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jtuck004 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-11-11 10:16 AM
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28. That's exactly where we are now. Little stimulus attempts, none
of which are sufficient whether taken individually or in sum, much of which has been directed at banks and the wealthy,
(as if making their lives better will enrich the rest of us). Multiple smaller plans would give the opposition repeated opportunities to preach their message, ie "evil socialism, spending too much, etc" (conservative talk show hosts would love it). Frankly, if people haven't figured out by now that the Republicans are voting against jobs, against the security of this nation, they are partisan and nothing you or anyone else can do is going to change their minds.

Today there are 50 million of our neighbors with no health insurance (increasing in number), 45 million on food stamps (increasing in number), over 650,000 living in homes that have been foreclosed on but not taken by banks because there are 3 million foreclosed homes already on their books (increasing in number) and another 5 million or more homes yet to be foreclosed on. There are 8000 people a day turning 65, and according to the SS Administration fully a third of them have no other income - none - than social security. The ONLY thing between them and utter poverty (SS) is being used as a bargaining chip. By a Democratic president.

Millions of people are hurting. And we should waste our time (and their lives) on plans that don't do enough?

The year before the current administration took office we lost 4.5 million jobs. In the first year we lost another 4.5 million. That plans and policies didn't emerge as a call to save the nation was jaw-dropping. Instead the policies became about finger-pointing and a grab-bag of progressive ideas, virtually none of which did anything for job creation. (Although women are now more easily able to sue AFTER they have been screwed over in the workplace).

Jobs were not the first priority, and minimum wage Home Health Care Aide jobs are the fastest growing job in the nation. The U6 unemployment rate tells us there are about 24 million people wanting full-time work who cannot find jobs, yet the unemployment rate went down a bit in the past month. It dropped, not because enough jobs were created, but because more people quit actively looking for work (called marginally attached on the BLS jobs report), because they know there are no jobs for them. (Check the JOLTS survey - only 3.5 million jobs available). That's a terrible result after 3 years work, and excuses pale in comparison to the misery in some people's lives.

We are living with the result of repeated small, weak, and insufficient efforts. Why do more of the same?

It may be kind of an academic exercise, however, based on recent history. There has been nothing at all put forward which seems to be up to the task of proposing what we need to do for the future of this country. It's too bad, but the result is we are almost holding the door open and writing the scripts and speeches for the opposition.

I think most politicians believe the unemployed don't vote. Next year may be different, because there will be more newly unemployed people, more working poor (who didn't used to be) - people who are used to voting - than there were 3 years ago. And with no plan to put a really large percentage of them back to work the results may be really ugly.

We will see...
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  -Jan Schakowsky Announces New Budget Plan With Focus On Jobs highplainsdem  Aug-10-11 10:02 PM   #0 
  - K and R for Jan..just look at the number of jobs created...that's it..nt  Stuart G   Aug-10-11 10:03 PM   #1 
  - It's a brilliant plan.  highplainsdem   Aug-10-11 10:11 PM   #2 
  - Dems Need to Get Behind This!! Raise the Noise!!  AbigailThomas   Aug-11-11 08:18 AM   #25 
  - She's a Democrat from Illinois. Will Obama speak out in support?  Divernan   Aug-10-11 10:18 PM   #3 
  - I'm still a supporter  cstanleytech   Aug-10-11 10:38 PM   #9 
  - Thank you for replying.  Divernan   Aug-11-11 07:14 AM   #21 
  - Snort - choke. One would hope so, but he never mentioned the Peoples budget, either.  grahamhgreen   Aug-10-11 11:43 PM   #12 
  - Hearty K&R. - n/t  Zenlitened   Aug-10-11 10:20 PM   #4 
  - I applaud Jan and wish her good luck. If only she could get all  Booster   Aug-10-11 10:23 PM   #5 
  - This is what we need. Now we ALL from the lowest to the highest  jwirr   Aug-10-11 10:25 PM   #6 
  - Gotta be shouting this from the rooftops.  madamesilverspurs   Aug-10-11 10:35 PM   #7 
  - And all those employed through these programs would develop their  JDPriestly   Aug-10-11 10:36 PM   #8 
  - K&R. But need 10 million put to work - that would still be less than half of the 24 million looking.  jtuck004   Aug-10-11 11:11 PM   #10 
  - Directly created jobs  HappyCynic   Aug-11-11 12:00 AM   #13 
     - +1  humankarenball   Aug-11-11 07:55 AM   #23 
     - That's exactly where we are now. Little stimulus attempts, none  jtuck004   Aug-11-11 10:16 AM   #28 
     - One other little point - little plans have been tried before  jtuck004   Aug-11-11 11:35 AM   #30 
  - Doesn't seem to be trickle-downy enough  MannyGoldstein   Aug-10-11 11:13 PM   #11 
  - K&R...But Congresswoman, can you times it by four?  Firebrand Gary   Aug-11-11 12:11 AM   #14 
  - Not to throw cold water on this but.....  NAZLib   Aug-11-11 01:19 AM   #15 
  - Funding and jobs  HappyCynic   Aug-11-11 02:17 AM   #18 
  - Funding & Jobs  NAZLib   Aug-11-11 03:49 AM   #19 
  - HappyCynic and the effectiveness of stimulus  NAZLib   Aug-12-11 12:07 PM   #40 
  - Instead, you're gonna throw a slew of RW talking points on it?  Hugin   Aug-11-11 04:58 AM   #20 
     - Is the CBO good enough?  NAZLib   Aug-11-11 12:16 PM   #31 
        - You've only told me how much they're SUPPOSED to be paying.  Hugin   Aug-11-11 12:53 PM   #32 
        - CBO is not the M$M  NAZLib   Aug-11-11 02:17 PM   #33 
           - Can't find it, can you?  Hugin   Aug-12-11 08:07 AM   #37 
              - I've already told you.  NAZLib   Aug-12-11 10:28 AM   #38 
        - We don't like Teabaggers on DU.  Enthusiast   Aug-11-11 05:31 PM   #35 
           - Not a "Teabagger"  NAZLib   Aug-11-11 07:48 PM   #36 
  - Nice that someone  kimsarah   Aug-11-11 02:12 AM   #16 
  - Better yet  kimsarah   Aug-11-11 02:15 AM   #17 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Aug-11-11 08:03 AM   #24 
  - Good plan  JustAnotherGen   Aug-11-11 07:46 AM   #22 
  - The way forward!  swilton   Aug-11-11 09:50 AM   #26 
  - Holy crap if that doesn't sound like the best prescription heard to-date!  Roland99   Aug-11-11 09:54 AM   #27 
  - I like it. I know it has no chance in hell in the House. But it's good to reinforce  TwilightGardener   Aug-11-11 10:29 AM   #29 
  - Should've been proposed in January 2009, when the Dems had the WH, House and Senate ...  SomeGuyInEagan   Aug-12-11 10:39 AM   #39 
  - Jan Schakowsky for President! nt  Enthusiast   Aug-11-11 05:27 PM   #34 

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