ByÂ Dave Boyer-The Washington Times
PresidentÂ Obama took his campaign for a second stimulus bill and higher taxes Tuesday to the home state of SpeakerÂ John A. Boehner, urging Ohioans to tell Republican lawmakers to â€œstop worrying about their jobs and start worrying about your jobs.â€
â€œThis isnâ€™t about giving me a win,â€Â Mr. Obama told an audience at a newly renovated high school in Columbus, Ohio. â€œItâ€™s about giving the American people a win.â€
Mr. Obama sent his $447 billion jobs bill toÂ Congress Monday, including $60 billion for rebuilding schools and hiring teachers. The administrationâ€™s first stimulus bill in 2009 spent about $100 billion on education programs, mostly to prevent teacher layoffs.
TheÂ White House proposes to pay for the plan with a mix of tax increases â€” limiting itemized deductions for families earning more than $250,000 per year, and ending tax breaks for oil and gas companies, hedge-fund managers and corporate jet owners.
â€œOhio, if you pass this bill, then tens of thousands of construction workers right here in this state will have a job again,â€Â Mr. Obama said.
As if to exert added pressure onMr. Boehner, Ohio Republican, Education SecretaryÂ Arne Duncanpointed out that Ohio public schools would receive $985 million in the plan to modernize buildings and hire teachers.
Mr. Boehner and House Majority LeaderÂ Eric Cantor, Virginia Republican, say they are open to parts of the jobs plan, but they oppose the presidentâ€™s proposal to tax wealthier Americans to pay for the bill.
â€œI just donâ€™t think thatâ€™s going to help our economy the way it could,â€Â Mr. Boehner said.
â€œNow is not the time to raise taxes on anybody if we are trying to grow this economy,â€Â Mr. Cantor said Tuesday at an event hosted by the American Action Forum, a think tank. â€œWhat you see is a tax on the very people you would expect and want to create jobs.â€
To read more, visit:Â http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/sep/13/in-ohio-obama-touts-jobs-plan/
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