Some of Michigan’s Republicans in Washington said Obama’s speech showed that the only job he is interested in saving is his own.
“I heard a lot of applause lines in his speech,” said Congresswoman Candice Miller of Harrison Township. “We are all painfully aware of the economic transition, especially in Michigan. But I can’t see us digging our way deeper into a hole, we can’t spend our way to prosperity. We need spending cuts and tax reforms to do that.”
State Rep. Pete Lund of Shelby Township, who was Miller’s guest in the gallery for the president’s presentation, agreed.
“This is the first time I’ve attended a Democratic campaign rally,” said Lund, the majority whip in Lansing. “If the president felt job creation was so important, why in the heck did he wait so long? He went on vacation and played golf first and now he’s finally getting around to trying to help the country.”
Democrats, such as Congressman Gary Peters of Oakland County, say Republicans need to put up or shut up when it comes time to creating new employment opportunities.
“Since the Republicans took control of the House nine months ago, they have yet to pass a single jobs bill,” Peters said in a statement. “Families are facing hard times and they are sick of the tea party and Washington games, they want real solutions that will move our economy forward and create jobs.”
Sen. Debbie Stabenow, also a Democrat, said she hopes “the president’s speech focuses Congress’ attention back where it should be, on creating jobs. The president offered his ideas, now members of Congress need to offer theirs, and then it’s time to come together and get something done.”
She said she will keep urging Congress to pass measures important to Michigan’s economy, like growing jobs in advanced batteries and agriculture.
Sen. Carl Levin said Obama’s program will accelerate economic recovery.
“The elements of this program have had bipartisan support in the past and would not add to the budget deficit,” he said. “There is overwhelming agreement among economists that the Recovery Act we passed in 2009 helped to prevent a second Great Depression; now we must act to avoid slipping back into recession.”
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