In a speech to a joint session of Congress last week, President Obama told legislators to “stop the political circus and actually do something to help the economy” by quickly approving his plan, called the American Jobs Act.
The president’s $447 billion package of spending initiatives and tax cuts to boost economic growth includes payroll tax cuts for employees and employers, an idea the White House hopes will appeal enough to Republican lawmakers to be enacted. However, in a recent interview with Anne Eller of Greenwood affiliate WLMA, Third District Congressman Jeff Duncan says he will continue to oppose the president’s policies.
Supporters of an infusion of investment by the federal government in the economy say the private sector is sitting on $2.5 trillion in cash and not using it to create jobs while unemployment is over 9 percent. They say to get people back to work, the government must act.
Recent Gallup Polls show President Obama’s job approval ratings have plummeted to 42 percent. Congress is even lower, falling as low as 9 percent in late August. Political observers say the president is hurt by the floundering economy and unemployment numbers. Congress took a big hit for its gridlock during the debt ceiling debate. Duncan says he will continue to fight from cutting the deficit and government spending as will his fellow GOP freshman colleagues.
Meanwhile President Obama is taking his case to the people by traveling to targeted areas around the country, including those represented by Republican congressional leaders, touting his plan to put people back to work. The president’s plan includes government infrastructure spending to help create jobs.
Duncan says he is looking forward to pushing legislation important to freeing up the private sector to do business and create jobs.