Skip to comments.Why Washington Isn't Doing Squat About Jobs and Wages
Posted on 06/04/2011 4:19:16 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan
The silence is deafening. While the rest of the nation is heading back toward a double dip, Washington continues to obsess about future budget deficits. Why?
Republicans dont want to do anything about jobs and wages. Theyre so intent on unseating Obama theyd like the economy to remain in the dumps through Election Day. They also see the lousy economy as an opportunity to sell Americans their big lie that government spending is the culprit and jobs will return if spending is cut and government shrinks.
Democrats, meanwhile, dont want to admit the recovery has stalled. They worry such talk will further undermine consumer confidence or spook the bond market. They dont want to head into the election year sounding downbeat. And they dont think they have the votes for anything that will have much effect before Election Day anyway.
But theres a third reason for Washingtons inaction. Its not being talked about which is itself evidence of the problem.
The unemployed are politically invisible. They dont make major campaign donations. They dont lobby Congress. Theres no National Association of Unemployed People.
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The only thing smaller than Reich’s height and manhood is his brain.
Got to that line, looked up to see who the author was and instantly stopped reading.
Reeeeeiiiiiiiisssha, can go suck eggs.
Why even give a stage to this creep? Just the same old line of crap . . . no wonder there’s so many duped people out there listening to the “other side”
Reich couldn’t be objective about anything
Do you think he's jealous of Rep. Weiner?
Robert Reich (4 ft 5.11″)
Bet he is. He should compare himself to Mickey on Seinfeld. He might have some competition. LOL
Get your economics information from Danny Devito — it’s more reliable.
I forgot the Barf Alert.
The Republican cutting will send us into a deflationary depression and the Democrat's printing and spending will send us into an inflationary depression.
Either way, we're doomed.
There's no way back from here.
We've already passed the point of no return.
The best thing the government can do about jobs and wages is NOTHING! As a matter of fact they are the cause of the loss of jobs and lower wages.
Get the government out of areas the Constitution never cited they could govern and let the free market become free of the EPA, IRS, Homeland Security, etc...
It would not be long that America would regain it’s lost manufacturing power and gain in all standards of living and advancement over countries that have enjoyed less government.
And here you have the reason = treason.
See the hugging and crying, makes you want to vomit all over them!!!
Just wow. His prescription for our economic situation is that the government is TOO SMALL. Figures, I guess.
These ivory tower liberals live in an alternative universe.
“Several steps need to be taken right away. Initiate a new WPA for the long-term unemployed.”
Yep. The quintessential “solution” for government-induced economic failure: a government public-works employment project. And proposed by a quintessential Communist, well at least a quintessential munchkin Communist.
There's the punchline. Republicans hate women.
Rather than try to reduce the number of jobless unmarried mothers, we should reduce the number of unmarried mothers.
Bring back shame, instead of the proud “my baby daddy” we hear in welfare lines (which also have proud women with $300 ghetto weaves).
Almost a true statement. The correct statement is the Republicans can not do anything about jobs and wages.
The Democrats and their friends in the media demonize any attempt by Republicans to bring sanity to our financial crisis.
Sir, the government cannot do anything about jobs, unless you want to declare war on europe and we draft all the illegals. Removing the illegals would open up jobs for real americans. But that is about it. When you have an over supply
Just how full of crap is shorty??
Reich is simply another political operative. A true conservative will gladly do what it takes to fix the economy. A conservative simply won’t agree to fix the economy with what has injured it time and again: huge spending, huge taxation, huge regulation, and huge government intervention in private lives.
If that’s the prescription by the liberals, then this conservative won’t put a smiley face on “compromise” by sitting at such a table with other sell-outs.
Right. The Republicans took back the house in January, and all of this is their fault, including the failed “stimulus” that none of them voted for but this demented little dwarf’s DemocRat buddies rammed through anyway.
What’s worst is that 30% or so of the voting public thinks he’s right...
4 ft. 11 inches.
I didn’t know they stacked crap that high.
Robert Reichchchchchchch as Rush would say. Not a balanced article IMHO.
He's been talking to Mrs. Pivens.
4 feet, 5.11 inches or 4'-5" rounded off...that, is really short!
how about 15-20 % paycut for fed employees not in the military?
We're talking 15,000,000 jobs. See your party's Politician, ask him if an election placebo would be right for you. Green jobs, tax cuts and another small business pizza shop won't cut it.
Washington SHOULD be obsessed by the budget deficit. At the rate it’s going the government will be completely incapable of gather enough funds to run more than a third of itself in just a couple of decades. If we hit that day this recession is going to look like a national vacation. Increasing the deficit today to hire a few more people just brings crash day forward.
The USA is worse than broke, you little troll. We have no future because our lousy government has promised everyone a free ride on their free pony, and we have 70 TRILLION dollars in unfunded mandates that we will never be able to pay off. A baby born today owes over $50,000 of national debt. We can’t even pay the interest as it eats up our economy.
Reich’s obtuse comments prove that any idiot can teach at Harvard.
But all of them can walk into a booth a pull a lever for ABO—anybody but Obama.
Carville ... to Clinton: I always ask the question: why does a dog lick his d**k? Because he can. Why dont we balance the budget? Because we cant.
- The Agenda, Bob Woodward, p. 21.
Same goes w/ jobs. Today’s Washington isnt doing squat about jobs because it cant.
Not true. Many Republicans are invested in the economy, and stand a lot to lose if the economy stays in the doldrums. What proof is there the Republicans want to take a stock market loss, lose business etc., crash the country's ecomomy just to get in the White House?
I know why. Look at any economic basket case in the world and notice the luxurious lifestyles of its political leaders. That’s why.
When it comes to economics the only person I disrespect as much as Paul Krugman it is his troll counterpart Robert Reich.When these two idiot savants start talking I stop listening.
Did they lose their right to vote when they lost their job?
Malignant little dwarf.
A more positive thing to do would be to cut them off the payroll entirely...but, either one of the moves will/would be deflationary especially with an economy that is 70% driven by consumer consumption. There are a lot of federal employees.
I read an article yesterday that stated that the USA had 107,000 fewer students in school K-12 last year but that the teacher count increased nationwide by 87,000 last year.
That damn teacher count is a major problem. the boomers are retiring, the next bulge is a few years off if ever. the unions are hellbent on full union member employment. TIme to throw the union bosses into ovens.
Quarterly Depo Provera (contraceptive) shots to continue receiving payments is an ethical and minimally intrusive option. No forced abortions or sterilization, but if you want more kids, you have to be able to support yourself first.
There is a “Union” for the unemployed.
Has he ever seen pictures of those men in the camps back in the day. Do you think men would leave home and work for meger wages on a .gov construction job today. Of coarse not. They would be payed UNION wages and not have to move and live in tent camps. Good Grief The Liberals are stuck in the 1930’s.
Why blame the Republicans when the Democrats are in charge of this disaster and have been all along?
Producing things of real value seems like a good way to start—oil and gas come to mind
Me too, I did exactly the same thing, except I skipped to the article comments section. I was happy to see RR getting his butt kicked.
You are probably right, but government federal, state and local all needs to srink back to 1980’s level. Whatever it takes it takes, it simply must be done. Personally I’d like to srink back to pre WW1 levels. Yes pre the great progressive Wilson levels.