Partisan politics aside, what do you think of the President's new Job's Bil?
Let's put politics aside for uno momento, and think about the blustering 9.1 percent unemployment rate; the fact that minorities are disproportionately affected by unemployment than their Caucasian peers; and the fact that every day living expenses - basic necessities - are becoming more and more unattainable. Any bill that does more to ensure that this country's middle class isn't washed away because of irresponsible spending and greed, has to be better than nothing, right? So tell me, what do you think - remember we aren't talking about politics and how much we like or don't like the Pres.
I think the President's new Job's Bill is a step in the right direction. It appears Europe is sliding into another recession, and the U.S. might follow them into a recession later this year or early next year. The need for more stimulus will be clear in a few months. The President is ahead of the curve on this one.
The one thing government can definitely do to combat a recession is to spend money on infrastructure spending, which benefits the economy in the long run since it can be used for decades to facilitate commerce. It is better to pay people to build infrastructure than to pay unemployment benefits. That said, people should not rely on the government to make work for them. People should go out, get an education, get job training, start their own business, etc. I have noticed a lot of job listings for highly skilled positions. The unemployment problem in America is partly a skills problem. People don't have the skills to fill the jobs that are available.
Personally I am over politics and parties. Nobody has the American person in mind. I think the presidents plan has merit, but it puts too much creation power in different branches of the government. Jobs will not increase until the economy improves, not long term anyway. Short term fixes will help, but is not what is needed. People need money in their pocket to spend, which will allow retail chains to hire people to sell, manufactures to hire people to work, etc etc. I believe in a flat tax for all people, no loopholes or deductions. Say, if the tax rate is 10%, whether you make 10000/yr or 1 million a year, you still pay a flat 10%.
Another thing that gets danced around is gas prices. This is the very foundation of most of the problems. When gas goes up, utilities go up, groceries go up, clothes go up do to increased cost. Its a chain affect.
I hope the new bill will help jobs, but this same business model hasn't worked the previous three or four attempts, I dont think it will this time either.
The problem with his job bill is it's just more government jobs that we the tax payers have to pay for. He surrounded himself by people from Harvard and other Ivy league schools, they don't know anything about your normal everyday Americans. Since he's been in office unemployment has sky rocketed, the country has huge debt and many companies that received stimulus money the first time around went bankrupt anyway. Also unemployment hit male caucasian harder than any other group.
I agree tngolfplayer - government is in fact - way to big. And, as Rock nj pointed out, there is a huge skills shortage. The problem with that is it cost money to attend school. Where do most people get those funds - the government, via financial aid. Once they graduate, they are required to begin paying those loans back within 6 months, and unfortunately those jobs needed to make it possible to repay those loans, just are not there.
ShootersCenter, you make valid points, but remember the reality - that debt was inherited, and when everything you do is blocked on every turn, it makes it difficult to get anything done. And might I add, that unemployment on a whole has not hit Caucasian's harder than any other group.
Minorities have, and continue to be, disproportionately affected by unemployment. While overall unemployment lingered at 9.1 percent in August, black males were at 19.1 percent, while black females staggered not far behind, at 14.5 percent ( http://money.cnn.com/2011/09/02/news/ec … /index.htm ). However, at the end of the day, we are ALL facing an uphill battle.
I think we can all agree, that politicians do not seem to care much about the normal, everyday, American's life, so they fight on the Hill, without 'us' in mind.
As for this Job's Bill. I too think it has merit. But again, we, the commoner, has to do more to create jobs on our own. It's so cyclical that it seems impossible to 'not' involve the government - which leads us right back to square 1.
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