Skip to comments.Conyers on Jobs: “We’ve Had It.” Lays Out Obama, Calls for Protest at White House
Posted on 07/30/2011 6:03:27 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
[In 1987] We passed the first bill that allowed the government in areas of high unemployment to directly intervene and create jobs. Well, weve got the bill in here again and Ive got nothing from the White House, John Conyers
At a press conference held by members of the House Out of Poverty Caucus Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich), the second most senior member of the U.S. House, was pointed in his criticism of the White House regarding jobs and cuts to Social Security the President put on the table last week.
Weve got to educate the American people at the same time we educate the President of the United States. The Republicans, Speaker Boehner or Majority Leader Cantor did not call for Social Security cuts in the budget deal. The President of the United States called for that, Conyers, who has served in the House since 1965, said. My response to him is to mass thousands of people in front of the White House to protest this, Conyers said strongly.
Though the debt ceiling debate continues, many Democrats continue to say the real issue is jobs and unemployment. Yesterday, the PEW Research Center put out a study showing the wealth gap between whites, blacks and Hispanics is wider than at any time in history. Conyers focused on jobs and the White House throughout much of what he said.
We want full employment as a matter of government policy. Which was passed in 1987 when I stood with Hubert Humphrey. We passed the first bill that allowed the government in areas of high unemployment to directly intervene and create jobs. Well, weve got the bill in here again and Ive got nothing from the White House, Conyers told the audience. Several CBC members have called for targeted help for high unemployment in the black community.
The black unemployment rate is 16.2% and the unemployment rate among black males is 17%. Last week NAACP President Ben Jealous and National Urban League President Marc Morial met with President Obama at the White House for thirty minutes. No new initiatives targeting high black unemployment came out of that meeting.
The press conference featured the heads of several organizations that focus on public policy and poverty. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Dennis Kucininch (D-Ohio), Jerold Nadler (D-NY), Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif) and Raul Grajalva (D-NM) also spoke at the press conference.
I was the first member of Congress to come out for the 44th President. Weve got to march on him. Hell be before the Congressional Black Caucus on September 21st. Conyers said referring to the annual CBC Gala. The President has addressed the gala each year hes been in office.
Focusing on Obama, Conyers continued. We want him to know from this day forward that weve had it. We want him to come out on our side not to watch and wait Were suffering, Conyers said. Several members of the CBC, including, Reps. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), and are beginning to speak out more publicly on jobs and the White House policy. Many have called for a targeted approach to the problem.
Conyers then spoke on depression level unemployment in his Detroit district where the struggles of the auto industry has caused some of the highest unemployment rates in the nation.
What Obama hasnt said to us is make me do it but we have to make him do it
This is one of the most important issues were faced with, Conyers said...
Nobody in DC wants to correlate the rising debt ceiling with declining jobs.
The rising debt ceiling has two consequences....
more regulation ...
to occupy employees in expanding federal bureaucracies...which expand because they have more money and another layer of bureaucrats need their 20 year promotions... Each round of regulatory expansion is the effective equivalent of another targeted tax increase on the object of the regulation.
The rising debt ceiling has demands and expectations of creditors for new elements of revenue raising by the Feds...taxes or fees.
In this strangling environment job creation is simply NOT possible.
In fact the only logical conclusion..can be ..is that the Federal apparatus -initially an asset to the United States..by virtue of its abilities to raise an effective Navy in the late 1700s, and early 1800s to facilitate overseas trade on behalf of the States, has become nothing other than the States greatest liability at this point in time. In the absence of profound regulatory and taxation reform-which is not capable of coming from the same minds that created the problem..we may well be at the end of the line.
For DC to face this fact...means the end of the K St-Congressional Party cycle in DC-the one that keeps repeating “2.4Trillion” as their mantra.
Bigger Problem: The president hates this country and is actively working to destroy it.
Biggest problem: We The People elected an incompetent nobody who hates this country.
Regulations and taxation. Those are the keys to the jobs problem. Spending is the key to our budget problems.
Me too! Is this satire?
You saw that too?
Conyers, your liberal policies destroyed Detroit.
Folks, I passed thru downtown Detroit several months ago into Canada. I have NEVER seen a city that looked like detroit. It looked like a war zone.
Unfortunately its probably a thinly veiled threat that the president better pay attention to him.
I know, pigs are flying and You Know Where just froze. WOW, I am stunned.
“was passed in 1987 when I stood with Hubert Humphrey. We passed the first bill that allowed the government in areas of high unemployment to directly intervene and create jobs. “
...and what a difference it has made for Detroit!
That it is.
But, I have to say that I’m stuned. Conyers is a career man since 1965 who sees that The Boy-Queen is over.
Tempers are going to be pretty nasty over the next few hours.
I dug this up for another thread but it offers a fine example of what is wrong in Detroit and much of America.
The underused and over expensive people mover in Detroit is a perfect example of what happens when you blow money on Detroit. Riders only pay 7% of the operating costs.
Well, if you import a cupla million jobless, illiterate Mexicans each year, it tends to skew the stat.
I believe Hubert Humphrey died in 1978. He may have been still voting in 1987, but I don't think he was standing.
It isn’t that often one of those guys tells the truth like that. Weird.
I'm thrilled to see John Conyers said, Weve got to educate the American people...The Republicans, Speaker Boehner or Majority Leader Cantor did not call for Social Security cuts in the budget deal. The President of the United States called for that.
Yes, John, we DO need to educate the American people on these facts, on who is really doing what instead of allowing your party's talking points to create a false reality.
It would be nice to imagine that a fact is being faced but all we have here is Theater.
Cloward-Piven Theater to be exact.
New Group rights to jobs created as an expectation.
Economic collapse to hasten the violent demand for the new Right's delivery when the economy makes it impossible
Strong socialist government must arise to deliver.
It is all planned out in the progressive program.
The ‘taxation and regulation’ is defacto Nationalization by the State.
As the State expands, commerce contracts.
Wait - that's REALLY his name? Seriously? Talk about a fitting name for the role!
Ah, John, your boy the Dear Leader has been actively destroying jobs and the country for 2-1/2 years — or haven't you been paying attention. Barry has absolutely no desire to help the Americans he intends to destroy in the name of Saul Alinsky.
Think the congressman flipped a couple of digits. The Humphrey-Hawkings full employment bill was from 1978. He’ll bring it up on local lib talk radio here.
Sometimes he sounds like it was passed and Carter signed it into law, now it just needs to be used.
There’s a reason Rush Limbaugh refers to Detroit as “New Fallujah”.
Have u passed thru Detroit lately?
I was shocked ...and scared when I passed through.
Apparently Conyers wants to win a best actor Oscar!
Weekend at Hubert’s?
Weekend at Hubert’s?
You might want to do something about high corporate taxes an the illegal alien problem too.
” NAACP President Ben Jealous
Wait - that’s REALLY his name? Seriously? Talk about a fitting name for the role! “
John Honkee would have been better....
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