Manufacture This has a blog post, What do you think a jobs bill should say? Good question. While they leave an email address to send in ideas, I thought we might post our ideas into the public sphere.
Leave your policy and legislation wish list in a comment and I will update the post with suggestions.
Here is what I would like to see:
- Cancel all State and Federal offshore outsourced contracts. Bring those jobs back.
- Immediate freeze on all guest worker Visas.
- Mandatory Expansion of Nursing Schools with above market value Professor Salaries. Students must be permanent residents, U.S. citizens.
- Efficient Direct Jobs program based on what has worked and been the most successful in the past. Criteria is employment and public works projects have the most effectiveness, long term on the U.S. national interest and economy. Require U.S. citizenship or Permanent Residency for all jobs. No private, no-bid contracts. Require department be efficient and effective, under the same principles as a profitable private corporation. Employees can be fired for non-performance. Models are the CCC and the WPA.
- Tax credits and Grants for Businesses engaging in U.S. Citizen/Perm Resident Employee Training with retention of that employee at least 2 years.
- Expansion of College co-ops, internships and new graduate hires, with U.S. citizen, permanent resident status, by incentives and mandates.
- Investigate current age discrimination complaints and prosecute.
- Change unemployment to allow hours reduction, instead of layoffs, the difference in wages comes as supplement from insurance.
- Federal Backed Venture Capital Fund utilizing existing Venture Capitalists. All funded start-ups must be U.S. based and must hire U.S. citizens, permanent residents.
- Reform the SBA for corruption and inefficiencies.
- Require research grants to utilize U.S. citizens, permanent residents.
- Reduce Administration and increase Teacher, Research Salaries in all Public Universities (zero sum).
- Expand Vocational Rehabilitation programs which have past track records of success to those who have economic disadvantages, on a sliding scale.
- Sliding Scale Payroll tax holiday, based on Business profits of 2008 and 2009.
- Tax incentives revoked upon refusal to hire U.S. citizens, local residents.
- Requirement of all FCDCs operating in the United States to have a majority of employees be U.S. Citizens, permanent residents.
I'm leaving out things like reform trade policy, force China to float their currency, change of executive pay, corporate governance, change of tax code and other policy elements to once again strengthen the U.S. middle class, labor, advanced R&D, innovation and manufacturing. They are critical to rebuild a U.S. middle class and economy but I'm focused on just jobs in this post.
One might notice I am limiting a jobs program to the U.S. domestic economy. One of the biggest issues is global labor arbitrage and it's effects are seen from wage repression to institutionalized age discrimination to workers being forced to train their replacements before being fired to manufacturing moving offshore. The United States cannot be the job market of the globe as evidenced by our growing poverty, bankruptcies, high unemployment rate and shrinking middle class.
Meanwhile, the Business Titans (Cronos perhaps?) are meeting for a Jobs Summit. There is no doubt policies which have offshore outsourced jobs will be presented as economic growth by many of these multinational corporations and their leaders.
The business leaders represent companies large and small, and both traditional and innovative. They include CEOs such as Eric E. Schmidt of Google, and Robert A. Iger of the Walt Disney Co., as well as David Ickert, an executive of Air Tractor Inc. of Olney, Texas, a small manufacturer of planes for agriculture and forest fire-firefighting, an administration official said on Sunday.
See any regular Georgina & Joe mentioned in the article, who happen to be working America? Most of the U.S. job engine not only doesn't have their own lobbyists and seemingly revolving door access to the White House, most are also not organized by any small business association, professional society (that actually represents their labor interests) or union.
What do you wish to see? Recall the slogan of The Economic Populist is to Speak Your Mind 2¢ at a time.