(CNSNews.com) - A New York Times editorial criticizes Republicans for being "wedded to austerity" and budget cuts.
Since Republicans think high unemployment will hurt President Obama politically, "they will likely resist efforts to create jobs, no matter how great the need," the editorial says. President Obama should "send a jobs plan to Congress that has popular appeal, one that he (Obama) can use to try to shame Republicans."
The newspaper admits that Obama's jobs agenda is "thin," and it recommends a Democratic plan called "Fix America's Schools Today," a $50-billion school renovation program that would employ 500,000 workers.
"The money could be disbursed through existing federal formulas to all 16,000 public school districts," the editorial said. And the "initial cost" could be offset over ten years by "ending tax breaks for fossil fuels."