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April 14, 2009

Obama warns there will be “more job loss, more foreclosures and more pain”

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President Obama today sought to temper recent optimism about an economic recovery, warning that the “hard times” will not end this year and there will be “more job loss, more foreclosures and more pain” before the recession ends.

While warning of future economic hardship, Obama also touted the encouraging signs in the economy as springing from the “extraordinary action” of his administration, including the $787-billion economic stimulus legislation, that he said have helped spur consumer demand and restore the flow of credit vital to businesses.

Source: LA Times

March 15, 2009

Obama to announce steps to aid small businesses

According to Reuters: “U.S. President Barack Obama will announce steps on Monday to make it easier for small business owners to borrow money, using $730 million in stimulus funds to cut lending fees, boost loan guarantees and expand other programs, officials said.”

February 13, 2009

Caterpillar CEO Contradicts Obama on Rehiring

Obama has said twice in the past few days that Caterpillar CEO James Owens indicated his company would be able to rehire some of the 20,000 recently laid-off employees. “Yesterday, Jim, the head of Caterpillar, said that if Congress passes our plan, this company will be able to rehire some of the folks who were just laid off,” Obama said in Peoria.

But when asked if the stimulus could do that, Owens said, “I think, realistically, no. The honest reality is we’re probably going to have more layoffs before we start hiring again.

Source: ABC News

January 4, 2009

Obama Considers Major Expansion in Aid to Jobless

According to NYTimes: “President-elect Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats are considering major expansions of government-assisted health care insurance and unemployment compensation as they begin intensive work this week on a two-year economic recovery package.”

“Other policy changes would subsidize employers’ expenses for temporarily continuing health insurance coverage to laid-off and retired workers and their dependents, as mandated under a 22-year-old federal law known as Cobra, and allow workers who lose jobs that did not come with insurance benefits to be eligible, for the first time, to apply for Medicaid coverage.

“Obama advisers have said the package will carry a total cost of at least $775 billion.

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