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  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    Jan. 21, 2014 2:21 p.m.

    The wheel keeps on turning, the fingers keep pointing, and the supporters of Democratic and Republican ideas are put on a pedestal so they can appear to be helping the poor and changing things, but laugh behind the scenes. The deluded keep thinking that the great OZ really is all powerful and can change your life, but there are a few, albeit the number is growing, that have come to know that Washington doesn't have the answers any more than the bunny rabbit will show up at my doorstep with a million dollars tomorrow! Come on, people, wake up! The latest knee slapper is raising the minimum wage to move people out of poverty. I'm sorry to inform you, it won't move anyone out of poverty. It will give the politicians a photo op, while the rich get richer and the poorer get poorer! Wake up!

  • Badgerbadger Murray, UT
    Jan. 20, 2014 8:43 a.m.

    The president has been so busy assuring vote buying give away programs and promoting anti-business hate speech that it is no wonder the jobs haven't returned. His 'shovel ready' infrastructure jobs was a good idea, but the incompetence on implementation of that program, much like the ACA website, was devastating. But there was no expert crew brought in to get the 'shovel ready' jobs shovel ready. THe money just vanished.

    Unemployment benefits keep families in poverty. Being on government programs is poverty. These 'vote buying' benefits only buy poverty. I don't know why anyone would choose poverty and continue to vote for it, but they do.

    King Obama also eliminated the work requirement for welfare, for yet more vote buying.

    I know that short term unemployment benefits are earned through working, but only a few weeks are earned, not 2 years. Just think how much could have been accomplished if work had been required for extending unemployment benefits and for welfare. But instead we have perpetuated poverty and accomplished nothing useful.

    Thank goodness someone is going to work on legislation that will help job growth and reduce poverty. Only pure partisans will oppose it.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    Jan. 20, 2014 8:08 a.m.

    The national debate draws the lines between "stimulating the economy to create jobs" and "cutting the federal deficit." Obama has been more focused on stimulus and investment whereas the GOP have been more focused on deficits.

    While both are critical issues, it appears the GOP has deliberately prioritized deficit reduction as a great priority despite citizen suffering. I think this has been intentional so that unemployment could be blamed on Obama.

    The economic logic for stimulus is that it bolsters the economy so that tax revenues can grow to in turn, pay for the deficits. By addressing deficits first by cutting government, however, you actually hamper economic growth, so while the deficit shrinks, you're not getting sufficient economic growth to address unemployment. Indeed, federal cuts hurt the military and other government sector jobs, expanding unemployment.

    Lee's leadership to shut down the government hasn't helped the economy or unemployment.

  • Brer Rabbit Spanish Fork, UT
    Jan. 19, 2014 9:56 p.m.

    The loss of jobs and stagnant wages are the product not only of poor government decisions, but huge losses of jobs to automation, mechanization, off-shoring jobs to cheap labor countries, but also the flood of cheap foreign legal and illegal labor into the United States. Many of these changes have been as dramatic as the beginning of the Industrial Revolution that brought huge numbers of workers from agriculture into the cities. By the beginning of the 20th Century life for many in the cities was pathetic.

    There isn't much that can be done to slow the loss of jobs to automation, mechanization, and off-shoring, but the flood of foreign labor can be reduced. Wages and unemployment are products of supply and demand, just as goods and services. Presently there is a large surplus of labor. Some new types of jobs are created, but not enough. Simply increasing skill levels will not help, if more and more STEM jobs are given to immigrant labor, as proposed in last summer's Senate Bill S.744.

    The working poor suffer the most due to their jobs going to unskilled foreign legal and illegal workers depressing their wages, below substance levels.

  • Dr. Thom Long Beach, CA
    Jan. 19, 2014 7:06 p.m.

    It's not creating a specific number if jobs, but the quality of those jobs. As an example, it is better to create 100 jobs that required a graduate degree than 1,000 minimum wage jobs, so when we read about the number of macro job, we should be looking at the number of micro jobs. As an example, several colleagues of mine with PHDs in biology, law, and chemistry have not worked in 3 years, so instead of trying to get 20 people hired at minimum wage jobs, we should be focused on getting people like my colleagues hired first, since their longterm employment, benefits and salaries would be more economically impactive.

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 19, 2014 8:36 a.m.

    The forces that are troubling for employment would exist no matter who is President. Mike Lee is a politician, so naturally he places all the blame on the feet of his political opposition.

    Let's imagine an economy where Romney was elected, instead of Obama. Does anyone seriously believe that companies would no longer be incentivized to implement labor-saving technologies, and would be hiring people in droves, when their ability to produce or import is already well established?

    Would the ongoing and increasingly rapid disruption that globalization poses just kind of evaporate? If Obamacare was repealed tomorrow, would all the serious problems with healthcare disappear and the economy would boom?

    The issue of longer term unemployment insurance is the canary in the coal mine, folks.

    When the children of physicians, attorneys and even US Senators have limited career opportunities because technology can do the job much cheaper, more accurately and it doesn't call in sick, THEN we will see a serious introspective debate on on what exactly to do about our economy and how to provide rewarding career opportunities, instead of short term jobs that are one step ahead of being made obsolete.

  • Unreconstructed Reb Chantilly, VA
    Jan. 19, 2014 8:32 a.m.

    "The truth is that government policies are causing long-term unemployment...."

    The Senator is terribly vague when it comes to explaining just what these policies are and how they are contributing to the unemployment problem.

    We cannot expect a quick turnaround to the economy. The truth is that the fundamentals of our economy are structurally unstable as three decades of poor long-term strategy have come to a head. It is the result of (among other things) deregulation, lack of corporate transparency, treatment of the labor force as simply another corporate asset, reduction in government-funded research & development and infrastructure, a dramatic shift from labor to a financial- and services-based economy, a plutocracy with vast resources influencing political decisions, gridlock and instability in Congress that prevents businesses from strategic planning, and a callous "let them eat cake" approach to the unemployed, the undereducated, and the impoverished.

    And your wing of your party has been the primary enabler of this.

  • Makid Kearns, UT
    Jan. 19, 2014 8:02 a.m.

    Hmm, this editorial is a bit misleading.

    First, if you count the unemployed and underemployed during the bulk of the last 5 years, the number comes close to the same percentage as during the Great Depression, so the last 5 years are a bit different than standard recessions.

    Second, the President managed to get 1 stimulus bill passed. Everyone complains about the amount spent before even realizing what it was. Nearly 3/4 of the stimulus bill went to corporate tax relief. Less than 1/4 went to shovel ready jobs.

    Third, the President submitted numerous bills to Congress since 2010 to address employment and to install policies to create jobs. Guess how many were voted on by the Republican's in the House. 0.

    The Republican's were elected to restore jobs in 2010. Guess how many bills the Republican's voted on that were strictly to create jobs and not poison pill bills. 0.

    So, saying it's the President's failed policies when the President only had 2 years to pull the Country out of a recession that was nearly as bad as the Great Depression, which took 10 years or more and WW2 to recover from is a terrible mistruth.