Wednesday, June 20, 2012

American's Need Jobs, Now

The 2010 republicans ran on a platform of jobs.  The republicans have produced many anti-abortion bills but nothing directly promoting jobs.  In fact, they have done everything in their power to stifle job growth.  President Obama sent a jobs bill to capitol hill last fall, Speaker Boehner wouldn't even let the bill come up for a vote.  The jobs bill which was completely paid for would have reduced unemployment by a full point.  Our highways and bridges are crumbling and the republicans are stalling on a transportation bill.  Between 1980 and 2009 the US experienced 30 bridge collapses.  Since January 1, 2010 and June 1, 2012 there have been 29 bridge collapses, that's one bridge failure every 1.3 months.  For a decade the republicans promised millions of jobs with the Bush tax cuts.  Where are the jobs?  One way the US government has helped pull our nation forward during recessions has been to increase jobs in the public sector.  Hiring teachers, firefighters and policeman, helps our nation and provides much needed dollars circulating throughout the economy.  This recession, the worst since the great depression, unlike any of the other three recessions, we have lost public sector jobs, as you can see from the chart below.  This isn't President Obama's fault, the blame lies with the republican house, which controls spending in this country.  The republicans want to regain the White House through high unemployment numbers the republicans are directly responsible for. 

The republicans are shameless in their pursuit of power, last year they even tried to slash spending for AmeriCorps.  We can help create public pressure for the congress to do the right thing and pass President Obama's Jobs Bill and expand existing programs like AmeriCorps and Habitat for Humanity.  OurTime.Org has a petition to immediately create a million new jobs through existing community service organizations.

 Dear President Obama and Governor Romney:

Our country needs nurses, teachers, disaster relief, park restoration, infrastructure repair, and more. Yet 1 in 2 young Americans are currently jobless or underemployed.

A generation is a terrible thing to waste. Pledge to create one million new public service positions by expanding programs such as AmeriCorps, CitiYear, Habitat for Humanity, Teach for America, and others so we can rebuild our country now.
Sign's petition and lets get Americans to work!

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  1. I notice you blame the republicans for a lot of things. Well the last 4 years have been under Obama's watch. Sure the Congress is bipolar, but isn't it the job of a good leader to unite opposing parties? Maybe he's not a good leader. His stimulus bill could've worked much better if it actually went to shovel ready jobs instead of the corrupt ACORNS of the world. So he had a chance with hundreds of billions to create jobs and it didn't work. Why should they give him more money? You say it's already paid for??? Hello! Have you seen the record deficit??? It's not paid for, nothing is!

    Oh wait, let's just blame Bush!!!

  2. I'm a liberal. Give me something for nothing because I'm lazy and want handouts. I'm entitled to your money that you worked hard for. Thank you for "donating" to me so I can sit on my couch and do nothing. God bless the USA!

  3. I can't wait until they repeal the HC law!

  4. Obama never graduated!

  5. The stimulus bill was passed in February of 2009. Seven months later congress cut all funds to Acorn. No funds from the stimulus bill were allocated for Acorn. Acorn neither applied for stimulus funds nor received any.

    Record deficit? yes, that's correct. Blame Bush, yes sir. The financial collapse and housing bubble occurred under Bush's laissez-faire leadership, Bush pushed for and passed Tarp, he waged two wars on the credit card, signed two huge unpaid for tax cuts and medicare part B. Not only did Bush's policies leave us all hugely in debt, he wrecked the economy and it will take us a long time to dig out of the George Bush hole. The average American lost 40% of their wealth from the financial crisis, I can assure you sir that it will take our family far more than a decade to recoup that loss, if we ever do.

    Thanks for commenting Anon