Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Does Mitt Romney Have What It Will Take?

Okay! I know!  I know!  Governor Romney is currently best known for Romney care, giving in (or dropping out of) the 2008 Presidential race.  But, he is best known for rescuing the 2002 Salt Lake City, Utah, Olympics.  So, because of his leadership role in that, I spent the time to read this opinion written by the former Governor of Massachusetts.  After reading this piece, it felt that I could have written it myself…only there are no national publications seeking my opinion.  It really does not matter to me who gets that kind of credit.  The only thing that matters to me is, whomever is elected in 2011 and 2012, to local, state and national positions of public representation, must possess the attitude and passion to enact what former Gov. Romney wrote in this piece.  Please take the time to read this and click on the link for the rest of the story.  You’ll be glad you did.

Yours In Truth  Winking smile  Shelly

Romney: On jobs, where is Obama?

By Mitt Romney

Sometimes truth arrives from the most unexpected sources. Christina Romer, President Obama's former chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisors, said last week that she was dismayed at Washington's lack of focus on jobs.

By Alex Brandon, AP

"I frankly don't understand why policymakers aren't more worried about the suffering of real families," Romer said. "We need to realize that there is still a lot of devastation out there." She called the 8.9% unemployment rate "an absolute crisis."

How bad is it? Last week, in the blue-collar community of Taunton, Mass., the annual jobs fair was canceled because not enough companies came forward to offer jobs.

Defining Deviancy Down was the title of Daniel Patrick Moynihan's seminal account of how American society came to condone previously stigmatized conditions and behavior. Moynihan focused on the growing acceptance of the deinstitutionalization of the mentally ill, the expansion of single-parent families and the violence in inner cities. To his examples, we can now add joblessness.

Last year, unemployment averaged a shocking 9.6%. The previous year, at 9.3%, was only marginally better. So far in 2011, it has fallen to 8.9%. A consensus has emerged among some economists and politicians that we must accept historically high levels of unemployment over the next several years. Best case forecasts see a range between 7.5% and 8%.

Faces of despair

Even 7.5% unemployment means 11.5 million Americans without jobs. The human cost of that dry statistic can be detailed in a canvas of broken hopes and shattered lives. Workers at job fairs today …

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