December 3rd, 2009
05:00 PM ET

What can be done to create jobs?



FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

As the White House convenes what it's calling a jobs summit, consider this:

Almost 16 million Americans are out of work, and one-third of them have been unemployed for more than six-months. There are currently six workers competing for every open job. The government releases the November jobs report tomorrow, with unemployment expected to remain at 10.2 percent.

The White House affair is a meeting with business leaders, academics and other experts to come up with ideas on creating jobs.

But Americans have their own ideas on how to get people back to work. A new USA Today/Gallup poll shows 18 percent of those surveyed suggest the best way is to keep manufacturing jobs in the U.S instead of sending them overseas. 14-percent say lower taxes, 12-percent say more help for small businesses, and 10-percent say create more infrastructure work.

Other ideas include reducing government regulation, creating more green jobs, providing more stimulus money, and buying American or raising taxes on imports.

Meanwhile, there are some glimmers of good news:

The Labor Department reports that the number of first-time filers for unemployment fell last week to a near 15-month low.

Also an independent private job placement firm shows the pace of job losses slowing to the lowest level in two years.

But the fact is jobs are a trailing indicator and probably won't show any robust growth for awhile - despite other signs that the economy is in recovery. Also, many experts say a lot of the jobs that have been lost will simply never return.

Here’s my question to you: What can be done to create jobs?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 5pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Steve from Virginia writes:
The best start would be to restore law and order. Over 8 million jobs could be returned to law abiding citizens and immigrants by making e-Verify mandatory and mandatory cross-checking of the Social Security and IRS databases when employers hire. We could curtail in-sourcing of millions of jobs by requiring employers to prove they can't find qualified Americans before issuing visas. The next best step would be to restore the source of our previous prosperity- our manufacturing base and fair trade practices.

Cruz writes:
Tax all those patriotic souls that sent their jobs overseas and use the new revenue to invest in companies that keep their jobs here at home. I want to see labels everywhere that say “Made in America”.

Tom from Forest Hills, Pennsylvania writes:
Just one thought, Jack: How about a national bond fund that creates jobs to place electricity and cable lines underground and replace old water and sewage systems?

W. from Nebraska writes:
How about we quit spending money in pits like Iraq and Afghanistan and use it to rebuild our infrastructure? I read a story about a $70+ million water treatment plant in Iraq that is barely running because they don't know how to maintain it. As backwards as Iraq is, Afghanistan is ten times worse. Imagine the work that could be created here with the money we've wasted in Iraq and the money we will waste in Afghanistan.

Jasper writes:
The amount of people out of jobs is equal to the amount of people that are illegally in this country. It is a no-brainer.

Paul from Manchester, Vermont writes:
Jack, While I don't often agree with what you say, tonight it sounds like you are on my side. I own a company that employs, at very fair wages and benefits, 50+ Vermonters. The economy has taken a bite out of our business… The government should give all middle class (yes, and even upper class) folks more of their money back by lowering taxes. The more they have to spend, the more they spend and that translates into jobs. Putting money in at the top (by bailing out auto companies for example) does not create folks who can buy cars!

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soundoff (227 Responses)
  1. Jackie in Dallas

    My suggestions Jack? Tax the heck out of any company that offshores a single job that could be done here, withdraw all government contracts from companies that offshore, and offer business loans to people willing to start up new companies to compete with companies that offshore.

    Some of that was supposed to be in the stimulus bill, but hasn't shown up yet.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:01 pm |
  2. Leslie

    With all that has happen in this country in the last decade we should have to beg people to come to work . The issue is not jobs but, how very expensive it is to be an American citizen and how much more expensive it is to hire someone. We are deficient and vulnerable in areas that go directly to our national and health security. The government cannot hire every one but, it can hire non government workers or deputies that preform the tasks of the now non existent government employee. These individuals or companies would and could preform an important service to make up for our governments inability to monitor the goods and products that enter this country. I cannot figure out why we are not building in the following areas. building industry, FDA, EPA. import inspections, Border police and control, airport, harbor, port and train security all need help and that's just a few. We know that we are deficient in these area because, we are the ones' who are inconvenienced when we have to travel, eat, and buy. It makes no sense that after all the scares from imported goods from dog food to children's toys that we do not have some one checking every item, every sea trailer that enters this country. We have the man power and if a person is compensated properly they will preform well and honestly

    December 3, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  3. marlene

    We need to focus the national resources on ways to keep jobs in the United States. One way is tax credits for job creation for existing business or new business development. There should be ample tax burden to bear when companies located in the United States ship out business to other countries which force job losses in the United States. Nation building? Yes, in the United States! Marlene in Mich

    December 3, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  4. Harry Havens

    Call it P-O-R-K. Nothing can improve the jobs outlook faster than a congressman facing defeat in the midterms. In 11 months, we will be thoroughly convinced of our district's good fortune, regardless of what statistics might otherwise say.

    Millersburg, Ky.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  5. Zach - DC

    Provide tax incentives for businesses to hire people. Stop messing around with Healthcare for a couple of months. Stop wasting our tax dollars on absurd Federal programs. Let Capatalism work how it is supposed to (i.e. let businesses fail, Citi didn't get a bailout and the world didn't come to an end). Basically do everything exactly opposite of how it is being done right now.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  6. Joe in VA

    We need to develop all of our available energy options. This includes the much touted wind and solar, thought they will take generations be a significant contributor, and we need to explore for oil within our borders, drill for more natural gas, develop and implement clean coal technology, and expand nuclear power generation. All these are job generators. We need to give incentatives for keeping jobs in this country rather than foreign tax credits and we need to demand real "fair" trade with our partners. We need another "buy American" PR campaign, assuming we can find anything still made here.

    Chatham, VA

    December 3, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  7. Denis Duffy

    It's simple, Jack. Ask any competent expert not in the Obama administration. The only thing Obama cares about is his ego.
    Big mouth, no brains. We will be lucky to survive as a country til the next presidential election.

