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President Barack Obama talked with TJMS this week about the ongoing economic struggles America is currently experiencing, along with job industries that were hardest hit and how he plans to get the ball rolling. He also touched lightly on the criticism he has been receiving from African American leaders like Tavis Smiley and Cornell West. Listen to his response and plans below:

On criticism from other African American leaders:

…when things are going good, you get the credit, when things are tough, you get the blame, thats the nature of the Office. I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about that. I think about what we can do to get the economy growing faster….The economy has to grow faster, next week I will be unveiling new plans to get the ball rolling (in the economy).

Areas of increasing jobs:

A big loss of employment was in the construction industry….we have roads, bridges that need to be improved. So we have planned a creation of a special fund that can leverage public and private dollars to get those projects moving.

Other things he mentioned on were teachers will be helped from local school districts to prevent layoffs. Small Businesses tax provisions are going to be implemented to help them but they will expire if the Republicans don’t react in Congress along with payroll tax cuts that will help increase incomes and still circulates money in the economy…

DISCUSS: Are you currently unemployed? Do you feel President Obama’s plan will help the job growth and economy?

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