Featured News

With Republicans Screaming Impeachment, Obama Is Not Backing Down on Jobs

Instead of backing down in the wake of Republicans cries for impeachment, President Obama is doubling down with increased pressure on them to finally take action for American workers. He is not giving up his demands for Congress to take action to remedy the outrageous disparity between the haves and the have nots.

The President already announced that he’d take to the Executive Order to do what he can, since Republicans clearly want no part in helping the average worker. But the executive branch can only do so much. To change laws, we need the legislative branch to do its job. When Obama announced that he was going to start using the power of his office to advance the cause of jobs for Americans, Republicans immediately commenced screeching about impeachment.

The only way to make Congress do their job is to use the advantage of it being an election year to drill them on why they refuse to pass anything related to jobs, the minimum wage, unemployment extension, etc.

And that is precisely what President Obama did today in his weekly address, which echoes his State of the Union address. Watch here:

The President said (my bold):

After four years of economic growth with eight million new private sector jobs, our unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in more than five years. And with the economy speeding up, companies say they intend to hire more people this year.

But while those at the top are doing better than ever, average wages have barely budged. Inequality has deepened. Too many Americans are working harder and harder just to get by. And too many still aren’t working at all.

Our job is to reverse those trends. It’s time to restore opportunity for all people – the idea that no matter who you are, if you work hard and live up to your responsibilities, you can make it if you try.

President Obama then laid out his “opportunity agenda” and how it related to the workers he spoke with this week in various states:

Job one is more new jobs: jobs in construction and manufacturing, jobs in innovation and energy.

In Wisconsin, I talked with plant workers at GE about part two: training more Americans with the skills to fill those new jobs.

In Tennessee, I talked with students about part three: guaranteeing every child access to a world-class education, from early childhood, through college, and right into a career.

And with steelworkers in Pittsburgh, and retail workers in Maryland, I laid out part four: making sure hard work pays off for men and women, with wages you can live on, savings you can retire on, and health insurance that’s there for you when you need it.

The President, who already called Republicans on their impeachment bluff, noted that some of these ideas do require Congress to act, but that’s not going to stop him from doing what he can. He said, “But wherever I can take steps to expand opportunity for more families on my own, I will.” He’s going to go around Congress by taking his case right to business leaders, education leaders, and philanthropic leaders, asking them to partner in order to advance these goals.

And here’s POTUS’ parting shot for Republicans who have been wailing impeachment like the useless obstacles they are since Obama announced that he would do what he could to get something done without them since they refuse to legislate, “And every single day, I’m going to fight for these priorities – to shift the odds back in favor of more working and middle-class Americans, and to keep America a place where you can always make it if you try.”

In other words, he’s not backing down; he’s just getting warmed up.

Enjoy the 2014 pressure cooker, Republicans.

Sarah Jones

Listen to Sarah on the PoliticusUSA Pod on The Daily newsletter podcast here. Sarah has been credentialed to cover President Barack Obama, then VP Joe Biden, 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and exclusively interviewed Speaker Nancy Pelosi multiple times and exclusively covered her first home appearance after the first impeachment of then President Donald Trump. Sarah is two-time Telly award winning video producer and a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. Connect with Sarah on Post,  Mastodon @PoliticusSarah@Journa.Host, & Twitter.

Recent Posts

Trump Has A Breakdown Over Biden Leading Fox News Poll

Donald Trump is watching his false narrative that he is leading all of the polls…

5 hours ago

Aileen Cannon’s Colleagues Tried To Get Her To Step Aside From Trump Classified Docs Case

Two of Judge Aileen Cannon's colleagues urged her to step aside and not take the…

6 hours ago

Even Fox News Says Biden Is The Frontrunner After 11 Point Swing With Independent Voters

A new Fox News poll caused Trump's favorite network toPresident Biden as the…

10 hours ago

Democrats Hold Republicans’ Feet to the Fire Ahead of 2-Year Anniversary of Overturn of Roe

Democrats are on the freedom warpath. Democrats say abortion is defining the races for the…

11 hours ago

Jimmy Kimmel Says Trump’s Dementia And Lying Might Be Teaming Up

Late night host Jimmy Kimmel played allegations of Trump's cognitive decline and came to the…

17 hours ago

Republicans Are Scrambling To Teach Cognitively Declining Trump Policy Before The Debate

Trump is not doing debate prep, but having policy time where Republican senators try to…

1 day ago