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Merry Christmas, where do we go from here?

I hope that everyone has a happy and safe holiday season. Merry Christmas! As a Christian who is a liberal, I have no problem saying Merry Christmas. I also have no problem acknowledging that there are Americans who do not celebrate Christmas. To those – happy Hanukkah, happy holidays. (That really wasn’t all that hard.)

I have argued that we are living in a new era. We live in an era in which business recovers from economic disaster without creating significant jobs in the United States. If we look at big business, business is booming. Major corporations are looking to rake in record profits. Yet, the unemployment rate hovers just below 10%.

Over the past 20 years, business has learned to do more with less. There has been an emphasis on corporations being leaner and meaner. Many factory jobs have been shipped overseas. These jobs aren’t coming back. The factories that have remained have been upgraded, computerized and automated, therefore requiring less manual labor. So, in my opinion, it is foolish for us to think that as the economy “heats up” it will begin to hire millions of Americans. There are over 26.6 million Americans either unemployed or underemployed. This isn’t going to happen. The economy isn’t going to spontaneously began hiring millions of Americans. The government has to do something.

I think this is where the Democrats have screwed up their political strategy. They’ve been telling Americans that the economy is on the rebound. They’ve been touting numbers from Wall Street, yet middle America continues to hurt. We need jobs and we need jobs that are paying a living wage. The Democrats have basically taken air out of their own balloon by telling Americans that things are better and that things are turning around. Now, because things are “better,” there is no incentive on Capitol Hill for any major initiative to put Americans back to work.

The Democrats are stuck. Republicans seem to have momentum in doing nothing and implementing… Nothing. The unemployment rate will stay around 10% because nothing major will be done in the next two years. The Democrats have to figure out a way to fix this problem. If they can’t fix this problem, look for the Democrats to lose significant number of seats in 2012, including… The White House.

I’m sorry this is so depressing. I just want to be honest. This is what I see.

By |2010-12-25T04:10:02-04:00December 25th, 2010|Congress, Economy, Party Politics|Comments Off on Merry Christmas, where do we go from here?
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