New details on Obama's job plan
September 7th, 2011
02:29 PM ET

New details on Obama's job plan

Washington (CNN) - A Democratic source familiar with President Obama’s jobs plan has given CNN details of the roughly $300 billion draft proposal.  The plan will contain a combination of tax cuts, infrastructure spending, and aid to state and local governments.

In the working draft, the largest piece would be around $120 billion to extend the 2% payroll tax cut for all employees, with another approximately $50 billion to extend unemployment insurance, both of which expire December 31st.  Small businesses would receive employer payroll tax cuts if they add more workers.

For infrastructure spending, there would be significant funding for building roads, as well as roughly $30 billion for school construction.

Finally, state and local governments would receive billions in aid to hire more teachers and first responders.

According to this Democrat, the plan aims to help the long-term unemployed get to work by giving small businesses tax credits for hiring them and possibly by encouraging states to use innovative jobs training programs to link them with businesses that offer on the job training. The goal would be to offer specific help to groups that have unique trouble finding work: low- income low-skilled people, seniors, veterans, among others.

The White House is still working on the exact details of the plan before the president delivers his speech to a Joint Session of Congress tomorrow night.  President Obama will include proposals to pay for the plan.

Topics: jobs • President Obama • The Buzz

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  1. California Conservative

    The best thing Obama can do to help create jobs is to RESIGN.

    September 7, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
    • John

      Your GOP party destroyed the economy and drove it over a cliff. Now,instead of helping Obama and the Dems push it back over the cliff and back onto the road the GOP is pushing and blocking his efforts for a recovery. All in the name of getting re elected. GOP are sellfish and are playing politics with Americas well being.

      September 7, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
      • Jerry

        How are the Republicans being selfish? Is it because they want whoever earns the money to keep it and spend it wisely, or should we just send it to Washington where they have done such a fantastic job of managing it the last 3 years. This mess now cannot be blamed on Dubyah anymore.

        September 7, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
      • jean2009

        Thank you, Jerry doesn't seem to understand that the mess we are paying for was created under Bush.
        He squandered a surplus, started to unfunded wars, gave all his wealthy friends and unnecessary and costly tax break.
        One well-known economist says that former President George W. Bush is to blame for the current economic crisis.

        Nouriel Roubini, a New York University professor nicknamed "Dr. Doom" for his dour views on the economy, says in this video that when President Obama came to power, he inherited a budget deficit of $1.2 trillion. When Bush came to power, the country had a surplus of $300 billion.

        How did we get a $1.5 trillion change in our fiscal condition during Bush's time in office? Roubini lists five factors:

        1. We cut taxes.

        2. We spent $2 trillion on two unwinnable wars.

        3. We doubled discretionary spending. Some conservatives originally aimed to "starve the beast" by cutting taxes in order to force future cuts in spending. But spending grew so out of control in Bush's term that no beast was starved, Roubini said. In fact, the beast was fed.

        4. We added entitlement benefits like the Medicare drug benefit.

        5. We entered the largest economic and financial crisis ever, which caused a huge increase in the deficit through the "recession deficit" and the cost of bailing out the banks and financial institutions.

        You can hear more from Roubini in the following video, in which he talks about a high probability of recession in the next year or two.

        September 7, 2011 at 7:54 pm |
      • Liberals are losers

        Obama's has no clue what to do
        Obama America's new Clown

        September 8, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
    • Republicans elect and attract the not so smart

      Best thing you can do is try thinking for a change, because you are a complete embarassment to this "BLUE" state. Or better yet "move" because Obama will carry this state again – That's guaranteed. You need to move to Mississippi or South Carolina to hang live with the rest of the intellectually deficient.

      What truly complex problem have you ever fixed, that started with getting rid of the person that's trying to fix the previous guy's mess? AND GUESS WHAT...your president Bushy (Dubyah) screwed this country up completely. And all ignoramouses like you can do is disparage this president. Stupid repeats itself in your case

      September 8, 2011 at 1:14 am |
      • Thaynara

        People in America have to awaken to the reatliy of their corrupt military industrial complex owned by the CFR and IMF World banksters, if you want to be a real patriot in the USA, you gotta STOP serving in the army(Watch Beyond Treason) and learn how to defeat the shadowy govt at home and at the UN, the war on terror(no face and no name enemy) cannot be won with WMD nor with precision weapons, the real terrorists ar eright at home, start educating yourselves

        May 22, 2012 at 1:25 am |
    • Howard

      You can not underestimate the sheer stupidity of people. Proof positive is the current resident of the White House.