    Upper Saint Clair, Pa.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  8. Deb I , Nauvoo, IL

    Our infrastructure is crumbling. Americans are dying daily on unsafe roads and bridges. There is a great need to rebuild America, after George Bush wasted trillions of dollars in Iraq. Hire Americans to work on roads and bridges. Is that so hard? Better than spending vast amounts of borrowed money to torture and kill peasants in the Middle east.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  9. Steve

    My vote is to eliminate taxes on corporations that manufacture here in the US. Somehow making it worth keeping operations here in this country is definitely the way to go and money speaks volumes.

    Of course we would need to also keep unions out of these companies so we don't short circuit their ability to compete.

    We would make up tax revenue through slightly higher wage taxes and more overall employment.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  10. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    a 21st century WPA and CCC to rebuild and repair the nation's infrastructure, jack.

    IF the Bush and then the Obama administrations hadn't given billions to the Wall Street Weasels, we would have the money to do it AND both small business and major construction companies would employing millions of workers.

    also, this nation is WAY overdue for a major makeover esp for our bridges. how many more I-35W disasters are waiting to happen? it's not just a matter of jobs, it's a matter of public safety.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  11. William Joseph Miller, Los Angeles

    I just received a letter via email from the Apollo Alliance signed by Michael Peck, the director of external relations for Gamesa.

    According to Peck's letter,the "number of clean energy jobs in the US has grown nearly two and a half faster than the rate of overall jobs in the past decade"He cites a study conducted by the Pew Charitable Trusts as his source.

    The House has already passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act, and the Senate needs to do the same. We also need to support Sherrod Brown's IMPACT Act which will help America keep those jobs.
    Green technology is a multi-trillion dollar industry. Even one of the world's largest polluters, China, recognizes this and is investing more money in green technology than we are. Even Abu Dhabi, one of the famous oil sheikdoms, has recognized that the petro party is over,. It is investing heavily in solar energy. If we want to dominate the 21st century economically, we must take the lead.

    Obama's proposals are just a first step to what we really need to do.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  12. Jeff

    We've sent the manufactoring industry out of the country, no wonder so many people are unemployed. Everything has moved to China or Mexico. It's easy, bring manufacturing back into the U.S.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  13. Richard, in Kansas

    How about get rid of all the illegal landscapers, constuction workers, cooks, hotel staff and other service jobs and hire actual Americans. Unemployment would drop to ZERO. Of course that would be in the best interest of the American worker so theres no way our government will do it.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  14. RichP the Pocono's

    I was always taught that the first thing you do when digging yourself into a hole is to stop digging, not buy more shovels like they are doing now. How about our elected officials start working with American business's instead of against them and for foreign business's, that would be a start.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  15. shirley

    Here is what we need:

    products and filling needs of the society
    not people making money off of other people's money or cyber money
    but build a product
    like a solar panel cheap enough for everybody to buy
    or a wind powered grid so we can pay less electricity
    What happened to recycling?

    I never ever heard this President say a thing about recycling or turning down your thermostat.
    Not a word.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  16. Hubert Bertrand Oberlin La.

    Jack: I think the (REP) party is trying to hurt our president. They are trying to win the next election. so us AMERICAN people are in the middle. AND they say they are for america BULL they want MONEY and don't care how they make it.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  17. frankie

    Overwhelming Republican negativism is materially affecting America. I can only imagine what a positive effect it would have on our economy, if each and every Congressperson thought that America being secure and healthy and employed, was more important than them personally being right. I didn't make that up about Republican negativism, just before the jobs summit started, I heard a Republican comment on CNN, that having the summit proves that Obama's plans aren't working.......

    December 3, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  18. Rick McDaniel / Lewisville, TX

    The number one action that can be taken is to provide for a combination of incentives and penalties, for American corporations, to bring manufacturing back on shore, instead of sending it offshore.

    American companies need to be held responsible to their country, to provide jobs and well-being for people, instead of giving billions to their CEO's.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  19. Dave , Munhall , Pa.

    Hey Jack , I'm tired of coming up with solutions to all these problems . I think it's time the guys we hired in the House and Senate finally came up with some solutions for a change and actually gave us our moneys worth. Sorry but I'm suffering from burnout , I'm done solving all these problems and not getting paid for it ! I want $10 billion if you want me to solve this one for ya !! No more freebies buddy !!!

    December 3, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  20. Judie W. El Lago

    How about limiting the trade with foreign countries...i.e. CHINA !
    From sheetrock, to items with lead and 1001 other items we have seen what cheap labor results in. I fault the business owners for not having on site quality controls in place, and take a stance of "fish or cut bait" in their contracts.

    I do not recall when I last found an item that indicates "MADE IN THE USA".

    Is it too late to provide employment for hard working, dedicated folks here in the U.S.? Perhaps so, as profit is still almighty, followed by greed.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  21. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    Tax the hell out of any company that sends it jobs overseas. This country can't survive on being a service economy, it was built on manufacturing and that is the only way it can keep going. Bring our jobs back home, these companies made their money producing goods for the people here not the greedy SOB's want more using cheap labor and to hell with the American worker.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  22. Jim


    Obviously the President cannot dictate to businesses when to hire or how many. The best the administration can do is try to create a climate where businesses feel confident enough in their earnings going forward to be willing to take on more employees. The stimulus money is helping in that regard. One addition thing the administration might consider is strategies for helping American workers improve themselves. Government programs that do more to facilitate or subsidize employee training and re-training might be a big help in getting them hired.

