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Obama Wants to Send Unemployed Back to School

Posted on Jul 14, 2009
White House / Pete Souza

President Barack Obama during the invocation at the University of Notre Dame’s commencement ceremony in May.

At 14.1 percent, Michigan’s unemployment rate is the highest of any state. So it was a fitting setting for the president to announce his plan to spend $12 billion retraining the unemployed in community colleges. This plan would be a lot more exciting if its budget didn’t inevitably have to be compared with the trillions we’ve thrown at lousy banks.

AIG alone got about 15 times as much money after it helped wreck the world economy.

Here’s another storm cloud, while we’re on the subject: Unemployment is expected to go up before it goes down.

But it’s nice to see some attention being paid to the growing horde of out-of-work Americans.

AP via Google:

Watching the unemployment rate continue to climb despite his efforts to stop it, President Barack Obama on Tuesday proposed a $12 billion investment in the nation’s two-year colleges to help train millions of unemployed people for jobs he says will be created once the economy turns around.

Obama flew to Michigan, a state with the worst unemployment rate in the country, at 14.1 percent, to make the announcement at Macomb Community College.

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By school stickers, August 15, 2011 at 8:16 pm Link to this comment

Research robustly indicates a negative relationship between education and employment rates. The higher the education, the lower the unemployment rate. Nonetheless, for the man in the street, the problem of unemployment for him or her may not be answered by statistical findings. Those people who are unemployed may face frictional unemployment, or may be trying to make a mid-career switch to pursue something they are passionate about. There are many reasons. However, in order to enter any industry, short-term, certified training may just be the answer. For instance, in the health care industry, unlicensed assistive personnel who often hold a high level of experience and ability and are important members of the health care team, do not require extensive health care training to practice their profession. They often undergo some formal education, apprenticeship or on-the-job training. An example of an unlicensed assistive personnel in health care would be the Certified Nursing Assistant.

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By hippie4ever, July 17, 2009 at 6:01 pm Link to this comment

Tropicgirl, thank you! I thought Obama was intelligent too, but since taking office he’s speaking slower, and communicating less. Dimwitted, frankly, and just a step up from Dubbya!

{Inhaling medication; trying to remain calm; attempting zen}

I think Obama should go on several field trips to Africa so he can discover his own heritage and maybe learn something—I name him the Empty Suit of the Year!

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By John Hanks, July 16, 2009 at 6:07 pm Link to this comment
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School has been used as a detention system for years.

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By Kay Johnson, July 15, 2009 at 7:25 am Link to this comment

“A government run jobs program—remember the WPA, the CCC, the Federal Writers Project, etc? Do that, Mr. President.”

I have written letter after letter on this very issue—to my elected officials, including my city council representative and the White House. These programs really did put people to work, and the people who were put to work within these programs, many of them, built very successful and sustainable careers.

The new so-called plan: What jobs will these people find once they graduate with an Associate degree? What fields of study? Will real jobs actually be created within these questionable fields? I doubt it! It all sounds like hot air to me. Seldom does Obama offer concrete solutions. The disconnect is overwhelming to me. I know countless people who have degrees and can’t find decent jobs.

BTW, where are those green jobs? And, why are U.S. officials over in Spain talking to the Europeans about manufacturing light rail, etc.? Why aren’t they converting empty factories here in the United States, and hiring our own citizens to manufacture what we need in the way of a public transportation system?

Having been unemployed since December of 2006, I quickly discovered that places of employment receive tens, and even hundreds, of applications and resumes for one single job opening. It’s been dire for a long time! 

Tip of the hat, tropicgirl:

“Now get off my tv and go on another field trip.”

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By Joseph A. Domino, July 15, 2009 at 7:12 am Link to this comment
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I’m adjunct instructor at a community college. Adjuncts comprise two-thirds of the nation’s university and college faculty. Why? The schools save a lot of money. Adjuncts are paid like custodial staff or worse with no benefits. Some are on food stamps. Institutions of higher learning have adopted the “Walmart” business model. Out of that $12B you’d think they could throw us a few crumbs. But it won’t happen. It’s on no one’s radar. Full-time, tenured faculty are being phased out by this pernicious system as well. It also compromises the quality of instruction, but that is no one’s main concern. Main concerns are “partnering with business…”

