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But we need to do more to make America a magnet for good jobs for the future. And in this year of action, where Congress won’t do that, I will do whatever I can to expand opportunity for more Americans.
President Obama reiterated this morning in his weekly address that if Congress won't act, in this proclaimed "year of action," he will. Case in point: job creation.
...in today’s global economy, first-class jobs gravitate to first-class infrastructure.

That’s why, on Tuesday, I launched two new high-tech manufacturing hubs – places where businesses and universities will partner to turn groundbreaking research into real-world goods Made in America. So far, we’ve launched four of these hubs, where our workers can master 3-D printing, energy-efficient electronics, lightweight metals, and digital manufacturing – all technologies that can help ensure a steady stream of good jobs well into the 21st century.

On Wednesday, he announced an infrastructure initiative.

Good stuff, but it sure would be great if he could get some help here:

Of course, Congress could make an even bigger difference in both areas. Thanks to the leadership of a bipartisan group of lawmakers, there’s a bill in Congress right now that would create an entire network of high-tech manufacturing hubs all across the country. And next week, I’ll send Congress a budget that will rebuild our transportation systems and support millions of jobs nationwide.
However, he doesn't seem to be holding his breath waiting for Congress to come up with solutions:
There’s a lot we can do if we work together. And while Congress decides what it’s going to do, I’m going to keep doing everything in my power to rebuild an economy where everyone who works hard has the chance to get ahead – where we’re restoring our founding vision of opportunity for all.
To read the transcript in full, check below the fold or visit the White House website.

Video Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address
The White House
March 1, 2014

Hi everybody. In my State of the Union Address, I said that the best measure of opportunity is access to a good job. And after the worst recession of our lifetimes, our businesses have created eight and a half million new jobs in the last four years.

But we need to do more to make America a magnet for good jobs for the future. And in this year of action, where Congress won’t do that, I will do whatever I can to expand opportunity for more Americans. This week, I took two actions to attract new jobs to America – jobs in American manufacturing, and jobs rebuilding America’s infrastructure.

Here’s why this is important. In the 2000s alone, we lost more than one-third of all American manufacturing jobs. One in three. And when the housing bubble burst, workers in the construction industry were hit harder than just about anybody. The good news is, today, our manufacturers have added more than 620,000 jobs over the last four years – the first sustained growth in manufacturing jobs since the 1990s.

Still, the economy has changed. If we want to attract more good manufacturing jobs to America, we’ve got to make sure we’re on the cutting edge of new manufacturing technologies and techniques. And in today’s global economy, first-class jobs gravitate to first-class infrastructure.

That’s why, on Tuesday, I launched two new high-tech manufacturing hubs – places where businesses and universities will partner to turn groundbreaking research into real-world goods Made in America. So far, we’ve launched four of these hubs, where our workers can master 3-D printing, energy-efficient electronics, lightweight metals, and digital manufacturing – all technologies that can help ensure a steady stream of good jobs well into the 21st century.

Then on Wednesday, I launched a new competition to build 21st century infrastructure – roads and bridges, mass transit, more efficient ports, and faster passenger rail. Rebuilding America won’t just attract new businesses; it will create good construction jobs that can’t be shipped overseas.

Of course, Congress could make an even bigger difference in both areas. Thanks to the leadership of a bipartisan group of lawmakers, there’s a bill in Congress right now that would create an entire network of high-tech manufacturing hubs all across the country. And next week, I’ll send Congress a budget that will rebuild our transportation systems and support millions of jobs nationwide.

Thanks, everybody, and have a great weekend.

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  •  High Tech Manufacturing Hubs (0+ / 0-)

    are a great idea for businesses and universities to collaborate to create more jobs that pay well and offer attractive careers for so many twenty and thirty somethings with college degrees who are unable to find work.

    At the same time, we need a $75 billion investment to re-build our crumbling infrastructure nationwide.  Especially after this long cold winter across the country, highways, bridges, freeways, sewers systems, are all going to be in even worst shape.   And this type of investment not only upgrades our crumbling infrastructure, it also provides jobs to many who do not have college degrees.

    Along with the push to increase the minimum wage, Dems running this fall should pound these ideas home in the upcomong fall elections and take Republicans to task for not getting behind them

    "The quote on the Statue of Liberty doesn't say 'give me your english-speaking only, Christian-believing, heterosexual masses'

    by unapologeticliberal777 on Sat Mar 01, 2014 at 07:16:08 AM PST

    •  The only scheme that is going to create a steady (1+ / 0-)
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      Brooke In Seattle

      stream of jobs in the future american economy is taking money from the rich people and using it to pay other people to work.

      Anything else is pushing on a string.

      To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

      by UntimelyRippd on Sat Mar 01, 2014 at 09:51:59 AM PST

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      •  Have to agree with you Rippd (0+ / 0-)

        Now all we have to do is figure out a way to take cash from the rich and redistribute it.

