With the S&P downgrade of our nation’s credit rating and volatility in the stock market, this week has shown that we must keep our efforts focused squarely on boosting confidence and growing this economy. With millions of Americans out of work, working families and businesses small and large can’t afford more regulations and job-crushing tax increases from Washington – we need to pursue policies aimed at long-term economic growth. Unfortunately, the President and his party continue to call for more stimulus-style spending and tax hikes, neither of which will help get the economy back on track or create jobs. It is time for the President and his party to get serious about this economy and join us on common sense measures that will result in long-term growth so that businesses can begin to hire again and people can get back to work.
Today In History: In 1990, fossil hunter Susan Hendrickson discovers three huge bones jutting out of a cliff near Faith, South Dakota. They turn out to be part of the largest-ever Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever discovered, a 65 million-year-old specimen dubbed Sue, after its discoverer.
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Here is what’s in today’s Ledger ...
State Of Play: President Obama Continues To Push For Tax Increases On Already Struggling Small Businesses and Working Families
President Obama Continues To Outsource His Responsibility To Lead. The President's failure to show clear, strong leadership has led to a downgrade not only of the nation's credit rating, but also of his stature as America's agenda-setting voice. With the exception of wanting a "balanced" approach to attacking the deficit, Obama's prescriptions are a blank. When last heard from, he offered, "I intend to present my own recommendations over the coming weeks on how we should proceed." Not his call to arms. Not his order of battle. ... Yesterday in Michigan, he dumped the responsibility on lawmakers, saying, "There are some in Congress right now who would rather see their opponents lose than see America win. And that has to stop. It's got to stop. We're supposed to all be on the same team. Especially when we're going through tough times." Someday, very soon, he must stop outsourcing, rise above politics and take presidential ownership of charting the country's course. One wishes. New York Daily News
The President Should Explain How Higher Taxes and Increased Regulations Will Create Jobs and Spur Economic Growth. The office of the House majority leader, Eric Cantor of Virginia, put out this statement: “While the goal of promoting more fuel-efficient vehicles is laudable, such costly new regulations will only create more obstacles to growth and make it harder for working families and small businesses. With 10.5 percent unemployment in the Great Lakes State, the president should explain to people of Michigan how his calls for tax increases and new regulations will create jobs or spur economic growth.” The New York Times
The Obama Economy: Economists Continue To Slash The Nation’s Growth Outlook ... Still No Plan For Growth From The President
Forecasters Cut U.S. Growth Outlook (Again) The world’s largest economy will expand at an average 2.3 percent annual rate in the second half of the year, about a percentage point less than projected last month, according to the median forecast of 53 economists polled from Aug. 2 to Aug. 10. Gross domestic product will grow 2.4 percent next year and 2.8 percent in 2013, also less than previously estimated. ... “We’re on a path that looks like persistent growth, but growth that is inadequate to solving our short-run problems,” said Neal Soss, chief economist at Credit Suisse in New York. “Markets are signaling to businesses and households the future is less certain. ... The risk of a recession has risen to 30 percent from 14 percent in July, according to the median of the 39 economists who responded. Bloomberg
Economists Say Risk Of A Double Dip Recession Growing. The risk of a double dip recession has climbed sharply as the economy endures the double whammy of slowing growth and wild swings in global markets, according to economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal over the past week. ... The 46 economists in the survey—not all of whom answer every question—put the odds that the U.S. is already in another recession at 13%, while they peg the chances of going that way in the next year at 29%—up from 17% only a month ago. The Wall Street Journal
Off The Beaten Path
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