In Obama’s absence (he’s been absent all along), Bernie Sanders has a real plan to rebuild America, and put its people back to work

Bernie Sanders Offers Bold Plan to Tackle “Jobs Crisis” and No Cuts to Social Safety Network
Submitted by BuzzFlash on Wed, 09/07/2011 – 1:34pm.

The following is a September 7 statement by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont):

As President Barack Obama prepares for a Thursday address on jobs to a joint session of Congress, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) called today for putting Americans back to work through a series of bold measures that include rebuilding the country’s crumbling infrastructure.

As part of a four-point plan to jumpstart the economy, Sanders also said the federal government should do more to help cash-strapped states and local governments that have been forced to furlough teachers, firefighters, police officers and other workers. He advocated transforming our energy system with job-creating investments in renewable and sustainable energy sources. And he called on Congress to reconsider so-called free-trade policies that have decimated manufacturing in the United States.

“While everyone understands that we have got to reduce the deficit, the number one challenge America faces right now is a jobs crisis,” Sanders said, noting that 25 million Americans, 16 percent of the workforce, are today either unemployed or underemployed.

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