The battle for Congress is joined by President Barack Obama. In a speech at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland suburb of Parma,Oh , Wednesday took a swipe a the GOP. He said,”By saying he fails they win.” From Wall Street Journal:
“If we’re willing again to choose hope over fear, to choose the future over the past, to come together once more around the great project of national renewal, then we will restore our economy, rebuild our middle class and reclaim the American dream for the next generation,” he said, striking the revival-like cadences that buoyed his presidential bid.
The President in his address reiterated the newly proposed $50 billion for infrastructure, along with research and development tax credit which allow business to write off expenses through 2011.
The president went after House Minority Leader John Boenher (R-OH) saying, Republicans are offering nothing new by extending the Bush Tax cuts:
Giving his party a sharp target, the president castigated Mr. Boehner for proposing “the same [economic] philosophy that led to this mess in the first place.”
He hit Republicans hard for opposing the administration’s economic plan.
“Instead of setting our sights higher, they’re asking us to settle for a status quo of stagnant growth, eroding competitiveness and a shrinking middle class,” Mr. Obama said.
Republicans were not impressed. GOP is standing firm on extend the Tax cuts:.
“The White House is doubling down on a job-killing plan when millions of unemployed Americans are looking for relief,” said Utah Sen. Orrin G. Hatch.
Minority Leader Boenher say we can come together with White House:
Rep. Boehner, the Republican House leader cited by the president, fired back with an economic proposal that he said should get bipartisan support: extend all the tax cuts passed under George W. Bush for two years, and cut spending on programs not tied to national security to 2008 levels.
“If we’re able to do this together, I think we’ll show the American people that we understand what’s going on in the country, and we’ll be able to get our economy moving again and get jobs growing in America,” Mr. Boehner said on ABC’s Good Morning America.
Wall Street Journal has the rest of the story.