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Government, MSM forget jobs are necessary for economic recovery

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The press has taken more care than normal to spotlight joblessness. By no means are they covering it accurately and precisely, but there is more coverage than normal.

The MSM seems to think if Wall Street is doing well, and manipulated economic figures show progress, this means the economy is in better shape.

Unless, of course, you don’t have a job.

We heard the phrase “jobless recovery” often during the first decade of the 21st century. This isn’t just a MSM thing; accepted views are that there can be a recovery without jobs.

We need to change what constitutes a recovery.

The first stimulus bill was watered down in a battle of politics. Those looking for jobs weren’t at the top of the list of importance; the Democrats sacrificed jobs rather than stand up to the Republicans. The best way to recruit Republicans and Independents to vote for you in 2010 would have been a strong jobs bill.

There is a second jobs bill; the Democratic Party leaders seem to be learning from their previous mistakes, though there is plenty of time to mess this up. It would be nice if the Democrats could pass a pure jobs bill.

The White House released a report that says the U.S. is likely to average 95,000 more jobs each month this year. Let’s assume in this crazy mixed-up world that the projection is precise. The results would be a drop in the bucket compared to the need in this country. The real need, not just the “official” need.

If we were to look at this politically, it is George W. Bush’s fault. Not just the crash of 2008, but the systematic lack of interest in generating jobs from 2001-2009. And yes, Barack Obama had a huge task in front of him to create a record number of jobs in this country.

The issue at hand is using the presidential pulpit to push through ideas, programs, efforts to ensure as many jobs as the government could help to stimulate in the economy. This is where the current administration has fallen short.

You don’t need aggressive leadership in good times, but you do need to take bold steps in those awful times that we live in currently. Unlike the 1920s, before the Great Depression, job creation hasn’t been that strong in the years before a huge fall.

Having 95,000 jobs a month for the previous 8 years would have been helpful. Amazingly, the job growth from 2001-2005 was so horrible, it was Hooversque. You would think the MSM and accepted society would have vilifed a president with that unbelievably low job totals, that president would have branded with much more negative coverage than Jimmy Carter, by far the president treated with the least respect by the MSM in the modern era.

Yet, Carter had better job growth than George W. Bush from 2001-2005. Where was the criticism about Bush from anyone with a MSM pedigree? Still waiting for this.

But politics aside, Americans want jobs. They have wanted jobs for a long time. Even when Bill Clinton was president, with the best job growth in decades, there was still a need for longer-term job growth for positions that wouldn’t be exported. Because even in the Clinton Administration, too many jobs left the United States.

Obviously, the last 10 years have been gruesome from a job growth standpoint. Pathetic, awful. But the lack of concern, anything beyond an occasional headline or two, is what troubles Americans about the two major sources of power (outside corporations, of course): government and the MSM.

Job growth hasn’t been a real priority for either sector for a long time. Even when the Clinton Administration had good job growth, the MSM was more focused on bringing the man down for sins such as being late to events and press conferences.

The American people don’t want politics for the sake of politics when it comes to job creation. They want results. And they also want a MSM that cares that jobs are created in the United States. They want a system that punishes corporations for taking jobs overseas. This isn’t about protection; this is about domestic job creation. And they want those in power to care about joblessness in the same way that those without jobs care about joblessness.

Not having enough jobs isn’t a game or a battle of politics. This recessive depression hurts lives, short-term and long-term. The sooner the government and MSM realize this reality, the more respect they’ll get from ordinary Americans.


Written by democracysoup

February 12, 2010 at 8:56 am

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