LETTER: Obama's job plan more promising than GOP's

Monday, February 1, 2010 | 1:23 p.m. CST; updated 3:32 p.m. CST, Monday, February 1, 2010

In the president's State of the Union address, as well as in his conversation with the Republican leadership in Baltimore, we learned the true difference between Obama and the opposition party. 

With jobs, as in other matters, Republicans use ideology and rhetoric to argue for whatever the want; they want an across-the-board tax cut (like the one that helped get us into this mess) so they spin an argument making that case. Just like a teenager in debate class, they could argue the opposite equally well if they had been given that assignment. To listen to Republican plans, I would think that this was the first time unemployment had ever existed, since they seem to be starting from scratch.

Obama's jobs plans are not built on rhetoric, but rather on objective consideration of the facts. 

Using well established economics and a consideration of what typically does and does not work for countries that face high unemployment, he has begun to craft a plan that uses intelligent investments and targeted tax cuts to spur lending and employment.

Republicans may have thought they could bring down the Democrats by bringing down badly needed heath reform and use obstructionist tactics on a solid jobs bill, but they will show themselves to be the greatest domestic enemy of the country they claim to love.

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John Schultz February 1, 2010 | 3:15 p.m.

If I remember the State of the Union speech correctly, Obama called for temporarily eliminating capital gains taxes on small businesses. Now, if that's a good idea (and I agree it is), why not apply it to all businesses? Heck, why not make it permanent and reduce spending as well (the real problem with the previous Republican tax cuts)?

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Allan Sharrock February 1, 2010 | 4:57 p.m.

I know when I heard Obama say that I was like WOW that is a Republican comment.

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