Top 1 Stupidest #40dollars Tweet

  1. House plan gives  payroll tax holiday for 52 weeks, $1000. Senate for 8 weeks, $166. No comparison.
I was going to do a Top 10 list but this one was repeated so many times that I'd rather focus on this one.  Obama's original plan, in the American Jobs Act, was to increase the cut from 4.2% to 6.2% for a year.  House GOP voted it down.  Then the Senate Dems removed it from the American Jobs Act and wanted to pass it as a stand alone law.  House GOP voted it down.  Then they had to do something quickly or the cut would expire.  They needed a GOP deal to get it passed in the House.  50 Senate Dems and 39 Senate GOP passed a compromise where they were able to agree on enough funding to pay for 2 months.  This would give them more time to come back and find more money they could agree on.  House GOP voted it down.  The head Republican in the Senate gave it the thumbs up but the House GOP wouldn't vote on it even though it would mean a massive tax hike next year.  That is what really happened.   People need to get the story straight.

Obama Added More Jobs in 3 than Bush did in 8

I think it should be noted that Bush lost jobs because he sent the economy into a nose dive.  Obama has a negative number so far because he had to pull us out of it.  At this rate Obama will be positive before his term is over.

Updated (1/6/12) : Revised October and November data and December data added
Source:  (private sector, seasonally adjusted)

Top 10 #40dollars Tweets

  1.  a week is groceries & gas for many of us 
  2.  pays part of my net and therefore I can continue my online classes to further my education. I couldn't do without it!
  3.  is one month’s electricity. As a recent grad, every dollar counts.
  4.  means that I can purchase additional school supplies for my students. It's been hard for my parents to purchase them
  5.  pays for a week of after care so my daughter doesn't have to stay home alone while I work.
  6.  covers the cost of my medicine for 4 months
  7.  an entire tank of gas. which gets me to and from work for an entire week.
  8.  means paying the copay on my son’s meds and diabetes supplies."
  9.  is the amount of money I try and donate a month to those who need it more.
  10.  helps me keep my 2 yr old in toddler music class. She loves it and it has given her more skills than just singing and rhythm.

Politifact Lie of the Year

A lot has been said about the Politifact Lie of the Year but here is the truth: Word choice is important to Politifact. If the claim was 'Republicans voted to end medicare as we know it" it probably would have been a mostly true to true statement. The GOP medicare will be a medicare that will pay 90% of your bills. That is useless to many seniors because they can't afford to pay a penny, but it is still there. Technically medicare would still exist, it would just exist as a watered down piece of crap that would leave millions of seniors uninsured. However this is different than the claim that it would go away and not cover anyone. Would medicare go away completely? No. That is what Politifact ruled was false. Would it become essentially useless? Yeah, but that is a different issue that Politifact wasn't commenting on.

GOP Tax Hike On the Middle Class

House GOP to reject third payroll tax extension bill, effectively giving a $1000+ tax hike on the average American family.  Even though they signed a no-tax pledge that they used as an excuse to not raise taxes on the rich, they have no problem giving a tax hike to the middle class.  They see it as a win for the Democrats when they should see it as a win for the American people.

"My House colleagues should be clear on what their vote means today," Reid said in a Monday statement. "If Republicans vote down the bipartisan compromise negotiated by Republican and Democratic leaders, and passed by 89 senators including 39 Republicans, their intransigence will mean that in ten days, 160 million middle class Americans will see a tax increase, over two million Americans will begin losing their unemployment benefits, and millions of senior citizens on Medicare could find it harder to receive treatment from physicians."

Obama and Senate Democrats have each proposed legislation that were voted down by House GOP.  This most recent legislation is a bipartisan Senate bill.

Message From Veterans Day

Today is Veterans Day -- and it's a special one.

Yesterday, the Senate passed the President's jobs plan to help veterans find work after returning home. It's a huge victory for the men and women who served with honor and distinction, and in many cases put their lives on the line for us.

So let's join the Senate in honoring veterans today -- write a quick note to say thank you. We'll be sharing some of your words on our blog and social networks this weekend.

This wouldn't have happened without your persistence and the President's refusal to take no for an answer. That's why he insisted on Congress voting on parts of the American Jobs Act -- one by one -- until they finally did the right thing.

