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Timid efforts

September 2, 2011

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To the editor:

Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins has just sent me an email, unveiling her version of a jobs plan.  A good, old-fashioned matchmaking event at the Topeka Expocentre, where throngs of unemployed Americans can claw their way through a crowd of equally desperate men and women looking to land the perfect mate. I mean a reasonable match. I mean any job whatsoever.

It’s as if no one in Washington gets it. We don’t need to introduce employers to the unemployed — they can throw a rock and hit one every 10 feet. We need to introduce employers to new customers. Sales create jobs. The problem is that too many households are still struggling with high debt levels, so spenders have become savers. Until households finish deleveraging, there will be no new customers to support private businesses.

The government could help provide that demand — directly, through a job guarantee program modeled on the Works Progress Administration (WPA), or indirectly, through a full payroll tax holiday and another round of revenue-sharing for the states. But no one in Washington will support anything that bold. And so people like Lynn Jenkins will settle for a matchmaking event that promises to pair hundreds of potential employers with thousands of job seekers.

Comments

Mike Ford 2 years, 7 months ago

chuckles, I have no problem with a government...I don't like a certain political party bent on returning to state's rights which to me translated means no treaty obligations, racism, and the like. I'm not blind...you are...

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Mike Ford 2 years, 7 months ago

really, nobodyone....why did Christine Whitman, the former governor of New Jersey either leave or was she forced out by the Bush Administration as head of the EPA??? she did not want to go along with the gutting practices they were selling. What are the dimwits trying to sell about the EPA now being in the way??? I'm glad it's in the way of their wanton desire to destroy the environment...they're too stupid to know any better. Better yet who was the clown after 9/11 who told the people to keep spending and in order to do so in his diminishing economy these people mortgaged the bejesus out of their homes until the whole paper value went out the window and they lost everything...oh my words it couldn't be the clown hiding out in a gated community in Fort Worth/Dallas could it????

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Mike Ford 2 years, 7 months ago

let's see dimwits...wall street happened because of the gutting of regulatory agencies by dumblicans.....the katrina fiasco happened because the dumblicans appointed their dimwit friends to run the agency into the ground at he expense of all those people who died and lost their homes like my grandparents. My grandparents waited from August 30th to December 10, 2005 before they got a trailer that they lived in until they won their claim against state farm. The EPA was gutted of regulatory effectiveness. I will spell it out to the dimwits on here....you can't advocate for deregulation of government agencies when said agencies failures occured on Bush's watch and were part of your plan to bring down the federal government. Agencies fail when certain political parties want them to and do everything to make sure their goal is accomplished. You can sell this bs to rural dimwits. The government fails when republicans go out of their way to aid in the failure. You can't have it both ways. 2008 happened because people were tired of your attempts to run the US Government into the ground. It's not the government that's failing it's the Republicans trying to make it fail by obstructing appointments and stalling legislation...duh. The republicans are like the mechanic who takes one spark plug wire off to make the car run bad and then never own up to their actions. Beyond that they yell and create destraction to cover their actions. I've pretty much summed up your game plan right Cato??? you should read that book the Wrecking Crew by the author who wrote What's the Matter with Kansas??? hopefully sense takes over volume in the near future...

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Godot 2 years, 7 months ago

This article contains at least two examples of the Obama administration's hardball tactics in regulating American businesses, destroying jobs and competition:

http://www.examiner.com/conservative-in-national/federal-raid-on-gibson-guitar-retaliatory-harassment

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tbaker 2 years, 7 months ago

Barack Obama is on track to become the first president in the post-World War II era during whose term real gross domestic product never grew at a rate greater than 4% in any quarter during his Presidency. We've tried (and failed) at this several times in the history of our country:

Government cannot create wealth. Prosperity starts with Americans, not the US government.

Why do our elected leaders bitterly cling to this failed idea that the government can spend your money (borrowed money) more wisely than you can? How is it that Mr. Obama can keep a straight face when he tells us that that food stamps and jobless benefits are really job stimulus programs. With 1 out of 7 Americans on food stamps and 400,000 new jobless claims each week, he must think we are morons.

Entrepreneurs will create the jobs and reignite the economy if the government will create a predictable business climate and then just get out of the way.

