Likening Washington lawmakers opposed to the American Jobs Act to the Confederate “states in rebellion,” which led to the Civil War, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Illinois) says that President Obama should declare a national emergency and address the nation’s unemployment crisis on his own.
“On several occasions now, we’ve seen…the Congress is in rebellion, determined, as Abraham Lincoln said, to wreck or ruin at all costs,” Jackson said in an interview with The Daily Caller.
The Illinois congressman proposed a five-year $804 billion stimulus plan to hire than nation’s 15 million unemployed Americans. Six hundred billion would be used to pay salaries above, below or at $40,000; $104 billion would be used to bail out all of the states and another $100 billion would go to bailing out cities.
“I support the jobs plan. I support the president’s re-election. I support Barack Obama,” Jackson said. “But at this hour, we need a plan that meets the size and scope of the problem to put the American people to work.”
Jackson acknowledged that Republicans would rebel against his proposal and suggested that if there are “extra-constitutional opportunities,” such as an executive order, for Obama to implement it, “he should pursue every single one of them.”
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