The two bills that the Senate passed yesterday, the Returning Heroes and Wounded Warrior Tax Credits, will give businesses up to $9,600 back for hiring veterans who are out of work or who have service-related disabilities. That's on top of new career resources that the President announced this week to support the more than 850,000 unemployed veterans living here at home, and more than a million returning from Iraq and Afghanistan in the next few months and years.

One of the highest duties we share as Americans is to serve the men and women who've served us. We simply couldn't wait for these commonsense steps to help our veterans. And thanks to Democrats and Republicans in the Senate putting country before party, we won't need to.

I hope you'll join me in saying thank you to our veterans by sending them a personal note this Veterans Day:

Of course, the fight for jobs is far from over, but yesterday proved that Congress can still come together to do the right thing when Americans demand it. So let's keep the pressure on.

Manufactured Outrage: Obama and Executive Orders

There have been some complaints about Obama's use Executive Orders.  Though a legitimate power of the president, many suggest that his excessive use makes him a dictator.  However, not only has Obama not even reached 100 in his first three years but he also has averaged fewer per month than any modern president.

Communists, Hitler and Obama

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Apparently the 3 least American words are "Communist", "Hitler" and "Obama".  I wish the Republicans were pro-America instead of anti-Obama.

Message From Don't forget to Vote

Don't forget to vote tomorrow.

The best way to make sure you get to the polls in time is to make a plan.

When you know how you're getting to the polls and when you're going to do it, Election Day is easy.

Make your plan to vote tomorrow.

Three years ago, we elected President Obama because people took ownership of the political process, some for the first time in their lives, and asked others to do the same.

That's not just how we'll win again a year from now -- it's how we'll build this campaign from the ground up and move our country forward, from city halls to Congress.

We can't let up now.

Make your plan to vote:

Message From Biden

Good evening,
I want to make sure you heard a piece of news from Capitol Hill today.
This morning, Holly Petraeus, who has been leading an office at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to protect military families, went to Capitol Hill to highlight some of the most abusive practices our service members face in today's financial marketplace.

She explained that military families are the targets of predatory lenders. She talked about how many service members and their families struggle to make ends meet -- especially during deployments. And she said that the CFPB will help combat the lenders who try to take advantage of people with deceptive, unfair, and abusive lending practices.

But here's the thing: The Senate still hasn't confirmed President Obama's nominee to lead the CFPB, a former Attorney General from Ohio named Rich Cordray. The bureau needs a director to fully ensure that the debt collectors, private student loan providers, and payday loan providers are properly supervised and that consumers are not put at risk of falling prey to the same kinds of abusive practices that helped cause the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

Rich has spent his career advocating for middle class families, and enjoys broad, bipartisan support from the elected officials, business leaders, and consumer groups who have worked with him.
Holly Petraeus is the daughter of a decorated general, wife of a four-star general, and mother of an Army soldier who served in Afghanistan.  I don't know if there's anyone who better understands what it means to be part of an American military family.
She just gets the stress and challenges that those who serve in uniform, as well as their loved ones, face.
And that's exactly why she joined the CFPB, to safeguard our military personnel and their families.
Republicans in Congress could be taking steps to grow the economy by passing the American Jobs Act. There is no reason why John Boehner should send his members home to their districts without passing a single measure President Obama has proposed to help put the country back on track. Nor is there any reason why the Senate should require 60 votes on these proposals. Republicans could be helping to ensure that every American family gets a tax cut. And Republicans should be working to protect consumers by confirming Rich Cordray.

We can't wait. That's why I want you to hear from Holly Petraeus. I want everyone to understand how much sense it makes for the Senate to put Rich Cordray to work.
Vice President Joe Biden

What the Stimulus Has Done for: Illinois

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Republicans Against the American Jobs Act

How much is 0.5% of your taxable income?  If you had the option, would you pay that much to help do the following?