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Mike Ford 2 years, 7 months ago

I hear stupid racist comments....do dimwits ever learn....white priviledge did a lot for many years...free land...free labor...it reminds of the shirt I used to see at pow-wows that stated..."The first welfare recipients" and it had a picture of pilgrims with their hands out....priceless...I don't see how you're productive..the republican thieves you vote for moved your job elsewhere to make more money at your expense.. and who does your dumbness hold accountable??? Democrats...man the dumblicans simutaneously play the flute and screw the people following them... again...what's the matter with Kansans being as dumb as they want to be?

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Daffy 2 years, 7 months ago

The scary part is that Liberals don't even know why the are screwed.. All they can do is blame the productive white man as the reason they don't have any money. The country is broke and normal people can no longer afford to keep them quiet.

Maybe Obama's fast and furiously arming of the mexican gansters will seed their wallets with drug money to pay off their minions.

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 7 months ago

tushy, commas, used appropriately, can be your friends. They're not just the tools of the white devils.

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Mike Ford 2 years, 7 months ago

snap....how is darth cheney travelling right now with all of his lies and attacks on Colin Powell you cheap shot artist????

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 7 months ago

The big question is will the Mope in Chief still be harping on corporate jets in his next teleprompter performance or will he be chasing off after some other wild goose? His slavering minions will need a clue as to where to take the pitchforks and torches.

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JohnBrown 2 years, 7 months ago

It's 1937 all over again, CATO.

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Mike Ford 2 years, 7 months ago

rockchalk1977...the Democrats are right...all of you and your minions are doing nothing except carrying water for failed policies in the 1980's. I lived through the 1980's becoming a voter for the first time in that decade. I said this on KMBZ a couple of weeks ago and I'll say it here...corporate profits are huge right now....if we were to follow your advocation of said trickle down economics then they hoarders would be letting the wealth trickle down but they aren't are they??? they are acting just like the 1980's ME generation aka I got mine screw you. I'll sum it up...In 2008, Barack Obama inherited a 2000 model car. The previous owner left a car with surplus good miles and good treatment. The crashtest dummy that turned over the same car handed President Obama a car with bad valves bad tires and said good luck. How all of you people function with the level of denial and culpability you should have is beyond me. I remember economists speaking on a number of major networks stating that this economy might be messed up until 2012 or later regardless of what Mr. Obama proposed. Here it is 2011... the stocks have risen to 11,000, up from the 6600 in January 2009. GM survived and paid back monies...Fiat has paid on it's Chrysler debt early. Little by little things are coming back with wobbly stumbles here and there but there has been no total fallback like you obstructionists would want. You're hellbent on causing a fallback for your own political gain without any regard for this country. Educated people like me know it. You can play on the fear of those who are susceptable to fear because that's the only play you have in you weak playbook. FDR if alive now could deflate your fearmongering by restating we have nothing to fear but fear itself and right now all the GOP and the TPERS have done is sell fear to those who know nothing but fear and respond to fear as if they were driven to fear by some religious fearmonger. Who does the GOP court??? religious fearmongerers....go figure....

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Carol Bowen 2 years, 7 months ago

Getting back to the concept of job fairs, Stephanie is right. A job fair is not going to create jobs.

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Agnostick 2 years, 7 months ago

Yes, let's turn everything over to Wall Street...

http://money.cnn.com/2011/09/02/news/companies/government_mortgage/index.htm

The best answer lies between the two extremes. Neither socialism, nor anarchocapitalism or agorism.

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Jimo 2 years, 7 months ago

The real question is: just how far must the economy, the stock market, etc., fall before the Republicans and Democrats can agree to a real deal?

What's a real deal? Everyone knows what it is: the rest of the stimulus that never was passed in 2009 (thanks for nothing Barrack, as if a one-time $400B was going to cure a $1,500B per year sized economy), reform of middle class entitlement welfare (thanks for nothing Nancy, agreeing to cut aid to the poor to keep the entitlement gravy train running for those who live in million dollar "middle class" houses), a meat-cleaver to the Pork-a-gon (thanks for nothing every politician with a defense contractor in their district and their palms outstreatched for bribes from the military industrial complex), and a return to historic levels of taxation on wealth and open favoritism for the working class (thanks for nothing Tea Party anti-union billionaire bootlickers).

We all know these things need to happen.

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 7 months ago

How many jobs were created in August? That would be a net gain of zero actually.

