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In his State of the Union address, the president will pledge to create the best -- and best-paying -- jobs in the world. How exactly does he plan to do that?

The official theme of the president's State of the Union address Tuesday night is competitiveness. With billions of Chinese, Asian, Brazilian, Indonesian and others "coming online" and "plugging into" the global economy, the challenge to out-compete the world will only get harder. But what is the reward for winning this competition? Jobs, of course.

But as the White House trains its focus on job creation -- an admittedly amorphous challenge, since the government cannot physically create a non-government job -- it's worth thinking through the ingredients of a good job, why they've suddenly disappeared, and how we can get them back.

There's no perfect definition for a Good Job, but I'll nominate three basic characteristics: Paying, Plentiful, and Productive. Paying means the jobs come with such a salary that families don't have to go into debt to enjoy the fruits of a decent middle-class life. Plentiful mean these kind of jobs are scalable, like the manufacturing industry of the mid-20th century, and relatively stable, so that workers can depend on them to exist through booms and busts. Productive means that these jobs create real value added. For example, one of the concerns of economists about the growth of our health care sector is that we're adding hundreds of thousands of jobs to an industry that isn't producing commensurate returns in quality and outcomes.

Where did the good jobs go? That's the 15 million-person question. Globalization and technology took assembly-line, call-center, and bookkeeping jobs and "replaced them with a computer or a lower-paid foreign worker," says MIT economist David Autor. The "financialization of the economy," in Ezra Klein's words, encourages CEOs to show their shareholders high profits, which means the folks in corner offices are more cautious about filling their cubicles with decent-paying positions. You could also point to the decline of labor, the rise of the rest of the world, the short-comings of our education system, and more.

The most important question is, What can we do about all of this?

There are two broad approaches to this question. The first approach is the stand-back-and-wait approach. Conservatives tend to think that if we cut taxes, fine-tune our regulations, and let the market work itself out, the right industries will rise and the good jobs will come. They might be right. But the president is not a stand-back-and-wait kind of guy. He's a nudger. He believes in the power and primacy of the private sector, but he also believes that smart government can be a compass providing direction and guidance for the economy.

That's why the State of the Union will focus on four areas in the realm of job creation where government can lead: education, health care, taxing and spending.

-- Education: The financial gains of a college education are increasing while college graduation rates have slowed. The bonus from a college education for men and women (called the "college premium") has doubled in 30 years, but graduation rates for the 20-25 age crowd increased slowly. We need the U.S. workforce to catch up with the demand for brainiacs, and the president thinks he has a plan to help.

-- Health care: Health premiums are growing so fast that they're eating into our salaries. Health care spending is growing so fast that it's eating into out budget. And the health care industry is growing so quickly that it's absorbing workers much, much faster than it's extending our lifespans. We need to control health care's expansion while finding other sectors to place workers.

-- Taxes: Our complex and burdensome corporate tax code could be our largest roadblock to becoming more competitive, said Frank Vargo, vice president of the National Association of Manufacturers. We have one of the highest corporate tax rates in the developed world, which encourages multinational companies to set up subsidiaries abroad to escape U.S. taxes. Lower taxes on corporate income would encourage more businesses to keep factories, offices and jobs in the U.S.

-- Spending: The president will push for more spending on infrastructure and education. But with a Republican House opposed to any increase in overall spending, he will also have to find places to cut. As a result, the White House will have to choose where to divest and where to re-invest: In research and development credits? In green energy subsidies? In export financing, or manufacturing support? These are questions without an answer key, and this is where the White House has to decide what kind of compass it wants to be, and where it wants to direct the U.S. economy.

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2011/01/does-the-white-house-know-how-to-make-a-job/70071/

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Obama couldn't find his azz in broad daylight with both hands and a GPS. How is this guy going to create real jobs for Americans out of thin air? He has managed to employ 1 million newly arrived legal and illegal immigrants during his tenure so far. But what has this clown done for Americans? You know...the people that voted for "change". Looks like they got what they voted for. With change like that...who needs enemies?

His track record so far is dismal. And that is being polite.

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"Credibility in immigration policy can be summed up in one sentence: Those who should get in, get in; those who should be kept out, are kept out; and those who should not be here will be required to leave."

"...for the system to be credible, people actually have to be deported at the end of the process."

US Congresswoman Barbara Jordan (D-TX)

Testimony to the House Immigration Subcommittee, February 24, 1995

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In his State of the Union address, the president will pledge to create the best -- and best-paying -- jobs in the world. How exactly does he plan to do that?

