Despite warnings from political pundits that whatever President Obama unveils in his jobs speech Thursday night will never make its way through the GOP-controlled House, Democrats are urging him to be big and bold.
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-California) has been particularly outspoken in the past month about the need to launch a full-scale attack on the nation’s historically high unemployment rate and, particularly, its impact on African-Americans and other minority and low-income groups. The August jobs report showed that Black unemployment jumped from 15.9 percent to 16.7 percent.
Speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press” and again on MSNBC on Monday, the California lawmaker called for a proposal that is not “paltry” and that includes more than $1 trillion in spending.
“You cannot start out by anticipating what you won’t get and reducing your effort in ways that will not even make the fight,” Waters said on MSNBC. “A lot of people are prepared to stand with the president in this struggle and in this fight, but it has to be big, it has to be comprehensive and targeted.”
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