What Does the GOP Have Against American Jobs, Kids?
President Obama is in Colorado today touting his plans to put Americans back to work modernizing our aging schools and to make sure there are plenty of teachers to fill those schools.
Here’s the rundown of the president’s plan and why Republican opposition to it is so shocking.
- A $30 BILLION plan to put hundred of thousands of Americans to work modernizing at least 35,000 schools across the country.
- A $35 BILLION plan to save the jobs of 280,000 teachers, police, firefighters, and other first responders.
THIS OR THAT:
We can put hundreds of thousands of Americans back to work, keep 280,000 more Americans like teachers and cops in their jobs, and modernize one-third of our nation’s schools for less than what keeping the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy will cost us each year.
WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAYS:
From President Obama’s speech in Denver earlier this afternoon:
Every child deserves a great school – and we can give it to them. We can rebuild our schools for the 21st century, with faster internet, smarter labs, and cutting-edge technology. And that won’t just create a better, safer learning environment for the students – it’ll create good jobs for local construction workers right here in Denver, across Colorado, and throughout the country. There are schools all throughout Colorado that need this kind of renovation. Last week, I visited a bridge in Cincinnati connecting Ohio to Kentucky that needs this kind of renovation. There are construction projects like these all across this country just waiting to get started. And there are millions of unemployed construction workers who are looking for jobs.
So my question to Congress is: what on Earth are we waiting for? Why should our children be allowed to study in crumbling or outdated schools? How does that give them the sense their education is important? We should build them the best schools! That’s what I want for my kids; that’s what I want for your kids; that’s what I want for all our children. Why should we let China build the newest airports and fastest railroads? We should build them here! There is work to be done; there are workers ready to do it; so let’s tell Congress: pass this jobs bill right away.
Let’s pass this jobs bill and put teachers back in the classroom where they belong. While places like South Korea are adding teachers to prepare their kids for the global economy, we’re laying ours off left and right. All across the country, budget cuts are forcing superintendents to make choices they don’t want to make. I can tell you the last thing a governor like John Hickenlooper wants to do is lose schools and teachers. It’s unfair to our kids, it undermines their future, and it has to stop. Tell Congress to pass the American Jobs Act, and there will be funding to save the jobs of thousands of Colorado teachers – and cops and firefighters, too.
REPUBLICANS LIKE MAJORITY LEADER CANTOR SAY NO:
U.S. House Republican Leader Eric Cantor said on Monday he will not support President Barack Obama’s proposal to renovate U.S. schools as part of the administration’s bill to spur job growth.
“Anything that is akin to the stimulus bill I think is not going to be acceptable to the American people,” Cantor said. He added that Obama should focus instead on cutting federal regulations that he says kill U.S. jobs
GOP SAYS NO MONEY FOR AMERICA — AFTER SPENDING $120 BILLION REBUILDING IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN:
Majority Leader Eric Cantor R-VA and other Republican leaders voted for over $120 billion to rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan, funds that were used to construct and repair schools, roads, bridges, and other critical infrastructure. But now these same Republicans are saying there’s not a penny left to help kids and jobless Americans, even as they continue to defend hundreds of billions of dollars in giveaways to the wealthiest Americans, Big Oil, hedge fund billionaires, and even .
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Write your member of Congress and tell him or her it’s time to rebuild America. Demand that we invest at least as much in our own communities as we did in Iraq and Afghanistan. Click HERE to join thousands of others in calling for investments in priorities like great schools for our kids here at home.
IN TWO SENTENCES:
In America, we don’t sacrifice having teachers and good schools for our kids in order to let millionaires and billionaires have another tax break. It’s time for everyone to pay their fair share so we can make the investments necessary to put Americans back to work today and build a stronger future for tomorrow.
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