President Barak Obama came to Ohio Wednesday to present his new plan to jump the start the economy and address his republican critics.
It was only a couple of weeks ago that Republican House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio spoke at the City Club of Cleveland. During that address, the GOP leader called for Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Larry Summers to step down. In return, President Obama did not ask for republican leaders to step down during his speech Wednesday. He instead pointed out the vast differences between the republican and democrat economic recovery strategies to rebuild this country.
An invitation only crowd at Cuyahoga Community College Western Campus in Parma Heights listened to President Obama lay out a proposed plan whose strategies include extending tax cuts set to expire from the Bush administration; present tax credits to companies that retain business in American instead of shipping jobs overseas; and create permanent tax cuts for the middle class to name a few. He also touched upon passed financial reform measures such as health insurance and the need to enhance education assistance.
The President took time to remind the audience about the nation's spiraling economic climate when he took office in 2009. Referring to the former republican administration, the President commented: "Do we return to the same failed policies that ran our economy into a ditch or do we keep moving forward with policies that are slowly pulling us out?"
The President admitted that not everything we have done over the past 2 years has worked as they have liked in terms of expediency but he vowed to keep pressing forward.
A White House Press Conference Friday will reveal more of the President's 6 year infrastructure plan to "put America to work."
Watch Wednesday's speech in its entirety on C-SPAN.