Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

On Creating Jobs, Obama and Republicans Talk Past Each Other

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

On Creating Jobs, Obama and Republicans Talk Past Each Other

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In their Saturday radio addresses, President Obama and Republican Rep. Morgan Griffith had different takes on job creation. For the GOP, it's easing government regulation, for Obama his "American Jobs Act."

In their weekly radio addressees Saturday, President Obama and the designated Republican speaker talked past each other on job creation.

For Obama, it was all about pressuring the GOP-led Congress to "get its act together" and pass his American Jobs Act. Meanwhile, Rep. Morgan Griffith, (R) of Virginia said Obama should back House Republican plans "aimed at cutting red tape and stopping the excessive regulations that hamper job creation."

As usual, both used very concrete examples to back their assertions. For Griffith, it was literally concrete.

The Monitor's Weekly News Quiz for Sept. 25-30, 2011

"The government recently finalized rules that would impose costly burdens on the producers of cement, which is the backbone of just about every construction project," he said. "If these rules were to take effect, roughly 20 percent of the country's cement plants would shut down. Thousands of jobs would be sent overseas permanently, just like that."

Sticking with the very tangible, Griffith said, "Washington is also trying to hand down rules that would affect boilers used by thousands of major employers, including hospitals, factories, and even colleges."

"These regulations would impose billions of dollars in new costs, make many goods and services more expensive, and put more than 200,000 jobs at risk," he said. "Understand that the investments required by these rules are irreversible. For those businesses that cannot make these investments, and decide to stop producing their product at a particular location, the job losses are also irreversible."

Obama's American Jobs Act doesn't deal specifically with cement or boilers. But among other things, it would invest in roads, schools, and other construction projects as well as cut payroll taxes for the workers and their employers who build such projects. …

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