Jobs: Rangel, Waters, Cummings… What I Need to Hear Tonight in Jobs Speech

Rangel wants President to challenge the House GOP
Charlie Rangel:
“If he doesn’t say up front that he knows that the people in this Congress — that would rather see unemployment increase — would rather get rid of him then improve the economy — if he doesn’t say that… anything else is not dealing with reality.  And he has to say it in such a way that is not just political — in terms of vote for me and not them.  He has to make it abundantly clear that he knows that the status of economic growth is in their hands.  And that they have to prove that they really don’t like him but their more concerned about out our country.”

Cummings says: Put GOP in a box and endorse what they have in the past
Elijah Cummings:
“We know whatever he says they’re going to disagree with it.  If I was him I would put them in a box. 2. The tax holiday and and, 3. The construction.  Keep in mind: That when we did the stimulus bill they had a stimulus proposal which was smaller — but they had it.  Now that our economy is in a dire strait the bills they have been touting should be even more attractive to them…. and he has to do something about housing.  There

Waters wants a specific mention on black unemployment
Maxine Waters:
“There are roughly 3 million African Americans out of work today, a number nearly equal to the entire population of Iowa. I would suggest that if the entire population of Iowa, a key state on the electoral map and a place that served as a stop on the president’s jobs bus tour were unemployed, they would be mentioned in the president’s speech and be the beneficiary of targeted public policy… So, one question to be answered this evening is, are the unemployed in the African-American community, including almost 45 percent of its youth, as important as the people of Iowa?”