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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Obama Vows Swift Action on Vast Economic Stimulus Plan - NYTimes.com

I'm reading The New York Times November 22, 2008. Not the paper version but the digital version that feeds to my Gmail. The new US president is going to face though uphill battle from the first day in charge. The US and global economy isn't giving an easy start. He will need all his persuasion power and speaking talent to get people behind his plans. What will happen to GM, Ford and Chrysler before that. The Citygroup bank is on the brink of a collapse.

He promises 2,5 million new jobs.

Obama Vows Swift Action on Vast Economic Stimulus Plan - NYTimes.com: "In the Democrats’ weekly radio address, Mr. Obama said he would direct his economic team to craft a two-year stimulus plan with the goal of saving or creating 2.5 million jobs. He said it would be “a plan big enough to meet the challenges we face.”

Mr. Obama said he hoped to sign the stimulus package into law soon after taking office on Jan. 20. He is already coordinating efforts with Democratic leaders in Congress, who have said they will begin work next month.

Advisers to Mr. Obama say they want to use the economic crisis as an opportunity to act on many of the issues he emphasized in his campaign, including cutting taxes for lower- and middle-class workers, addressing neglected public infrastructure projects like roads and schools, and creating “green jobs” through business incentives for energy alternatives and environmentally friendly technologies.

In light of the downturn, Mr. Obama is also said to be reconsidering a key campaign pledge: his proposal to repeal the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. According to several people familiar with the discussions, he might instead let those tax cuts expire as scheduled in 2011, effectively delaying any tax increase while he gives his stimulus plan a chance to work."
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