  • $10,000 - $50
  • $20,000 - $100
  • $30,000 - $150
  • $40,000 - $200
  • $50,000 - $250
  • $75,000 - $375
  • $100,000 - $500

Republicans unanimously voted against the American Jobs Act.  This means that they would not risk a tax increase of 0.5% on those with taxable income of other $1,000,000 a year to:

  1. Prevent over 200,000 teachers and first responders from being laid off.  Instead of teaching our children and saving lives they will be sitting at home collecting unemployment checks, paid for by your tax dollars
  2. Start fixing the over 2,700 miles of our nation's crumbling highways and bridges while putting some of the 2 million out of work construction workers back to work 
  3. Give small businesses the potential to save hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax refunds to incentivize hiring
  4. Fix  1/3 of schools while putting some of the 2 million out of work construction workers back to work .  44% of principals say that the poor condition of their school affect's the student's ability to learn.  
  5. Help America's vets find jobs
  6. Let impoverished children get a summer job to help pay the bills
  7. Give a tax credit to hire a long term unemployed American
  8. Extend unemployment insurance for millions
  9. Prevent middle class taxes from going up 1000
    1. Check this list to see what percent of your income that is.  The Republicans gave up a 0.5% tax hike for millionaires give to give you the following tax hire
      $10,000 - 10%
      $20,000 - 5%
      $30,000 - 3.33%
      $40,000 - 2.5%
      $50,000 - 2%
      $75,000 - 1.3%
      $100,000 - 1%
      $200,000 - 0.5%
      If you have less than $200,000 in taxable income a year then the GOP voted you a bigger tax increase than they were "protecting" the millionaires from
A little bit on the millionaires who, according to Republicans, can't take a 0.5% tax cut
  • 25 of the 100 top paid CEO's were paid more than their companies paid in taxes
  • 1470 millionaires paid no taxes in 2009
The most conservative economists said this would create hundreds of thousands of jobs.  The smallest estimate I have found: 600,000 jobs from this bill alone.  There were 56 paychecks to be had (14 months * 4 weeks a month) from the time Obama gave this to Congress.  It has been 7 weeks since, 7 paychecks later.  The Republicans have denied 600,000 people 4,200,000 paychecks.  Will they wait until the election is over?  That would mean a loss 33,600,000 paychecks to American families,.continued deterioration of our school and road, and more stagnation in the economy.  

Class Warfare

A couple quick points about "class warfare"

  • Obvious the bottom 60% of the population comprises of 60% of the population.  This is 1.5 times bigger than the remaining 40%
  • Even though 60% is greater than 40%, the Top 40% owns 36 times the wealth of the bottom 60%
  • Even though that 40% own 36 times more wealth, the top 40% pays less than 8 times more taxes.
  • Even though they pay proportionally less than the poorest 60%, increasing taxes on the top 40% is considered tax warfare by the Republicans

  • Can you see the top 400 compared to the 180,000,000 of the bottom 60% on the population graph?  Of course not.  The top 400 is 45,000 times smaller than the bottom 60%, the bar for the top 400 is 0.00009 inches wide
  • The 400 are 45,000 times smaller but have 4% more wealth.  You read that right, that 0.00001% of Americans has more wealth than the bottom 60%
Who is getting the short end of the stick?  Who is the class warfare against?

Obama, Thank You For...

Many people should be thankful that Obama has been our president
  1. Up to 2.9 million people can thank him for still being employed thanks to the Stimulus
  2. The 50+ million school-age children and their parents should thank him for the extra $100+ billion investment in education and other education reform
  3. Young adults should thank him for allowing them to stay on their parent's insurance up to age 26, especially the additional 1 million that have been able to get it in the first year
  4. The ~10% of the workers that have jobs related to the auto industry should thank him for lending major companies money to hold them together; the taxpayer should thank him for making a profit on those loans
  5. The soldiers should thank him for being returned to their families from the pointless war in Iraq
  6. The millions of Americans who had their unemployment benefits extended beyond 30 weeks (7.5 months) should thank him for being able to pay their bills that much longer
  7. Those living on our southern boarder should thank him for increasing boarder security to its highest point in the history of the nation
  8. Women should thank him for giving them help in fighting pay discrimination

Our Economy: In a Way Everyone Can See

You don't need three college degrees from MIT to know how our economy is doing

  • These are the total non-government jobs held by American
  • It starts dropping a lot in the last Bush months
  • Obama takes office on January 20th 2009
  • Jobs go up after February 2010.  It has been going up since. 
  • Jobs gained since February 2010, end of the recession: 3,664,000  (3.6% of all jobs in America) 
  • Jobs gained since February 2009, Obama's first full month in office: 176,000  (0.17% of all jobs in America)

  • This second chart is the change of jobs from month to month
  • When Bush was president we lost more and more jobs every month.  That is not a total loss in jobs, that is just the one month job loss
  • When Obama passes the Stimulus in February 2009 we lose fewer and fewer jobs
  • As you can see, we gain jobs every month after March 2010

Simple right?  When someone tells you that Obama has made things worse then they either don't know the facts or they think you are too stupid to do research on your own.

