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I have read dozens of polls recently regarding the current state of the economy and the "debt crisis." I know you have too. The questions are about what you think about Obama's handling of the "debt crisis," who is to blame for the current crisis, whether you support Obama's idea for a $4 trillion debt reduction plan or the smaller plan offered by Republicans, whether you support a "balanced approach" of both cuts and revenues or "all cuts," etc., etc. Of course, when asked, Obama and press secretary Carney insist Obama's top priority is "jobs creation."

Well, why am I not reading polls about job creation? Even on Daily Kos I don't see them.

Well, since I don't see any polls out there, I'm making my own right here, right now. Please answer the question below. Hopefully, Kos will see this poll and perhaps pay for a professional poll of his own--redirecting attention to where it should be: on how to decrease unemployment in this country.

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What do you think is the best way to create jobs in the US right now?

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  •  You forgot the best option. (1+ / 0-)
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    Shirl In Idaho

    Start rolling the printing presses.

    I didn't care for math, but when I first understood the concept of finding the slope of a curve at a point, I wanted to grab the first girl I saw and kiss her with wild abandon, just like in that WW II photo.

    by dov12348 on Thu Jul 21, 2011 at 07:26:27 AM PDT

    •  i don't get it. (2+ / 0-)
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      Shirl In Idaho, erush1345

      How does printing more money help?

      •  Everybody gets two hundred thousand and starts... (1+ / 0-)
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        Niphead

        ...spending.  Forget about hyperinflation - in these circumstances it may not even happen.  Anyway it doesn't matter - this is an emergency.   If we don't do that - we're goin' down.

        I didn't care for math, but when I first understood the concept of finding the slope of a curve at a point, I wanted to grab the first girl I saw and kiss her with wild abandon, just like in that WW II photo.

        by dov12348 on Thu Jul 21, 2011 at 07:38:37 AM PDT

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    •  If you structure it right (1+ / 0-)
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      dov12348

      you can do a jobs program and deficit reduction.  Spend now, cut in a year or two.

      The key is that strong growth in jobs will both reduce government spending on the social safety net -- not just unemployment but Medicaid, too -- and increase government revenues.

      That won't address the structural problems in the federal budget, but it will help get rid of the immediate, recession-induced crisis.

      Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free
      ¡Boycott Arizona!

      by litho on Thu Jul 21, 2011 at 07:31:22 AM PDT

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      •  Absolutely. But with Obama leaning to the right (2+ / 0-)
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        litho, historys mysteries

        ...now I don't see that happening in any significant way.

        I didn't care for math, but when I first understood the concept of finding the slope of a curve at a point, I wanted to grab the first girl I saw and kiss her with wild abandon, just like in that WW II photo.

        by dov12348 on Thu Jul 21, 2011 at 07:40:01 AM PDT

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  •  I support infrastructure (5+ / 0-)

    repair, restoration, upgrades (i.e., our out-date power grid) and new projects such as light rail and superfast  trains (what in Japan are called Bullet trains) where they make sense.

    "If you tell the truth, you'll eventually be found out." Mark Twain

    by Steven D on Thu Jul 21, 2011 at 07:42:52 AM PDT

    •  No new projects (for now) (1+ / 0-)
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      chicating

      In 2009, the American Society of Civil Engineers published their infrastructure report card, which identified $2.2 trillion in required spending to deal with the nation's crumbling infrastructure.  Fix that first, and then we can start with new projects.

      I've said it in other discussions, but my dream proposal runs something like: $1.5 trillion made available, at a 2:1 match for state and local funding, for infrastructure repair (or repair and upgrade/modernization) projects only.

      Reality has a liberal bias.

      by Hayate Yagami on Thu Jul 21, 2011 at 10:22:03 AM PDT

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  •  I don't like any of those. (0+ / 0-)

    The government should subsidize salaries for net new private employment, and match new net state and local revenues on a dollar-for-dollar basis.  

    I'll Rochambeau you for it.

    by Rich in PA on Thu Jul 21, 2011 at 07:44:04 AM PDT

  •  My guess is that 50+% of general public will agree (2+ / 0-)
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    MartyM, historys mysteries

    with option 1.

    Would results of a poll like this influence debate in Washington?

    •  No. (2+ / 0-)
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      pollwatcher, historys mysteries

      In the only poll that matters, the American people overwhelmingly said they want to cut spending and slash taxes.

      Any poll other than the one on Nov 2 is just noise.

