work for Americans looking for jobs, and cut taxes for every American worker and their families — all paid for within the President's long-term deficit reduction plan. The plan would create 1.9 million jobs, according to an independent economist.
After pressure from the American people, Republican leaders in Congress agreed to end their obstruction and cut payroll taxes, extended unemployment insurance, and created a new tax credit for businesses that hire unemployed veterans. But it left most of the ideas — and over 1 million jobs — on the table. And it has not yet acted on any of the five common-sense ideas in President Obama's to-do list: cutting taxes for small businesses that hire or raise wages and for companies that bring jobs home, expanding refinancing for responsible homeowners, creating a veterans jobs corps, and investing in clean energy manufacturing.
The President is calling on Congress to put country ahead of politics and take steps to create a million jobs now. America's businesses have created almost 4.3 million new jobs over the last 27 months but our economy is still recovering from its greatest crisis since the Great Depression and there's still more work to do.
"Jobs" is airing in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. It will also be airing on national cable starting next week.
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