      The dems/libs will spend the next year and couple months lying through their teeth and running the most negative campaign in American history. They are working furiously to mobilize the parasites and complete dregs of society, their voting base, to ensure they all get to the polls in 2012 and vote dem.

      If the 2012 election was based on Obama's record and the effects of dem/lib policy on the country then it would be a landslide. However given the despicable dem tactics coupled with a drooling media and voter apathy it's going to be close. So tell all your friends to pay attention.

      September 8, 2011 at 11:48 am |
      • Kierra

        Too many cmolpimntes too little space, thanks!

        January 27, 2012 at 1:49 am |
  2. John

    GOP and Bush drove America over a cliff. They destroyed the American economy. They left Obama and the Dems with the job of picking up the pieces. No easy task. GOP has done tremendous damage. GOP complains about everything and then obstructs all his initiatives. They do not want him to succeed. If He and America wins GOP lose.....
    .GOP are power hungry and selfish.....

    September 7, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
    • jean2009

      Thank you.

      September 7, 2011 at 7:46 pm |
      • Liberals are losers

        Obama is Cluless
        Obama is one Big idiot.
        his plan will Fail

        September 8, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      John, your simple, childish view of the world is endearing.

      September 7, 2011 at 7:51 pm |
      • jean2009

        John is the adult in the room...yours' is the childish view, and it is not endearing.

        September 7, 2011 at 7:57 pm |
      • Republicans elect and attract the not so smart

        @Jay in NC

        Can you answer this question? If you had a dumb contractor mess up your plumbing that cause your cess pool to back up and leave waste in your living room, would your first idea to fix it be to bring back and idiot from the same company, or give the guy that came in to fix it some time to clean up the mess?

        I'm trying to reach you dude....You've got to be smarter than you appear. But its possible its a waste of time with you. Maybe you like smelling the stink of the last Republican president in your living room (?) gotten used it to?

        September 8, 2011 at 1:19 am |
    • Liberals are losers

      Obama is the biggist joke of the 21st century
      Obamals fix is spend money and raise taxes
      what an idiot

      September 8, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
      • jean2009

        Obama- Biden 2012

        September 8, 2011 at 5:53 pm |


    September 7, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
    • Timberwolf Six

      You should run for office. I bet you could do a much better job with campaign vetted in in those very words. We have a democracy, a government for the people by the people. We elect our leaders. You have the power to be one so please show us the way. Go to Washington and FIX IT!

      September 8, 2011 at 8:07 am |


    September 7, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
    • Republicans elect and attract the not so smart

      Wow did you believe Bush / ole Dubya? geesh there's no accounting for people that spend most of their lives in a basement watching fox news

      September 8, 2011 at 1:21 am |
  5. Gloria

    If you think the GOP and Bush drove America off the cliff, then let us fix it. Obviously, Obama can't.

    September 7, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
    • Republicans elect and attract the not so smart

      Uh Gloria! Think for a second sweetheart. The US economy went through a recession we haven't seen in 60 years. Do you think anyone could fix that problem in three years or less? 2ndly, why would we replace the president with a member of the same party that caused it in the first place – The Republicans? Isn't that completely idiotic?

      Most americans are pragmatic. That means if something doesn't work, you do something different. Instead of us spending Trillions on building the country of Iraqi's, why don't we spend money on americans, right here at home? And I DO THINK its patriotic to even go broke building here in america. Wouldn't you agree?

      September 8, 2011 at 1:27 am |
      • jean2009

        Thank you. The great thing about anything being built here for Americans, is that it is not going somewhere else, for someone else. We have all these selfish morons bemoaning the fact that they can't keep all their money they may have to support some other American...but they didn't say a word when Bush wanted to spend billions off the government accounting books for two unfunded wars. To me that is plain stupidity.

        September 8, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
  6. CN

    Really? Why is paying the teachers union a priority? how about other classes of workers that have been laid off? retail, health care etc. Isn't this for reelection purposes?