    Reno, Nevada

    December 3, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  23. Mary Jo

    Exactly what the stimulus was designed to do if the Congress would just get serious with the money they have appropriated and concentrate on breaking this country's dependence on foreign oil by every conceivable means possible. If this country could become a leader in how to run a society without imported oil, we would have a technology to sell abroad to other oil-importing countries who also need to be free of their dependence on other countries for their basic necessities. I personally appreciate all of the money and labor that has been poured into refurbishing our infrastructure, especially our roads. For too long we have been run by a government that did not feel it had any obligation to take care of roads for the common traveler, but only to support big business. People may whine about the federal deficit, but there are many roads I have to travel that if the stimulus money had not been used to address them, I would have to be looking for a horse and buggy in the near future as my means of transportation because I would ruin a GM car in short order traveling on them.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  24. Diane Dagenais Turbide


    companies will keep on looking somewhere else that it is cheaper to produce goods. So why not look at all the sector of activities and think of how they can be reformed to better work locally and repeat in every community. For example, agricultural sector can be reform! Where there is a line of people asking for food...get them with local businesses to build a city farm of 20-30 floors that actually grows foods as well as the production of fish! The science is there and some example are actually being built in some places like B.C.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  25. Cruz Parris

    Tax all those patriotic souls that sent their jobs overseas and use
    the new revenue to invest in company's that keep thier jobs here at
    home. I want to see lables everywhere that say Made in America.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  26. Remo, from beautiful downtown Pflugerville, Texas

    Jack, we need to rethink the bottom line. Most jobs have been out-sourced. Out-sourcing means U.S. money going overseas to pay for that out-sourcing. Now we have an unemployed person and we're filling foriegn coffers. It's a lose now for our economy and for debt owed. If we had invested in our own folks, there would be employment, and capital remaining on our shores. We'd be less dependent on a supply sorce that cuts corners and send cheap and sometimes dangerous goods. I know this has been a simplified example but I hope you get the point.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  27. Robert M. Grasha

    I'm sick and tired of our so called leaders fooling us about saving American jobs. when they get back our steel making factories back and or clothing and shoe factories back and our appliance manufacturers back in this country again, then we will have our old economy back to where it was. Until then, don't try to fool us about saving jobs. Wake up Washington.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  28. Brandon

    The key to this is to find ways to trade manpower/time (renewable resource) for non-renewable resources...

    Example: Fund a study in how we can increase traffic flow effeciency. Replace stop signs with yield signs (100 million cars wearing down their brakes a little less, burning a little less fuel, multiplied by a million stop sign replacements). Someone has to determine which replacements would be safe and cost effective (job), someone has to swap them out (job), someone has to manufacture the signs (job), someone has to recycle the old stop signs (job), etc... All the while, if you look down the road, we would actually conserve resources.

    From health care to engineering to the public school system, there is a wealth of ineffeciencies that need to be addressed. I think we need ways for anyone and everyone to contribute ideas. Create a means for private citizens to send in their ideas to state and federal officials, and if accepted, provide the citizen a bonus for contributing. This would also give the unemployed a chance for something to do during their job search. Filtering out the good ideas from the bad would also give lazy state and federal workers something useful to do!

    Brandon from AK

    December 3, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  29. Ryan - Galesburg, IL

    How about using the remaining TARP money to bail out small businesses and consumer debt. These are the true toxic assets that plague us.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  30. Anthony,,,,Swedesboro, NJ

    First of all, we need ambition. My family as well as my friends' is replete with slackers among the youngsters. They don't have a clue about employment and are living off the largess of the family and friends. I've never seen a more shiftless generation. Some have college degrees and still spend years pondering their futures under dad's roof. All the jobs in the world can't solve the core problem which is indifference and the death of the work ethic.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  31. howard

    no elected offical in washington is looking any futher than the end of their nose about what is happening to the jobs .The jobs are going to mexico and other countries and no one is doing a thing about it..

    December 3, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  32. Aubrey Priest of Fresno

    The #1 thing we need to do as a nation is go to other industrialized companies and go on a reverse outsourcing campaign. Give foreign companies rock bottom tax breaks for bringing their companies here. Building their plants here. Make them offers they cant refuse. We can no longer operate with the same level of arrogance that got us in this predictament.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  33. Heather

    Infrastructure, including high speed rail, a green grid/green transportation system and high speed telecommunications for the entire nation. Agricultural water and land management systems. Import quotas for companies that call themselves American but import virtually everything they sell. No offshoring of profits for American companies. Penalties (not just no tax breaks) for exporting jobs. Financial support for entepreneurs and small business. Enforceable legislation to shut down employers who pay below the minimum wage and/or hire illegals as cheap, disposable labour as they're running an illegal entreprise that hurts everyone as much or more as the local drug dealer who is liable to having his profits and property seized. A government enterprise bank to give micro loans to small entepreneurs as banks never did want to loan to them. Yes, this sounds very anti free market, but the free market has benefited only the top 1%. The rest have paid the price for bad corporate behaviour. I'd like to see mandatory maintenance when the budget is available instead of cutting taxes, neglecting maintenance and seeing another bridge collapse.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  34. Don in Grand Rapids , MI

    Well if the Pres and all his carz's resigned there would be some jobs open!

    December 3, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  35. Jilli

    Pass the health care reform bill would be a good start. Health care is one of the biggest costs to all employers large and small.

    Start with wpa type projects, lord knows there's enough infrastructure problems that could be used to put people back to work.

    Face up to reality, a lot of jobs lost will not be returning just like in the early 90's. Time for retraining and developing green energy – the energy industry could provide a lot of jobs.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:38 pm |

    Keep our jobs at home not overseas. We need more jobs that adrress our environmental problems, such alternative fuels and new power sources.
    We do not make it economically feasable for companies to start up a green company. One reason is anything you buy green today is often twice the cost of a run of the mill item and the return or savings is not significant enough to warrant bying it in the first place.
    Lets take the money that is used to bail out our white collar crooks and invest it in green jobs. Just think of all the green engineering you can do with all that money.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  37. Kevin , FL

    First off, these Employers are advertising a TON of Jobs on job boards and everywhere else , but not actually hiring anyone..............or hiring not the best qualified , instead in my area .......the Under Educated. Both these Practices need to be ceased. Second , for Mid Level to Complicated Employment ...........Pay better!!! Inflation rises, Cost rises, Taxes rise........................yet pay stays virtually where it was five years ago?? This is where "Uncle" needs to step in. And the Citizen needs to say enough.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:42 pm |
  38. Maria

    We must change our way of education in the K-12 yrs. and stop just pushing kids through. They need to have classes considered obsolete...like debating/civics. They need a class on how to look for, apply for and follow-up on job apps. Their history studies should be of late 20th and early 21stC. They need to learn how to spell. Text spelling isn't going to cut it on a resume whether e-mailed or by post.

