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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Longest Unemployment Record That Didn't Have to Happen

                                "In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only
                                            to poverty."   - Proverbs 14:23

The U.S. has just broken the record of the longest average unemployment run in the nation's history, according to Catherine Rampell in a post in New York Times. American workers never had it this bad even during the Great Depression.

President Obama will embark on a jobs bus tour in the Midwest from August 15-17. It's deja vu all over again as the administration pivots to jobs creation for the seventh time and will focus once more like a laser beam on improving our unemployment numbers. But really, a battery-operated Buzzlightyear's laser beam lasts longer than this White House's attempts to put people back to work. Having no business nor executive experience prior to running for President, Obama just seems clueless and out of touch of our economic reality. His policies do more to spread fear and anxiety among the business community. His speeches showcase him as a champion to the "poor", chastising the "rich" for sitting on their cash and not paying enough taxes. But these "rich" people are the business owners and job creators who run the wheels of our economy. Really, how many "poor" people do you know provide employment to others? The government is better off reforming our tax codes so that businesses do not use the loopholes to stash away their profits in foreign countries or to simply game our tax laws to avoid paying taxes here at home. Business owners, like Bernie Marcus of Home Depot, are also complaining of getting choked with regulations that impede their investments and stop them from hiring new employees. Whether it's Obamacare, or new EPA rule, or a tax increase threat, President Obama's constant overhauling of business laws and regulation creates reservation among job creators to make plans for expansion or even daily operations.

As far as I can remember, and this is true among most households, it has always been a job that provided for all the things that we needed in our everyday lives.  As a little child, my father's job and my mother's home-based businesses brought food to our table, paid for school expenses, provided roof over our heads. My own job, when I was single, paid for my apartment and my social life. I was even able to help a little bit for my younger sibling to go to college. These days, it is my husband's job that fills our kitchen pantry, pays for our insurance, the mortgage , our cars, my children's Wii and Xbox. It seems to me that a lot of our country's problems can be addressed if only people have decent jobs to support themselves, without government hand outs. As the old saying goes, "If you need a helping hand, it is at the end of your arm" - not Uncle Sam's.

In my previous post, "What Excites You About a Palin Presidency?" , I had talked about how the right energy policy could turn around our upside down economy. Opening up ANWR, as advocated by former Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska, could create an upwards of a million jobs. Think about that - a million individuals earning their own keeps, without welfare assistance from the government! The ripple effect on our economy would be tremendous. That would be a million workers paying for their own health insurance without Obamacare, a million households paying for their own mortgage without any housing assistance from Uncle Sam, a million people buying their own foods without food stamps. God has given us all that we need to sustain ourselves- physical abilities and skills to do work, thinking brains to innovate and rich natural resources to provide for our needs. We just need the government (specifically, this White House) to get out of the way.

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