Live Blog: The Jobs Speech

Well, what kind of bedtime story will be read from TOTUS tonight?

The US labor market is in shambles and we need a big, bold plan like the sort FDR delivered during the Great Depression.  How likely are we to get even a smidgin of that?

Here’s some thoughts from some Congressional Democrats:

Millions of people are waking up every morning without a job and with dwindling hopes of finding one. Their faith in the American Dream is flagging. Their aspirations for a middle class life are being dashed.

This is a national emergency. Unemployment is unacceptably high, more than 9 percent, with more and more Americans slipping into poverty. The number of children in poverty has climbed to nearly 15 million, a moral outrage that must be remedied. Economic despair is afflicting Americans of all stripes — urban and rural, blue and white collar, those with advanced degrees, high school diplomas and GED.’s alike. They haven’t failed; their leaders have failed them.

For communities of color, the pain is even more acute – a 15.9 percent unemployment rate for African-Americans and 11.3 percent for Latinos. Youth joblessness is also persistent (a staggering 25 percent unemployment rate for those age 16 to 19), as qualified young people move into a job market that has nothing to offer them but rejection letters and crushed hopes.

The size of the federal budget deficit is not keeping the American people up at night ; they’re worried about how to pay for groceries. That’s what members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus found when we traveled across the country on a jobs tour this summer, listening to struggling Americans and seeking to elevate their voices over the misleading noise from Washington. Members regularly heard from families struggling to stay afloat, losing their homes, and emptying their savings just to pay the bills.

It’s time for their challenges to become the nation’s challenges. Republicans have proven uninterested in real job-creation efforts. An early glimpse at their so-called jobs agenda reveals little more than additional tax cuts for wealthy individuals and corporations, a rollback of environmental regulations and continued attacks on labor rights.

It’s up to the president to offer an ambitious proposal designed to have an immediate and lasting impact. All members of Congress should support a plan that can create good jobs — putting money in people’s pockets that they can pump back into the economy.

This was written by REP. BARBARA LEE & REP. KEITH ELLISON & REP. LYNN WOOLSEY & REP. RAUL GRIJALVA at Posted at Politico.
Other Democrats are equally outspoken. But will they act to see the President doesn’t propose yet another luke warm Republican plan that they’ve jettisoned in the past?  Maxine Waters wants to know if Obama is more concerned about high unemployment in the black community or Iowa primary voters?

We’ve heard Democratic criticism on the President’s plans in the past.  But when the time comes to fight for Democratic policies, they all fold and vote like sheep.  Let’s sit back and listen to what will undoubtedly be another speech with a few bad ideas that get passed and a few good ideas that will never have a chance of getting beyond rhetoric.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the Teleprompter of the United States …

94 Comments on “Live Blog: The Jobs Speech”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    Thanks for the live blog, Dak. C-span is streaming the speech here

  2. bostonboomer says:

    Have you heard the thrilling news? The Senate has passed the Patent Reform bill and sent it to the President to sign. Our troubles are over! Happy days are here again!


    • bostonboomer says:

      Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) blasted the bill. “This is not a patent reform bill. This is a big corporation patent giveaway that tramples on the right of small inventors,” she said.

  3. bostonboomer says:

    I didn’t realize Tim Geithner was so short.

  4. dakinikat says:

    Hillary looks great!

  5. bostonboomer says:

    Mark Knoller:

    Neither the members of the Supreme Court nor the Joint Chiefs of Staff are said to be attending today’s Address to Congress.

  6. prplvette85 says:

    Michelle looked like she just smoked one lol

  7. dakinikat says:

    TOTUS and POTUS in place

    • bostonboomer says:

      I don’t know if I can stomach this.

      • Sima says:

        I admire all of you. I couldn’t stand to watch it. Just couldn’t. I think his voice and face make me sicker than Dubya did, if that’s possible. Gah. So I’m up super late reading the comments here to get a feel for it all, because I trust you all.

  8. dakinikat says:

    Will we stop the political circus and actually do something to help the economy …

    first applause line

  9. dakinikat says:

    Biden nodding like a good political wife.

  10. dakinikat says:

    Ok — Jobs plan: $253b worth of payroll tax cuts; $194 of spending; centerpiece is halving of payroll tax for small businesses

  11. bostonboomer says:

    The American Jobs Act. There’s nothing controversial in it according to POTUS. And “everything in it will be paid for.”

    Sounds like a loser already.

  12. bostonboomer says:

    So far, no specifics whatsoever.

    • purplefinn says:

      “Jobs plan: $253b worth of payroll tax cuts; $194 of spending…”

      See, he’s being specific. Those are not rounded numbers. /snark

      • bostonboomer says:

        Earth to Obama: Your payroll tax cut hasn’t created any jobs so far. Why will it suddenly work?

    • dakinikat says:

      Well, he’s articulating what used to be the American Dream and that’s about it.

      American Jobs Act will revitalize schools homes and businesses!

      and Eric Cantor already said no …

  13. dakinikat says:

    “No more earmarks. No more boondoggles. No more bridges to nowhere.

  14. dakinikat says:

    Applause for US cant sit back and watch “China build newer airports and faster railroads.”

  15. bostonboomer says:

    Obama is dead meat.

