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Good Saturday 7 July, 2012.  As we have a cup of coffee, tea, juice, water (w/ lemon) or whatever our breakfast beverage may be, take a read and watch of The Weekly Address.

Also H.R.4348 was signed into law yesterday…, and, smart folks know “Betting on America” is the best bet there is!  We take a look at President Obama’s “Betting on America” bus tour.

Weekly Address: “Pushing Congress to Create Jobs, Keep College in Reach for Middle Class”    

Published on Jul 7, 2012 by 

“President Obama discusses legislation he signed on Friday that does two important things: It keeps thousands of construction workers on the job rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure, and it stops interest rates on federal loans from doubling this year for more than seven million students.”

Remarks of President Barack Obama
As Prepared for Delivery
Boardman, OH
Saturday, July 7, 2012

Hi, everybody.  I’m here in Ohio, where I’ve spent the past couple days talking with folks about our central challenge as a country – not just reclaiming all the jobs lost to the recession, but reclaiming the economic security that so many Americans have lost over the last decade.

Our mission isn’t just to put people back to work – it’s to rebuild an economy where that work pays; an economy in which everyone who works hard has the chance to get ahead.

For months, I’ve been pushing Congress to pass several common-sense ideas that will help us do that.  And on Friday, I signed into law a bill that will do two things for the American people.

First, it will keep thousands of construction workers on the job rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure.

Second, it will keep interest rates on federal student loans from doubling this year – which would have hit more than seven million students with about a thousand dollars more on their loan payments.

Those steps will make a real difference in the lives of millions of Americans.  But make no mistake: we’ve got more to do.

The construction industry was hit brutally hard when the housing bubble burst.  So it’s not enough to just keep construction workers on the job doing projects that were already underway.

For months, I’ve been calling on Congress to take half the money we’re no longer spending on war and use it to do some nation-building here at home.  There’s work to be done building roads and bridges and wireless networks.  And there are hundreds of thousands of construction workers ready to do it.

The same thing is true for our students.  The bill I’m about to sign is vital for millions of students and their families.  But it’s not enough to just keep their student loan rates from doubling.

For months, I’ve been calling on Congress to reform and expand the financial aid that’s offered to students.  I’ve been asking them to help us give two million Americans the opportunity to learn the skills that businesses in their area are looking for – right now – through partnerships between community colleges and employers. In America, a higher education cannot be a luxury reserved for just a privileged few.  It’s an economic necessity that every American family should be able to afford.

Finally, I want to thank every American who took the time to sit down and write a letter, type out an e-mail, make a phone call or send a tweet hoping your voice would make a difference.  I promise you – your voice made all the difference.  And as long as I have the privilege of being your President, your voice will be heard in the White House.

Thanks and have a great weekend.


>> Republicans ended their strategy of obstruction, and economic sabotage by working with President Obama on the Transportation Bill, and the Student Loan Bill.

“President Obama Signs HR 4348”  

Published on Jul 6, 2012 by 

“President Obama signs legislation that will keep thousands of construction workers on the job rebuilding American infrastructure and stop interest rates on federal loans from doubling this year for more than seven million students. July 6, 2012.”


>> Smart folk will definitely “bet on America.”

Republican presumptive nominee for President Mitt Romney has time and again shown to not want to take that bet on America.  “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt” the (now infamous) NYTimes OPEd by Romney is the boldest evidence of not betting on America, or the great people of America.  Mitt Romney seems to be all about… Mitt Romney.

Meanwhile President Obama is “Betting On America!”

“President Obama Kicks Off the “Betting On America” Bus Tour – Maumee, OH”

Published on Jul 6, 2012 by 

Are you in? http://OFA.BO/LqtcCb

“Yesterday President Obama kicked off a two-day “Betting On America” bus tour through northern Ohio and western Pennsylvania.

He’s talking to voters in their communities about his commitment to investing in American workers and creating jobs here at home. He’s also discussing the choice in this election — between his vision for growing our economy from the middle out and Mitt Romney’s vision for an economy built from the top down.”


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