by Peter Stern
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.
Top executive bonuses still are being paid out with taxpayer dollars.
As the economy continued to plummet, more jobs were lost and home
Then Congress implemented auto and appliance clunker programs. Simply
stated, that is a poor approach to injecting consumer dollars into the
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.
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The American people were promised jobs; however, thousands of jobs
still are being cut by many companies. Congress provided several
extensions of unemployment benefits for those who had reached their maximum
time. Meanwhile, Congress has not made good on the promise to develop jobs
for those Americans who need them.
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 20 weeks.
This is like placing a Band-Aid on a deep wound --- it won't work.
Congress can not expect to continue this lackadaisical and disingenuous
approach to strengthen our economy. Americans need jobs. Jobs
provide salaries. Salaries give Americans money to make purchases.
Purchases provide profits to businesses who then reinvest and motivate our
Americans need to ask their Congress that great old question classic
comedian Oliver Hardy [knee-deep in frustration] used to ask so frequently
of his simplistic partner Stan Laurel, "Why don't you do something to HELP
Many Americans wish Congress had a good response to that
Peter Stern, a former director of information services,
university professor and public school administrator, is a disabled Vietnam
veteran who lives in Driftwood.