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By grumpynyker, July 15, 2009 at 7:00 am Link to this comment
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I want Chicago School Barry Obama take on the chronic unemployment/underemployment in the black(not latinos-unless they’re Puerto Rican the others are here illegally) ghettoes in America that preceded the newest recession/depression.  Where’s Van Jones and his environmental jobs program?  Having blacks build and install solar panels, affordable green housing,  construct sustainable gardens in their neighborhoods would do a lot to alleviate the fifty-percent plus unemployment rates without frightening white ethnics and near whites who see the ghettoes as a stepping stone up the class ladder.  So would making it difficult for border-hopping latinos to come in and work for cheap.  Stop makeing American cities sanctuary cities for illegal immigrants and those from British diaspora(UK,Canada/Irelan/Scotland/South Africa/Australia-New Zealand) move/work freely.  Until you racists get over your phobia against the descendants of slaves/Jim Crow victims of segegation NOTHING will change in AmeriKKKa.

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By Can O Whoopass, July 15, 2009 at 5:46 am Link to this comment
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Yeah, blame Obama.  Now I see why he thinks some people need education.  Some folks cannot remember who bailed out Wall Street instead of America.
Hell, it was less than a year ago.

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By bachu, July 15, 2009 at 5:03 am Link to this comment
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What we really need is a honest old fashioned FDR type of jobs program. I am sure Michelle Obama will be a worthy successor to Eleanor Roosevelt. Painters, sculptors and unemployed Rap artists will be given government sponsored jobs.

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By Xntrk, July 14, 2009 at 9:45 pm Link to this comment

You do have to wonder just what jobs Obama is imagining. The only reason I can think of for jobs requiring an Associates Degree to grow twice as fast as those for High School Grads is the inflation of imaginary requirements, not real requirements. Unless perhaps this is a reference to the lousy job we do of educating kids, so that many of them need remedial classes to bring their knowledge up to the level it should be after 12 years of school.

When there are no jobs, and the public schools are traditionally underfunded and neglected in poorer communities, how can the Community Colleges play catch up? Obama has refused to bail out the States, so they are cutting education budgets hand over fist. Here in Hawaii, the only people not worrying about their jobs in the State School System are the Administration Honchos.

Libraries, school supplies, textbooks, classes offered, and teachers, are all being underfunded and/or cut entirely. 12 Billion divided by fifty probably wouldn’t begin to cover the cuts made to Education by the States in the past 2 years. That includes those same Community Colleges that are often housed in make-shift facilities, offer over-crowded class rooms, and focus on turning out food services workers.

How many waiters, waitresses, and scullery workers REALLY need an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts?

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By Karen, July 14, 2009 at 6:49 pm Link to this comment
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He seems to be out of touch with the real problems, it isn’t getting more educated, except for those without even basic degrees, like his own people, minorities now the majority, and people who have double and triple degrees who are middle-aged still can’t get jobs due to age discrimination and lack of the industries and the jobs that were there, and no mind for learning whole new subject areas like health sciences.  Some people don’t have a mind for one subject or another, and with industry gone, manufacturing gone, so are the potential opportunities. Obama should be extending unemployment indefinitely, and should bring back Welfare for the long-term unemployed with their educations and give tax credits to those who do take courses to make career changes.

He’s dreaming and talks and spends, but his actions are weak and ineffective.  He spent a fortune on a family trip and for dates with his wife, and a picture postcard shot on Airforce One. He took the flights at taxpayer expense and is alreaday abusing the office by overspending and delivery little.  Pathetic. I realize I was misled in voting for what I thought was a messianic figure. Too bad he is all hot air, weakness and anti-Israel, anti-gay and lesbian rights no matter what he says one moment or another. It is just words to him, empty promises. He disappoints everyone I know. I am still jobless with two Masters degrees and UE is running out.  There isn’t a single opportunity without thousands of applicants for the one spot and the one who is shown nepotism and favoritism and who is young will get the job vs. me.

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By dr wu, July 14, 2009 at 3:11 pm Link to this comment

Give them a job. A government run jobs program—remember the WPA, the CCC, the Federal Writers Project, etc? Do that, Mr. President

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By tropicgirl, July 14, 2009 at 2:52 pm Link to this comment

Let me have the honor of being the first…

Hey Chump Change! Do you know what it is like to teach students in community college when you KNOW there are NO jobs for them? You ass.

Keep outsourcing, offshoring, bailing out relocating companies. You haven’t got a clue, have you?

I never imagined how pathetically unqualified, completely compromised and dull-witted this president would be.

Now get off my tv and go on another field trip.

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