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I heard this question asked on Bill Maher's show last night, by Cornell West as I recall.  Rough paraphrased, it went like this:

We have "Deficit Commissions" -- But where is the "Jobs Commission"?

Jobs, that's what the People want. That's what the People need.


A mile of Deficits could be easily covered by a Country, that was fully, and gainfully employed.

And with thousands of Vets finally returning home from Iraq, will our Country "honor them" with gainful employment opportunities?

Or will they face the same scarcity of opportunities, promoted by, and white-washed by, GOP representatives and GOP candidates alike:

Speaking in Arkansas, Cain addressed his feelings about Occupy Wall Street:
Mr. Cain is there anything else you'd say to the Wall Street protesters?   Yeah, go home and get a job!   And get a life!   Go home!"
by Glenn Wright, Political Buzz Examiner -- Oct 28, 2011

I'm sure returning Vets will be happy to obliged those GOP-do-nothings. They want to work. As do most of those College Graduates, (and 99ers) out there protesting ...

But first, maybe we need to Stop those Jobs from going overseas?

Maybe we need to ACTUALLY start CREATING those Jobs, here at home?

especially after giving those huge Bush Tax cuts to the "Job Creators" for over 10+ years.

And especially considering that ...

JOLTS: 7 Applicants Per Job Opening

by Barry Ritholtz - June 13th, 2011 -- [Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey]

via David A. Rosenberg & Gluskin Sheff

Welcome Home Vets!  

This is the Land of Opportunity-Stonewalling you have been fighting for.

The Land of the Free, and the Home of 7 Job Applicants for every available job,

Where a listless GOP Congress would rather lay off thousands of teachers and cops and fighter-fighters, than raise even a 0.005% Tax ON MILLIONAIRES.  ($500 per 100K over 1M)

That is what America has become, while you were busy taking care of business ... for your County.

Perhaps we need some serious Nation Building, here at home eh?

We have "Deficit Commissions" -- But where is the "Jobs Commission"?

Jobs, that's what the People want. That's what the People need.


Just Google search the phrase "Jobs Commission"

and what we see, is mostly crickets.

Strange priorities we have in this Country ... we'll cheer for, fight for, even pay for (to the tune of Billions)  for "Freedom and Opportunities" for other countries, around the world.

Democracy is on the March.  There.

But when it comes to "Freedom and Opportunities" for America's own citizens -- Forget about it!

... as far as the GOP is concerned.  If it's not about Cutting Govt, or Cutting Taxes for the Wealthy -- They couldn't care less.

The current Democratic Administration HAS a Jobs Creation Agenda. And the current band of GOP Stone-wallers are systematically ignoring it.

"An incredible $147 billion a year is invested by the Federal government in research and development," said Fattah. "That research has led to new products such as antibiotics, plastics, airplanes, computers, microwaves, and bioengineered drugs.

"Innovations like these are responsible for up to one-half the growth of the U.S. economy and are the principal driving force in the nation's long-term economic prosperity.

Congressman Fattah Believes Federal Laboratories Key to Job Creation
by Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah -- Oct. 28, 2011

But from the GOP point of view, it is far easier to Just Say No to Jobs.

To the GOP such Govt Investments are Socialism.  It's Big Govt Social Engineering.  It's redistribution of (their) Wealth.

... as far as the GOP is concerned ...  We are a country of "Rugged Individualists"  ... much like Grizzly Bears, fighting for the best perch.

 ... charming, ain't it?

Go home and get a job!   And get a life!   Go home!"

That is the GOP platform, if you're out of a Job, it's your own damn fault!

... as far as the GOP is concerned. They are drawn like "flies to sugar" ... as their latest upstart candidate keeps saying this callous stuff:

Don't blame Wall Street, don't blame the big banks, if you don't have a job and you're not rich, blame yourself!
Herman Cain: Occupy Wall Street ...  on  Oct 28, 2011

Of course, most of the GOP Wantabees, couldn't read a Budget Chart, if their Jobs depended on it. Because if they could, they'd know it was their own damn party that saddled us with this record breaking debt that we are staring down the frightful specter of now.

All under the guise of Nation Building ... somewhere else ... (that we weren't really doing, either.)

Rebuild Infrastructure here at Home -- Forget about it!

Rebuild and modernize Schools here at Home -- Forget about it!

Promote the growth industries of the Green Energy Future -- Forget about it!

"If you don't have a Job -- it's your own damn fault."

Or so the GOP is trying desperately, to get us all to believe.  Wall Street had nothing to do with it!  

The evaporation of the American Dream -- happened on someone else's watch.  

Or so that stand-up party of No New Taxes would like us to believe.  The GOP had nothing to do with it!  

Welcome Home Vets!    

I hope that your Resumes are in order, not that it will make that much of a difference.

In a land where all the Opportunities to achieve the American Dream, have mostly seem to fled somewhere else, overseas. ... to the many lands which are the homes of cheap and desperate labor.

A desperate land we are rapidly becoming too. ... all for the Fear of, daring to Invest in Ourselves.

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  •  Even if President Obama cannot or will not (4+ / 0-)

    start a Works Progress Administration for the millions (20 million or more) of Americans who are jobless, perhaps we can demand he do so - at least for the returning Veterans.

    I don't even care what sort of work it is, so long as it pays a living wage and offers a job to EVERY returning Veteran who wants one.

