During a weekly Internet and radio address to the nation this, President Barack Obama pushed for Americans to tell Congress that they’ve “had it with [political] gridlock”.
Obama blamed in part the 9.1% unemployment rate and the lack of jobs being created on the “partisan brinkmanship” within Congress. “The idea [of] making it through the next election is more important than making things right. That’s what’s holding us back — the fact that some in Congress would rather see their opponents lose than see America win,” Obama said.
“So you’ve got a right to be frustrated,” he said. “I am. Because you deserve better. And I don’t think it’s too much for you to expect that the people you send to this town start delivering. Members of Congress are at home in their districts right now. And if you agree with me — whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican or not much of a fan of either — let them know.”
He added, “If you’ve had it with gridlock, and you want them to pass stalled bills that will help our economy right now — let them know.”
Obama, who has defended Congress taking a vacation instead of continuing the bickering and “political gridlock” noted that if the listeners and viewers called their congressperson to complain about putting the “country before party and the interests of our children before our own”, they would come back to Washington, D.C. “ready to compromise, ready to create jobs, ready to get our fiscal house in order”.
In the address, Pres. Obama also pushed for new actions that could be taken in order to increase employment throughout the country. He proposed extending a payroll taxcut, wrapping up international trade deals, cutting “red tape in the patent process,” and finding jobs for the thousands of troops that are coming home from Afghanistan and Iraq..
“These are all things we can do right now,” he said. “So let’s do them. And over the coming weeks, I’ll put forward more proposals to help our businesses hire and create jobs, and won’t stop until every American who wants a job can find one.”