    We need to pay teachers commensurate with their jobs...which grades, which subjects, what educational level(the kids). We must fire teachers who don't perform.

    We must make it easier to get into high ed schools. Not everyone must go to Harvard. Student loans need to loosen up requirements and lower payments, Pell Grants should be a well-known resource.
    With the loss of school career counselors students have lost great source for finding obscure grants and scholarships. They need to get their butts to the library and use the resources there.

    And we must find mentors for kids who have no functioning family, tutors who can help get through a class subject, parents who participate in school and sit down with their kids to explain homework, a school commmunity that actively searches for and recognizes the students who are struggling and churchs and communities that offer after-school or before-school help, including meals.

    Not much to ask.



    December 3, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  39. Mike Miller

    To create jobs: 1) eliminate all taxes except gas, sin and FICA. The tax would include all imports. Say states collect 5% to counties/cities, 12% to state and 13% to fed, they can fight over who gets what but no more, Gov job is now to reduce these numbers since now everyone is paying their fair share. 2. For now gov needs to help create jobs by using the rest of Tarp and whatever to give to companies of less than 50 people and $1oooooo with good business plans the money, free if grow over the next 5 years in people not money. 3. We need to change or outlook from the military dominating to caring for every American.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  40. Ron

    Let the free business markets engage the Goverment to put up more money to get this ball rolling.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:47 pm |
  41. Mickey Dean millersville pa.

    help me retire early and somebody can have my job!

    December 3, 2009 at 5:48 pm |
  42. Tony from Southport

    Listen to what Republicans have to say about tax breaks.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:48 pm |
  43. Jim from Chicago

    Much of the problem in creating jobs is a lack of commercial credit for small to medium sized businesses. Congress should redeploy the TARP funds being returned by the big banks to the smaller and neighborhood banks with the requirement that it be loaned out.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:48 pm |
  44. Richard Green

    Jack, we need another WPA, TVA, CCC, and decent gov't run health care so businesses can expand instead of shoveling money to the insurance pirates.
    Then we need to end the darn tax cuts to the rich.
    Then we need to stop spending over $10 billion per month on wars that have NOTHING to do with our security. We cannot fight a war in every country an al-Qaeda guy shows his face.
    There's much more that could be done if there was the political will and the political courage to do it. There ain't much of that in Washington these days.
    Rich Green
    San Clemente, Cal.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
  45. Linda in Arizona

    I don't know why they didn't create infrastructure jobs. For one thing, we need to work on our crumbling infrastructure. Obama compared his situation to FDR's, but he didn't do anything like FDR did to put people to work. He also claimed he would create green jobs. Where are they? Those two things could have put thousands of people to work, but I guess he didn't mean it, like everything else he said in the campaign.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:50 pm |
  46. Mary Texas

    Wht is it we don't discuss the real reason the jobless problem still exists? There is no manufacturing base left here, The corporations sent sll the jobs out of the country for cheap labor and then moved their headquarters off shore to avoid taxes. Oh yes! They were even given tax breaks too boot, The manufacturing was the soul of our economy and since we don't make anything here anymore, these jobs are gone forever.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:50 pm |
  47. David in Raleigh, NC

    The government needs to reduce deficit spending and reduce taxes on employers including employment taxes.

    They also need to drop Health Care Reform and Cap and Trade. Both of these Socialist programs are job killers due to increased taxes.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:51 pm |
  48. David in Raleigh, NC

    Obama needs to learn that government doesn't create jobs and wealth.

    Government through taxes and wealth transfer programs destroys jobs and wealth.

    Private Enterprise creates jobs and wealth when the government quits interfering in the private sector.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  49. Shawn, KY

    Jack, it is really simple math. The current problem is as follows:

    December 3, 2009 at 5:53 pm |
  50. Gigi Oregon

    It seems where we went wrong is when we lowered import taxes. And let the rich hide profits in foreign banks etc.,etc.., etc.. Bring jobs back, put the IRS on the books of the rich and leave the working class alone.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  51. Bill in Penna

    To create American jobs in the United States: Stop tax subsidies for shipping our jobs overseas; tax corporations on their income earned in the US; provide loans and needed capital to support growth and expansion of US owned, based and operational manufacturing here; add the cost of disposal of packaging, and the objects as part of a value added tax on all goods and services; stop paying billions of dollars to failed banking CEOs; use the Anti-trust and racketeering laws against the few banks deemed too big to fail, too big to fail meets the legal definition of anti-trust.
    Or just restore common sense where greed now prevails.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:55 pm |
  52. Rob

    A bit cruel...but we could always kick out all of the illegal immigrants that don't pay taxxes.

    Two birds, one stone.

    Rob, Georgia

    December 3, 2009 at 5:56 pm |
  53. Loren, Chicago

    This will not be pleasing to some, but how about enforce our laws, particularly those concerning immigration. There are millions of illegal immigrants in the United States holding jobs that could be made available to both residents and legal immigrants. Illegal immigrants both take jobs and depress wages for legal workers. We could also cut legal immigration. Since the 1990's legal immigration is at a rate of about four times what it was prior to that time to the times of more massive immigration early in this century. Employers will argue that the skills are not available from US workers, but it's more a case of an unwillingness to pay and create demand for those workers. As long as you can import a lower paid worker, why pay more?

    December 3, 2009 at 5:58 pm |
  54. Nate

    Sadly in light of other events of recent days, I find myself reminded of an old Tom Paxton lyric, "Although it may seem very clear / We've got no jobs to give you here / So we are sending you to Vietnam..."