With laser-like focus.... right? Boy, this guy is a broken record.


"The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies."

Senator Barack Obama
Senate Floor Speech on Public Debt
March 16, 2006



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Obama couldn't find his azz in broad daylight with both hands and a GPS. How is this guy going to create real jobs for Americans out of thin air? He has managed to employ 1 million newly arrived legal and illegal immigrants during his tenure so far. But what has this clown done for Americans? You know...the people that voted for "change". Looks like they got what they voted for. With change like that...who needs enemies?

His track record so far is dismal. And that is being polite.

Care to give any substance to your usual Obama-hate rant? You know, like specific policies that you were hoping he'd push forward (besides your archaic ideas on immigration)?

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Care to give any substance to your usual Obama-hate rant? You know, like specific policies that you were hoping he'd push forward (besides your archaic ideas on immigration)?

You may attempt to discredit the messenger, but how about disputing the facts?

http://www.steinreport.com/archives/new_report_draws_direct_link_between_immigration_and_unemployment_for_american_workers.html


"Credibility in immigration policy can be summed up in one sentence: Those who should get in, get in; those who should be kept out, are kept out; and those who should not be here will be required to leave."

"...for the system to be credible, people actually have to be deported at the end of the process."

US Congresswoman Barbara Jordan (D-TX)

Testimony to the House Immigration Subcommittee, February 24, 1995

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read the comments in that link :lol:

More poo poo plater :rofl:


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You may attempt to discredit the messenger, but how about disputing the facts?

http://www.steinrepo...an_workers.html

The topic at hand was whether the WH knows how to create jobs and you took it as an opportunity to go on one of your Obama-hate rants, telling us just one more time, in case we forgot, just how worthless our current President is, while once again, not having anything of substance as to what specific policies you wish he would implement or which policies you disagree with (beyond your obsession with immigration). So what you really are saying is that the only president that you'll find any redeeming qualities in, is one that fully backs your position on immigration? You're as one dimensional as a cardboard cutout.

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The topic at hand was whether the WH knows how to create jobs and you took it as an opportunity to go on one of your Obama-hate rants, telling us just one more time, in case we forgot, just how worthless our current President is, while once again, not having anything of substance as to what specific policies you wish he would implement or which policies you disagree with (beyond your obsession with immigration). So what you really are saying is that the only president that you'll find any redeeming qualities in, is one that fully backs your position on immigration? You're as one dimensional as a cardboard cutout.

I'm not the president and don't have to answer for his policies. But the proof is in the pudding. I could care less what you think of me. The main point is that this guy talks about jobs for Americans and his self serving party driven agenda has born fruit that has done otherwise. He's a party hack and his policies are working against the American people in favor of what he perceives is best for his party. Slice it and dice it any way you want, but that is the way I see it and I presented a link to back up my statement.


"Credibility in immigration policy can be summed up in one sentence: Those who should get in, get in; those who should be kept out, are kept out; and those who should not be here will be required to leave."

"...for the system to be credible, people actually have to be deported at the end of the process."

US Congresswoman Barbara Jordan (D-TX)

Testimony to the House Immigration Subcommittee, February 24, 1995

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I'm not the president and don't have to answer for his policies. But the proof is in the pudding. I could care less what you think of me. The main point is that this guy talks about jobs for Americans and his self serving party driven agenda has born fruit that has done otherwise. He's a party hack and his policies are working against the American people in favor of what he perceives is best for his party. Slice it and dice it any way you want, but that is the way I see it and I presented a link to back up my statement.

So you've got no real substantive criticism other than you came to a magic show looking for magic and you're not seeing it. An example of why so many Americans are clueless about how government actually works.

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So you've got no real substantive criticism other than you came to a magic show looking for magic and you're not seeing it. An example of why so many Americans are clueless about how government actually works.

Or doesn't work. ;)


"Credibility in immigration policy can be summed up in one sentence: Those who should get in, get in; those who should be kept out, are kept out; and those who should not be here will be required to leave."

"...for the system to be credible, people actually have to be deported at the end of the process."

US Congresswoman Barbara Jordan (D-TX)

Testimony to the House Immigration Subcommittee, February 24, 1995

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Or doesn't work. ;)

President Obama has been very effective in his first 2 years. Although I disagreed with a lot of Reagan's agenda and policies, I know that he too was an effective president. To say otherwise is just foolishness.

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