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奥巴马讲话 巩固完善失业保险制度

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Hi, everybody. On Tuesday, I gave my final State of the Union Address. And a focus was this: how do we make the new economy work better for everyone, not just those at the top?
 
After the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes, we're in the midst of the longest streak1 of private-sector job growth in our history. More than 14 million new jobs. An unemployment rate cut in half. At the same time, our economy continues to go through profound changes that began long before the Great Recession hit. It's changed to the point where even when folks have jobs; even when the economy is growing; it's harder for hardworking families to pull themselves out of poverty, harder for young people to start out on their careers, and tougher for workers to retire when they want to.
 
That's a big part of the reason a lot of working families are feeling anxious. And it offends our fundamentally American belief that everybody who works hard should be able to get ahead.
 
That's why we've been fighting so hard to give families more opportunity and more security-by working to create more good jobs, invest in our middle class, and help working people get a raise. It's what the Affordable2 Care Act is all about-filling in the gaps in employer-based care so that when somebody loses a job, or goes back to school, or starts that new business, they still have health care. And it's why I believe we've got to take steps to modernize3 our unemployment insurance system.
 
If a hardworking American loses her job, regardless of what state she lives in, we should make sure she can get unemployment insurance and some help to retrain for her next job. If she's been unemployed4 for a while, we should reach out to her and connect her with career counseling. And if she finds a new job that doesn't pay as much as her old one, we should offer some wage insurance that helps her pay her bills. Under my plan, experienced workers who now make less than $50,000 could replace half of their lost wages-up to $10,000 over two years. It's a way to give families some stability and encourage folks to rejoin the workforce-because we shouldn't just be talking about unemployment; we should be talking about re-employment.
 
That's when America works best-when everyone has opportunity; when everyone has some security; and when everyone can contribute to this country we love. That's how we make sure that hardworking families can get ahead. And that's what I'll be fighting for with every last day of my presidency5.
 
Thanks everybody. Have a great weekend.



  
1 streak     
n.条理,斑纹,倾向,少许,痕迹;v.加条纹,变成条纹,奔驰,快速移动
参考例句:
  • The Indians used to streak their faces with paint.印第安人过去常用颜料在脸上涂条纹。
  • Why did you streak the tree?你为什么在树上刻条纹?


  • 2 affordable     
    adj.支付得起的,不太昂贵的
    参考例句:
  • The rent for the four-roomed house is affordable.四居室房屋的房租付得起。
  • There are few affordable apartments in big cities.在大城市中没有几所公寓是便宜的。


  • 3 modernize     
    vt.使现代化,使适应现代的需要
    参考例句:
  • It was their manifest failure to modernize the country's industries.他们使国家进行工业现代化,明显失败了。
  • There is a pressing need to modernise our electoral system.我们的选举制度迫切需要现代化。


  • 4 unemployed     
    adj.失业的,没有工作的;未动用的,闲置的
    参考例句:
  • There are now over four million unemployed workers in this country.这个国家现有四百万失业人员。
  • The unemployed hunger for jobs.失业者渴望得到工作。


  • 5 presidency     
    n.总统(校长,总经理)的职位(任期)
    参考例句:
  • Roosevelt was elected four times to the presidency of the United States.罗斯福连续当选四届美国总统。
  • Two candidates are emerging as contestants for the presidency.两位候选人最终成为总统职位竞争者。



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