Jobs plan won’t work without compromises

Published 12:00 am Sunday, September 11, 2011

Finally, the nation has seen President Barack Obama’s job creation plan that he says will jumpstart the economy, although the country is still waiting to hear exactly how it will be paid for long-term.

The president announced Thursday an approximately $450 billion plan that is a combination of tax cuts and new spending. The proposal contains many positive plans that should help put more money into the pockets of average Americans and also create some job creation incentives for employers.

The biggest downside is the president will wait another week or so before he reveals his long-term debt reduction plan, one that is purported to include ending tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans, a proposal that will likely be strongly opposed by GOP lawmakers.

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The president’s plan could create nearly 2 million jobs but this would only be a Band-Aid because other measures would be needed to ensure that the economy starts to grow after this spark.

One key part of the plan that should help are the tax cuts that will allow most families to keep a little more of their hard earned money.

Overall, we think this latest round of proposals is a positive step in the right direction, but it won’t mean anything unless Congress puts politics aside and starts working together.

Both parties have been far too quick to point the finger across the aisle and pass the blame. Our country and our leaders must find some ideological middle ground that will be crucial to our country’s resurgence and recovery. Our economy got in the shape it is in with both Republicans and Democrats in power. It will only get better by working toward a common goal.

Both parties are posturing for the 2012 presidential election, but the American people cannot wait that long.

Hopefully, our leaders see that and start focusing on recovery instead of politics.