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Mark Caserta: Job creators must be empowered for real recovery

Oct. 18, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

Families are hurting in our nation. While the president tells us we're in a recovery, finding a good-paying job has never been more difficult.

It's time to end the "collateral" damage of lost jobs emanating from the Obama administration's failed economic policies and begin the real recovery America needs.

The latest U.S. Census data shows over 46 million people in the United States now live below the poverty line and over 67 million depend on the government for some sort of federal assistance. That's one in five Americans. Poverty among children is heartbreaking at nearly 22 percent, affecting more than 16 million kids.

Washington's "smoke and mirrors" won't hide or solve this problem. We must empower the private sector to begin creating jobs.

This administration is fundamentally wrong in its belief that empowering government to provide for the people is a long-term solution vs. empowering the entrepreneurs who create the jobs to begin rebuilding our economic foundation.

Business leaders are simply stifled by the uncertainty of costs resulting from Obamacare and impending regulations imposed by the policies of this president.

Imagine if you will, allowing someone who has never owned or managed a business, never funded a payroll and or led a workforce, to operate your business. How well would they do?

Yet that's the very scenario business leaders face under the Obama presidency.

Furthermore, this administration recklessly refuses to admit its policies are failing and is engaged in a campaign to convince the American people "they need more time" because they didn't realize just how bad the economy was before Obama made all those hollow promises to the American people about "shovel ready" jobs and keeping the unemployment rate low.

Look around you. Are jobs being created or lost? What happens to West Virginia jobs if this administration has its way with the coal industry?

West Virginia certainly can't afford four more years of Barack Obama.

According to the Labor Department's U-6 totals representing the actual unemployment rate in our country, the situation is alarming.

While the reported unemployment rate is slightly below 8 percent, that's actually only a percentage of a declining work force.

When including discouraged workers who haven't looked for work in four weeks and have dropped out of the equation and those "underemployed" workers, who have taken on lower paying or part-time jobs just to survive economically, the rate is actually around 14.7 percent.

How can we possibly hope to return vibrancy to our nation's economy with so many people struggling financially? And a government check is not a long-term solution.

Over three-and-a-half years ago, President Obama said this of his ability to fix our nation's financial crisis:

"If I don't have this done in three years, then there's going to be a one-term proposition."

Unfortunately he's now changed his position to one of "party" over "principle" just to get re-elected.

It's time for a president who understands business and will empower job creators to be the long-term solution to the nation's unemployment woes -- not the government.

Mark Caserta is a Cabell County resident and a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page.

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