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Congress Should Pass Obama's Jobs Plan - Piece by Piece

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  • Richard Epstein on the American Job Act

    Clip: Richard Epstein argues against the motion “Congress Should Pass Obama's Jobs Plan -- Piece by Piece."

  • Richard Epstein on Obama's Jobs Plan

    Clip: Richard Epstein argues against the motion “Congress Should Pass Obama's Jobs Plan -- Piece by Piece."

  • Cecilia Rouse on Obama's Jobs Plan

    Clip: Cecilia Rouse argues for the motion “Congress Should Pass Obama's Jobs Plan -- Piece by Piece."

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For many Americans, unemployment is at the top of that list. In the face of a double-dip recession and an unprecedented long-term unemployment rate, President Obama unveiled the American Jobs Act before Congress. His plan? Lower the unemployment rate and stimulate the economy with $447 billion in employer tax breaks, jobless reintegration, state aid, and infrastructure projects, to be paid for with taxes on corporations and the wealthy. Will this plan bring a fast, effective boost to the job market, or will higher taxes punish job creators and sink us further into debt?

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For the motion

Cecelia Rouse

Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University

Cecilia Rouse is the Katzman-Ernst Professor in the Economics of Education and Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University.... Read More

Mark Zandi

Chief Economist of Moody's Analytics

As Chief Economist of Moody’s Analytics, Mark Zandi directs the company’s research and consulting activities. Zandi’s recent research has studied... Read More

Against the motion

Richard Epstein

Professor of Law, New York University

Richard Epstein is the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law at New York University. Previously, he taught at the University of Chicago Law School for... Read More

Daniel Mitchell

Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute

As a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, Daniel Mitchell is a top expert on tax reform and supply-side tax policy, advocating for a flat tax and... Read More

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Highlights of the American Jobs Act

The American Jobs Act: complete overview
December 31, 1969

On Thursday, September 8, President Obama outlined the details of the American Jobs Act during an address to a Joint Session of Congress. Read <a href="">highlights</a>, a <a href=" overview</a>, or the <a href=" full text.</a>

The President's New “Jobs Speech”: More Economic Alchemy Likely

Patrick Louis Knudsen
September 7, 2011

The President’s jobs plan will call for more of the same discredited Keynesian strategies (with a smaller price tag) as contained in his 2009 stimulus bill—a costly and spectacular failure.

The American Jobs Act: Your Questions Answered

Jon Carson
September 26, 2011
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