Here is Another DUMB Idea From Guess Which Party

The Emergency Jobs to Restore the American Dream Act

Rep. Jan Schakowsky

· Creates over 2 million jobs to address the real crisis facing America: the jobs crisis.

· Emergency jobs are created for two years, to provide time to get the economy back up and running.

· Emergency jobs will meet critical needs to make American communities stronger.

· Costs $221 Billion ($110.5 billion for each of fiscal years 2012 and 2013).

· Can be fully paid for through separate legislation such as Rep. Schakowsky’s Fairness in Taxation Act, which creates higher tax brackets for millionaires and billionaires, eliminating subsidies for Big Oil, and through eliminating tax loopholes for corporations that ship American jobs overseas.(italics mine)

THE CORPS: 2.1 Million Jobs

1) School Improvement Corps – Creates 400,000 construction and 250,000 maintenance jobs through new funding to public school districts for needed school rehabilitation improvements ($100 billion)

2) Park Improvement Corps – Creates 100,000 jobs for youth between the ages of 16 and 25 through new funding to the Department of the Interior and the USDA Forest Service’s Public Lands Corps Act. Conservation projects on public lands include restoration and rehabilitation of natural, cultural, historic, archaeological, recreational and scenic resources. ($400 million)

3) Student Jobs Corps – Creates 250,000 more part-time, work study jobs for eligible college students through new funding for the Federal Work Study Program. ($850 million)

4) Neighborhood Heroes Corps –

a. Teachers: Direct funding to states to hire, re-hire, and prevent lay-offs of 300,000 teachers. ($40 billion)

b. Cops: New funding to hire 40,000 police officers. ($10 billion)

c. Firefighters: New funding to hire 12,000 firefighters. ($2.4 billion)

5) Health Corps – Grants to hire at least 40,000 health care providers, including physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, and health care workers to expand access in underserved rural and urban areas. ($8 billion)

6) Community Corps – Creation of a new Community Corps that will create 750,000 jobs to do needed work in our communities, including energy audits and conservation upgrades, recycling and reclamation of reusable materials, urban land reclamation and addressing blight, including foreclosure and disaster-affected areas, rural conservation work, public property maintenance and beautification, housing rehabilitation, and new housing construction modeled after Habitat for Humanity. ($60 billion)

Standards for new programs:

· Priority for jobs given to the unemployed, particularly those who have exhausted their unemployment benefits (the “99ers”).

· Formulas will allocate fair distribution of funding and jobs among states, with targeting based on high unemployment and need.

· Ensures that jobs don’t undercut the rights of other workers or lower wages.

· Ensures work is additive and doesn’t displace current workers or take business from small/local businesses.

· Includes trigger for phase-out if unemployment drops below 5%.

The only way out of this crisis is broad based growth. The only way to do that is give companies an incentive to grow. How do we do that? Decrease their taxes by 220 billion instead.

Schakowsky was never too bright, and this program shows she is even dimmer economically. Look for more “government jobs programs”-just like we had with the WPA. Ain’t Depression great?!

17 thoughts on “Here is Another DUMB Idea From Guess Which Party

  1. I still don’t understand why you think giving more money to corporations (who already have huge cash on their balance sheets) is going to create jobs. It makes absolutely no sense. We have a demand problem. You solution makes as much sense as bailing out the banks in hopes that they would make more loans. That didn’t work because there was no demand for loans from qualified applicants among other things. Tax incentives won’t make corporations hire people if there is no one that can buy their products.

  2. What could be wrong about putting 2 million construction workers back to work building things that we do not need and cannot pay for?  And of course we will need a policeman at every site watching ….

  3. I’ve been listening to Jan Schakowsky’s blatherings for almost as long as I’ve lived in Chicagoland. I’d say the woman is dumber than a box of rocks, but that wouldn’t be fair to rocks…or the box.

  4. My father worked in the CCC Camps 1932 – 1936. Athe time there was no unemployment insurance, no welfare, no government programs. 25-30% of the country was out of work. Worked for him.

    1. My grandfather was in the CCC.  My wife’s uncles were in the CCC.  Just because we had a program doesn’t make it right.  We might have been better off back then doing something different.  If you look at the stock market, it ran up from 1933-1937 and then tanked.  The government stopped spending.  

      Notice, this plan never goes away.  At least the CCC and WPA was discontinued.

  5. The reason the unemployment rate stinks is because of the extension/expansion of unemployment benefits.  Job demand is there.  When you pay people to not work…..Surprise!…..they don’t

    1. This is a ridiculous claim.  Unemployment benefit pay a fraction of what the average worker makes.  For the most part people are not volumtarily staying out of the work force.  There are no jobs because there is no consumer demand.  Cutting taxes on corporations won’t change this

      1. I don’t know what unemployment pays. If it is indeed lower than the average job then of course consumer demand will be weaker. Everywhere I go stores are packed, people are spending. If you look at employment trends and employment demand and retail sales and auto sales all are strong. Employment demand is at pre recession levels. Demand – not real employment. Something is keeping people from taking these jobs. Perhaps it is the decision of “I can make 30% more by going back to work. Or I can stay at home and get 2 yrs of unemployment and sacrifice the 30% raise.”

        My point is that we need to stop extending these “benefits” and I think we would see unemployment come down rapidly. We need to stop trying to come up with the next government program to save the economy. It has clearly not worked to this point so why do more of the same. Permanent unemployment benefits equals welfare and a new “full employment” level corresponding to the current 9% unemployment rate. I for one don’t want to see this as the new norm.

        1. P.S. Increasing taxes on corporations and the so called “rich” will absolutely not help the problem either.

          1. I am not suggesting that increasing taxes on the “rich” or anyone else will help the problem.  What I am saying is that decreasing taxes on corporation is not going to help.  They have cash, what they don’t have is people willing to buy their product.  Same store sales of most retail stores is down.  Auto sales are strong if compared to the last year but if you compare to average annual sales for the previous decade they are down.

            I don’t know why you think something is keeping people from taking jobs.  The jobs are not there.  My family owns a small business and we recently posted an opening and got over 1000 applications most of them from people who were not qualified.

        2. It would be interesting to look at the data. See what a person could make by working or doing nothing and collecting a government check. I bet if it’s close, you’d choose not to work.

  6. I believe we are the only society that lives on credit like there is no tomorrow. Stopping this behaviour will   slow comsumption and commercial activit for many years to come. If President Bush and Mr. Greenspan would had increase  the interest rate BACK IN 2002  instead of giving us $600.00 and say ‘GO SPEND AND SPEND, ” the Real Estate Market Debacle would had never happened.   

    1. Bush had nothing to do with interest rates. But he did expand the government and didn’t push hard enough to kill Fannie and Freddie, among other things. Bush was NOT a conservative economically. He was a social conservative.

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