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Oct 10 2011 Memo -- Americans Support Passage of the Jobs Act

Oct 10 2011 Memo -- Americans Support Passage of the Jobs Act

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TO: Interested PartiesFR: David Axelrod, Senior Strategist
Congress Needs to Listen to the American People and Pass the American Jobs Act
The American people are focused like a laser on doing everything we can to create jobs nowand restore economic security for the middle class.
The stakes couldn’t be higher
as leading economists from across the political spectrum warnthat immediate action is needed to create jobs and avoid another downturn in the economy.And the American Jobs Act is the only plan that does what needs to be done: provideimmediate relief to families and create jobs now.
As the President Pushes the American Jobs Act Support Continues to Grow
Since introducing the American Jobs Act (AJA), the American people have rallied around
President Obama’s call for Congress to pass this plan. In an early September, 43% supported
the AJA and 35% were opposed (CNN/ORC Poll 9/11/11). After three weeks of advocacy by thePresident, support has grown by nearly 10% so that 52% support the plan with 36% opposed(ABC/Washington Post Poll 10/5/11).And 58% of Americans believe that if the AJA passes, it will improve the job situation in thecountry.The more people know about the American Jobs Act; the more they hear the President talkingabout it; the more they want Congress to pass the plan.
Large Majorities Support What’s in the American Jobs Act
 
It’s no surprise that Americans are rallying around the President’s American Jobs Act becauselarge majorities like what’s in it. In the early September CNN/ORC poll,
 
 
74% support providing money to state governments to allow them to hire teachers andfirst responders;
 
 
65% support cutting the payroll tax for all American workers;
 
64% support increased federal spending to build and repair roads, bridges and schools;
 
58% support cutting the payroll tax for all American businesses.The American people agree with economists across the political spectrum who are saying thatthe AJA will immediately create jobs and put more money in the pockets of middle classAmericans who are struggling to make ends meet. Yet Republican leaders
 –
from Congress tothe presidential campaign trail
 –
have been steadfast in their opposition without providing analternative that would create jobs now.
The Republican Alternative: Instead of Creating Jobs, Repeal Wall Street Reform, Cut Taxesfor Corporations and Millionaires
According to Senator McCain’s former economic advisor, the Republican economic proposals“won’t mean much for the economy and job market in the next year.” And he noted that “given
the high odds of another recession in the next few months, it is vital for Congress and theadministration to provide some near-
term support to the economy.”
 
There is no Republican alternative that would create jobs now.
Not from Republicans inCongress, and not from the Republican presidential candidates. They believe that we cansimply cut our way to prosperity, even if it means wiping out investments in education andresearch and development. And they have proposed a return to economic policies that led tochallenges we are still confronting
 –
more tax breaks for large corporations, more tax cuts forthe wealthiest, and allowing Wall Street to write its own rules. In order to prevent oversight of Wall Street, Republicans are blocking the confirmation of 
the President’s well
-qualified andwidely respected nominee to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. This means thatpolicies to protect consumers from predatory lending that have already been signed into lawcan
’t be implemented.
 
The fundamental question in advance of tomorrow’s vote is this: will Republicans put country
ahead of party and pass this bill? Or will they oppose a bill that would create jobs now and thatthe American people support while standing by their proposals to extend tax cuts for largecorporations, millionaires and billionaires while allowing Wall Street to write its own rules?
 
It’s Not Class Warfare, It’s Math
 
By a huge majority, Americans support the measure that the United States Senate will consideras the way to pay for the American Jobs Act so that i
t won’t add one dime to our nation’s
deficit.
In this week’s ABC/Washington Post poll 75% of Americans
supported raising taxes onAmericans with incomes over one million dollars a year. And while Republicans may claim thatthis is class warfare, the American people are seeing right through their opposition to askingthe wealthiest to do their part. In this same ABC/Washington Post poll, 70% said thatRepublicans care more about protecting the economic interests of wealthy Americans.So as Republicans say no to each proposal that President Obama makes to put people back towork and relentlessly defend the special breaks and loopholes for the wealthiest and WallStreet, they are rapidly losing the faith of the American people on the number one issue peoplecare about: jobs.And while the President pushes and Republicans say no, trust in creating jobs has gone from atie in early September to a 15% advantage for the President. And among independents,Republicans have gone from a 5% advantage to a 13% disadvantage.The American people work hard and they expect that everyone has to play by the same rules.What they are seeing and hearing from Washington is a Republican Party that refuses to workwith the President to get people back to work and rejects any idea that asks the wealthiest andWall Street to do their part to help this country and its people while expecting the middle classto carry the entire burden.
Since Republicans Have Obstructed Action, Approval for Congress at Historic Low

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