President Obama says there is very little the government can do to create jobs. We can't do anything to create jobs? Really!?
Labor Day 2010
In theory The Great Recession is
history, but for those of us who live and work on Real Street the
carnage and horror continues. On Real Street, outside the gated
communities where 1% of the people own 90% of everything, we are now
at 99 weeks and counting.
The insurance we purchased over years
of dutiful employment has run out. We will be living on the street
soon, it's just a matter of time.
Police evict MA couple evicted despite protest. September 2008. by Boston Globe (David L. Ryan/Globe Staff)
If you're a small business on Real
Street, a business run by a real person that employs less than 25
real workers, that relies on real people to purchase real goods and
real services, the economy looks like a desert of foreclosure and
unemployment. We search the horizon from our shop windows and trade
vans thirsty for customers. They're out there, but they're penny
less and some are bleeding a real sadness that will be diagnosed as
And, what has our government done to
get us back to work? Nothing. The Congress has done nothing. The
White House has done nothing. The Chamber of Commerce has done
nothing. The Democratic, Republican, Green, Liberal, Socialist, Tea
parties have done nothing.
The economists and the stock market
have been cheering for months that our troubles are behind us. They
say there will be no second economic crash. But, out here on Real
Street the Gross Domestic Product is nothing more than a mantra
economists chant while they contemplate in their dirty navels.
Week after week, Paul Krugman of the
New York Times argues economic semantics with the likes of the Wall
Street Journal as the main stream media throws gasoline on the
fighters to fire up the political polarization. Cut the crap. None
of it matters. We're dying from a thousand cuts of being nickle and
President Obama says there is very
little the government can do to create jobs. I wretch and my eyes
bulge each time I hear our most promising leader in decades spew such
a lie. The government makes the rules. The current rules aren't
working or were never enforced. Take the bull by the horns you
shameless flak for Wall Street and do something: Put the American
people back to work now!
Small businesses are running on cash
flow fumes. High unemployment, less and less discretionary income,
fewer and fewer middle class families means less customers spending
less and less and less. Add them up: a few million 1099 workers
without benefits here, tens of millions of part-time and freelance
workers there, millions more struggling to pay the rent, before you
know it you're talking real unemployment and peonage.
We can't do anything to create jobs?
Bangalore call center. Outsourcing Jobs to India.
One: End the H1B Visa and All Tax
Incentives for Offshore Jobbing
The H1B is nothing more than a license
to put American workers on the unemployment line. There are plenty
of people right here in America right now that can do anything a
person from any other county can do.
The only Americans that benefit from
the H1B, other than CorpPersons, are the lawyers toiling day after
day to craft absurd job specifications allowing companies to not
employ Americans and import cheaper workers. None of that was the
intent of the H1B in theory, but on Real Street that is exactly how
this nonsensical device is used.
Who doesn't believe Americans can do
any job here? Where in the world are there better workers? That we
are failures and have fallen behind is a myth. We are the hardest
working people in the world, you know it, I know it, the corporations know it and
the government knows it. American workers are a real value, until you
have to pay them what they're worth and a living wage necessary to
live in America.
Requiring Hindi language skills to work
in America to better work with a foreigner who has taken your job is
circular logic any software spreadsheet would not let you get away
President Obama promised to end the tax
breaks that are sending jobs offshore. I suggest he do more. Tax
offshore labor the way you tax all of us here. Why do they get to
work in another country and ship their labor here tax free? I'd like
to say I'm phoning it in from Bangalore and, therefore, I'm not
subject federal and state payroll, sales and use taxes on my
Educated, skilled, professional, eager
to work Americans are on the sidelines now, benched without hope of
getting back in the game. They are losing their skills to foreigners
because Big Greed corporations will not let them train on the job,
which is how any new and now necessary skills are learned.
Shame on you Mr. President. Shame on
every elected member of Congress for allowing the H1B and its
flagrant abuse continue. End it!
And, one last word on this to all the
conservative economists and anyone else who spouts the lie that
globalization is unstoppable and always good: Don't dare call me a
protectionist. Until the playing fields are level from country to
country globalization is just a ruse to enrich the pockets of Wall
Street and the monied elite.
