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Where are the Jobs for Unemployed American Workers?

Indiana House Majority Leader Pat Bauer demands statistics on job creation from Gov. Daniel's IEDC.
Indiana House Majority Leader Pat Bauer demands statistics on job creation from Gov. Daniel's IEDC.

Last week the heat was on the U.S. Senate to extend federal unemployment benefits.   The bill was defeated..  The unemployed and jobless are understandably angry, discouraged and dismayed at the failure of the federal legislative process. 

For the past week, these feelings have been vented by commentators, reporters and  the news media in the form of who's to blame.  I decided to take a step back and think deeply about the problem of joblessness.  I think that the time for blame is over. The blame game distracts from the fundamental problem -- where are the jobs.  Now, it is time for solutions.  Over the next few weeks, I will examiner the question -- Where are the jobs?

In this process, I read about the recent efforts of Indiana's House Majority Leader Patrick Bauer to determine how many jobs have been created by Indiana's State government through business tax breaks and incentives.

As reported by the Chicago Tribune on June 22, 2010:

"The head of the Indiana Economic Development Corp. is defending the agency's practice of giving companies incentive to locate jobs and projects in Indiana.

Mitch Roob says the agency secured 637 decisions by companies to locate projects in Indiana from 2005 through 2008. When the agency closed the books on 2009, it found 66 of those projects weren't providing the jobs promised.

Roob says only $13,000 in tax credits and about $125,000 in training dollars were deemed unrecoverable from those projects.

Democratic House Speaker Patrick Bauer had requested numbers from Roob."

The reality is that our elected officials have ignored the "jobs catastrophe," as stated by Dr. Larry Mischel before Rep. Jim McDermott's hearings on policy solutions for the long-term unemployed.

It is time for our local, state and federal governments to account for their efforts to create jobs.  The Federal Government passed a huge stimulus plan at the beginning of the Obama presidency.  It was to bail out the too big to fail banks.  It was to fund shovel ready projects.  It was to stop home foreclosures. What happened with the stimulus money?  How many jobs have been created?  How many jobs can Americans expect to be created in the near future? 

It is also time to demand transparency similar to that sought by Speaker Bauer. This can be done through public information requests or freedom of information act requests. Send in your requests, demand the information needed for this fight.


I believe it is time for a new strategy and a new message -- We demand jobs NOW!

What do you think?

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  • Joye 5 years ago

    Excellent job on researching this article. Very valuable news to the Hoosiers sitting in the unemployment lines. Now, if we can get the hiring managers to truly consider those unemployed workers who have been out of work for 6 months or longer, we can get America back to work.

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  • WendiS 5 years ago

    I think you are exactly right. I was looking around my area and I am watching it disappear. We have gotten off track and we are not getting the results, so we have to do something else. Demand transparency. No more precentages, that doesnt transmit into job numbers....what are the numbers. I am concerned that the outcome is going to be castotrophic...

    Wendi S
    Indiana Addiction Recovery Examiner

  • BJ 5 years ago

    Nothing new in politics. Give the states money and a few people get filthy rich. This is typical and why poltics does not work. People are greedy at best, and baby boomers, the me first generation, represent the lowest type of snake in the grass. I've heard the lies about the bailout money all being paid back. This country really represents about how low any society can fall. Now theres talk of the PRIVATE sector economy. This tells the whole story. Of course, the PUBLIC sector economy, that is the politicians and government employees are having a huge party while the rest of the country founders. Yes, there are REAL AMERICANS< those who work for government and the rest of us who have to wait for them to throw us a bone and tell us to get a job, while they send our jobs TO COMMUNIST WORKERS IN CHINA. GEE< WHERE DID ALL THE JOBS GO I WONDER?

  • Wendi S 5 years ago

    I think we also need to get ready for November. Register to vote and vote for those people that have Hoosiers at heart instead of their own agenda.
    Steve Buyer, Dan Burton, and Joe Donnelly were all Indiana Representatives that voted "Nay" for the unemployment benefits. They can be voted out of office and someone that can help us until things are stable can be voted in. We need to vote!!

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