It is becoming depressingly clear that President Obama, advised by Larry Summers and Timothy Geithner, the Democratic Congress and Wall Street are prepared to tolerate 10 - 20% unemployment indefinitely during this "jobless recovery", and to doggedly claim that no additional stimulus or government actions to reduce unemployment are needed.
In the absence of a positive job-creating policy, it also seems like the stimulus program of bailing out corporations has led them to a perverse incentive of laying off even more workers, to temporarily productivity by operating with short, overworked staffs, in order to fatten quarterly profits and management bonuses. It's a free market still in a free-falling death spiral, since those laid off cannot pay their mortgages, credit cards or other living expenses, threatening the solvency of the banks.
Everyday, columnists like Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman of the New York Times and Bob Herbert argue the opposite: that FDR-like work programs or subsidized job sharing programs like those in Europe are needed to stem the corrosive tide of layoffs and unemployment. These columns produce hundreds of reader comments from those who are desperate for work who have been searching for work fruitlessly.
FDR's WPA and CCC built many parks, schools, post offices, sidewalks. We could explore Germany's liberal allowances to companies to keep workers on reduced hours rather than the system perversely requiring layoffs and fewer hires.
Now the President has announced a "jobs summit" for "sometime in December". This summit needs some "grass roots" citizen input, similar to the change.gov transition site, with citizen perspectives on the issues and concrete questions for the President and his advisers and suggestions for action to be evaluated.
The interactive blogging and comment features found on the change.gov transition website and sadly lacking from the conventional Whitehouse.gov official site should be reintroduced to that site to allow for some citizen input for this summit, or other modern interactive communications methods should be deployed to allow citizens to participate in this critical debate.
NOTE: I filed this under "other", because, amazingly your site does not have "unemployment", "economy" or "jobs" as progressive "causes".
With all due respect to the other important causes, preventing the collapse of the U.S. economy by getting out of denial and "keeping it real" on the unacceptability of the sudden loss of millions of jobs is an important cause, on a par with reforming health care.
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