  16. Fannie says:

    Not a single republican standing up for anything.

  17. dakinikat says:

    Minx is right … he’s used the Georgia Slave Plan as a blueprint.

  18. dakinikat says:

    Sheesh, after ALL this deficit crap all we get is a tax cut speech?

  19. dakinikat says:

    Sheesh, the drink game line is “pass this bill”

  20. dakinikat says:

    Obama tax cuts in my plan will be covered by deeper spending cuts … that’s a recipe for recession.

  21. dakinikat says:

    Reform Medicare got every body on their feet.

  22. dakinikat says:

    Now talking Tax Reform.

  23. bostonboomer says:

    He wants to lower the corporate tax rate?

  24. bostonboomer says:

    “We have to decide what our priorities are.”

    My first priority is getting rid of this President.

  25. fiscalliberal says:

    He is not personalizing it. When a Republican backed something in the past that he is proposing, that Republican needs to be named.

    MSNBC commentaters identified that Republicans need to fear the president. He needs to say, if this is not passed, he will see them on the campaign trail. Then he needs to take it public like FDR. Truman , Kennedy, Johnson and Clinton did. Remember how Clinton closed down the government and the Republicans folded.

    So far, Obama is positioning himself for folding. He is setting to manny objectives versus prioritizing and focusing.

  26. dakinikat says:

    ah, the Trade Agreements !! He had to go there …

  27. dakinikat says:

    All these guys popping up and down look like a game of whack a mole

  28. dakinikat says:

    Sheesh, he just gave an applause line to the Tea Party. He’s talking get rid of regulations now.

  29. bostonboomer says:

    Mark Thoma tweet:

    “We’re talking about wasteful spending, etc., etc., regulations, etc. instead of job creation.”

  30. dakinikat says:

    “I reject the idea that we have to strip away collective bargaining rights to compete in a global economy.”

  31. bostonboomer says:

    He’s talking about Lincoln. Why doesn’t he talk about FDR and LBJ?

  32. fiscalliberal says:

    He is all over the place with Rhetoric. He needs to focus and enforce

  33. bostonboomer says:

    He says we need to listen to every good idea that works no matter which party proposes it. But all he’s offering is Republican ideas that have already failed.

  34. dakinikat says:

    sheesh, we’re supposed to call our congressmen again

  35. bostonboomer says:

    That was much worse than even I expected.

  36. WomanVoter says:

    ‘Only Man’ – President MAN Obama

    (((shaking head)))

    OK, I didn’t hear a big plan, it was more speech than plan, with no specifics.

  37. fiscalliberal says:

    He will take it to the country – will it be in Red or Blue districts – will he stand up and define the issues?

  38. Fannie says:

    Threat, Threat……………Emergency Treat in our Homeland……….Obama didn’t say nothing…

  39. Fannie says:

    Chatter, Chatter on these threats in recent days……….what the hell.

  40. bostonboomer says:

    I’ve lost about 6 Twitter followers since I started tweeting my real opinions about Obama’s speech.

  41. bostonboomer says:

    Now we learn of the supposed “credible” terrorist threats… Surprise, surprise.

    • bostonboomer says:

      If the terrorists have any brains, they’ll just wait for us to destroy ourselves with tax cuts and trade deals.

  42. Peggy Sue says:

    And there you have it–The American Jobs Act. A $300+ program. Most of which is in [drum roll, please] . . . tax cuts! Because they’ve worked so well before. And another 1.5 trillion in cuts to pay for the plan, including ‘modest’ reforms to Medicare and Medicaid. It’s going to be a very scrawny chicken in every pot [that is, if you have a pot]

    And we should pass this NOW.

    The GOP should be high-fiving themselves. Obama is pleading for Republican acceptance because I think he realizes he’s in the wrong party. Cantor and Boehner are already saying they can pass ‘some’ of the Bill [they recognize the 100% obstructionism hasn’t worked to their advantage].

    But to top it off? Jeffrey Immelt loves it. What could go wrong? Btw, Immelt claims the economy is much, much better than people think. It’s merely a confidence problem.

    Feel confident yet?

    • Sima says:

      I’ll feel confident when I can make it through the year without withdrawing some of my hard earned savings. As it is, I’ll be eating catsup soup and crackers, sometime right before my birthday (end of October) unless I get a miracle or take out more of my ‘retirement’.

      Have I mentioned how much I hate all of these politicians lately? I absolutely detest them.

  43. janicen says:

    WTF? 1.4 Million people without power. Blackout in CA…

    • Fannie says:

      That’s gotta be San Diego, Az. & Mexico? Sounds line transmission line —– Hoover Dam?

      • Fannie says:

        Rolling Black Outs in San Diego………..was 113 in Yuma, and 111 in Palm Springs…… reporting line transmission out in Az……….expect to have it back up by tomorrow.

        • dakinikat says:

          That’s awful! It’s probably our aged broken electric grid. Every richie needs their bonuses and dividends so the companies never fix their infrastructure. They let it rot until some major weather event happens and then they ask FEMA for the money.

  44. Minkoff Minx says:

    Wow, I have to say there is absolutely no surprise here.

    I did not watch this campaign speech…but thank you all for blogging it. Being able to come here are read the comments as that “thing” was read is better that reading the transcript.