    December 3, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  55. David,Natchez,MS

    Lower the age to 62 for medicare. A lot of workers, myself included ,would retire at 62 if not for the cost of health care. That opens up my job and others that pay well and provide benefits to other workers.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  56. Jeff Fuchs

    Have the government redirect unemployment payments, plus a small bonus for a given period, say six months, to an employer who rehires one of his laid-off workers

    December 3, 2009 at 6:05 pm |
  57. Julius, Moose Jaw, SK, Canada

    I don't believe that anyone can really answer that question.. people needs jobs to make and spend money, but then a lot of businesses can't afford to hire people, its a vicious circle. Conservatives always say that cutting taxes is the answer, but the money that businesses usually save from tax breaks, incentives, etc, usually wind up in the store owner/manager's pocket. If you could get rid of greed, then maybe it might be possible. What needs to happen is that companies need to creat jobs in America(or in my case, Canada) instead of using the cheap sweat shop labour overseas...

    December 3, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  58. The Broker.

    De-Value the US Dollar? Maybe? Drop the Minimum-wage? Maybe?

    December 3, 2009 at 6:07 pm |
  59. Nick McKinney, Texas

    Jack Obama needs to start with jobs by working on the infrastructure of America. That would be a lasting benefit to us all. It comes at a price but it is a price that benefits America in many ways. Infrastructure includes but is not limited to, roads, power supplies, bridges, sewers telecommunications and so on. The greener the better. This will not put everyone unemployed back to work but it will help a great deal and put more money back into the economy.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:07 pm |
  60. Jim in CA

    CUT TAXES! Government is a waster and consumer; NOT a producer

    December 3, 2009 at 6:08 pm |
  61. steve in virginia

    The best start would be to restore law and order. Over 8 million jobs could be returned to law abiding citizens and immigrants by making eVerify mandatory and mandatory cross-checking of the Social Security and IRS databases when employers hire. We could curtail insourcing of 1.5 million jobs by requiring employers to prove they can't find qualified Americans before issuing visas. The next best step would be to restore the source of our previous prosperity- our manufacturing base and fair trade practices.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  62. Annie, Atlanta

    At this point, wait for wages to increase in China and India. Of course, giving tax breaks to US companies who send manufacturing jobs overseas is absurd. And “Free Trade Agreements” seem to benefit everyone but us. But what do I know?

    December 3, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  63. Jackie in Dallas

    My suggestions Jack? Tax the heck out of any company that offshores a single job that could be done here, withdraw all government contracts from companies that offshore, and offer business loans to people willing to start up new companies to compete with companies that offshore. If you don't hit companies in the bottom line that are trashing our economy at home, you won't get their attention!

    December 3, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  64. Rae from Indiana

    Tax the hell out of companies that outsource our jobs.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  65. Bonita - Lisle, IL

    There is no economic recovery without jobs. Too many people are unemployed and underemployed to even slightly mention that this economy is headed for recovery.

    I believe tax credits and subsidies should be given to companies struggling to stay in business; yet, are willing to create jobs or keep their workers employed. In addition, this may serve as a measure to discourage greedy CEOs of profitable companies from laying off workers to pad their pockets.

    Also, some economic holes need plugging...we must have a moratorium on H1B visas and penalize companies moving operations to other countries for cheap labor. America has become a "White-Collar Sweatshop" and this has to change.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  66. Ken Shade

    FIRE CHINA and MEXICO. If we can't fire them then tax the hell out of anything they send into this country.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  67. Irving Kitchner

    Why no mention during "ob summit" of Whirlpool Corp closing factory in Evensville Ind, and moving 1100 jobs to Mexico? Happening now!

    December 3, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  68. Gman

    Easy. BAN LOBBYISTS as Obama said he would.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  69. Sharon Wright in Toronto

    Simple! Give Bill Gates a call and tell him to close all those sweat shops he's opened in the middle and far east.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  70. Abe Anwary

    To create jobs in this economic hardship; why don't we bring the jobs that we once outsourced.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  71. Tillie

    It's about time CNN asked us a question that is going to benefit us and not a question to stir up 'hate' and 'discontent'. CNN gets a "A" today!

    December 3, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  72. John, Fort Collins, CO

    I personally know of a number of people between the ages of 55 and 65 who continue to work only because they need health insurance coverage. If people in that age bracket were allowed to buy-in to Medicare and Medicare supplemental insurance at fair market cost, millions would retire and open up good paying jobs for younger people who are currently unemployed. As it is, no insurance company will even talk to them about health care coverage.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  73. marilyn

    During his campaign speeches Obama harped and harped at taking away tax credits for corps that have outsourced their labor

    Nobody in the administration has used that word since

    why pay for a meeting of top execs to solve this problem when we all know what it is

    if the jobs were here maybe more people woul dbe able to have health insurance

    December 3, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  74. Andrew C. Pittsburgh

    Fair Trade and Stimulus

    December 3, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  75. Jon S.Pridham

    Ever hear of NRA or CCC.
    I hate to bring it up, but the reason jobs go out of the country is cheap labor.

    KIttery ME

    December 3, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  76. Joseph

    Legalize - and tax - marijuana, for both medical and casual use. This will create many jobs in the agriculture business. In addition, if this is done, if the unemployment remains high, who will notice?

    Joe in Florida

    December 3, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  77. jeff

    Get a president that knows what the hell he is doing.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  78. Raymond Baker Sylacauga, Al

    Send the illegals home and there will be plenty of jobs.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  79. Brian Delray Beach, FL

    Jobs will come back once Wall Street has absorbed all the profits possible and there is no alternative in business and industry to re-calling laid off employees back to work. Few analysts are connecting the dots between massive laid offs and firngs which vastly reduce costs and jack up bottom lines and the magical rebound of the market. The nifty bonus dollars the "boys" will pocket this Yule Time will come directly from the lost wages of the middle class of this country.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  80. Steven S

    Shrink Gov't so there are less taxes and regulations. It cost alot to feed this monster size gov't.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  81. Pamela

    Sending jobs to other countries has made CEO's even richer. No government hand outs to any company that sends jobs outside of the U.S.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  82. James R. Smith

    Re the job problem... easy to answer... just ask any Republican ...they seem to have all the answers!
    Jim ... an American in Calgary Alberta

    December 3, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  83. Tom in Iowa

    Travel to ANY City or Town in this country and you will see the same thing. Plants shut down, houses abandoned and people in long lines to get food stamps and get jobs.

