Higher Taxes Are Necessary to Revive Economy

By New York Times, New York Times - October 6, 2011

When Eric Cantor, the House Republican leader, predictably said that President Obama’s jobs bill was dead on arrival in his chamber, and would not even be debated, the president — in a break from his usual forbearance — lashed right back at him. “Does he not believe in rebuilding America’s roads and bridges?” Mr. Obama asked on Tuesday. Does Mr. Cantor oppose rehiring teachers or construction workers, he continued, or giving tax breaks to businesses that hire?

It was the kind of strong, personal rejoinder to Republican obstructionism that Mr. Obama needs to make. Unfortunately, he has not been as forceful in pressing the other lawmakers holding up his bill: Senate Democrats.

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