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camper 2 years, 7 months ago

The debt limit crisis really hampered consumer and business confidence. This has surely impacted our problem of low demand and low hiring.

I am afraid we are in a terrible jam because there is no political will to create a works program similar to FDR's. This really is starting to be like FDR's 2nd administration when his opponents started to recall and declare many of his 1st term efforts unconstitutional. This period 1937, I beleive, was known as the double-dip depresssion.

What really irritates me tho is the Rebublicans behavior. Right now they are calling Obama's economic policy a failure. As if they have not put the brakes on almost everything President Obama has proposed or for that matter watered it down.

I for one want to hear what there plan is. Anyone else? All they are doin right now is sayin "This president (note how they rarely ever say his name) is bad". What have you to propose Republicans? I wanna hear it. You tell us.

If all the Republicans want to do is see the country fail and play armchair quarterback, I suggest we vote out all of these suckers out and give the House control back to the Democrats.

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Jimo 2 years, 7 months ago

Here's Eric Cantor this spring taking credit for the GOP for some positive jobs news: http://twitter.com/#!/GOPLeader/statu...

I'll post Cantor's new tweet accepting blame for negative jobs news as soon as Cantor post that too. ROFL

Imagine! 11 years of Bush tax cuts and the middle class is certifiably poorer, there's a net reduction in jobs, the stock market is lower, and GDP hasn't even tracked population growth - most of that before the Republican Recession began in 2007! How much longer until the GOP promise of economic nirvana that inevitably results from refusing to collect tax revenues from billionaires happens?

The Republican Speaker of the House famously "got 98% of everything" he wanted a month ago from a President too timid to stand up to the hostage takers. Too bad what the Speaker wanted wasn't jobs.

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AppologiesMyLiege 2 years, 7 months ago

Kansas unemployment could be worse if it was populated with more Obama minions.

http://money.cnn.com/2011/09/02/news/economy/black_unemployment_rate/

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George Lippencott 2 years, 7 months ago

The rich caused the problem. The Boomers made it worse. Government will solve it all.

Simplistic beyond belief

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 7 months ago

Then comes the Blue Ribbon leadership behind jobless americans and wrecked economies:

Introducing the RINO Plaftorm Written In Stone:

The RINO party has a long history of economic destruction and crime to include Iran-Contra and Watergate. Like or not a consistent and disturbing pattern has developed by their choosing.

STOP electing RINO’s ! My father in law left the RINO party because he is a fiscal conservative republican with at least 50 years under his belt. Evermore stunning he is working with the democrat party in Pennsylvania.

After spending so so many decades in Washington D.C on tax dollar payrolls RINO’s are sure they learned all they needed to know about OUR money and founding reckless economies. RINO’s have much experience under their belts that they never quit sharing.

Introducing the RINO Plaftorm Written In Stone:

  1. TABOR is Coming by Grover Norquist and Koch Bros sells out state governments http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2005/0705rebne.html

  2. The Reagan/Bush Savings and Loan Heist(Cost taxpayers $1.4 trillion) and millions of jobs. http://rationalrevolution0.tripod.com/war/bush_family_and_the_s.htm

  3. Wall Street Bank Fraud on Consumers under Bush/Cheney sent the economy out the window costing taxpayers many many $$$ trillions and millions of jobs. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2009/0709macewan.html

  4. ONLY 3 financial institutions instead of several were at risk so why $700 billion in bail out money? Big time lies to the nation again! http://www.democracynow.org/2009/9/10/good_billions_after_bad_one_year

Tax cuts do nothing to make an economy strong or produce jobs. And tax cuts are a tax increase to others in order to make up the loss in revenue = duped again.

  1. Still A Bad Idea – Bush Tax Cuts - The ENTITLEMENT program for the wealthy at the expense of the middle class http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2001/0301miller.html

In the end big debt and super duper bailouts were the results which does not seem to bother Republicans, as long as they are in power.

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 7 months ago

The party that which created the jobless americans can stake claim the absolute most dismal performance of any party in history:

Can we say Nixons illegal spying known as Watergate,Reagan/Bush Iran Contra and Bush/Cheney lying about the WMD's in Iraq.

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Liberty_One 2 years, 7 months ago

Government intervention is the cause of the problem. The events of the last 10 years have proven this beyond doubt. Why are people so determined to be ignorant?