    We can solve this problem if someone would offer an incentive for American Corporations to keep and/or bring manufacturing jobs back to these towns.

    Companies who find it cheaper to open plants in Mexico or China are killing our economy. So how about if our Congress or Senate offered up legislation that would give manufacturing companies and corporations a HUGH tax break, (like 100%) for each manufacturing job they create IN THE UNITED STATES. I am not suggesting they get the tax break for creating 1 new job, but it could be a cumulative effect, they get so much percent for each job and that percent increases for each additional job up to 100% at a certain number of new jobs.

    I am not the brightest guy in the world but I can see that our economy is never going to fully recover as long as all our money is going to foreign governments and foreign workers. Reopen plants all over the country, people with jobs buy houses, they buy cars, they buy food, books and they pay taxes. That is what made America great and it can solve the problems we have now.

    Turn that around and everything gets better.

    Tom in Iowa

    December 3, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  84. Lonnie Bedell

    Employers won't hire until people start to buy their products. The people that CAN spend aren't. The savings rate has skyrocketed, so don't tell me there isn't money out there...and that's not counting the mattress money. The president needs to coax people into spending again, priming the pump. It would cost nothing but words, and our president is superb at that. When goods sell, employers will need to hire. As sales dogma goes, it all starts with the sale...

    December 3, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  85. Nick McKinney, Texas

    Get rid of NAFTA. Give incentives to foreign companies to open businesses in America. Start buying American made products. Give tax breaks to American employers so they can afford to hire more workers. Get serious about Green jobs instead of just talking about it. Talk is cheap. Reduce foreign worker visas to employ more Americans. Hire Americans for infrastructure jobs. There are many things the government can do besides stand by and watch America crumble.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  86. Luis Grana

    What the government can do to promote hiring?
    Just recognize that Corporate America does not like the present administration policies and change it
    This country belong to Corporate America and when voters elect a
    socialist government they retaliate firing people as they did with me.
    In fact my boss what honest enough to let me know why they let me go

    December 3, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  87. Karl from SF, CA

    Besides jobs naturally being a trailing indicator in a recession, how about passing national health care for all and work on bringing back some of those jobs that went overseas to countries with national health care? Corporate America has left the rest of us, many of us unemployed, to deal with the health insurance industry. They gave up on it and have saved 15 to 20 percent on production costs. Congress is apparently more attuned to health care bribes then creating an environment for a productive America.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  88. Sly, Alpena, Mi

    Since the Private Sector don't want to step up to the plate to create more jobs, the Government can bring back the draft, and start world war 3. That would cut down on the population and create more jobs.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  89. Lynn, Columbia, Mo.

    They can create more government jobs instead of contracting out to their cronies. And they can make all education free.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  90. nebraska

    how about we quit spending money in pits like iraq and afghanistan and use it to rebuild our infrastructure? i read a story about a 70+ million dollar water treatment plant we built in iraq that is barely running because iraqi's don't know how to run and maintain it. as backwards as iraq is, afghanistan is ten times worse. imagine the work that could be created here with the money we've wasted in iraq and the money we will waste in afghanistan.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  91. Derek A.

    Unconventional though it may seem, legalizing marijuana would significantly boost the economy and also potentially create thousands of new jobs. If marijuana were regulated and taxed, you could have marijuana restaurants, bars, cafes, etc. ...it has been made clear time and time again that marijuana is a BOOMING business these days. If the govt took control of it and legalized it, the potential surplus would be immense.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  92. John

    Lower the class size in schools by hiring more teachers. We could use the extra teachers and jobs.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  93. Jamie Wilson

    If the Romans and the Incans could create aquaduct systems that travel thousands of miles, why can't we ? At any given moment, the US has a flooded region and a drought region. With modern piping and pumps, we could kill two birds with one stone~ create jobs~ and insure that our soil is balanced enough to maintain a steady food supply.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  94. Chris

    Heres a novel idea. How about tap in to an undeniably thriving market within our borders.. Legalize and Tax Marijuana. This "drug war" is doing little to curb abuse. The government could also put that 18 billion they spend a year fighting it towards something more useful, such as funding public projects that would also employ people!

    December 3, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  95. Steve from VA

    Jobs will be created when the engine of job creation, small business, recovers. Stopping the war on people who innovate, work, make money and employ others is the best thing the Obama Administration coud do to create jobs.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  96. Rich Hutchison

    Jack ,
    Bring back Bill Clinton.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  97. chapter house Fontana CA

    Legalize marijuana and prostitution.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  98. Nik

    I think you said it best...stop deporting jobs and renegotiate trade agreements...the only problem with the renegotiating the agreements is the holders of the agreements also hold a lot of our debt...so that's not going to happen...so the only other option is stop taking the jobs overseas...there's nothing more irritating than calling a place and speaking with "Jason" in India. Why can't we have JASON answer the same phone here?

    December 3, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  99. Virginia Weddington

    Start by making things in America again. I tried to find a granite headstone for three horses this week and all I could find were Chinese listings for manufacturers. I Googled for an hour trying to find an American maker. Bet there are no American made ones for people either. They have us covered from cradle to grave.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  100. Sherley

    Small businesses are still in financial trouble. Until small businesses are able to get business loans they will not be able to rehire or hire new staff. The banks are not actually participating in the ARC Loan Program. Unemployed workers want to open new businesses but can't get loans.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  101. HWoodward

    The government can award contracts to start-up businesses that were founded by people who lost their jobs. I am on unemployment. I can't find work, so I started my own company. I drop-ship, but at least my resume looks active. If I can get contracts from the government, I wont be needing unemployment anymore. Poof, jobs!

    December 3, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  102. Patrick Young

    Here's the problem: there are too many people in this country. You just said that there are six people competing for every one job. Instead of an economic or tax reform, what we really need is a population control measure. China has it right with their one child policy, we should adopt something similiar. Think about it, if we keep up the exponential growth that has been happening in this country, eventually there will simply be too many people competing for too few jobs.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  103. Ed Fertik

    It's simple. Stand back and let capitalism work as it has in our great country for a few hundered years rather than trying to replace it with a culture of dependence on governement. If people and business are taxed less they may also have some money to spend. That would help. The masterminds in the White House can't figure this out when they have two hundred years experience to go on? Lord save us !

