Click here to read the transcript of President Obama’s speech to a joint session of Congress about jobs and the economy, as provided by the White House. There are four reasons why the bill should pass: 1.) It crosses industries. That encourages all industries to increase their hiring across the board, and reduces the likelihood that one or two industries will be unfairly advantaged. 2.) It efficiently uses revenue. The President’s plan emphasizes benefits to two critically important groups: teachers and wage-earning adults. Our children need to be prepared to compete in a global economy and our infrastructure needs to be repaired anyway, so why not build jobs while we’re rebuilding schools, roads, bridges, and airports? 3.) It targets job growth. Large corporations have recovered faster from the recession than small businesses. The President’s proposal would grant payroll tax cuts to small businesses that hire new workers or raise workers’ wages. It would also allow those same small businesses to continue to write off the investments they make in 2012. With those added revenues, small businesses might well be more likely to succeed, offering continued employment opportunity to their workers. 4.) It crosses party lines.