Finally, just to make sure that every
able bodied man and woman in America that wants to work has a job,
Mr. President, you should temporarily rescind all international trade
agreements until this crisis is over, the crisis on Real Street that
Two: Enforce a Home Foreclosure
At the beginning of the Great Recession
banks took over homes and put them on the market. Then, they began
warehousing foreclosed homes with chip board and spray paint. Now,
they're ignoring mortgage delinquencies so as not to draw attention
to their insolvency. In doing so, Big Banking recast neighborhoods
into blighted slums and made the unemployed and under-employed into
the indefinitely non-employable homeless.
These actions are despicable anytime,
but particularly in a time of crisis manufactured from the greed and
fraud of the same banks that are now tossing American families into
The Obama Administration's, voluntary
for the mortgage industry, Making Homes Affordable program is a
farce. It is doing little to nothing to end the inhumane practice of
making American's homeless. You not allowed to do this to a dog, but
the banks can do it to American families.
I am certain a sane, practical and fair
moratorium on home foreclosure for those who have lost their ability
to temporarily pay the rent, due to no fault of their own, can be
Foreclosures, at this point in a
worldwide financial crisis, are destroying people, families and the
property that the banks claim is so valuable. Leave a house empty,
watch it fall.
Mr. President, members of Congress, how
can you watch this happen on your watch! How? Americans without
enough work are spending sleepless nights, convulsing in
hopelessness. You should be doing the same until you end this
With a foreclosure moratorium in
effect, out of work Americans can at least continue to spend what
money they have on life's other necessities and have a address from
which to search for employment. It will help break the downward
economic spiral of both the housing crash and cash crunch. It's an
instant unemployment benefit in the form of temporary rent relief.
If time is money, and it is, all this costs us is the time it will
take. Time allowing unemployed Americans a place to sleep that would otherwise be empty and deteriorating. Cash that will immediately
be spent and, therefore, create customers and demand that will spur
employment growth in the private sector.
Windmills in Copenhagen.
Three: Renewable Energy Investment
Oil is the problem. Renewable energy,
made in America, is the answer. Renewable energy is the Erie Canal,
the locomotive, the railroad, the little engine and the fuel that
could and can drive our economy out of this crisis.
Don't call it stimulus. That will just
get the know-nothing economists fighting with each other. It's an
investment and it must be made now.
Start with enough money to put a new
roof and solar energy system on every home in American. Grant every
homeowner up to $40,000 in the form of a no interest loan with a
payment equal to the loan amount divided by 360 months. These loans
should be attached to the home's deed and pass on to the next owner
until the grant is paid in full.
Necessary roofing a huge, quick boost in construction employment.
Next, I want to see windmills. They
are the most beautiful things in the world and I want to see them
everywhere. I live at the Jersey Shore and I would love nothing more
than to see windmills to the horizon and beyond as I peruse the
They say we may break-even on the Wall
Street (extortion) bailout called the Troubled Asset Repurchase
Program (TARP). Big deal. What was the estimated possible downside
cost of the banks plunging 90% of us into turmoil? I'll remind you,
$700 billion. That ought to be enough.
Let's INVEST $700 billion over ten
years on renewable energy. Earmark all of it for American companies
and American labor. You off shore anything, you're out. Better set
up a separate company to do this and we will be looking at the books,
records and up your ass to see if you're hiding a H1B.
Don't tell me we can't spend it all in
America. We can. (See Number Two).
Break-even? Ha! America will be ready
for anything. America will be so green the sky might fall. The
return on investment will be in multiples of hundreds, just like the
old Erie Canal which, by the way, was called Governor Clinton's
Folly. It proved to be one of the best investments New York State
Oh, you politicians that don't want to
do this. As we say here in New Jersey, I would hate for to see
sometem' bad happen to such a nice guy such as yourself. If you know
what I mean.
Chaz Valenza is writer and small business owner in New Jersey. He earned his MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business. His current feature film project is "Single Point Failure" an insider's account of how the Reagan Administration caused the greatest tragedy of the space age based on Richard C. Cook's book "Challenger Revealed." He is a former Director of Public Information for Planned Parenthood of NYC. His website is: www.WordsWillNever.com