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Obama Sept. 6 week ahead


Schedule for the Week of September 6, 2010

On Monday, the President will kick off Labor Day week with remarks at the Laborfest event in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

On Tuesday, the President will welcome the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, to the White House.

On Wednesday, the President will travel to Cleveland, Ohio where he will make remarks to update the American people on the state of the economy, talk about the progress we have made, and discuss some targeted proposals to keep the economy growing including extending tax cuts for the middle class, and investing in the areas of our economy where the potential for job growth is greatest. It took years to create our economic problems, and it'll take more time than any of us would like to fully repair the damage. There are no silver bullets and anyone who is promising them is not being straight with the American people. But there are some ideas that will help the economy and help American families that are hurting and those proposals will be a part of the President's remarks. Speaking in the city where Minority Leader Boehner recently detailed the Republican economic agenda, the President will lay out the choice between his ideas and the failed policies and failed philosophy that led us into this mess.

On Thursday, the President will attend meetings at the White House.

On Friday, the President will hold a press conference at the White House.




If the President really wants to help small and medium sized businesses, he could start with either a legitimate public option for health care or, ideally, a single-payer health care system (our current disaster is not something we need to keep).

Health care costs are the single fastest growing expense businesses are burdened with. Current government spending on health care is more than enough, all by itself, to fully fund a single-payer system covering every single American.

Since we are already paying for a single payer system, the government might as well implement one. This would be better than any proposed tax cut.

Presidents Obama's plan to stimulate the economy and rebuild our infrastructure is a great plan. We get the stimulus our economy needs plus the lasting assets of improved infrastructure. I only hope that politics doesn't get in the way.

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