President Barack Obama gave Congress a “to-do list” for fixing the economy in his weekly address broadcast Saturday, but it might as well be a wish list.
Obama called on the House Republican majority to back five of his administration’s initiatives, something GOP lawmakers have shown they are unwilling to do.
“There are things we can do — right now — to help create jobs and restore some of the financial security that so many families have lost,” the president said. “Now, the other side isn’t so optimistic. They think all we can do is cut taxes — especially for the wealthiest Americans — and go back to letting banks and corporations write their own rules again. That’s their plan.”
Democrats and Republicans have found common ground on patent reform, extending the payroll tax holiday through the end of the year, and widening markets for American exports. But Obama’s address clearly blames the GOP for stifling what has been a slow recovery.
Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) countered in the weekly GOP address that Obama’s “policies have us stuck. Instead of working with Republicans to rebuild the economy, the president is ignoring the tough choices and trying to distract from the real issues.”