By Carole on Jun 11, 2011
Another day another example of how, when it comes to job growth, President Barack Obama either doesn't get it or thinks the American people don't. In his weekly radio address he once again touted more government spending as a way to improve the nation's dismal unemployment situation.
Referring to the American Graduation Initiative, a 10-year, $12 billion plan to invest in community colleges which he unveiled last week, Mr. Obama declared, "If you're a company that's hiring, you'll know that anyone who has this degree has the skills you're looking for. If you're a student considering community college, you'll know that your diploma will give you a leg up in the job market." (source)
This latest throw-other-people's-money-at-the-problem-and-put-the-nation-even-deeper-in-debt plan might be something to consider if:
1. American companies did not possess the ability to determine whether or not someone is qualified to work for them, and
2. The 9.1 percent national unemployment rate was caused by a lack of qualified workers to fill a surplus of jobs available
Neither is true but worse than simply being false:
1. Insinuating the first shows complete ignorance of and arrogance toward those who actually create jobs, and
2. Insinuating the second shows a pathetic attempt to blame the unemployment problem on the unemployed themselves rather than on the administration's job killing policies.
In the Republicans' weekly address, Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-Illinois) took on those policies saying that "taxes are too high, regulations are too burdensome, and the government won’t stop spending money it doesn’t have." He went on to offer legitimate solutions saying, "The road to refueling our economy and creating jobs means tackling our debt head on, simplifying the tax code, reining in Washington's red tape factory, passing pending trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea, and increasing domestic energy production, making our nation more energy secure, which would help lower costs at the pump and create jobs here at home." (source)
Practical solutions to provide an economic environment that would free the private sector to create new jobs or more wasteful government spending and interference to inhibit job growth while blaming the unemployed for their plight? The choice between the two parties has never been clearer.
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