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时间:2011-07-16 06:15来源:互联网 提供网友:helloella   字体: [ ]

Weekly  Address: Vice1 President Biden Calls on Congress to Preserve the Middle Class  Tax Cuts and to Extend Unemployment Insurance This Year


WASHINGTON  – With President Obama visiting troops in Afghanistan, Vice President Biden  delivered this week’s address, in which he said Congress must extend both the  middle class tax cuts and unemployment insurance this year.  The combined economic blow of raising taxes  on the middle class and cutting two million Americans off of unemployment  insurance would wind up costing the country hundreds of thousands of jobs.  And, to say that during these challenging  times, we cannot afford to provide a lifeline to millions of Americans, but  we can afford to give tax cuts to the wealthiest two percent is not just bad  economic policy, it is also wrong.


Hi,  this is Joe Biden.  I’m filling in for  President Obama this weekend because he’s on his way back from Afghanistan,  where he was spending some time with the brave men and women of our Armed  Forces.


It’s  tough to be far from home during the holidays, especially in a warzone, so he  wanted to be there in person to thank them on behalf of all Americans for  their service and the sacrifice each one of them are making.  And here at home, the First Lady and my  wife Jill have made supporting military families a priority.  These families are also making difficult  sacrifices for our country, and they deserve our admiration2 and gratitude3 as  well.


Our  service members and their families are always on our mind, even as the  President and I are working on other issues that all American families are  deeply concerned about: accelerating our recovery, growing our economy,  strengthening our middle class, and getting our friends and neighbors back to  work.


In  recent months, we’ve seen encouraging signs on that front.  After shrinking for four straight quarters,  our economy has now grown five straight quarters.  After nearly two years of job loss, our  economy has created more than one million private sector4 jobs just this year.


And  after teetering on the brink5 of liquidation6 last year, our auto7 industry is  posting healthy gains, assembly lines are running again, and American  manufacturing is getting up off the mat and fighting its way back.


Still,  Friday’s jobs report was a sobering reminder8 of that. While we saw another  month of job growth in November, it just wasn’t enough.


That  underscores why it’s so important to get going without delay on two things  that will have the most impact in growing the economy.


One:  we’ve got to extend the tax cuts for the middle class that are set to expire  at the end of the month.  If we don’t,  millions of middle-class families will see a big bite out of their paychecks  starting January 1.  And that’s the  last thing we should let happen.  After  a decade in which they lost ground, middle class families can ill-afford a  tax hike – and our economy can’t afford the hit it will take if middle class  families have less money to spend.


And  the second thing we’ve got to do is extend unemployment insurance for  Americans who have lost their jobs in a tough economy.  Without unemployment benefits, families  can’t spend on basic necessities that are grown, made, and sold by other  Americans.


Together,  the economic hit caused by raising taxes on the middle class, and denying two  million Americans unemployment insurance, will wind up costing us hundreds of  thousands of more jobs.  It just isn’t  smart.


And,  cutting unemployment insurance is not only not smart, it’s not right  either.  It would mean telling millions  of our neighbors who are out of work today through no fault of their own,  that they’re on their own.


That’s  no message to send in the season of hope.   We all know someone who’s hit a rough patch.  When that happens in America, we help him  get back up on his feet.  That’s who we  are.  That’s the American way.


So  I just don’t agree with the folks who’ve said we can’t afford a lifeline for  Americans who lost their jobs during the worst recession in generations, but  we can afford to borrow hundreds of billions of dollars to extend tax cuts  for the wealthiest two percent of Americans.   That’s bad economic policy, and it’s also just simply wrong.


Congress  must extend these needed unemployment benefits before it goes home for the  year.  And it must bolster9 economic  growth by preserving tax cuts for our middle class.  I’m glad that the House of Representatives  voted to do that this week, and I call on the United States Senate to do the  same.


Look,  there’s no doubt these are tough times.   But we are slowly but surely fighting our way back, moving  forward.  And we’re going to keep  fighting – to grow this economy, to strengthen our middle class, and to  restore the American Dream.  That’s my  pledge to you.


And  hey, one last thing – since the President will be back to record this message  next week, let me take this chance to say from my family to yours: Merry  Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, have a great Holiday season and an even better New  Year.


Thanks,  and enjoy the weekend.



1 vice NU0zQ     
  • He guarded himself against vice.他避免染上坏习惯。
  • They are sunk in the depth of vice.他们堕入了罪恶的深渊。
2 admiration afpyA     
  • He was lost in admiration of the beauty of the scene.他对风景之美赞不绝口。
  • We have a great admiration for the gold medalists.我们对金牌获得者极为敬佩。
3 gratitude p6wyS     
  • I have expressed the depth of my gratitude to him.我向他表示了深切的谢意。
  • She could not help her tears of gratitude rolling down her face.她感激的泪珠禁不住沿着面颊流了下来。
4 sector yjczYn     
  • The export sector will aid the economic recovery. 出口产业将促进经济复苏。
  • The enemy have attacked the British sector.敌人已进攻英国防区。
5 brink OWazM     
  • The tree grew on the brink of the cliff.那棵树生长在峭壁的边缘。
  • The two countries were poised on the brink of war.这两个国家处于交战的边缘。
6 liquidation E0bxf     
  • The bankrupt company went into liquidation.这家破产公司停业清盘。
  • He lost all he possessed when his company was put into liquidation.当公司被清算结业时他失去了拥有的一切。
7 auto ZOnyW     
  • Don't park your auto here.别把你的汽车停在这儿。
  • The auto industry has brought many people to Detroit.汽车工业把许多人吸引到了底特律。
8 reminder WkzzTb     
  • I have had another reminder from the library.我又收到图书馆的催还单。
  • It always took a final reminder to get her to pay her share of the rent.总是得发给她一份最后催缴通知,她才付应该交的房租。
9 bolster ltOzK     
  • The high interest rates helped to bolster up the economy.高利率使经济更稳健。
  • He tried to bolster up their morale.他尽力鼓舞他们的士气。
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