Rick Perry: Key
to Texas’ low unemployment rate is a vibrant private sector
September 06, 2011
U.S. President Barack Obama says America’s jobless should be put to work
as part of a comprehensive program to boost a languishing economy. The
president marked Monday’s U.S. Labor Day holiday with a speech in
Detroit, Michigan, one of America’s most-economically depressed cities.
At a time of sluggish U.S. economic growth and stubbornly high
unemployment, President Barack Obama acknowledged the obvious.
“These are tough times for working Americans," he said. "They are even
tougher for Americans who are looking for work, and a lot of them have
been looking for a long time.”
Home to what was once the world’s biggest car making hub, Michigan has
seen hundreds of industries shrink or disappear altogether, and is
currently enduring a 10.9 percent unemployment rate, nearly two points
higher than the national average. In Detroit, joblessness has hovered
between 20 and 30 percent in recent years.
President Obama said the nation can forge a better economic future if it
unleashes workers on infrastructure projects.
“We have got roads and bridges across this country that need
rebuilding," he said. "We have got private companies with the equipment
and the manpower to do the building. We have got more than one-million
unemployed construction workers ready to get dirty right now. There is
work to be done, and there are workers ready to do it.”
Obama urged the U.S. Congress to “get on board” with an infrastructure
Thursday, the president will lay out his economic agenda before a joint
session of Congress. Although the White House has provided few details
in advance, Obama’s proposals are expected to include a substantial
federal push to boost employment in the United States.
Republicans are lining up in opposition to a government-directed jobs
initiative. Texas Governor Rick Perry, who is seeking the Republican
presidential nomination to challenge Obama in 2012, told supporters in
South Carolina the key to Texas’ relatively low unemployment rate is a
vibrant private sector and a state government that does not over-extend
“We [have] got to get America back working again," said Perry. "And
government’s role is to create an environment [conducive to job growth].
I did not create those jobs. Americans created those jobs. Texans
created those jobs, because we allowed them to have an environment where
they were not overtaxed, overregulated, or over-litigated. We got out of
the way and let the private sector do what the private sector does best: