What President Obama Ought To Say In His State Of The Union Address

By L. Randall Wray

President Obama: Over the past year it has become amply clear that targeting most of the Federal Government’s assistance toward Wall Street rather than Main Street has done nothing to help pull our economy out of the deepest downturn since the Great Depression. I have become convinced that the single most important thing Washington can do to help America is to create jobs–and to create them on an unprecedented scale. I am talking about millions of jobs, maybe tens of millions.

So here is what I propose to do. I am directing my administration to come up with a plan that will guarantee a decent job at decent pay for any American who wants to work–regardless of race, regardless of gender, regardless of education or training, and regardless of previous work experience. I want these to be productive jobs–jobs that will enhance the well-being of everyone in our country. Among the areas that ought to be targeted I would include education, care for our aging population, cleaning up our environment and retrofitting buildings to make them energy efficient, and repairing and improving our nation’s infrastructure.

It is time that we take seriously the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which guarantees the right to a job–which was actually one of the key components of the Second Bill of Rights proposed by my predecessor, Franklin Roosevelt more than 65 years ago. I am ashamed that our nation has not lived up to its commitment to human rights, and I aim to change that.

This program will be permanent, and it will ensure that from this day forward, the United States economy will operate with true, full employment. We will look to the New Deal job creation programs for inspiration, but we will go further because we will end forever the horror of involuntary unemployment. Eliminating the scourge of unemployment is good politics, it is good social policy, and it is good economics.

Now, I am not an expert in esoteric economic theories that are common in the ivory towers of some universities. But I can tell what is nonsense. And any economist who tells you that it makes sense to keep tens of millions of people unemployed is spouting nonsense.

Our nation faces many challenges, today and in the years to come. But we can solve these by working together–and it will take all of us, working, together, to meet those challenges. The truth is that we can no longer afford to keep people out of work. The job is too big. So I ask my administration, and I ask you, the American people, to put our minds together to create those jobs and I will commit the Federal Government budget to provision of decent wages for all of those who want to fill them.

Thank you.

4 responses to “What President Obama Ought To Say In His State Of The Union Address

  1. I enjoyed your article. I really wish Obama was going to do this. But he is still enthralled with "Rubinomics" and the deficit cowards. I really appreciate this blog site. I only recently discovered this blog and I have become an avid reader.

  2. I wrote a Report for my own Country – The Republic of Ireland – many years ago that has proved to be a huge success over the last 30 years.I learned the basis of the content of the Report from my time in West Germany(it was called W. Germany back then)…..and it was this : In every small village and town there were little factories……….three or four or more. None employed more than 20 people. BUT……and this was the secret………THEY ALL EXPORTED some of their production.So I came back to Ireland and I wrote a Report for the then Minister of Industry & Commerce on Export-Led Growth for Irish Indigenous Industry. Lots of other stuff had to be put in place to make it work…..but it was done…………..and today(despite the current International crises)…….Ireland has a higher productivity rate than GERMANY and JAPAN COMBINED………Ireland exports more Software than the United States…………..the stats go on and on……..The GREAT UNITED STATES OF AMERICA……….has to start getting back into the habit of BUYING AMERICAN………….keep the jobs at home………….and start a PROGRAM of EXPORT led GROWTH from her own companies with the JOBS BASED IN AMERICA.I am going to write a NEW definitive Report on JOB CREATION – USA….I just do not know WHO to send it to????????????Kind regards,Anthony M. SheedyThe Ballyknockane Estate – Tipperary – [email protected]

  3. This is not very likely to happen. Although the president has stated the recovery of the economy and job creation is a priority in his agenda, his strategy for the next two years is not going to help him achieve these goals. The president will propose a major spending freeze. Apparently some of the president's major concerns are that "We face the dual challenges of a massive GDP gap and also very substantial budget deficits out over time". The full article can be read at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/25/obama-to-propose-major-sp_n_436285.html?igoogle=1?igoogle=1. This will definitely undermine the job creation that you perceive to be essential for the economic recovery of the United States. Is Obama compromising in order to obtain support from the Republicans in congress? Or is he simply moving away from his initial strategy to increase government spending in order to stimulate the economy? I thought last year's stimulus was good, but we needed a bigger stimulus. Now instead of increasing the size of the stimulus he's proposing an spending freeze. Since when did the national debt become so important? Apparently the president needs a crash course in Keynesian economics.

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