An Oct. 16 headline, "White House offers help for out-of-work," caught my attention.
How was the Obama administration going to create jobs to help the long-term unemployed? According to the article, Vice President Joe Biden and other White House officials will ask employers to match the long-term unemployed with "sectors that need workers." Those unemployed for 27 weeks or more would be given preferential treatment to make sure they were interviewed for job openings.
We have reached the 6 percent level of unemployment because of one fact: We have the lowest job participation level since 1978. In other words, more people are staying on welfare or are working part-time for cash rather than actively seeking full-time jobs.
This Obama program does not create new jobs. It just places the long-term unemployed in a position to get available jobs instead of applicants who might be better qualified or more experienced.
New jobs are the result of an expanding economy when demand for products and services increases. Why doesn't the administration address the real challenge of job creation? Because that is not easy and would run counter to basic liberal/Democrat core beliefs.
If anything, this new program is anti-job as it punishes the hardworking, experienced, aggressive job seeker.
Put this program in with the non-existent "shovel-ready jobs" we heard about and the huge investment in the solar panel company Solyndra that cost taxpayers dearly and quickly went bankrupt.