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“Our economy is still facing some serious headwinds,” Obama says.Obama is making a campaign appearance today, speaking to Honeywell workers in Minnesota today, and he is trying to fight through the bad economic data that is flooding in right now from Europe, from the Bureau of labour Statistics, and from Wall Street.
“We knew there would be ups and downs,” he said.
Here are some of the highlights:
“We are going to lay the foundation for the economy that is built to last long term.
“We knew the road to recovery would not be easy, we knew it would take time. But we also knew that if we were to act wisely and boldly and act together as Americans…. that we wouldn’t just come back we would come back stronger than ever. And that continues to be my belief.
“We do have better days ahead and that is because of all of you. I place my bets on American workers any day.
Obama shifted to an attack on Congress and their sluggishness in passing his bills.
“We’ve got responsibilities that are bigger than an election. We’ve got responsibilities to you. My message to Congress is now is not the time to play politics, now is not the time to sit on your hands.
There are steps that could make a difference right now.” And then he went into a laundry list of policy proposals for the federal government to spend money on re-hiring teachers and police. Or starting infrastructure spending.
“I assume there are some folks here who could use $3,000 a year.”
“Maybe someone will replaces some thingamajig for their furnace” he said, to laughs.
Obama announced that he was taking an executive action to smooth the transition of veterans into private employment, creating more incentives to hire veterans and programs for training them, especially into jobs as first-responders. “At time when America needs all hands on deck, they [veterans] have the strength and the training to lead the way,” he said.
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