    December 3, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  104. jasper garcia

    The amount of people out of jobs,is egual in amount to the people that are illegualy in this country.It is a no brainer

    December 3, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  105. Chris

    We don't need a summit!!! Look at the unemployment numbers. Then look at the amount of cheap imports flooding this country!! There's your answer!!!! Start making an even playing field for manufacturing in this country and make it more expensive to outsource jobs and jobs will come back!!! It is NOT rocket science!

    December 3, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  106. Bob Murphy

    Jack, Just watched your discussion about job loss with Wolf Blitzer. No appology needed for getting mad about our job situation. Thanks for your passion!

    December 3, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  107. john woloszyk

    I am a small manufacturing business owner and it is getting tougher and tougher each year to keep my products made in the USA. I wish the Govt. would realize this and come up with a plan to help me out. The plan should include tax breaks for those U.S. companies that actually KEEP there employees here in the US, instead of tax breaks for sending jobs overseas!

    December 3, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  108. Nick D. Neighbour

    It's really no "secret" Jack.
    You PRODUCE things that People WANT and, will PAY for!
    And, you make them BETTER than anyone else's!
    How do you know what people want?
    You ASK THEM!!
    Nick. N.
    Pasadena. CA.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  109. Helene Blake

    Jobs back to America, Jack? I used to have roadrunner email service. That's Time Warner, the company that owns CNN. I had a problem and was transfered to the technical department. I asked where they were. The answer from the young woman was "ASIA". So start with your own company, Jack. As you can see, I no longer use roadrunner, and have cancelled my Time Warner cable servicse. Give the public a break and be honest CNN!

    December 3, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  110. jango

    Getting all the jobs back from other countries sounds like a good idea, but with global companies doing the same kind or outsourcing, american companies will be unable to compete with them if they dont cut costs by outsourcing some of the manufacturing and labour etc. Its just part of how the global workforce has changed. The best idea would be to give support to new entrepreneurs and also to improve our infrastructure.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  111. Ed Hanlon

    Cut taxes on small business.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  112. Curtis Martin

    No stimulus plan from Republicans or Democrats is going to revive this poor economy. If we really want to have an economic recovery, we need to stop spending $593,000 per minute on imported oil, amounting to over 300 billion dollars annually sent out of our county. A good start would be the Pickens plan which offers tax incentives to convert personal vehicles and semi tractor trailers to natural gas fuel as opposed to imported gasoline and diesel. Additionally the plan includes incentives to heat our homes and buildings with solar and wind-produced energy. This isn't a cure-all for our economic problems, but it's certainly a great start.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  113. frank

    Go back to the moon. Remember all the jobs in the US that created? And they were good jobs. From journalists (Wolf may not be Walter Cronkite but there's hope...) to metal benders, to engineers, to all the scientists. And remember all the harping about we need scientists? Well I ARE one and haven't been able to find a job as one. Could be worse, could have gotten a Biology degree, 800 applications for one job in some instances and this was BEFORE the recession. And once we get that, we can go to Mars.

    Sure as heck beats all the funding for the F-22 and it was a boondoggle from the start (I was there).

    December 3, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  114. Jan Collins

    The only voice the average American has anymore is through their consumer dollars. If we would stop buying this foreign manufactured cheaply structured, plastic crap, maybe multi-national corporations would consider bringing our jobs back. In other words, stay the hell out of WalMart.

    Etna Green, IN

    December 3, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  115. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    We can continue to look at the esoteric elements of this problem, or we can finally admit to the destructive inherent element to this problem.

    As it was, and as it will be, as long as we have those who base their existence and self worth on greed instead of meeting the needs of all humans, then we will continue to foster these problems.

    Our common higher power is not meeting expectations of Wall Street, but of the development of human relationships. In this we would be surprised at what ills would melt away.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  116. r.j.j.

    I can tell you how NOT to create jobs. Invade countries & start wars. Cut taxes to the Top 5% wealthiest humans. eisenhower warned us about the military-industrial complex. That's just more insanity, doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result. Want to create real jobs? Take the healthcare burden away from business.
    Give tax breaks to alternative energy businesses and tax the hell out of petroleum based business. Give a tax break to anyone buying American made goods. Give capital to anybody starting a business to make stuff in America. It's foreign trade that is killing us. That and a free ride for the Top 5%. Who do you think shipped all the real jobs offshore? It sure wasn't the average working American.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  117. Mohammad H.

    Mr. Cafferty, it's not about creating jobs, but taking care of jobs that people lost and taking care of jobs that already exist, then they could start creating new jobs once our economy gets to where it was.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  118. Steve

    Loan some of the bailout money paid back by the large financial institutes to small business to operate and expand with conditions since the banks are not leading like they use to anymore.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  119. Mike in Georgia

    It seems to me, that if we had a jobs Conference, the US Chamber of Commerce should be represented at the conference. They represent most of the small businesses that can create jobs. Maybe their lack of support for a public option in healthcare got them uninvited. Nothing like bringing us all together thru enlightened leadership at the top!

    December 3, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  120. Ingrid, brooklyn

    as long as we live in a capitalist society, where making as much money as possible, where companies are not about creating a great product but are about making as much money for their shareholders, etc. then jobs will go abroad because it is cheaper there. as long as education is not the highest priority in this country, then the innovation that the usa is known for will not happen here, etc. if people think for one second that lowering taxes for businesses will lead to those businesses keeping jobs here they are completely fooling themselves.

    the people of the united states need to get real straight about what it is they want- they cannot cry about the govt. overregulating our lives and the cannot say they fear govt. input into health care and then demand that the govt. make jobs and tell companies what to do. there has to be some sort of ideological consistency here.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  121. Samek

    If you agree with the assumptions:
    1. that the small business is the engine behind the economy, and
    2. you need R&D to create new products -> new jobs
    Then the answer is simple: throw money on SBIR programs (Small Business Innovation Research).
    Don't count on the big business to throw money on R&D; it is an expense for them and they prefer to do it in India.
    Small business will always remain local.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  122. bubba kinds

    stop illegal imagration and no more work visa until our econy is better.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  123. warren packard

    To create jobs. reduce foreign oil imports, reduce the defecit , help the enviroment, and promote world peace. Congress should build new nuclear plants with our stimulus money and sell the enriched uranium to run them from the dismanteling of some of our nuclear arsenal.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  124. Darrell Wright from Anderson, Indiana

    Jack here is an idea that will be very unpopular with the public.

