By Tobin Harshaw
How can we get America back to work? We've tried stimulus, tried tax cuts, tried boosting exports, tried readying our shovels -- but last month's zero-net-job-growth showed the depth of our employment woes.
President Obama will share his latest ideas with a joint session of Congress, and anyone not watching the NFL pregame, on Thursday night. The Bloomberg View editors and columnists have been issuing sage advice, detailed prescriptions and, well, a few eccentric thoughts during our first three months.
Now, readers, it's your turn. We invite you to share your ideas or raise questions in the comments section below -- both before and after the presidential address. My colleague George Anders and I will respond to them in the View's very first Twitter live chat, at 10:30 a.m. EST on Friday Sept. 9. Follow the action @bloombergview, and we also encourage you to Tweet questions and suggestions during the event. You can also follow us individually @GeorgeAnders and @tobinharshaw.
Want to get up to speed? Here is a brief rundown of some things we've suggested so far:
-- To forget the cheap-money gambit
-- To give hard workers some debt relief
-- To listen to Alan Krueger, the new head of the Council of Economic Advisers
-- To ban the box
-- To learn from Minnesota and Georgia about helping the long-term unemployed
-- To give entrepreneurs a leg up
-- To ditch the Davis-Bacon act
-- To create a National Infrastructure Bank
-- To shorten federal unemployment benefits
-- To cut back on corporate welfare
-- To frack
-- To stop looking for the Fed to come to the rescue
-- To pass trade pacts, but insist on concurrent job training
And of course, our columnists have had an opinion or two on the matter.
-- Alice Shroeder cautioned over the rise of the temporary workforce
-- Ramesh Ponnuru blamed high corporate taxes
-- Jonathan Alter called for converting unemployment insurance payments into vouchers that can be used by companies to hire workers.
-- Virginia Postrel noted that public-works spending is hardly a panacea
-- And Caroline Baum asked, bluntly, "Since when is it government’s job to create jobs?"
(Tobin Harshaw is a member of the Bloomberg View editorial board.)-0- Sep/07/2011 22:51 GMT