Data from (the people who do the job numbers).  If you want to double check go to, check 'private' under 'seasonally adjusted' and make your own graph!

Edit (2/4/12): BLS revised November and December numbers and released January numbers.  Both graphs and 'jobs gained since' updated to reflect current data.

Edit (12/21/11): BLS revised October and November numbers and released December numbers.  Both graphs and 'jobs gained since' updated to reflect current data.

Edit (12/21/11): BLS revised September and October numbers to be higher than previously assumed and released November numbers.  Both graphs and 'jobs gained since' updated to reflect current data.

Edit (11/11/11):  BLS revised August and September numbers to be higher than previously assumed and released September numbers.  Both graphs and 'jobs gained since' updated to reflect current data.

Message from the President on Iraq

I'm writing to tell you that all US troops will return home from Iraq by the end of December. After nearly nine years, the American war in Iraq will end. Our servicemen and women will be with their families for the holidays.

The war in Iraq came with tremendous cost. More than a million Americans served in Iraq, and nearly 4,500 gave their lives in service to the rest of us. Today, as always, we honor these patriots.

When I came into office, I pledged to bring the war in Iraq to a responsible end. As Commander in Chief, I ended our combat mission last year and pledged to keep our commitment to remove all our troops by the end of 2011. To date, we’ve removed more than 100,000 troops from Iraq.

This is a significant moment in our history. For more information, including video, please visit

The end of the war in Iraq reflects a larger trend. The wars of the past decade are drawing to a close.

As we have removed troops from Iraq, we have refocused our fight against al Qaeda and secured major victories in taking out its leadership–including Osama bin Laden. And we’ve begun a transition in Afghanistan.

On the first day of my Administration, roughly 180,000 troops were deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. By the end of this year that number will be cut in half, and we’ll continue to draw it down.

As we welcome home our newest veterans, we’ll enlist their talents in meeting our greatest challenges as a nation—restoring our economic strength at home. Because after a decade of war, the nation that we need to build is our own.

Today the United States moves forward, from a position of strength.

Thank you,

President Barack Obama

Message about Jobs Bill

Last night, Democrats in the Senate tried to pass a simple piece of President Obama's jobs plan that shouldn't be controversial: provide money to prevent further layoffs of teachers, cops, and firefighters at the local level, and pay for it by taxing the income of millionaires an extra 0.5%.

This morning a lot of media outlets reported that the Senate "rejected" or "voted down" this proposal.

But that's not what happened. The measure didn't come to an actual vote.

That's because every single Republican senator filibustered the bill -- meaning they wouldn't even let an up-or-down vote happen. Republicans have unilaterally decided not to allow even that simple majority vote on anything that might help the economy before the next election.

To be clear: This bill would have created jobs, and both parties have supported similar measures in the past.

But, sadly, some in the Congress do not feel any responsibility to act. As someone who has spent a lot of time working in and with the Senate, I can tell you that it's a particularly low moment for the legislative branch of our government.

It doesn't need to be this way. That's why the President and our campaign are focused on fixing what's broken in Washington. Right now, that means we're going to keep the pressure on Congress to act, until every single piece of the President's jobs plan -- the parts to help veterans find jobs and get small businesses hiring more people -- gets a vote.

So please, reach out and keep reaching out to Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader in the Senate, and ask him to give each piece of the American Jobs Act a fair vote.

You can reach his office at (202) 224-2541.

Call now -- then let us know how it went.

If you're on Twitter, be sure to tweet at your Republicans in Congress as well.

We'll have more on this soon.


Jim Messina
Campaign Manager
Obama for America

Obama and Job Creation

Data Source:

Obama entered office late January 2009.  Considering he didn't have any time to pass any legislation in a the last few days of the month, the effects of this month are still on Bush.

