Thank you so much for signing up to hold a community jobs forum in your area. Just like the Jobs and Economic Growth Forum hosted by the President at the White House, these events are opportunities to gather ideas for continuing to grow the economy and putting Americans back to work. Hearing from working Americans and communities across the country means understanding what’s really happening on the ground, what’s working, and what’s not.From what you have heard about the President’s Jobs Forum, what seems relevant to your community?:
That the whole affair seems glib, perfunctory, amateurish and superficial (if that's not too redundant). Fifty years ago, the Senate Special Committee on Unemployment Problems, chaired by Senator Eugene McCarthy, held hearings in 25 communities in addition to Washington D.C. over the course of four months
What parts of your local economy are working or thriving? What businesses and sectors are expanding and hiring?:
Well the bankers are doing just fine. And the military-industrial complex. The insurance industry and the big pharmaceuticals manufacturers. Not to mention the unofficial drug dealers. Oh yes, and the stock market is up, up, up.
What parts of your local economy are not working or thriving? What businesses and sectors have been hit the hardest? What are people struggling with the most?:
Youth, who have an unemployment rate of 18% and a U6 underemployment rate of around 30%.
What are the opportunities for growth in your community? What businesses and sectors seem poised to rebound? What do you see as the "jobs of the future"?:
Toxic waste removal. Cancer treatment. Greenhouse gas emissions. Species extinctions. With the polar ice caps melting there will no doubt be jobs in the future for people to build and operate dikes and drainage pumps around coastal cities. Swimming instructors?
What are the obstacles to job creation in your community? What could make local businesses more likely to start hiring?:
Stupidity. Leon Keyserling's NSC-68 brainchild. Supply-side voodoo economics. Larry Summers. More of the same.
What other issues and ideas should the President consider?:
Read this: Submission to the White House Task Force on Middle Class Working Families.
Describe your event:
A blog post.
PS: Your answers to the above questions are welcome in the comments. I will summarize the suggestions and submit them to the White House site.