Jobs Bill

The Takeaway

Are the Markets More Volatile Now Than Ever Before?

Monday, September 12, 2011

Economists are predicting yet another week of drama in the Global financial markets. European leaders continue to disagree on the best way to handle the sovereign debt crisis and bail out Greece and other countries needing financial assistance. Meanwhile in the U.S., President Obama hopes his new jobs act will set the economy on a path to recovery — if Congress passes it. All this uncertainty in the political arena does nothing to help steady the markets, which continue to be extremely erratic. The month of August saw stocks in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index lurching hundreds of points within individual days and making huge swings in the course of a week.


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Opinion: Obama's Smart Bet on Immediate Job Action Over Rhetoric

Friday, September 09, 2011

The president made one irrefutable point last night. We can stake out sharply contrasting positions and let the electorate decide at the ballot box. But that will only ensure 14 months of no relief for working families and the unemployed.

-Justin Krebs, It's A Free Country blogger.

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The Takeaway

Did the President's Address Do Enough to Impress Voters?

Friday, September 09, 2011

President Obama's address last night was seen by many as a crucial political moment — a chance for him to reinvigorate support for his strategy on the economy and job creation. Obama's approval rating has been at an all-time low, so the stakes were high. He needed to reach the electorate and instill confidence in voters. How well did he do? This is the question we’re discussing with constituents from around the country.

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The Takeaway

Obama Calls Congress to Take Action on Jobs Plan

Friday, September 09, 2011

President Barack Obama addressed a joint session of Congress and television viewers across the country last night, presenting a $447 billion package of tax cuts and new government spending meant to increase jobs in America. Obama urged Congress to "pass this jobs plan right away." After the speech, House speaker John Boehner said "The proposals the president outlined tonight merit consideration." Will Obama's plan pass through Congress and, more importantly, will it work?

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The Takeaway

Anticipating President Obama's Plan for Job Creation

Friday, August 19, 2011

Early next month President Obama will offer a plan intended to spur the U.S. economy, with a focus on job creation and deficit reduction. Some of its proposals have been made clear: he intends to continue a two-percent payroll tax cut for workers and renew unemployment benefits. But what else might be in there? And, for that matter, what should be in there?



Obama Urges Action on Jobs Bill

Monday, August 30, 2010

President Barack Obama is urging Congress to act on a bill he says will benefit small businesses by creating additional tax cuts and making credit more readily available. That, he said, would make it easier for small businesses to invest, expand, and increase hiring.