Sunday, October 4, 2009

Read This Editorial

I rarely encourage my readers to read something, but this is an exception to the rule.

I have been reading an editorial in the New York Times that everyone should read.

The headline says "Wanted: Leadership on Jobs." The president should read it. The members of Congress should read it.

And all of you, as citizens of the United States, should read it and then urge those who represent you in Washington to read it.

It does not tell a pretty story. But it tells a story that must be heard — and, inexplicably, is seldom told these days.

"Congress must enact emergency unemployment benefits without delay," the Times says. "Equally important, the Obama administration must flesh out its commitment to ensure that economic recovery does not leave middle–class and low–income families behind."

This is crucial for so many reasons.

There is no area that has not been affected by the wretched economy, which has seen job losses now for 21 straight months. That, as the Times writes, is "the longest unbroken stretch of losses since record–keeping began in 1939."

Furthermore, the Times says, "the economy has failed to create another 2.7 million jobs that were needed simply to employ new workers."

Unless Congress acts immediately, millions of Americans will be at risk of slipping through the cracks. The government simply must keep these people going until hiring begins to pick up.

Everything depends on it.

Read the editorial.

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