Plouffe urges economy 'jumpstart'
September 25th, 2011
11:01 AM ET
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Plouffe urges economy 'jumpstart'

Washington (CNN) – White House senior adviser David Plouffe stressed the need to “jumpstart” the economy Sunday while touting President Obama’s American Jobs Act during an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

The American Jobs Act would have a profound impact on the economy right now,” he said.

“The economy is far too weak and needs a jumpstart.”

“We can act right now, or we can not act right now,” Plouffe said. “If we act right now, it will be part of strengthening the economy.

When faced with skepticism from economist Mark Zandi that the plan will not do enough and could leave the economy in the same place in 2015, Plouffe argued that if immediate action is not taken, “The economy is going to be in a deeper hole.”

And he said the kind of action presented in the president’s $447 billion plan is long overdue.

“The American people understand that it took us a long time to get to this point and it’s going to take a long time to get out … and for the middle class, this wasn’t just about what happened in 2008 and the great recession.”

“For the longest time they’ve seen their wages stagnate. They have fallen farther and farther behind,” Plouffe said.

“The American people can’t wait for action.”

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  1. Name king

    Hey the repugs austerity policies to this American demand crisis is ludicrous. It's like I'm living the whole financial disaster over again when the repugs sat on their hands and watch the economy tanked right in their face while they worked hard to slammed every evasive effort the dem congress tried to stave off a financial crash. This policies of austerity policies and wait until the the economy crash. Then blame the president is getting old and I'm dammed to revisit the same disaster Obama just took us from.

    September 25, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  2. lynn

    The GOP business owners have been told to sit on their money, do not hire, and make Obama a one term President.

    September 25, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It is better than nothing which is what I hear from the GOP. If the wealthy are really job creators, where have they been? There hasn't been enough job creation with the cash they have been sitting on right now. I would hope that the recontstuction of the roads & bridges would take priority. THat is something that needs to get done no matter what.

    September 25, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  4. vic , nashville ,tn

    “It will be part of strengthening the economy” that mean they going to keep economy in ICU unit for while,
    When they will propose total recovery plan. Or good stimulus
    Republicans try to keep this platform for 2012, do they have recovery plan answer is no do they have presidential candidate to fix answer is no

    September 25, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    That is nothing but a call for more wasteful squandering of tax dollars, doing yet ANOTHER STIMULOUS!

    This country needs real leadership......and more spending is NOT what is needed.

    September 25, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  6. JP

    The first stimulus failed so why will this stimulus work to improve the economy. Since Obama signed an executive order that any construction contract over 25 million must go to unionized workers what this really is about is stimulation of campaign contributions from the construction unions.

    September 25, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  7. The RNC (Righteous Neanderthal Circus)

    Our President and Dems in Congress continue to work hard for the people of America and their families, while the GOP/tee-buggers continue to work hard for multi-national corporations and their profits.
    So many GOP/tee-bugger straw polls ~ clearly the Repubs/tee-buggers are still grasping at straws.

    September 25, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  8. FM


    "The GOP business owners have been told to sit on their money, do not hire"

    If that is the case, they are going to sit longer than they anticipated. More than 5 years from now can't be an easy thing to do.

    September 25, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  9. Indy

    If there was a legal trial to determine who is guilty of purposely murdering the American economy without care for all of the people Republicans would be found guilty in the first degree. I would love to see a group of law students have a trial to determine who is guilty and who is not guilty, there is plenty of hard facts and truth available to come to a truthful conclusion.

    September 25, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  10. W L Jones

    One thing one cannot say about the Democratic they learnt from past to build up our infarstrusical while wages is stable and have everything in place when economy begin to move... there want be anything in front of them to hold our economy back. Bless.

    September 25, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  11. Just a thought


    Think for a moment (though foreign to you). If the 1st stimulus only stopped a slide of 750K jobs per month and actually showed modest growth, until the GOP took over in the house this year, reasonable and intelligent people would say that worked.

    Ok go lay down now and try again. Fox news should be running the same talking points to support your continued lack of coherent and intelligent posts.

    September 25, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |