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The economy and Obama's 'grumpy voter' problem

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“This is Obama’s worst day yet in the 2012 campaign,’’ Sabato told the Globe.

Obama has a to-do list for Congress, especially the Republic-led House: “Reward American jobs, not outsourcing … Expand refinancing for responsible homeowners … Invest in tax credits for small-business jobs … Invest in clean-energy manufacturing … Create a veterans jobs corps.”

"My message to Congress is get to work," Obama said in his weekly radio address Saturday.

“I sent Congress a jobs bill last September full of the kinds of bipartisan ideas that would have put our fellow Americans back to work and helped reinforce our economy against those outside shocks,” Obama said. “Since then, Congress has only passed a few parts of that jobs bill, like a tax cut that’s allowing working Americans to keep more of your paycheck every week.” 

“Right now, Congress should pass a bill to help states prevent more layoffs, so we can put thousands of teachers and firefighters and police officers back on the job,” Obama continued. “Congress should have passed a bill a long time ago to put thousands of construction workers back on the job rebuilding our roads and our bridges and our runways. Instead of just talking a good game about job creators, Congress should give small business owners a tax break for hiring more workers and paying them higher wages. Let’s get that done.” 

Speaking for Republicans Saturday, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas warned of a “Taxmageddon” unless current tax rates are extended. That includes the so-called Bush tax cuts for wealthy Americans as well as the payroll tax cut that Obama and Congress agreed to earlier this year.

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