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Republicans nay votes hurt all Floridians

mcneir | 12/7/2011, 8:31 a.m.

Its a sad commentary today when 100 percent of the Republicans have essentially voted to block nearly every part of the President Barack Obamas American Jobs Act. The truth of the matter is that the present-day recession that America now faces did not happen overnight, and it cant be solved overnight.When former President Bush entered office, the U.S. had a $2 billion dollar-plus surplus when he left there was an $8 trillion dollar deficit. The economy was spiraling out of control and we lost about 600,000 jobs per month in his last year in office. Now the Republican party the party of no clearly has no job plan; still they continue to shoot down the the presidents proposal jobs initiatives. They voted no on Obamas plan to invest $1.6 billion dollars in Florida to go towards teachers and education-related jobs. They voted no on a construction jobs program that would have given Florida over $2.7 billion dollars for rehabilitating and refurbishing hundreds of vacant and foreclosed homes and businesses that would have supported the revitalization of local communities. They voted no to the presidents proposal of investing over $1.2 billion dollars for school infrastructure projects that would have modernized public schools supporting new science labs, Internet-ready classrooms and renovations at schools across the state of Florida. And yes, Miami-Dade County Public Schools is the fourth largest in the U.S. All the Republicans voted no to a highway, bridges, roads and transit modernization program that would have made an immediate investment of over $1.5 billion dollars. The Congressional Republicans are against the presidents Pathways Back to Work Fund that would assist over 35,000 low-income youth and 8,000 adults with opportunities to work and to achieve needed training in growth industries in Florida. The only two things that the House and Senate Republicans support is making president Obama a one-term president and in protecting the one percent of the wealthiest people in the U.S. from paying their fair share. That said, the latest data on employment shows private sector growth of 140,000 jobs in the month of November and a reduction in the unemployment rate that edged down to 8.6 percent. As quiet as it has been kept, in the last 21 months 2.9 million jobs have been created. So lets not be fooled by the rhetoric from the party of no. Lets support our president as he is championing economic growth to get more Americans working again. Listen to Henry Crespo on Todays Truth of The Matter on Sundays from 3 - 4 p.m. on 880 am the Biz.