(CNN) - Echoing his 2014 “year of action” mantra, President Barack Obama delivered a clear economic message during his weekly address Saturday: I will take action to fight for the middle class into my own hands if Congress doesn’t act.
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Citing his recent trip to Minneapolis, where he met with middle class families who struggled to recover from the financial crisis, Obama said he would be focusing on the economy in the upcoming week.
“I’m going to spend some time talking about these very choices in the week ahead,” the President said. “That’s because we know from our history that our economy doesn’t grow from the top-down, it grows from the middle-out.”
In referencing top-down economic growth, the President accused Republicans of being obstructionists by blocking the White House’s economic initiatives to bolster the middle class - such as raising the minimum wage and tackling student loan relief – in order to favor wealthy taxpayers.
“The point is, we could do so much more as a country – as a strong, tight-knit family – if Republicans in Congress were less interested in stacking the deck for those at the top, and more interested in growing the economy for everybody,” Obama said. “Let’s realize that we are stronger as a nation when we offer a fair shot to every American.”
The President argued that now is the time to take executive action to ensure that Republicans in Congress do not continue to “rig” the system against the middle class in the future.
“I’ll do my job,” Obama said. “And if it makes Republicans in Congress mad that I’m trying to help people out, they can join me, and we’ll do it together.”