Democrats need a job-creation bill

It seems that Democrats are finally beginning to understand that a crippling recession will threaten their chances in next year’s mid-term elections. But they haven’t figured out an effective response, yet.
Instead, according to Politico, they’re turning their wrath on Obama and his Cabinet.

The wave of Democratic grief had been building privately for months, but Hill Democrats had held back on publicly criticizing the Obama presidency. But now Democrats who see that their economic agenda seems to be flailing and fear getting wiped out in the 2010 congressional elections are going public with a burst of criticism, and much of it has poured out in the past 48 hours.
It’s coming from some of the most liberal supporters of the president, like John Conyers, who said Thursday on the Bill Press radio show that Obama was “bowing down” to the right.
“I’m getting tired of saving Obama’s can in the White House,” Conyers said. “I mean, he only won by five votes in the House, and this bill wasn’t anything to write home about.”
Oregon Democrat Peter DeFazio, who has called on Geithner to resign, vented his frustrations about the Obama economic team in an interview with POLITICO.
“I don’t see any trace of life coming out of these people when it comes to the real economy,” DeFazio said. “That’s not their orientation.”

Venting and finger-pointing won’t get them anywhere. Instead, the Democrats need to put money directly into jobs programs. The Obama administration has avoided such programs for fear of being attacked by Republicans.
From The Washington Post:

Since taking office, the Obama administration has studiously avoided paying people to go to work, which could be accomplished by subsidizing workers’ private-sector employment or by creating new government-paid jobs. There are programs in a handful of states that financially compensate employees who cut their hours to prevent broader layoffs at their companies — an approach that costs relatively little, since it results in lower payouts of unemployment benefits, and that has helped Germany keep unemployment under 8 percent despite the deep slowdown there. But the Obama administration has so far opted not to expand this initiative. And aside from a small summer employment program for young people, it has not sought to create jobs on the public payroll, something the country did in the 1930s and 1970s.

Instead Obama’s team has taken a more indirect approach, a prudence that critics on the left say is misplaced. If you’re spending hundreds of billions of dollars on stimulus, why not do it with conviction? Engaging in more forthright job creation could invite some political pitfalls (such as those constant accusations of socialism), but is double-digit unemployment any less a political risk?

But they’re going to be attacked by Republicans no matter what they do. Better to be attacked for doing the right thing: creating jobs.

33 comments Add your comment

MacArthur

November 20th, 2009
1:19 pm

Bush’s stimulus and Obama’s stimulus propped up the fat cats. Meanwhile in northwest Georgia, there are thousands of people who would love to have a government job widing U.S. 411 from I-75 to the Tennessee border, or any number of needed public projects. Government focused on preserving the rich, while ignoring that millions won’t be able to support themselves without a job. And that’s the view from Main Street.

Joey

November 20th, 2009
1:22 pm

What have we learned from Cynthia’s post, if nothing else?

1. The Obama Administration won’t spend money on “jobs” for fear of being attacked by Republicans. Let’s ignore that they are and have been printing and spending plenty of money, elsewhere.

2. Democrats are beginning to understand that this crippling recession will threaten their chances in the 2010 election. Although Democrats and Jay Bookman declared the recession over just a couple of weeks ago. National Health Care and Cap & Trade and Afghanistan are not contributing to any mid-term threat.

3. Democrats are so oblivious that they do not understand that Republicans are going to attack them regardless. So what Cynthia suggest is that Democrats should try something different. Democrats should try to create jobs. Not private sector jobs mind you, but jobs on the Public Payroll.

What could go wrong?

And one correction. I think it is clear that all the jobs that the Obama Administration has created are on the public payroll.

Jimmy62

November 20th, 2009
1:27 pm

Mostof the job creation plans of the past did not accomplish what they were supposed to. A simple lesson in economics should suffice to show you why. I’ll give you a hint, for every dollar the government spends on job creation, that’s a dollar less the private sector can use to hire people. And since private industry, NOT the government, is the driving force behind our economy, havignt he government spend money to create jobs makes no sense. Not to mention that numerous studies show that for every job the government creates, they spend 4 times as much money as the private sector would on a similar job. So if you want to waste more money, and put a damper on real job creation, having the government make a jobs program is the way to go.

It’s almost like you want to destroy the economy using government intervention so when everything collapses you can blame it on the free market and make the US completely socialist. Please, please take a course in economics before you write about it again. Or read Bastiat’s The Law, or Hazlitt’s Economics in One Lesson, or Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom.

Jack

November 20th, 2009
1:31 pm

Jimmy62 is unemployed as of last week. Or was it two weeks ago?

Sunshine and Thunder

November 20th, 2009
1:45 pm

Well, between you and Alec MacGillis of the WP I think we could sink every economy in the free world. So you two think that public money should subsidize private payrolls and that government could go on a hiring binge just to provide needed jobs?

