In a Wall Street Journal symposium nine prominent Democrats present
their recommendations for an Obama second-term agenda, assuming that Republicans control at least one house of Congress.
Those in the symposium include SEIU president Andy Stern, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, and former Tennessee Congressman Harold Ford, Jr. The proviso gets short shrift.
Their prescriptions range from addressing climate change to introducing new programs (in addition to existing Social Security) for providing retirement income.
Have they lost their minds? There are more than 20 million people who are unemployed or underemployed. The Social Security Disability roster has grown so rapidly over the last half dozen years, largely from individuals who have lost their jobs and are unable to secure new ones, that the program is, essentially, bankrupt. Half of those who are unemployed have been unemployed for more than 99 weeks.
There’s only one agenda item for the next presidential term: increase the rate of job creation. If they don’t believe that, they don’t have any ideas for what could be done, or they don’t believe that anything can be done, they should get the heck out of the way in favor of people who do believe that, do have ideas, and do believe that something can be done.
Without more people getting jobs we won’t have a robust economy. Without a robust economy none of the bright, shiny objects that have captured their attention will come to pass.