I emphasize I am not proposing a presidential photo op in front of a bridge, or a news cycle public relations maneuver that is wheeled out with a bad jobs report and returned to the closet after a few news cycles.
Republicans need to contemplate whether they want to run for reelection in 2014 and run for president in 2016 as the party that fights to the death against jobs bills and fights to the death to cut Social Security and Medicare.
But above all, government leaders throughout official Washington and in state capitals across the nation need to understand that austerity during high joblessness is economic disaster. It was economic disaster in 1937; it is economic disaster today. It was economic disaster under Sarkozy in France; it is economic disaster under Cameron in Britain; under Merkel in Germany; it is economic disaster for Italy, Spain and Greece.
What does not make sense is harsh austerity today with the jobless rate so high and with economic growth so modest.
It's the jobs, stupid, and it is time to end the policies of stupidity that have caused and now continue the crushing pain of joblessness.