  • In the 6 month span preceding Obama's presidency nearly 3.2 million jobs were lost.   The recession was in full swing and we were losing jobs at a faster rate every month.  
  • Obama passed the Stimulus in early February, his first full month as president.  Instead of following the trend of increasing job loss the next 6 months showed a near 20% improvement.   
  • The following 6 months showed an 80% improvement over the rate of job loss before the Stimulus
  • From this point on the economy started gaining jobs.  The economy gained over 2 million jobs in the latter 3 6 month groups.
  • The most recent 6 month period showed a 125% improvement over the pre-Stimulus economy

What Obama Has Done For: Medicare

  • Closed the donut hole

  • 18.9 million seniors have received free medical services

  • 4 million prescription rebate checks mailed to seniors
  • What Obama Has Done For: Small Business

    What Obama Has Done For: The Military

  • Created a Military Families Advisory Board to give military spouses and families a conduit to express their concerns

  • Make aide to Pakistan conditional on their anti-terror efforts

  • Removed combat brigades from Iraq, leaving no permanent bases

  • Fully fund VA

  • Repealed Don't Ask, Don't Tell

  • Directed the operation that killed Bin Laden
  • What Obama Has Done For: Health Care

  • Gave businesses financial aide to extend health care to retirees who are 55 and not yet eligible for Medicare.

  • Allowed 1 million additional young adults to become insured through their parents insurance. (September 2011)

  • Expanded eligibility for State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)

  • Insurance companies required to disclose how much of the premium goes to patient care

  • Require insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions
  • What Obama Has Done For: Jobs

  • Stimulus caused a net gain of up to 2.9 million jobs.  Without the stimulus, 2.9 million more people would not have jobs today. (September 2011)

  • Private sector lost 4.6% of its jobs before Obama came into office  Before the Stimulus passed the economy was literally nose-diving.  5 months after the Stimulus passed the recession ended, we were stable

  • Since the end of the Great Recession the private sector grew by 1.6% (September 2011)

  • Impeding recovery is the loss of over 600,000 state and municipal jobs since Obama entered office.

  • If state and municipal jobs stayed the same, unemployment would currently be 8.86% or better (September 2011)
  • Passed HIRE Act, giving a tax credit to companies that hire workers who have been out of work for 2+ months
  • What Obama Has Done For: Women's Rights

  • Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act; restores protections against pay discrimination

  • Women Owned Businesses initiative; passed by Clinton but never begun by Bush

  • Appoint a special adviser to the president on violence against women

  • Fully fund the Violence Against Women Act; helps combat domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking
  • What Obama Has Done For: Education

    • Recruited those with math and science degrees to teaching the profession
    • Stimulus gave $77 billion to improve secondary and elementary education and $30 billion to improve access to higher education

    What Obama has Done for America


    • Stimulus caused a net gain of 2.5 million jobs.  Without the stimulus, 2.5 million more people would not have jobs today. (September 2011)
    • Private sector lost 4.6% of its jobs before Obama came into office
    • Before the Stimulus passed the economy was literally nose-diving.  5 months after the Stimulus passed the recession ended, we were stable
    • Since the end of the Great Recession the private sector grew by 1.6% (September 2011)
    • Impeding recovery is the loss of over 600,000 state and municipal jobs since Obama entered office.
    • If state and municipal jobs stayed the same, unemployment would currently be 8.86% or better (September 2011)

    Health Care

    • Gave businesses financial aide to extend health care to retirees who are 55 and not yet eligible for Medicare.
    • 4 million prescription rebate checks mailed to seniors
    • 18.9 million seniors have received free medical services
    • Allowed 1 million additional young adults to become insured through their parents insurance
    (More to come)

    GOP = Job Loss

    GOP president: Downward trend
    Dem House, Senate and President: Upward trend
    GOP House: Downward trend

    Republicans in control results in job loss.  Democrats in control results in job creation.

    Message from Nancy Pelosi

    There are those who will spend their time trying to “predict” the results of next November’s elections and our support of the President just by our actions today.

    While there are no crystal balls in politics, you can send a real message today that Democrats are united and strong and that we have what it takes to win big in 2012.

    September 30th will be the first Federal Election Commission (FEC) fundraising deadline since the President introduced his American Jobs Act to put Americans back to work and ensure that the wealthiest among us are paying their share.

    This is a fight worth waging. We’ve set a goal of raising $1 Million from grassroots Democrats before this critical FEC deadline to show the world House Democrats are united and determined to fight for President Obama’s plan.