I have just one question for you both: Where do you think that money is going to come from? Has it ever occurred to you liberals that most of the jobs created in this country come from small businesses and President Obama and the anti growth dims in congress are about to destroy that growth engine?

Wow. The sheer idiocy of it all is mind boggling.

The American People

November 20th, 2009
1:47 pm

“In 2009 and 2010 all existing buisnesses will receive a $3,000 refundable tax credit for each additional full-time employee hired.” – Barack Obama. “You Lie.” – Joe Wilson. Joe was right, imagine that.

An idea.......

November 20th, 2009
1:54 pm

Wrie an article about the SEIU 1000 members beating up Ken Hamidi for trying to exercising his right for free speech at their public meeting.

Scott

November 20th, 2009
2:12 pm

Cynthia, Wasn’t the Stimulus created just for this reason? Obama told us that we would peak out at 8% unemployment and then the jobs will just be appearing everywhere. Yeah right…..just like he saved over a million jobs with the plan too. Is there anything about this Admin that you do not trust? As Joe Wilson said so eloquently. He is a LIAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dr. Stevens

November 20th, 2009
2:31 pm

Ladies and yes some guys out there – How about that 5% added tax on all cosmetic surgery in the healthcare bill. All the Botex Bettys that come into my office everyday are going to have to shell out even more money.

Peadawg

November 20th, 2009
2:32 pm

I thought Obama’s “stimulus” package was supposed to create jobs, hhhmmmmm?

Dr. Stevens

November 20th, 2009
2:34 pm

The president has already admitted that the policy he seeks on Cap and Trade will cause our electricity bills to ’skyrocket.’ Sadly, those hit hardest will be those who are already struggling to make ends meet. Enjoy that Obama sheep.

Common Sense

November 20th, 2009
2:35 pm

Democrats need to get out there and find or make their own jobs. Most Republicans do !

Chris Broe

November 20th, 2009
2:39 pm

Obama is not Hitler, yet there sure is a furor over his administration……..

Turd Ferguson

November 20th, 2009
2:42 pm

ObaMao and the Dems are good at creating govt bureaucracy which more often than not is just another obstacle to progress.

Chris Broe

November 20th, 2009
2:43 pm

Look, P, with that hot cover of Newsweek everywhere, I wouldn’t be calling attention to Obama’s package. You’ll start a caucus.

Is it Miller Time yet?

Chris Broe

November 20th, 2009
2:45 pm

I like Obamao! It’s almost palindromic! Cause if you go carryin’ pictures of OBAMAO-ow-ow, you’re not gonna make it with anyone anyhow…..

Please. Miller Time. Beggin’ here.

Jess

November 20th, 2009
2:49 pm

Jess,

I have a good idea for job creation. What if we were to stop taxing small businesses for every social program coming down the pipes, and let this group, who has historically created 60% to 70% of all new jobs do what they do best. When Obama says he will only tax the rich, he fails to mention that up to 70% of the group he refers to are small businesses.

Since his policy of taxing small businesses until they start hiring is not working, the other approach is at least worth a try.

TnGelding

November 20th, 2009
3:12 pm

Corporate America needs to have its butt kicked. Obama needs to hire more agents to enforce the laws on the books and collect owed taxes. Troops need to be recalled from around the world. The tax code needs to be made more simple and less costly to comply with. Let the current stimulus run its course. It’s working as planned. Most of the jobs will come back.

Rant

November 20th, 2009
3:14 pm

Boortz says it best –

So if I, the Talkmaster, were invited to this jobs summit in Washington, here is what I would suggest.

Do not increase taxes on Americans by letting the Bush tax cuts expire

Get spending under control. Rather than spend more money trying to create jobs, try and get spending under control and the economy with correct itself

Pass the FairTax.

Find something for Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to do that won’t be so damaging to our Republic. Give them some old alarm clocks to take apart and re-assemble.

Scott

November 20th, 2009
3:32 pm

TNGelding, The jobs will come back huh? Nope…not going to happen. It is going to be a JOBLESS recovery. When will people realize this? Factories are running nearly at half capacity. They slowed themselves down by cutting people AND by cutting current employee wages back. Demand is not going to rise dramatically and companies will simply increase the number of hours for current employees and cover spikes with overtime. Face it….this stimulus is a joke and has not worked as promised, unless of course you believe the data that says that millions of jobs have been saved….mythical jobs like the ones created in imaginary districts.

Scott

November 20th, 2009
3:45 pm

TN Gelding, I forgot one other thing. I think that they DO need to hire more agents. It will probably be the only way to get Democrat politicians to pay their fair share of the tax burden. That is the only reason they don’t mind raising others’ taxes….they don’t choose to pay them and they do not get held accountable as the Admin and their fellow Congressmen choose to look the other way.

