President Obama gave a press conference on our economic growth, and outlined what he’s done to try and help working families. He trumpeted the more than 500,000 jobs that were added in June and July, and that we’ve added more jobs over the last year than any year at all since 2006. 9.9 million jobs have been created over the past 53 months, and all of this is thanks to the decisions the government has made.
Then he said:
“Unfortunately, a series of steps that we could be taking, to maintain momentum, and perhaps even accelerate it…there are steps we could be taking that would result in more job growth, higher wages, higher incomes, more relief for middle class families, and so far at least, in Congress, we have not seen them willing or able to take those steps.”
He’s talking about Congressional Republicans: The people of the Party of No. These steps he wants to take to help people include a higher minimum wage, making it easier for workers to pay off their student loans, rebuilding our infrastructure, paycheck fairness for working women. He said:
“All of these policies have two things in common: All of them would help working families feel more stable and secure, and all of them have been blocked, or ignored, by Republicans in Congress.”
These things are just not getting done, as he noted in his speech, and it’s because of the Party of No, and their desire to a) see him fail, and b) keep life as easy as possible for big business. Is it any wonder Obama feels he has to take executive action, doing things like raising the minimum wage for federal contractors?
Watch Obama slam the GOP for obstructing economic recovery.
h/t and featured image: Post TV via the Washington Post