President Obama kicked off his three-day American Jobs Act at the Asheville Regional Airport in Fletcher, North Carolina where he rallied support for his plan.
"We should be talking about jobs. When you hear what’s going on out in the country, when you take the time to listen, you understand that a lot of folks are hurting out there. Too many people are looking for work. Too many families are looking for that sense of security that’s been slipping away for the past decade, now.
Here in North Carolina, you’ve got thousands of construction workers who lost their jobs when the housing bubble burst. Some of those construction workers are here today. They’ve got experience. They’ve got skills. All they want is to be back on the job site doing what they do best.
And there is plenty of work to go around. In this airport right here in Asheville, you’ve got a runway that needs to be widened and repaired. You’ve got a taxiway that’s in the wrong spot –- which means that planes sometimes get too close together. So we could be doing some work right here at the Asheville Airport that would help boost tourism, help to boost the economy here, put people to work right now.
But it’s not just here in Asheville. All across the state, you’ve got highways that need to be built. You’ve got bridges that need to be fixed. You’ve got schools that need to be modernized. And that’s what America used to do best. We used to build things - built the Transcontinental Railroad; built the Golden Gate Bridge; the Hoover Dam; the Grand Central Station. There’s no reason why we should sit here and watch the best highways and the newest airports being built in China. We should be building them right here in the United States of America. Right here in North Carolina.
Now, our problems were a long time in the making –- we’re not going to solve them overnight. But there are things we can do right now to put people back to work - right now. There are things we should do right now to give the economy the jolt that it needs. So that’s why I sent Congress the American Jobs Act."