The President neglects the damage done to the long-term unemployed. Nearly 3 million Americans have been out of work for 27 or more weeks. They face long odds as they try to return to the workforce. When someone has been out of work for eight months, he or she has less than a 50 percent chance of being called for an interview. The number of long-term unemployed workers is not decreasing, but don’t expect to hear President Obama talk about that anytime soon.
Unfortunately, President Obama is not the only man in Washington who refuses to recognize the challenges faced by working Americans. Too many in Congress follow the Chamber of Commerce game plan for the economy. It calls for more immigration that will increase the supply of low-paid workers, amnesty for illegals, and free-trade deals that send manufacturing jobs overseas. Those policies are great for corporate bottom lines, but they are mighty hurtful to average Americans.
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