    Why 5 People Support the American Jobs Act: Part 2

    1. we the people need jobs. My husband was without a job for 2 years and has recently gained employment but earning 65% less than what he was making 2 years ago. I have been laid off 2 years coming this November and have been unable to find employment. Something has got to be done, if nothing is done the America we have known in the past that was successful may return too late for many Americans. So many families have lost their jobs, their homes. Some have turned to dishonesty to keep their families together.
    2. I know it's time to end the gridlocks and games in Washington
    3. Our country needs jobs. Stop trying to keep Amercans out of jobs, get it together and vote to bring jobs back to Americans!
    4. the need to put unemployed people back to work for additional revenue is simple common sense. To only consider reducing the debt will not get this country back on track.
    5. it will help both business owners and employees.The president has brought together several fantastic ideas from all across the political spectrum.Now is the time to act and help America's economy in any way possible.

    Why 5 People Support the American Jobs Act

    1. Americans need JOBS
    2. It is time to act to get americans back to work. Please stop worring about who will get the credit for doing something good for this country. Do the right thing for our country not your party!
    3. I AM one of those small business owners. My customers need jobs so they can have income to buy from small businesses like mine. It's time we ALL did our fair share. Pass this bill now!!
    4. We hemorrhaged jobs in 2008, and we have yet to recover even the ones we lost, let alone to put our country back on a path towards (sustainable) growth. That's what the American Jobs Act aims to do, and that's why I support it, and I urge you to support it as well. Economists may disagree on the magnitude of the impact on jobs -- ranging from 1 million to 2 million jobs created just in 2012 -- but I haven't heard one respected economist say that this bill would have a detrimental effect on the economy. Don't be obstructionist on this one, please. For our sake and for yours. We sent you guys to Washington to do a job, and you haven't done it.
    5. I broke my back five years ago and have been unable to work or redeive federal disability. They have made it impossible. I have no income yet am very capable, speak French, Spanish and have 35 years of experience. I keep putting out my resume, sometimes 20 a day, but no one calls me back. The phone just doesn't ring. I used to be able to work anytime, anywhere, I was a I have to live most frugally from the kindness of strangers. Please invest the taxpayer money on the taxpayers, our infrastructure, roads, bridges, schools, postal, police, fire, school buses for free, all of these are Labor Intensive investments, rather than the Capital Intensive Defense spending.
    Post your reason on our facebook page

    Support the American Jobs Act


    Why support it?  Conservatie estimates put the impact at 600,000 jobs gained over the next year.  Liberal estimates put it close to 2,000,000 jobs gained over the next two years.  Moderate estimates say 1,000,000 jobs gained over the next year.

    The following organizations support this bill:
    • National Education Association (NEA)
    • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
    • National Organization for Women (NOW)
    • Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
    • United Food & Commercial Workers Union (UFCW)
    • International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT)
    • United Auto Workers (UAW)
    • US Action
    • NASSP (National Association of Secondary School Principals)
    • Change to Win
    • Blue Green Alliance
    • National League of Cities
    • BIO - Biotechnology Industry Association
    • American Institute of Architects
    • Hispanic Federation
    These organizations boast a total of 1,250,000 Facebook fans and 700,000 Twitter followers for a combined total of nearly 2,000,000 supporters

    Read the full text


    American Jobs Act Summary

    This summary has been shortened for your convenience.  A full version and more detailed explanations can be found here.
    1. Tax Cuts to Help America’s Small Businesses Hire and Grow
    • Cutting the payroll tax in half for 98 percent of businesses
    • A complete payroll tax holiday for added workers or increased wages
    • Reforms and regulatory reductions to help entrepreneurs and small businesses access capital.
    • And more
    2. Putting Workers Back on the Job While Rebuilding and Modernizing America
    • A “Returning Heroes” hiring tax credit for veterans
    • Preventing up to 280,000 teacher layoffs
    • Modernizing at least 35,000 public schools across the country
    • Immediate investments in infrastructure and a bipartisan National Infrastructure Bank
    • A New “Project Rebuild”
    • Expanding access to high-speed wireless
    3. Pathways Back to Work for Americans Looking for Jobs.
    • The most innovative reform to the unemployment insurance program in 40 years
    • A $4,000 tax credit to employers for hiring long-term unemployed workers.
    • Prohibiting employers from discriminating against unemployed workers
    • Expanding job opportunities for low-income youth and adults
    4. Tax Relief for Every American Worker and Family
    • Cutting payroll taxes in half for 160 million workers next year
    • Allowing more Americans to refinance their mortgages at today’s near 4 percent interest rates
    5. Fully Paid for as Part of the President’s Long-Term Deficit Reduction Plan