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From the White House – Weekly Address
In this week’s address, the President spoke to his priority of growing the economy and opening new avenues of opportunity for hardworking Americans. While the United States has already made economic progress, with more than 12 million new private sector jobs created over the past five years, there’s still more to be done. That’s why the President has continued to press for strong, high-standard trade agreements that are good for American workers and good for American businesses. And it’s why his Administration has partnered with mayors and governors across the country on issues such as minimum wage and paid leave that impact hardworking Americans. The President discussed impactful initiatives like these in his address before the Conference of Mayors on Friday.
Transcript: WEEKLY ADDRESS: Creating New Pathways of Opportunity for Americans Like You
Hi, everybody. As President, I spend most of my time focused on what we can do to grow the economy and grow new pathways of opportunity for Americans like you to get ahead.
And we’ve made progress. More than 12 million new private sector jobs in the past five years. More than 16 million Americans who’ve gained health insurance. More jobs creating more clean energy. More kids graduating from high school and college than ever before.
But in a relentlessly-changing economy, we’ve got more work to do. And one of the things we should be doing, for example, is rewriting the rules of global trade to benefit American workers and American businesses. I think we should write those rules before China does. That’s why I’ve been working with Congress to pass new, 21st century trade agreements with standards that are higher and protections that are tougher than any past trade agreement.
I believe it’s the right thing to do for American workers and families, or I wouldn’t be doing it.
I believe it’s what will give us the competitive edge in a new economy, or I wouldn’t be doing it.
Now, several Members of Congress disagree. That’s why it’s still tied up there, along with a lot of other good ideas that would create jobs. And eventually, I’m optimistic we’ll get this done.
But America doesn’t stand still. That’s why, on issue after issue where Congress has failed to act, my administration has partnered with mayors and governors across the country to advance economic priorities that most working families in America are in favor of right now.
And we’ve had success. Over the past couple years, 17 states and six major cities have raised the minimum wage for their workers. 19 cities have enacted paid sick days, and five states have enacted paid sick days or paid family leave. 34 states have increased funding for quality Pre-K. And 19 cities and states have signed up for our new TechHire initiative to train workers for the high-wage, high-skill jobs of tomorrow – the kind of jobs that new trade deals would help create.
Some of these victories have been small. Some have been quiet. But they’ve added up to a big difference for working families across America. And that’s what matters to me. Because it matters to you. On Friday, I talked about these initiatives and more in a speech to the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Check it out at WhiteHouse.gov. Some of it might matter to your city.
Thanks, and have a great weekend.
From the White House: President Obama Addresses the U.S. Conference of Mayors:
Some good news from Iowa: A Big Victory For Abortion Rights Preserves Women’s Access To The Latest Technology
It is not that difficult to craft a Voter Id law that does not disenfranchise people. From North Carolina: With Lawsuit Looming, North Carolina Scrambles To Loosen Voter ID Rules
Since in-person voter fraud is nearly non-existent, signing an affidavit and showing an alternate form of id will deter any attempts at fraud. Then the vote is counted and the franchise is preserved for people who cannot get an id for any number of reasons. Like this 101 year old woman from San Antonio Texas who was unable to vote for the first time in decades:
Affidavit voting. Simple solution to the non-problem of in-person voter fraud.
Mother Jones pulled together the statistics on in-person voter fraud and determined that there were 13 credible cases between 2000 and 2010 … with 649 million ballots cast.
Yay for plaintiffs in that case feeling butthurt!!!!!!!!!!!!!