        I think one way is to cap the amount of money a person can make per year. $50,000 per person seems about right. And one person can't have more than $15,000 in savings. If you accumulate more than that, it can be confiscated and given to someone else who has less than $15,000.

        There would be other things that would have to be worked out like stocks and bonds and stuff, but shouldn't be too hard to find some hard caps that can be enforced.

  •  If only he believed what he says (3+ / 0-)
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    Bollox Ref, snoopydawg, JerseyKC

    Propaganda Saturdays... a preview into what will absolutely NOT be done.

    The Republicans are crazy, but why we follow them down the rabbit hole is beyond me.

    by Jazzenterprises on Sat Mar 01, 2014 at 07:21:08 AM PST

  •  There's ALWAYS a MISSING underpants gnome step. (11+ / 0-)

    He always talks about 'creating jobs', 'training people for jobs', but never about 'placing people in jobs'.

    There are a lot of us out here with all sorts of job skills, who could do the jobs if we could get hired, but apparently absolutely suck at writing cover letters and resumes or doing interviews.

    I don't need new jobs, I don't need new training programs, I need to be hired and given a chance to show I can do the job.

  •  "Congress" isn't the stumbling block here (2+ / 0-)
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    1 party in Congress is.  He cites Congress as an entity 4 times even though that entity has never been the problem since the day he took office.

    Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not?

    by RFK Lives on Sat Mar 01, 2014 at 07:42:23 AM PST

    •  He doesn't want to be accused of partisanship (1+ / 0-)
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      Brooke In Seattle

      even though he is always and in all ways accused of it by the wingers.  But when the Dems held te House they passed almost 400 separate pieces of legislation tha met their deaths at the door of the Senate rules that kept votes from happening.  Obama is not accepting that they just won't let him lead no matter what, but he should and he should keep pointing out that infrastructure repair and replacement costs will sky rocket in the future while the GOP sits on their thumbs.  They will be increasing the nation's debt.

      Building a better America with activism, cooperation, ingenuity and snacks.

      by judyms9 on Sat Mar 01, 2014 at 07:52:34 AM PST

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    •  Actually... (0+ / 0-)

      Congress has been a repeated hindrance to Oabama's agenda, almost always t the detriment of the Country, even when Democrats in name held both chambers.


      ODS results in Obama's amazing ability to humiliate his biggest critics, on the right and the left.

      by NoFortunateSon on Sat Mar 01, 2014 at 08:42:31 AM PST

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  •  Sounds like a good campaign slogan (1+ / 0-)
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    "Since the republicans won't do it, we will".

    That's the theme Obama has gone to and even though the republicans are pulling out all stops trying to find something unconstitutional in his executive actions, so far they've found zilch.  

    Democratic candidates need to jump on board with this theme in my view.  I have seen some democratic national candidates running for high ground every time Obama is in their state or when questioned about Obama policies and actions.  They're hurting the whole cause.  One for all, all for one, that is the old saying, isn't it?

  •  He's got it backwards (6+ / 0-)

    Get the jobs and people will get trained for them.  Tout training for non-existent jobs and you're just pulling people's chains.

  •  And can we stop incentives to the IT industry (3+ / 0-)
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    PhilK, onionjim, Brooke In Seattle

    to import cheap labor for these jobs ? I often see immigrants here on temporary visas working at high tech firms and staying at the Holiday Inn. They get paid far less than an American engineer or PHD. The excuse these companies use is that there are not qualified applicants in the US labor pool which is pure BS.

    If we want to create opportunities, let;s make sure they are good paying jobs that are filled by our underemployed and unemployed citizens.

    -7.5 -7.28, A carrot is as close as a rabbit gets to a diamond.-Don Van Vliet

    by Blueslide on Sat Mar 01, 2014 at 07:55:22 AM PST

  •  Good morning. (5+ / 0-)

    I'd like to talk about jobs.

    Mr. President, we need to do something, the time for talk on jobs is way passed.

    A true craftsman will meticulously construct the apparatus of his own demise.

    by onionjim on Sat Mar 01, 2014 at 08:25:34 AM PST

  •  At least IMO the hitech employment picture in MA (0+ / 0-)

    is losing ground. I'll be facing having to move to the other coast to keep my job.

  •  I find it curious (1+ / 1-)
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    JerseyKC
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    NoFortunateSon

    When a thread about Obama is presented on the front page, the response is...okay. Better than most, but nothing unusual or heavy.

    Whenever a thread about HILLARY is presented on the front page...I usually see at least five hundred responses, and when I check back, it's usually grown or multiplied...

    I'm getting the feeling that even Kos-ites are sick of President Pretty Speeches, and are itching to see what our NEXT President will actually accomplish.

    "I feel a lot safer already."--Emil Sitka

    by DaddyO on Sat Mar 01, 2014 at 08:56:29 AM PST

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