      "The future of man is not one billion of us fighting over limited resources on a soon-to-be dead planet. . .I won't go back into the cave for anyone."

      by Whimsical on Thu Jul 21, 2011 at 07:51:28 AM PDT

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      •  No, actually Republicans ran against stimulus (0+ / 0-)

        arguing that it "didn't work" to reduce unemployment (although it arguably saved or created 2 million jobs). But a massive jobs program clearly would work directly to reduce unemployment. Why are there no polls out there asking the question about massive jobs program? Why is that a taboo issue? My guess is that it would be strongly supported in public opinion polls, but for one reason or another it is being ignored. Perhaps Dems don't have the guts to directly confront Reps on this issue (knowing where Tea Party stands).

        •  Not talking about campaigns (0+ / 0-)

          talking about election results.

          When so many teahadists were swept into office, politicians immediately assumed that the tea party agenda MUST be what America wants - or America wouldn't have voted them into office.

          THAT'S why there's no talk of a new jobs program; politicians assume that if America actually wanted one, they'dve kept the Democrats in office.

          "The future of man is not one billion of us fighting over limited resources on a soon-to-be dead planet. . .I won't go back into the cave for anyone."

          by Whimsical on Thu Jul 21, 2011 at 09:20:44 AM PDT

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          •  So the assumption is false (0+ / 0-)

            Politicians obviously drew the wrong conclusion from the election, if what you say is true. I don't know of a Democrat who ran on a massive government jobs program.

            •  The assumption is true, as far as it goes. (0+ / 0-)

              If America really wanted a jobs program, they would've kept in power the ONLY party that had a realistic chance of offering one; regardless of what was run on.

              Either a majority of voters didn't think their vote through; or they thought that other factors were more important than jobs.

              Once the left learns how to use elections to send messages correctly, we'll see progressive ideas gain massive amounts of traction.

              Till then- we'll see more of what we see now.

              "The future of man is not one billion of us fighting over limited resources on a soon-to-be dead planet. . .I won't go back into the cave for anyone."

              by Whimsical on Thu Jul 21, 2011 at 12:48:33 PM PDT

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    •  But it could be the election issue of 2012 (2+ / 0-)
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      mateohussein, costello7

      I've said this many times in the past, if the Dems had any sense, they'd propose a massive jobs program, directed toward transitioning the U.S. economy away from oil, and toward Alt-E and pay for it with taxes on the rich.

      You attack jobs, you attack gas prices, and you attack the unfair wealth issue, all at once.

      Let the 2012 election be a choice between the Dem plan and the Republican austerity/cut Medicare plan, and see who smashes who.

      If the Dems compromise on Medicare cuts now, they take this golden opportunity off the table.  What fools!

  •  Jobs! Jobs! and Jobs! (2+ / 0-)
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    mateohussein, gleniris

    There is so much work to do and so many unemployed people to do the work that one has to wonder what the problem is. Of course massive government spending is needed to create jobs, on the order of the spending done during WW II which was 5-6 trillion of today's dollars a year.

    I know all about hyper-inflation. Hyper-inflation can be prevented by increasing taxes on the rich. Imagine returning to the tax rates of the 1950s. Also reduce defense spending. In the new world there is not need for US troops to be stationed all over the world. In the new world there is no need for war in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Yes get rid of the Colonel Gaddafi in Libya, but also get Europe to put in Peace Keepers and set up a process for a Constitution to be written.

    And move to Medicare for all, reducing costs of medical care.

    There is so much to do and so many people who can work at getting the work done. So what is the problem?

    Practice tolerance, kindness and charity.

    by LWelsch on Thu Jul 21, 2011 at 07:53:31 AM PDT

  •  "Massive governmental jobs program" (1+ / 0-)
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    mateohussein

    Thanks for this post. In a letter to President Obama this week (similar version also to senators), which I'll soon be posting on my blog, I wrote:

    The millions who voted for you are begging you to address the nation’s real crisis and launch an ambitious WPA-style jobs program and lower the eligibility age for Medicare and Social Security to 55. That would restore public and investor confidence, and would invigorate this lame, sucking economy. If tax rates were fair, this wealthy nation could afford it. You could help make it happen.

    Your reelection would be less in doubt if you gave America’s 15+ million unemployed and the nation’s crumbling infrastructure a comprehensive WPA-style jobs program at least 10 times as aggressive as the ARRA stimulus: public works, transportation (not just high-speed rail), public housing, environmental conservation (think CCC), schools, hospitals. Franklin Roosevelt didn’t wait for Congress: he established the WPA in 1935 by executive order. You could do the same.

    Anyway, thanks for putting this idea forward. Keep it up.

    Mark LaFlaur / LeveesNotWar.org

    by laflaur on Thu Jul 21, 2011 at 08:31:28 AM PDT

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