The Unemployment Rate
As a political independent, I find it ironic that the Republican party, the party that champions the free enterprise system, berates President Obama (a government official) for not doing more to get the unemployment rate down, as if government were responsible for job creation.
I find it equally alarming that the Democratic party, the party that supposedly fights for the working man, has waited four years to make job creation for the working class a top priority, lost amidst the debate on health care, gays in the military and marriage, an undeclared war in Libya, and an undeclared war against all things Republican, but just in time for the election.
Who loses: the middle class and working class that remain unemployed and under-employed at a high rate not acceptable to Americans.
Yet, what I hear from no one, is a specific 5 point action plan to address the unemployment issue and more importantly, what it represents, significant sectors of our economy that are not trained for the right jobs, which are going unfilled.
Where is the plan, from either party, to re-train workers for 21st century jobs? Both men need to worry less about getting elected and more about the reason to get elected—getting Americans investing, buying and back to work.
And that means real leadership, not its show.