Ilya Galak, a Russian-born American and editor of Citizens Magazine and Staten Island Politics contacted the Paulding County Republican Examiner on Friday about a bi-partisan letter that he and some others sent to their congressmen, to demand that they start to work on real issues, especially loss of manufacturing jobs.
Loss of manufacturing jobs has been an on-going problem for decades and continues under the Obama administration.
When President Obama took office in January 2009, his campaign centered on “Hope and Change”, but neither has been successful.
Now eight months into his second term, the unemployment rate has not fallen below 7.3 percent and while some areas of the economy have improved modestly, most areas have not and unemployment remains high.
The latest figures show that from July 21,213 to August 21, 2013, Gallup showed a sizable 30- day jump in the unemployment rate, from 7.7 percent on July 21 to 8.7 percent on August 21.
New data released on September 5, by Gallup shows that the U.S. payroll to population rate had dropped to 43.7% in August and that unadjusted unemployment had climbed to 8.7% and that underemployment, as measured without seasonal adjustment, was 17.4% in August, (unchanged from July’s 17.3%), but up slightly over August 2012’s 17.1%.
In June, Alan Tonelson of American Economic Alert said, “The new U.S. manufacturing job losses revealed in this morning’s Labor Department data once again make painfully clear that President Obama’s China policies are failing domestic industry and the broader American economy. This new data also show that the President’s upcoming summit with Chinese leader Xi Jinping is completely misconceived.”
Ilya Galak and his supporters are hoping that their letter, and adjoining comments by Republican and Democrats, will be set as a model letter to be sent to all members of Congress and the Senate and that elected officials will take notice that the loss of manufacturing jobs is no laughing matter.
The letter on his site, in-part reads:
The biggest and most immediate threat to the health of our national economy is the sick state of the middle class.
Once the envy of the world and the greatest engine of prosperity that drove our national economy, the American middle class has been under pressure for more than thirty years. The off-shoring of good-paying manufacturing jobs along with stagnant wages and the rising costs of everything from energy to health care and a college education have left the middle class hanging on to the American dream by their fingernails.
Yet there is a deafening silence from many of our elected representatives on the topic of bringing manufacturing jobs back to the United States.
Galak told the Paulding County Republican Examiner, “I am planning to involve the media and different business network organizations, to make our elected members of Congress and the Senate to feel uncomfortable in their seats, both Democrat and Republican start and make them work on real issues. At the same time, our letter to make it as a model for all US congressional districts. Without manufacturing the country is doomed and I can prove that mathematically.”
“So we have to create the business atmosphere to bring manufacturing back.”