Five of the top six Republicans running for president spent Labor Day being questioned from the conservative wing of their party. Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina — who is a powerful voice in the early voting state, and a Tea Party favorite — organized the forum. Texas Gov. Rick Perry left South Carolina early to deal with raging wildfires in his state.
President Obama said congressional Republicans must put their country ahead of their party and vote to create jobs. In a preview of the speech he will deliver to Congress on Thursday, Obama said "the time for Washington games is over" and lawmakers must move quickly on the job front.
President Obama traveled Monday to Detroit for a Labor Day event. His visit to the union stronghold comes the same week he's expected to address a joint session of Congress describing his plan to create jobs.
Sept. 5 is Labor Day in name only, E.J. Dionne argues in The Washington Post. It's just a matter of time, he says, before Labor Day falls off the calendar. But, while it remains "it should shame us about our cool indifference to the heroism of those who go to work every day."
President Obama is scheduled to deliver a long-awaited speech on jobs this week, as polls are showing huge voter disillusionment with government. As well, the lack of confidence is making economic recovery efforts that much more difficult.
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