Mar 9, 2014
No Hope for the Jobless if a Republican Wins
Posted on Oct 21, 2011
As I listened to others and considered how long they had been camped there, I was impressed with their staying power and their concern about financial institutions and unemployment. They understand what’s wrong with the country.
There was no such concern at the Republican presidential debate, which took place in Nevada. That state has an unemployment rate of 13.4 percent, higher than the community I had visited earlier in the day. The backbiting among the candidates was pure middle school. For a moment, it looked as though Mitt Romney was getting ready to punch out Rick Perry and that moderator Anderson Cooper, in charge of the playground, would have to intervene. Someone should tell Rick Santorum to lose that smirk. Same with Romney’s painful-to-watch stage laugh and Perry’s newfound debate combativeness.
What was most important about this encounter was that none of them offered hope or even much concern for the unemployed. They want lower taxes for the wealthy. Perry rehashed his idea of putting 1.2 million people to work in the oil business. It’s hard to imagine creating that many jobs in an industry that is so automated that one person can run a 24-pump filling station. Romney wants to balance the budget and repeal health reform. Their real goal, of course, was to appeal to the Republican right wing.
It is painful to contemplate any of them winning next November. But as Obama acknowledged, “It’s going to be a close election because the economy is not where it wants to be, and even though I believe all the choices we’ve made have been the right ones, we’re still going through difficult circumstances.” He told ABC correspondent Jake Tapper that “people who may be sympathetic to my point of view still kind of feel like, yeah, but it still hasn’t gotten done yet.”
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