    September 7, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
    • jean2009

      Teachers earn their pay... in many cases they would make more per hour baby sitting.

      The average school teacher in the U.S.makes $34.06 per hour and the average U.S. class room size is 24.3 students. That is an average $1.42 an hour per child. They are expected also to be prepared to teach students a class when they are in the classroom, grade papers on their own time, attend school sporting events on their own time, attend PTA and parent teacher after school meetings on their own time. Plus,most states require teachers to attend classes at their own expense, and on their own time, to keep current with teaching skills needed to keep their State Board teaching certification.

      September 7, 2011 at 7:44 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        Jean, many professionals spend personal non-payed time to better them selves. To learn more about their job, to become a better employee, why should teachers be any different? Also isn't attending a school game like attending a company event? You expect to be paid for this??? The bottom line is you did not answer the question. I think it is political, If he truly wanted to help workers he wold help all, not just those that share his ideology.

        September 7, 2011 at 7:56 pm |
      • jean2009

        Gee...Jay is not infrastructure and construction jobs helping people, other than teachers?
        Small businesses get tax breaks for hiring...isn't that helping small business owners?
        Isn't offering training assistance to those who have consistently had trouble finding work, veterans, seniors, low-skilled long term unemployed helping other people?

        Did someone not read the whole article, and I had to read it for them?

        My question is why were teachers the only group CN pulled out of that whole article to focus on?
        I was not the one who focused on teachers. I just pointed out what teachers are paid in relation to what they are expected to do for the betterment of a whole community.

        I still consider teachers underpaid.

        September 7, 2011 at 8:24 pm |
      • jean2009

        @Jay the $1.42 per hour per student is for their time in the classroom, where I might add they are expected to improve the minds and educate the next generation of Americans.

        All CN did was show his/her disrespect for the teaching profession by singling them out....which seems to be the new in thing with the "let us all be ignorant political crowd". Why didn't he/she single out the first responders since all they do is put out a fire or save a life?

        September 7, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
  7. Jerry

    Once again, it's just more government spending while doing NOTHING to really create business jobs. Teachers and first responders is just another way of adding government jobs. Government needs to step back and let businesses create the jobs. Those are the only ones that won't cost the taxpayer money. I just don't think President Obama gets it.

    September 7, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
    • Republicans elect and attract the not so smart

      @Jerry, did you feel such animosity for government workers before Obama because president? If you have such a problem with government workers, maybe you should look at the statistics. During Obama's administration, more gub-mint employees have lost their jobs than any other administration IN HISTORY. Just look it up and quit saying "HE JUST Doesn't get it"...because its sounds like "YOU Just don't know what the heck you are talking about"

      Now go back to Fox News and see if you can find more bumper sticker slogans...that one isn't working

      September 8, 2011 at 1:36 am |
    • jean2009

      Well Jerry, If corporations and businesses are sitting on cash and not creating jobs it is a good thing that the government can and will create jobs. At least, your tax dollars will be creating jobs here for Americans who will also be paying taxes and will not be unemployed...these funds will not be paying for single payer health care in Iraq (like the Bush administration's wasted funds), or for more planes or ships to be put someplace in dry-dock or rotting out in the desert. For your information a job... is a job... is a job...and is another tax payer who is sharing the load, buying groceries, paying bills, buying your merchandise.

      Since when and why have we got so possessed over government jobs. Frankly, this country would still be in the dark ages of civilization, if it were not for the New Deal that created federal buildings and infrastructure built during the 30's. We have been living off that infrastructure that put American people to work.

      Actually, it is time we reinvest in our education, and health care because countries that have those things and good infrastructure are the ones which will dominate in this century. I think currently we have a bunch of immature idiots who haven't been around long enough to understand this, and that is why we are in the mess we are in. They fell for the let's make ourselves into the military industrial state way instead of let's build us strong on the inside. We would not have won WWII without America's newly built infrastructure, and Americans would not have been willing to give all had they not had that and hope. History teaches!

      September 8, 2011 at 11:47 am |
  8. California Conservative

    CBO has stated the economy will not recover til 2013. In other words Obama's HISTORY.

