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I won't take your questions.
The second but first I just wants a few words about the economy.
Next week the senate will vote on the American jobs -- and I think by now I've made my views pretty well known.
Some of you are even keeping a tally of how many times I've talked about the American jobs -- And the reason I keep going around the country talking about this jobs bill.
Because people really need help right now.
Our economy really needs a jolt right now.
There's not a game this is not the time for the usual political gridlock.
The problems Europe is having today could have a very real effect on our economy at a time when it's already fragile.
But this jobs bill can help guard against another downturn.
If the situation in Europe gets any worse.
It'll boost economic growth -- put people back to work.
And by the way this is not just my belief this is what independent economists -- not politicians.
Just people in my administration.
Independent experts who do this prolific.
Have -- this jobs bill will have a significant effect for our economy and for middle class families all across America.
What -- -- -- -- experts have also said.
Is that if we don't act the opposite will be true.
There'll be fewer jobs.
There will be weaker -- So as we look towards next week.
Any senator up there who's thinking about voting against this jobs bill.
When it comes up for a vote needs to explain exactly why they would oppose something.
That we know would improve our economic situation at such an urgent time for our families and for our business.
Now congressional Republicans say one of the most important things we can do is cut taxes.
Than they should love this plant.
There's jobs bill would cut taxes for virtually every worker and small business in America.
If you're small business owner.
That hires someone or raises wages you would get another tax cut if you hire a -- you get a tax cut.
Right now there's a small business and Ohio -- does high tech manufacturing and they've been expanding for the past two years.
They're considering hiring more in this tax break would encourage them to do it.
Hundreds of thousands of teachers and firefighters and police officers have been laid off because of state budget cuts.
This jobs bill has funding to put a lot of those men and women back to work.
It has funding to prevent a lot more from losing.
I had a chance to meet a young man named Robert barrels.
Is an English teacher in ball.
Who came wore White House a few weeks ago is -- two decades of teaching experience he's got a master's degree.
He's got an outstanding track record of helping students make huge gains in reading and right.
-- last few years he's would receive three pink slips.
Because budget cuts.
-- would we want to pass a bill that puts somebody like Robert back in the classroom teaching our kids.
Some of your -- me when we visited.
A bridge between Ohio and Kentucky.
That's been classified as functionally.
That's a fancy way of saying it's.
Old and breaking down.
We've heard about bridges in both states that are falling apart and that's true all across the country.
Excuse me and in Maine there is.
A bridge that is in such bad shape the pieces of -- were literally falling off the other day.
And meanwhile we've got millions of laid off construction workers who could right now be busy.
Rebuilding -- rebuilding bridges rebuilding schools.
This jobs bill gives them a chance to get back to work rebuilding America why wouldn't we want.
That to happen why would you vote against that.
The proposals in this bill are not just random investments to create make work jobs.
There are steps we have to take if we want to build an economy but last.
We -- to be able to compete with other countries for jobs -- restore a sense of security to middle class -- And to do that we've got to have the most educated workers we have to have the best transportation and communications networks.
We have to support innovative small businesses we gotta support innovative manufacturers.
Now what's true as we've also got to rein in our deficits.
And live within -- -- which is why this jobs bill is fully paid for.
By asking millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share.
Some see this is class warfare I see it as a simple choice we can either.
Keep taxes is exactly as they are for millionaires and billionaires.
-- loopholes that leave them to have lower tax rates in some cases -- plumbers and teachers.
Or we can put teachers and construction workers and veterans back on the Diop.
We can fight to protect tax cuts for folks who don't -- and were asking for them or we can cut taxes.
For virtually every worker in small business in America but we can't afford to do -- That's the choice that's going to be before the sun.
There are too many people hurting in this country for us to do -- And the economy is just too fragile.
For us to let politics.
Get in the way of action.
We got a responsibility the people who sent us.
So I -- every senator thinks long and hard about what's at stake when they cast their vote next week.
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