Friday / Weekend Open Line

The big news around the blotter on Thursday was regarding the GOP debate Wednesday night, including the front runners for the 2012 presidential election.  The surprise to many are the polls afterwards of who ‘won’ the debate.   Congressman Ron Paul easily bested Romney, Perry and others by compiling enough ‘win’ votes of more than all the others combined, with 55.1% of voters voting for Paul, and the rest distributed to Romney 15.3%, Perry 12.9%, Huntsman 6.4%, Gingrich 4.3%, Cain 3.1%, Bachman 1.9%, and Santorum 1%.  You can vote here and read the results and comments from others as well.  Despite the huge supporting numbers for Paul, his supporters were very disappointed on the focus of Romney and Perry, asking them approximately 20 questions, and Paul only 3.  Approximately 5.4million viewers tuned in to watch the debate.

Thursday night saw a speech by President Obama to members of congress introducing a new jobs plan, the American Jobs Act. You can watch the speech below:

To create more jobs now, the President is sending Congress the American Jobs Act – a set of ideas supported by both Democrats and Republicans that Congress must pass right away. The purpose of the American Jobs Act is simple: put more people back to work and put more money in the pockets of working Americans. Here’s how:

First, it provides a tax cut for small businesses, not big corporations, to help them hire and expand now, and provides an additional tax cut to any business that hires or increases wages.

Second, it puts more people back to work, including up to 280,000 teachers laid off by state-budget cuts, first responders and veterans coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan, and construction workers repairing crumbling bridges, roads and more than 35,000 public schools, with projects chosen by need and impact, not earmarks and politics. And, it expands job opportunities for hundreds of thousands of low-income youth and adults through a new Pathways Back to Work Fund that supports summer and year round jobs for youth; innovative new job training programs to connect low-income workers to jobs quickly; and successful programs to encourage employers to bring on disadvantaged workers.

Third, it helps out-of-work Americans by extending unemployment benefits to help them support their families while looking for work and reforming the system with training programs that build real skills, connect to real jobs and help the long-term unemployed. It bans employers from discriminating against the unemployed when hiring, and provides a new tax credit to employers hiring workers who have been out of a job for over 6 months.

Fourth, it puts more money in the pockets of working and middle class Americans by cutting in half the payroll tax that comes out of every worker’s paycheck, saving families an average of $1,500 a year’ and taking executive action to remove the barriers that exist in the current federal refinancing program (HARP) to help more Americans refinance their mortgages at historically low rates, save money and stay in their homes.
Last, the plan won’t add a dime to the deficit and is fully paid for through a balanced deficit reduction plan that includes closing corporate tax loopholes and asking the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share.

You can read the full details of the American Jobs Act here.

Sunday marks our nations anniversary of 9/11 attacks on our nation. The City of Henderson Fire Department will observe a moment of silence on Sunday September 11th, in remembrance of the civilian and public safety victims of the terrorists attack of September 11, 2001.  The observance will honor the lives lost in New York City, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. The remembrance will occur at 9:59 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., which was the time the South Tower of the World Trade Center collapsed.   City of Henderson Firefighters will have fire apparatus on the fire station’s aprons with warning lights activated and personnel standing at attention.