    September 7, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
    • Republicans elect and attract the not so smart

      @Cali Conserva-whatever

      grow up....There are people hurting all over this country and if you can't see Obama didn't cause it, then you are part of the problem and certainly nothing near the solution. Your rhetoric sounds like school yard taunting....NAner NAner its not getting better...we're so happy" Leave the discussion to serious people that care about this country and not just a fox news commercial.

      September 8, 2011 at 1:41 am |
  9. California Conservative

    Obama's job plan = same ole same ole. YAWN.

    September 7, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  10. Cody

    How about we put it all into infrastructure. I don't notice a 2% tax break and enough with unemployment benefits, my god people won't look for a job if you keep paying them to sit on their ass.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
  11. Liz Carter in Georgia

    That's right John. They want everything to remain as it is until election time...that's in order to maintain the status quo of fear, disgust, rampant anger and hate flowing in the hearts and soul of the American voter, especially the ones who put OBAMA in the WH the first time! GOP: Why in the world would they ever want to vote him back in? Their staged plot and plan seems to be working just a little bit for the stupid! Thank GOD America's more intelligent than that! OBAMA/BIDEN 2012! Go Obama! Yes we will!

    September 7, 2011 at 7:23 pm |
  12. jean2009

    Obama -Biden 2012

    The only plan the right-wing nuts have is to screw middle class working people, and the the last time I checked first responders and teachers were doing a job. If business wants to create jobs let far all they've done is sit on the cash they were bailed out with. Tax breaks for the rich sure hasn't created any jobs.

    You can call me socialist, and you can call me anything else you want, but I like living in a country that has good roads, good schools, maintained infrastructure, affordable health insurance, union wages, or a living wage, and a country that makes and effort at providing clean air, safe food & water, and a clean environment....and a country that doesn't foist a religion or believe down my throat, or think they have a say over my body.

    Obama is the only one that meets that criteria.

    September 7, 2011 at 7:24 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Jean you say "a living wage", please explain to me exactly how this system would work. How much is a "living wage, and is this for all jobs? If so do you really think the grocery store bag-boy / gal should be paid a "living wage" for putting items in a bag? What impact would this have on prices?

      Please give a real answer, not just say Bush bla bla, Repubs bla bla. Let's here the true Liberal answer on this subject. Maybe we can come to an agreement.

      September 7, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
      • jean2009

        When was the last time you were in a grocery store? Since you want to use that as an example...let us go there. Maybe in some backwater universe you are going to find a bag-boy/gal who is not an adult. I find most workers bagging groceries in most grocery stores are no longer boys or gals, but adult working people with a family to support who are sometimes working more than one part-time job to put a roof over their head, buy groceries, a vehicle to get to work, and pay for health care and utilities.

        So, when you want to grow up and get real about today's world and the people in it, their lives and how they need a living wage to make it...maybe we can talk sense...not the absolute nonsense you want to blather on about from your warped self-centered never had it hard life.

        September 7, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        Well, you did exactly as I expected, more Liberal hate, no real answers.

        September 7, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        Jean, here is from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

        They say that ... "young workers age 16 to 24 hold nearly one-third of grocery store jobs." I guess there are a lot of, as you say "backwater universe", stores in America.

        September 7, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
      • Republicans elect and attract the not so smart

        @Jay in NC

        I'll answer your question, but its called a pragmatic view, not Librul ! your Faux news label/tag. The obvious answer is the grocery bagger / (guy/girl) should be paid what the market allows. However, the overall silliness of the GOP/Tea ideology is that the people that are making the least are now the problem of this economy.

        Do you realize what was going on during the financial melt down? Wall street turned into a casino. Traders were selling toxic derivatives; bundling these loans and selling them all over the world. These people were making millions cheating the investors. I did not have a say in how much those people got paid to lose all of us tax payers and 401k owners trillions of dollars. But I'm not stupid enough to think that the guy or girl bagging groceries should be the first one's to take a cut in salary. Do you Jay? Huh? Let's hear your answer?

        September 8, 2011 at 1:50 am |
      • Jay in NC

        Jean did not answer the question. How much is a living wage and is this for all jobs. I never said that a bag boy/gal should take a cut in pay. I am only using it as an example of low pay work. Jean, sarcastically, claimed that there are not young people working in that job. Well the Labor Statistics disagree. So the question remains, who, what and when does a "living wage" apply?

