Obama: Two year jobs plan for 2.5 million people
President-elect Barack Obama said he aims to create 2.5 million new U.S. jobs in a two-year plan to simulate an economy facing a “crisis of historic proportions.”
Job losses in the U.S. have totaled 1.2 million this year as the economy entered a slowdown exacerbated by the worst credit crisis in seven decades. More firings will weigh on the economy and consumer spending, putting pressure on Obama and Congress to agree on legislation that will stimulate growth.
“I have already directed my economic team to come up with an economic recovery plan that will mean 2.5 million more jobs by January of 2011 -- a plan big enough to meet the challenges we face that I intend to sign soon after taking office” on Jan. 20, Obama said. “We have now lost 1.2 million jobs this year, and if we don’t act swiftly and boldly, most experts now believe that we could lose millions of jobs next year.”
Details of the plan will be worked out in coming weeks, and will include jobs rebuilding roads and bridges, upgrading schools and building wind farms and alternative energy technologies, he said.
Good, although what we'd expect from any Democrat. So long as its a floor, not a ceiling, eh?
Say, maybe the $350 billion a year we'd save with single payer could help pay for it? I mean, even by the side of trillions for the banks. that's not chump change.