...or, if you want to do a job right, don’t give it to Congress.
First the U.S. Congress generated the giant corporate bail-outs spending billions of our tax dollars.
Those were followed by huge bail-outs for the auto industry.
Then Congress implemented auto and appliance clunker programs. Simply stated, that is a poor approach to injecting consumer dollars into the economy.
In short, Congress has done little for main street Americans.
There were long lines at the unemployment offices across the nation. Many Americans weren’t even eligible for unemployment insurance benefits because they had been jobless for one year or two.
Developing jobs is an easy thing to do. It can be accomplished two ways. First, Congress could provide special incentives, e.g., tax credits, to businesses for creating jobs and hiring U.S. citizens to fill them. The second option is for Congress to implement a domestic work plan that creates federal jobs to rebuild our infrastructures, e.g., bridges, roads, tunnels, dams, harbors, etc.
However, our Congress is NOT developing new jobs. It is NOT rewarding the business sector for hiring American citizens.
So, what is Congress doing?
Once again Congress is engaging in short-term “solutions” to help jobless Americans. It agreed to extend unemployment benefits again for up to 14 weeks.
This is like placing a Band-Aid on a deep wound — it won’t work.
Many Americans wish Congress had a good response to that question.
Peter Stern, a former director of information services, university professor and public school administrator, is a disabled Vietnam veteran who lives in Driftwood.