Let me finish tonight with this.
We got word today that the unemployment rate has dropped to 7.4 percent.
This marks close to a three point drop since the high joblessness of this president’s inaugural year in office. In other words, the situation he inherited.
At the risk of ranting, I still think this president, being a Democrat, needs to put his focus right here - on employment, putting people to work.
He began to do it this week - offering the Republicans a one for one deal. He’d cut the corporate tax rate - dramatically for manufacturing - if the Republicans would back his proposal to get busy on this country’s road and bridges, matching growth in private sector jobs with those in the public.
This is where we have to go as a country - rebuilding for the 21st century - getting back in the competition with Europe and Asia for a modern economic society.
The job now is to stick to this proposal, keep the pressure on the other side, show that Republicans are the roadblock to greater job creation; they are the ones holding up a full-blown recovery.
That’s what I think. That’s what I’m going to keep on saying. The jobless rate is down - but not enough. We need to go at this with both fists - private and public - and do it soon - soon enough to get this recovery zooming.