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rockchalk1977 2 years, 7 months ago

You environmental wackos are not going to like this:

Obama halts controversial EPA regulation: The Obama administration is sacking proposed regulations on smog standards, bowing to the demands of Republicans and business leaders. The announcement came shortly after a new government report on private sector employment report showed that businesses essentially added no new jobs last month, and the jobless rate remained 9.1%. The withdrawal of the rule comes two days after the White House identified seven such regulations that it said would cost private business at least $1 billion each. The proposed smog standard was estimated to cost anywhere between $19 billion and $90 billion.

http://news.yahoo.com/obama-halts-controversial-epa-regulation-143731156.html

Now this is "change" I can believe in!

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cato_the_elder 2 years, 7 months ago

John Brown says: "The market turmoil this month is a decided vote of no confidence in the Republican/Tea party plan."

That's complete BS. You obviously don't have a clue. The market volatility in August was primarily related to what has been happening in Europe, up and down, on a daily basis. No one with any experience in the market doesn't know that. No one at the Daily Kos or Mother Jones, where you you apparently get your information, does understand that.

Had the congressional debt ceiling "plan" actually accomplished something with regard to seriously cutting spending, the markets would have reacted very favorably to it.

The only way to get employment back on track is to create certainty among those who employ people that government policy will not continue to be directed toward socialist collectivism under Obama but instead toward pro-business policies concerning taxation, regulation, job creation and growth of GDP through private enterprise, which is the only way it can occur. Obama and his advisers not only don't see it that way, but since virtually none of them has ever had any significant business experience they don't even understand it.

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JohnBrown 2 years, 7 months ago

Cato, you REALLY don't get it.

None of your proposals will create demand for products. In case you didn't know, consumer demand drives 70% of our economy.

Do you really think companies with little demand for their products that are given ZERO taxes would magically begin hiring and producing products again? Gee.

Since you believe in the 'Markets' , what have the markets told us this month? First, even with Standard & Poor's lowering of the US Bond rating demand for US bonds rose.

Second, the passage of the debt ceiling limit was evidence to the stock markets that congress just passed an anti-stimulus bill, meaning companies are going to produce even less, and so we better get out of the stock market and get into bonds.

The market turmoil this month is a decided vote of no confidence in the Republican/Tea party plan.

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cato_the_elder 2 years, 7 months ago

The U.S. jobs report this morning again confirms the dismal failure of Porkulus-ridden Obamanomics, brought to you in living color by the ghost of Democrat Party icon John Maynard Keynes.

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FedEx_Employee 2 years, 7 months ago

Zero jobs added in August. Just what will Obama say next week?

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OonlyBonly 2 years, 7 months ago

Face it folks - Washington doesn't have any idea how to create jobs. You're going to have to do it yourselves. Find something you know and start doing it. Look to the Net for ideas, forget the brick and mortar operation and find something with low overhead that's open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. And for God's, and your children, sake stop buying every silly imported piece of junk you've ever wanted.

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labmonkey 2 years, 7 months ago

Buy American, and encourage others to buy American. Quit buying crap from the countries are jobs are going to.

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jhawkinsf 2 years, 7 months ago

If you really wants jobs created, go out and create them. Begin with creating a job for yourself. If that works out well, and you're able to, create a job for someone else. Politicians who say they will create jobs are blowing smoke up your, well, you know. And if you expect companies to take care of you, well, guess again. And if you think you don't have it in you, you're selling yourself short. But if you choose the government way or the company way and it doesn't work out, and you want someone to blame, look in the mirror.

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cato_the_elder 2 years, 7 months ago

Congress could also:

  1. Lower corporate income tax rates.

  2. Abolish the capital gains tax.

  3. Abolish the estate tax.

  4. Provide assurance that personal income tax rates will remain at present levels.

  5. Repeal Obamacare.

  6. Repeal Dodd-Frank.

  7. Get rid of burdensome government regulation that stifles business growth.

If all of the above were done, jobs would begin to materialize quickly and our country would begin to prosper.

Government cannot create prosperity. Only free enterprise can, to the extent that government gets out of the way.

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Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 7 months ago

"But no one in Washington will support anything that bold."

I believe that's correct. Because that might give the population a clue that we might be in the middle of a depression.

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