Obama Won’t Wait for Congress on Economic Fixes

Welcome to President Obama’s “year of action.” This is the meme President Obama and “his team have been using since December to describe new policies – many to be enacted as executive actions – to maintain the economic recovery.”

In a speech on jobs at North Carolina State University, Obama spoke “more about what he could do without Congress instead of what he’d like done legislatively this year.

Long term, the challenge of making sure that everyone who works hard can get ahead in today’s economy is so important we can’t wait for Congress to solve it,” he said. “Where I can act on my own without Congress, I’m going to do so.”

The announcement today of “the first of three “manufacturing innovation institutes” not only follows through on a proposal the president made during the his 2012 State of the Union address but also is an example of one of the type of partnerships he hopes to facilitate with, as he put it Tuesday — his pen and his phone.”

Before speaking at North Carolina State University today Obama toured Vacon, “where workers design the drives that power everything from elevators to the giant fans that help cool buildings.”

(Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

(Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

The new hubs will “help build new partnerships in areas that show potential,” President Obama said today.

“They’ll help to lift up our communities. They’ll help spark the technology and research that will create the new industries, the good jobs required for folks to punch their ticket into the middle class.”

“And that’s what America is all about. We have always been about research, innovation, and then commercializing that research and innovation so that everybody can benefit. And then we start selling our stuff all around the world, we start exporting it. And we create good jobs, and middle-class families then are able to buy the products that result from this innovation. And you get a virtuous cycle where everybody is doing better, and nobody is left behind. And that’s what we can do if we pull together the way those companies and universities have pulled together as part of this bid.”

America simply can not sit and wait for Congress, particularly Republican members of Congress, to participate in making our economy stronger. They have fought President Obama every step of the way and here we are still struggling with an economy that can not recover fast enough for the unemployed and others who have fallen into poverty in recent years.

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