Economic Outlook: Who’s thinking jobs?
By ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
Remember the Alamo! Remember the Maine! Remember the unemployed!
At last count, 13.7 million members of the workforce were unemployed and millions more had stopped looking and were now listed as in school or caring for relatives, a category that conjures up an image of four uncles and three aunts sitting on a porch looking after two toddlers with one of the adults enrolled in a computer class.
Jobs, of course, was the constant theme in Washington from 2008 through 2010, when there was actually a conscientious effort to help those who were unemployed. Now the theme is scattered, diffuse, with jobs a comical afterthought. Cutting the deficit is not a jobs program, but in the manner that politicians still sell snake oil, the possibility that slashing spending across the board will stimulate the economy is the ruse of the hour.
On Thursday, the White House unveiled its list of hundreds of regulations that have some small stranglehold on economic growth. It is a decidedly Republican gesture that has broad appeal.
The proposals, for example, include one to stop categorizing milk as oil, which will save the dairy industry $140 million a year. A second proposal is to cross out an air qualityrequirement for gas stations that was sensible once, but now is accomplished through improvements in vehicles themselves. That will save about $670 million over 10 years, the White House said.