        You claim to advocate a "Living Wage" well, quantify it. Like I said in my original post, maybe we can come to an agreement.

        September 8, 2011 at 9:48 am |
      • jean2009

        Jay, Obviously you lack the understanding to know that a living wage can vary from North Carolina, to Ohio, to California, and New York. A living wage can vary from one county to another in any given state. It also depends on the number of people living on that wage as to whether that wage is a living wage, or insufficient funds. Basically in looking at the national minimum wage calculator, the national minimum wage of $750 does not cut it anywhere.

        Take Dare County, North Carolina the minimum wage for one person is $7.50, the living wage for one person is $8.19, the poverty wage is $5.04 for one adult person. If you have two adults and one child living on that wage the minimum wage is still $7.50, the poverty wage is $7.81, but a living wage for two adults and one child is considered by Dare County to be $19.53.

        If you compare that to Franklin County Ohio you will find a living wage for 2 adults and one child is: $22.40
        and for a single adult $8.66, and minimum wage is still $7.50.

        You just happened to stumble into the fact that I know a bit about grocery store/super markets. My sister and her husband retired from working for a super market chain. They were not young people when they retired. Actually, their daughter age 51, their daughter-in-law age 48, a grandson age 30, his wife age 27 currently work for that supper market chain. It is the only local big chain that is unionized, and the only one that still has a bag/carry out person. Plus, it has the best deli, best produce, best meat department, a Starbucks, a bank, a pharmacy, a state liquor store, etc., etc., etc., very up-scale...and I might add their union wages beats the living wage scale for one adult person, any day of the does their retirement, and health insurance plans. The bulk of their employees are over 25. Plus, they are the only place that still bags your groceries, and asks if they cn help you take them to your vehicle.

        Within 2-3 blocks of where I live there are 5 large groceries big box grocery/department/drug stores; nationally known names. Only the one is the unionized chain.

        Some of the others expect you to buy off brands, or even bag your own groceries, some expect you pay for the use of their grocery cart, and expect you take items you can't lift to the vehicle yourself, and they pay minimum wage. Some have only one adult operating the cash register with a turn stile bag holder which the check-out adult fills and puts in your cart. Sometimes they expect you to put it in your own bag, or even buy the bag.

        I find fewer and fewer young people locally working in basically what is a grocery store with other departments. I think you will find more young people working in fast food.

        I find seniors working in grocery stores. The 42 year old woman who lives next door to me, with her father, works at one of the 4 other stores, one without a union. He worries that if something happens to him she will not be able to pay property taxes and keep the roof over her head, on her income.

        I have shopped in each of them and actually I don't find the union store any more expensive than any the rest. Merchandise pricing is very competitive.

        You may find this amazing but I find the employees more helpful, they take pride in what they are doing, they try to find what you are looking for if you can't find it, they will cut a piece of meat to fit what you need for a recipe, and the place is very clean.

        I thought I had answered your question, but if this doesn't answer your question ... nothing ever will.

        September 8, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        No Jean at first you did not answer the question you just attacked. The fact is you said "Maybe in some backwater universe you are going to find a bag-boy/gal who is not an adult." I proved that to not be the case, yet you still hold on to an image that young people do not work at grocery stores. I guess if the gov. statistics do not persuade you then, as you say, nothing will.

        Asking questions is how we understand each other. If you do not want to enter into a real discussion then so be it. I truly thought that this would be a subjects, chance, that we both could come to an agreement.

        Jean, you accuse me of "Obviously you lack the understanding to know that a living wage can vary from North Carolina, to Ohio, to California, and New York. " Where in the world did you get this idea? I never said that it should be the same for all areas. I only asked if you support a "living wage" what should it be.

        Dare County, NC was a bad example. Most, I am sure over 80% of the homes, are vacation homes. But that is another issue. The subject is living wage and I will not argue that someone else has calculated the rate. However I wish that we could talk about the implication of such a system.

        Does an employee have to take into consideration the families total income? If they have children, etc? I know that a lot of effort has been put into not allowing employers to take this type of information into consideration, now it sounds as though they would have to. Think of it. You have a job listed for bag boy/ gal ( or what ever) and you have to pay one price if person A is hired or another rate if B is hired.

