Put Jobs First
With an unemployment rate of 9.1 percent threatening to go even higher in the coming months, it is both morally questionable and economically wrong to focus at this time on deficit reduction rather than job creation. America's unemployed need good jobs so they can feed their families. America's unemployed need good jobs so that the taxes they will pay with the money they earn can help restore the economy of this nation. If we want to reduce the deficit, one sure way is to create good jobs -- private jobs and, when needed, public jobs.
E-mail your Representative and Senators this week to tell them a budget proposal that focuses entirely on deficit reduction, rather than job creation, will prolong and intensify the suffering of millions of our nation's unemployed and underemployed. That is morally unacceptable. While we need to reduce the deficit over the long term, the best deficit reduction plan is to get people back to work, paying taxes, and spending money in their communities.