Chris Broe

November 20th, 2009
3:51 pm

has anyone else notince how Cynthia T. has taken the gloves off lately? She hits below the beltway, eh?

Sure glad I’m a liberal democrat. I was only kidding about being anti Rx fix, chick. Dig, I’m so lib, I’m glib.

Word up, beeyayatch!!!

Common Sense

November 20th, 2009
3:55 pm

To Chris Broe:

She has taken off the gloves but she won’t debate.

Scott

November 20th, 2009
4:19 pm

Chris Broe: Nope…She makes the same dumb comments with no justification or evidence that she has always made.

eddy

November 20th, 2009
4:33 pm

Please, Obama and his boys/girls have never held a job outside of some “make work and get paid” something…community organizer. They think the gov’t really does create jobs…..jobs that actually do something useful, pay taxes, etc. rather than the pencil pushers. Even if they could create jobs, they cannot identify specifically which jobs were created, where they are and how many of them there are. As I’ve said before, there is no vaccine for stupidity. It’s bone deep and obvious.

El Jefe

November 20th, 2009
5:04 pm

Let’s see, who creates better jobs, the public sector, the Government, or private sector. Gee, that one is hard.

The public sector jobs do not produce revenue, they only create a drain on the economy.
Private sector jobs produce something. The small private sector employer is the backbone of this country, but this administration is hell bent on destroying it.

When you heap tax after tax onto the small business owner, you kill jobs.

Make it easier for business to do business.

Cut capital gains tax, increase the amount a company can deduct for the cost of doing business.
Take away tax breaks for companies that are over seas – I know this seems counter-intuitive, but if a company moves off shore, they hurt the US.

Give companies tax breaks and encourage them to support their employees.

AND GET THE GOVERNMENT OUT OF PRIVATE BUSINESS. Public/private ventures are not money makers. The government will demand control.

fitzgerald

November 21st, 2009
10:00 am

Democrats put more money into jobs. Private business is penalized for not allowing employees to have government insurance. Taxes are increased to pay for the money jobs. Private companies lay off workers because the government is penalizing them for not giving employees government insurance. Increased taxes on private companies makes them close doors. Taxes on all federal government employees and newspaper employees should be increased to 85 percent. Everything is fixed now.

jones

November 24th, 2009
12:09 pm

First off, I suggest that many more prisons be bulit. We need more. I and many many peeople I know, have made a pact that we will go to prison rather than be forced to buy healt insurance. If that’s what Botox Nancy wants–thats what she gets–many people in prison. Secomd; I will not pay for abortions. We will go off the gris and be paid in CASH and purchase evrything in cash, effectively having no income to tax. Thirdly, the O administration is aligned with communism platforms–try comparing the policies vs the communist planks-Course that would yake soem objectivity and yes reading.

jones

November 24th, 2009
12:11 pm

so my spelling is off due to workin the keyboard and not looking–but the jist is understandable.

Robert

November 24th, 2009
5:46 pm

The stimulus package hasn’t created many jobs because the money was given to the pet projects that had nothing to do with job creation. It was sold to America as a job stimulus bill, but we now know the truth. Now I hear that some democrats want another stimulus bill. Do they not realize what this added debt does to our economy? It’s time to wake up America!

Robert

November 24th, 2009
5:56 pm

One more thing to mention, in the campaign Obama liked to brag about his understanding of economics (and imply that McCain was ignorant). He even bragged several times about how Warren Buffet supports him. I would give anything if I could talk to Warren Buffet and get his opinion about what he thinks of this administration’s economic policies now. He didn’t get where he is today by following these same beliefs, I’m sure. The problem the way I see it is that this administration and the democrats in general have no common sense when it comes to the economy. They love to blame Bush. I am tired of hearing “we inherited this mess”. They seem to forget that they have now been in control of Congress for 3 years. If you look at the economic decline, it really happened under “their” watch.

Scott

November 24th, 2009
6:04 pm

I heard a funny joke the other day. It had to do with a medium sized company that was undergoing some really hard times and needed to cut 10% of the workforce in order to stay afloat. This was a result of the tax increases Obama promised us in his campaign (the one promise he kept!). The owner had a tough decision to make in determining who would be let go. He asked for volunteers, offered severance packages and still had no takers. He decided he would have to make the tough call himself. Thinking long and hard about who he would cut, he decided to walk outside to the employee parking lot and look for Obama bumper stickers. This made his decision MUCH easier. Haha.

John De Long

November 27th, 2009
11:31 am

Why not try something simple, for one year put a hold on Income Tax and Social Security for indivuales,which would not cost any more than we are doing. Maybe then we could pay our house paments, pay for our health care, and put
groceries on the table. Of course this would not require any more goverment jobs and we could decide how best to spend our own Money. But probably Washington don’t trust us to choose our own priorties?