Obama Needs to Get ’Caught Trying’ on Job Creation

The president should put forward a half-dozen job-creation ideas in July, and call on Congress to come back early from its August recess to give these proposals up-or-down votes before Labor Day. Then, he could propose a half-dozen more, and demand votes on those before Congress finishes its session this year. The administration may lose some of these votes; and ideas that win approval by Congress in fall or winter of 2011 may have limited impact on the ... Full Story »

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Posted by: Posted by Jon Mitchell - Jun 28, 2011 - 2:32 AM PDT
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Richard Riehl
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by Richard Riehl - Jun. 30, 2011

Klain makes a persuasive case for how Obama can avoid getting caught in the contradictory demand, "Do something big, but don't throw any federal money at it.." Unfortunately, Klain doesn't use hard data, or experts on the economy, to bolster his case. He also doesn't address how the president might be able to pull off job creation by finding ways to partner with industries to focus on specific needs of the country, like building/repairing roads and bridges. While green energy jobs are the jobs of the future, there's still a lot of work to be done with the old technology, which would also appeal to a wider political spectrum. Joe Sixpack's looking for shovel-ready employment right now, rather than retraining to install solar panels.

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Bob Herrschaft
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by Bob Herrschaft - Jun. 30, 2011

The article urges the administration to abandon what the author perceives of as 'the classical Keynesian playbook"and come up with some tangible solutions that would create jobs and appeal to voters turned off by the academic context of the current job debate. Although the author seems to ignore the fact that the administration has only timidly endorsed some Keynesian economics,( which unfortunately, Obama has allowed his enemies to define),Klain makes a very appealing argument for changing the language of the debate.

Yes, a stimulus by any other name, coupled with the elimination of tax credits and loopholes for the wealthy is the best road to recovery. A fundamental reform of the banking system and more regulatory controls on lending institutions and foreclosures should also be addressed by Obama in his reelection campaign, along with some concrete proposals.

The greatest risk to the president will be if the American people believe the administration isn’t trying hard enough to tackle the jobs problem. That is why it is ... More »

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