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Rep. Blackburn on Obama's Economic Plan: 'It's Not Working'

Thursday, 25 Jul 2013 05:02 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Congressman Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee says the economic plan being touted across the country by President Barack Obama is completely unworkable.

“The president obviously does not understand the economy,” Blackburn told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.

“He continues to talk about we need government investment, but you notice he doesn't talk about growth in the economy because he doesn't understand what gives you that growth.”

In a speech at Knox College in Illinois on Thursday, Obama called on the nation “to make the investments necessary to promote long-term growth and shared prosperity.”

Blackburn said while the commander-in-chief continues to talk about investment and stimulus by the government, “it doesn't work … We're five years into this, we are at 7.6 percent unemployment.

“Instead of looking for another job you've got a lot of 60-year-olds that lost their job and now they're just going ahead and they're retiring.

“People … continue to look around them and say, where'd all the jobs go? What's happened? Why aren't the jobs coming back? What the president says and what's happening in the country don't match up.”

Blackburn said there is still time to dismantle the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — by defunding it, despite some Republicans who say they’ve abandoned plans to do so out of concern it may lead to a government shutdown.

“We do plan to do it and I have a bill that would delay for one full year the implementation of Obamacare,” she said.

“In order to defund it you have to first delay it. That's because the continuing resolution we're operating under predates Obamacare and what the administration is doing is reprogramming money that is in that continuing resolution to stand up Obamacare.”

Blackburn said her bill, HR-2809, would delay all Obamacare programs and all taxes that will be charged to pay for it for one full year.

“Then we can come back and we can defund or disallow the administration's right to reprogram any of that money,” she said.

Blackburn said she believes the implementation of Obamacare is continuing to unravel on its own.

“The way this program continues to crash, even the president has said his employer mandate is not workable, and the Senate will end up taking that up,” she said.

“We have a solid footing to stand on to eliminate any reprograming of that money from being used for Obamacare … every right in the world to block that money.”

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