by Max Brantley
I keep hearing there's no chance North Little Rock Mayor Pat Hays will run for 2nd District Congress next year against the radical Tea Party Republican, U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin, who succeeded Vic Snyder.
On the other hand, why would Hays be issuing a statement today endorsing President Obama's proposed jobs legislation? (Apart, of course, from the fact that it simply is the right thing to do, given the Party of NO! posture of the current 2nd district so-called representative.)
PAT HAYS STATEMENT
Mayor Patrick H. Hays released the following statement today supporting the American Jobs Act and calls on members of Congress to pass the President’s plan.
―Yesterday, President Obama proposed a detailed plan to strengthen our nation’s economy. Many of the components of this plan, when enacted, would have an immediate positive impact on North Little Rock and will help put Arkansans back to work. I will do everything in my power to urge our federal representatives in Congress to move the American Jobs Act forward and get our country on a stable path to economic recovery.
―Many of President Obama’s proposals will directly benefit the people of North Little Rock—first by keeping the important payroll tax cut in place so families in North Little Rock take home more of their paychecks. Importantly, the President also announced a bold plan to invest $30 billion for construction at least 35,000 public schools across the country, which will help our efforts to modernize North Little Rock’s public schools. To build on our efforts to strengthen neighborhoods and eliminate blight, the President proposed $15 billion for Project Rebuild, similar to the Neighborhood Stabilization Program that is helping us stabilize and rebuild in our Baring Cross and Holt neighborhoods.
―Our President has proposed a robust, detailed and fiscally responsible plan to help make North Little Rock and America better, safer and stronger. I urge our members of Congress in particular and the entire Congress in general to put aside their partisan divide and unite for all America to pass the President’s plan and put America back to work.‖