Skip to comments.AFL-CIO Head Sees No Short-Term Debt Crisis, Calls for More Jobs Spending
Posted on 09/01/2011 2:58:24 AM PDT by markomalley
The United States does not have a short-term debt problem, just a jobs crisis that can be solved with greater government stimulus spending, according to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.
Speaking at a press conference on jobs Wednesday, Trumka called for greater government spending in areas like education and jobs.
Asked whether such spending was responsible in an era of record federal debt and deficits, he replied that the United States doesnt have a short-term debt crisis, it has a short-term jobs crisis.
The head of the nations largest labor union organization then compared increased federal deficit spending to mortgages or the taking out of student loans, saying each was an investment in the future.
When you go out [and] a lot of people get married and have children, sometimes you buy a house. You dont pay for that house this year, you pay for it over 30 years, and why? Because its an investment in your future, he said.
Then you send your kids to school and you dont pay for those schools because most people cant afford to pay for a whole year of schooling in one year, [so] you borrow. And why do you do that? Because youre investing in the future.
Investing in job creation is the best investment this country can have and putting people back to work like the people that are up here and the other 25 million around the country would help solve that problem to the extent that it exists.
Trumka laid out an AFL-CIO six-point plan for job creation. Five of the six points involve more government spending in areas like education, transportation, energy, aid to states, and unemployment benefits the kind of spending included in President Obamas 2009 stimulus package.
That package, which Obama promised would keep unemployment below eight percent, failed to make much of an impact on jobs. In the more than two years since the bill was signed, unemployment has not dipped below the eight percent threshold pledged by the president.
On the contrary, the economy has lost millions of jobs since the first stimulus was signed into law. Further, according to the most recent projections from the Congressional Budget Office, unemployment will not drop below eight percent until at least 2014.
A Movie Starring Barack Obama as Big Bill Thompason and Richard Trumpka as Al Capone.
Harvard and Princeton academics be damned- Trumka is obamas “real” economic advisor
Its not the lack of JOBS , its the over abundance of REGULATION...
Gibson, Boeing, AT&T, Obamacare, Coal, EPA, FDA, USDA....
I don’t think I have ever seen anyone ask for more spending that Education wasn’t included in the speech.
We spend more in education than any known nation or civilisatin in the world and each time we spend more we get less.
It’s time we let education find a way to live off what they have now or even cutting funding.
Every Board of Education in the country is loaded with bad teachers, over loaded administration offices, people they don’t need.
It’s time they started trimming the fat and ridding themselves of those that are not worth keeping. Reward the good employees, dump the loads.
A communist speaks out for communism... shocked!
Ignore the big elephant in the room called debt and hope it goes away....Trumka cares only of himself and his powerful Union friends and cling ons. They want some of that Obama money...
Scary that this guy has been to the White House every 2 weeks since BO took over.
The interest on the debt is going to kill America. That loud mouth drunk could care less, makes him a perfect democRAT