It’s been a busy week. With a lot of action on a lot of important issues, especially Afghanistan and health care.
But today, at the White House, attention will be focused on the most important issue of all: jobs.
Even though the overall economy shows signs of improving, the prospect for jobs is definitely not. The unemployment rate stands at 10.2 percent, and the White House says it may go even higher.
Most economists will tell you that, if you count those who can only find part-time work or have given up trying to find a new job, the actual rate is closer to 20 percent.
Which means two out of every ten American families are hurting, facing the holidays with no pay check in hand or in sight. And that is simply unacceptable.
We need a new jobs program. Another stimulus package, if you will. But not one aimed at Wall Street, hoping it’ll trickle down to Main Street. A new stimulus package aimed directly at creating new jobs: all those new construction jobs – rebuilding our bridges, highways, and infrastructure – which are ready to go, but only require the cash to get started.
The White House will talk about jobs today. Congress should act on jobs, tomorrow.
That’s my parting shot for today.