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    I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization
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    "A great democracy must be progressive or it will soon cease to be a great democracy."

    by Angie in WA State on Sat Oct 29, 2011 at 02:16:03 PM PDT

  •  Wall Street didn't pay for a Jobs Commission, (8+ / 0-)

    they paid for a Deficit Commission.

    "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

    by Lily O Lady on Sat Oct 29, 2011 at 02:21:12 PM PDT

    •  yes but (2+ / 0-)
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      Eric Nelson, mike101

      who who holds that "specter" out there,

      as our most urgent National Priority.

      Austerity, Shared Sacrifice,

      tighten our Family Budgets, and all that.

      If my family, had the Fed at our disposal,

      we sure wouldn't be investing in

      paying down our China Debt.

      We'd be investing, in the Future,

      -- that China wants, to clearly dominate.

      What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
      -- Maslow ...... my list.

      by jamess on Sat Oct 29, 2011 at 02:52:53 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Darn right. (1+ / 0-)
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    Would have tipped and rec'd for the headline alone.

    Thanks Cornel West for coining it.

    Thank you for repeating it.

    And in addition to jobs for returning vets:

    There need to be more jobs for working families. For struggling single parents. For new graduates, with or without mountains of debt.  For laid off 40- and 50-somethings who face widespread age discrimination.

  •  This is what ... (1+ / 0-)
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    What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
    -- Maslow ...... my list.

    by jamess on Sat Oct 29, 2011 at 03:06:53 PM PDT

  •  "REVENUE COMMISSION"!? (4+ / 0-)
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    jamess, denise b, antirove, mike101

    I also want to see a Patriot Tax and Patriot Bonds to pay for wars and defense since 2001.

    •  that (2+ / 0-)
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      mike101, LNK

      is one very obvious reply.

      Why don't Dems use it?

      thx LNK

      What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
      -- Maslow ...... my list.

      by jamess on Sat Oct 29, 2011 at 04:03:35 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Why? (2+ / 0-)
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        jamess, mike101

        Because they're followers, not leaders. They don't set the terms of discussion; they don't get out in front; they don't claim the microphone. They haven't got the guts or the heart.

        We decided to move the center farther to the right by starting the whole debate from a far-right position to begin with. - Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay

        by denise b on Sat Oct 29, 2011 at 05:02:07 PM PDT

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        •  Not why.... (1+ / 0-)
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          Dems don't have nearly as much $$$$$ as GOP when it comes to think tanks, agenda-setting, VRWNM..........Plus, it takes $$$ to be a Dem in power in the first place.

          Look how the media smeared Howard Dean with the fake Dean scream ....feed taken off his mic without the overwhelming noise in the room which required him to shout so loud.

          Meanwhile, how much time do we spend criticizing our side and preaching to the converted instead of getting out there and doing much, much more? I really want to know what WE are doing because in the end it really is up to us.

          How the conservatives have a 100 years on us and more:

  •  Jobs!?!? they don't matter - Free Trade matters (2+ / 0-)
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    jamess, antirove

    EXPORTING jobs is a priority, not CREATING them.....

    Banks and Financial firms that took TARP money continue to offshore jobs.  Data Processing went to India  a decade ago.  Call centers and customer support went 5 years back.  Now they're sending A/P, A/R and even Purchasing overseas.

    It would be REAL EASY to have a requirement in ANY government aid that forbid job offshoring.  Why isn't there one?

    We've already sent our manufacturing base overseas - now we're sending white collar jobs.  

    So it doesn't matter how cheap crap is at WalMart when nobody can afford to buy anything - because they're UNEMPLOYED.

    You have all kinds of jobs that COULD go to Americans but government.  

    Years ago I was dumbfounded to see all kinds of foreign college students working in US National Parks.  Xanterra and all the park concessionaires found it cheaper to hire foreigners for 3-4 months and fly them in from Eastern Europe or wherever, promising them a lot and delivering on little.  Most of these kids were isolated, and not getting any real chance to see the local park much less the US and many were working second jobs for private employers because they made so little working for the concessionaire.  You also have many retirees living out of RV's working p/t for minimum wages and 'free rent' on parking spots for their RV.

    The US COULD put conditions on National Park jobs - having them go to US college students.  They could earn money for college AND get a wider exposure to the US.   In fact why do National Parks pay PRIVATE COMPANIES to run concessions in parks.  Why let private companies profit off NATIONAL PARKS?  This seems to be a far more rational approach than endless expansion of student loan programs - and ever rising costs.

    Head Start is a program that WORKS.  Why not pair up education majors with Head Start - paying them to gain experience - and also expanding Head Start and the number of kids served by this program?

    Why not have EVERY construction project funded with federal funds incorporate a training program employing people AND teaching them a construction skill?  This would require some union concessions but you think they'd be smart about allowing such a program.

    I know people collecting long term unemployment that are asking 'Isn't there SOMETHING I can do in exchange?'  Seems like a no brainer.   Local municipalities are cutting teacher aides, library hours, community centers, senior services.... why NOT put people to work in these areas in exchange for their unemployment?

    But ultimately, the ongoing pursuit of the cheapest possible labor costs - sending whole factories overseas and even white collar service jobs overseas is suicidal.  If Americans aren't working and earning money they can't afford to buy ANYTHING - and the easy credit decades are over.  

    We had a housing bubble ONLY because building homes was one of the last industries' you couldn't outsource.    If we don't start employing people IN THE US, we as a nation are finished.

    Life isn't fair but you should try to leave it fairer than you found it.

    by xrepub on Sat Oct 29, 2011 at 07:11:34 PM PDT

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