        Using your charts... The employer could hire two single people for the cost of one with a child. That now begged the question is the country better off for both having a job or just one?

        September 8, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
      • jean2009

        Jay about an hour ago I was in that unionized grocery store. While I was there I went to the check out counter with the youngest looking employee (at the time she was the only employee I had seen in the store who didn't look over 40, or have gray hair). The gentleman who bagged my groceries looked old enough to be a grandfather. I said "honey I'm doing a survey, can you tell me if you are under 25?" To which she answered "Gee I wish, but thank you anyway." I didn't think she was, but then I didn't want to insult by asking if she was under 30.

        As for how you calculate a living wage? Today we live in a world were it is a given that both adults (if there are two in a household) both will be working. That is today's standard basic, and has been for many years. I think the last time it wasn't a given was in the late 50's early 60's. In some ways it is good if a person can be home to raise young children, but then again many are not that good at the job, and shouldn't have had children in the first place. If they have a young child, we all know that child will not be working. If they have a child over 16, that child will cost them more. So, that the child will find a part time job to pay for some of the things they feel they need. In many cases the applicant will be a single parent with a young child. I don't think an employer can determine all this without knowing something about the person applying for the job.

        I can look at my own life and know that teenagers then, as now, want a job. But, the current economy has been hurting with a lack of jobs for young people, simply because adults are taking those jobs. Sometimes adults are taking more than one of those jobs, just to try and make ends meet.

        Where I actually see the most young people working (in my location) is at fast food drive ups, shops in the Mall, food service at pricey assisted living homes (the young people who serve food trays,and clean up in the kitchen). Those jobs seem to fit since the young person can work after school to serve and clean up after the evening meal when the majority of daytime employees have left for the day.

        When you hire a person they generally file an application. Most applications ask a few important questions, the applicants age, are they still in school, the highest level of education they have achieved, previous work experience, are they applying for a full, part-time, seasonal, or another type position. Those should be a good indicator of where the person fits on the pay scale.

        I think the best way would be to use the living wage for your area as a starting point for positions other than those jobs which are seasonal; or employees who are still in school and working after school hours. It would sure save on employee turn over once they are trained for the job.

        September 8, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
      • jean2009

        Don't think it was lost on me that the only thing you picked out of what I typed are the words "living wage"?

        September 8, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
  13. Liz Carter in Georgia

    The Republican Candidates are some scary people. They are poised to stand together by any means necessary to make Barack Obama a 'one term President'. No matter whether they agree with one another or not, on many of the issues, they have stood up on this debate tonight and conceded to one another on each others views! GINGRICH said they were going to stick together to get rid of Obama. HUNTSMAN and PAUL were the only ones bold enough to stand alone on their true views, without knocking down the President.

    September 7, 2011 at 9:36 pm |
    • Republicans elect and attract the not so smart

      Yep Liz, I fear our country has a lot of these less than thoughtful people exspousing complete mis-truths and as you see above there are enough people that are willing to defend ignorance and a return to failure, courtesy of the Rep/GOP/Tea party of NEVER GONNA DO RIGHT BY THIS COUNTRY

      September 8, 2011 at 1:54 am |
      • Gagan

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        May 20, 2012 at 10:48 am |
  14. JamesHouCCBC

    Yes, keep feeding money into the unemployment system. Enabling people to continue without work is not the answer, and taking money from those who DO work is not correct either. I am a 22 year old college student, yet i am able to hold a job and pay for my apartment. And before someone says it, i pay for my own school and rent. If you keep allowing people to leech off the unemployment system go ahead. What should be done if increase the safe guards to stop unemployment scams. I know of a few who have been unemployed, yet are completely capable of work, that completely leech off unemployment checks. Shockingly enough they are from California.

    September 7, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  15. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Yep, you're right! I sure d ee@Republicans elect and attract the not so smart! Your screen name says it ALL!

    September 8, 2011 at 8:48 am |
  16. tony

    it took 8 years of no taxes on the rich an illegal war in iraq and a 800000000 bailout for the bush buddies but its all president obamas fault

    September 15, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
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