    1) Stop shipping jobs overseas.

    2) Start making business who ship stuff to the United States pay a tariff.

    3) Give everyone Medicare (Healthcare problem fixed)

    4) Make sure no one makes over minimum wage, this includes POLITICIANS (No more greedy Corporate suits getting millions off the taxpayers to fix their bankrupt businesses. No More POLITICIANS getting paid to vote and argue against decent ideas) Then use the additional profit that these people make to pay for Healthcare, & Fix the Budget.

    5) Everyone pays a flat tax of 10% (no more people squeaking by paying their taxes by using loopholes.)

    6) Everyone gets foodstamps (in fact make it a law that you cannot buy groceries using cash. This could help stop the obesity problem in the USA.)

    Let me know if you need more ideas.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  125. Brian

    Three things, Jack. 1.) Those jobs ain't comin back. We have to find new ways to make a living. (hint, hint: green economy???) 2.) We should refuse to trade with countries that don't pay their workers a fair wage and cut corners on the environment. i.e. Level the playing field. and 3.) How about reducing our work weeks to something manageable, and spreading the work out so that we can give everyone jobs? Corporate culture right now seems to be to lay off people at the working level, and heap all the work on their peers. Some fearmongerers may call this socialism. I call it facing up to our new reality.


    December 3, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  126. Tom from New London

    Jack – Two years ago I asked you to give me a job.

    I'm looking again.

    If we took the money we're spending right now rebuilding Iraq and Afghanistan and invested it here at home, I don't think I'd have to ask you for a job again.

    And when I say invest it here at home, I mean invest it into the working men and women of this country the same way they do it oversees. Europeans and Canadians are looking at Americans now as if we were all living in a third world country. Subsidize small businesses before it's too late.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  127. Sam


    Why not invade Iran or Pakistan. A lot of corporations, contractors, and individuals have become rich playing war over the past 8 years. We could manufacture our weapons in the U.S. and recruit our young to fight.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  128. michelle a.

    Hello Jack,

    As a small business owner, I cannot begin to tell you how much you are burdened with taxes and insurances. Small businesses are the lifeline of an economy, and when they fail, everyone suffers. I suggest that the President give us tax breaks so we are in a position to employ more people. Start levying higher taxes on businesses that outsource, but also give them an incentive to bring jobs back to the U.S.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  129. Norma Bronder

    Seriously address the issue of all the thousands of jobs being lost to the digital revolution. The production of books, newspapers, music and dvds probably won't exist in the next decade. What will they be replaced by? It's time to redefine the definition of full time work if there isn't enough work to go around. Look into what Europeans are accomplishing with job sharing arrangements.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  130. Greg


    You want a permanent creator of jobs on a massive scale then start a Great Work. What Great Work depends on the needs of your country. But a real long term suggestion could be a massive effort to lift mankind permanently into space. Not the rinky dink ISS we now have but true habitats with real industry fueling exploration and colonization. All high tech jobs requiring serious skill sets. Start this Great Work by revamping your education system entirely raise the bar for teachers and students alike, rebuild the school infrastructure, strengthen social norms on post secondary school education, provide free education in fields of need. Look up the whole universe is there to explore. Industry and education that would rebuild your country's reputation for daring do.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  131. Larry Hendershot

    Jack I'm told that there are some 40 million Americans over the age of 50. One has to wonder what would have happened if the government would have given each person over the age of 50 a million dollars instead of bailing out the auto industry and the financial industry. The catch to receive the million dollars would be like this. First you must retire from your job. Opening up millions of jobs in America. Second you must buy a new American made car. Wow Detroit couldn't make them fast enough. Auto industry problem solved. Third you must purchase a home. Wow Real Estate problem solved. Doesn't it give you food for thought instead of spending trillions of dollars on bailouts
    Can you imagine how the economy would have picked up with tens of millions of Americans receiving a million dollars. While millions of jobs would have become available.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  132. Mitch Dworkin - Dallas, Texas

    What I would do to help create jobs is tax the living daylights out of those companies who outsource jobs to foreign countries while offering companies tax credits or some other kind of incentives to hire, hire more, and to not outsource jobs.

    Also, if a company outsources jobs for either cheap labor or to avoid paying certain taxes, then I would use every legal means to publicize it as much as possible so that the company's public image would look so bad that it would probably cost them some business.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:19 pm |

    Lower the age to draw social security. That should free up a lot of jobs.
    Stop the practice of out sourcing jobs to foreign countries.
    Enforce the laws against employing illegal aliens.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  134. Margo Straman

    Bring the jobs back from other countries. That won't happen instantly, but it would be a start. All countries need to pay the same fees the US pays for items to be shipped outside of the US. This money can go back into the economy until we get our jobs back. How do they get the 6 applicants for every job opening. Here we have 100 and more. I am a Quality Engineer and am applying for things such as Aldi's as a cashier and they had over 400 apply for the position. I have never been out of work this long in my life. We need to start making things for ourselves and finding better, greener, and more cost effective ways to do it. If we made what what we buy, I believe everyone would have a job that wants one.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  135. John W.

    It seems to me that the states that have legalized the medical use of marijuana have not seen the coming of the devil as some who originally envisioned. I am not a user and never have been, but looking at states like Michigan whom the unemployment rate is the highest in the country this seems like one small way to create revenue. Look at when the country outlawed liquor, then only the outlaws had liquor you could buy from. One could argue that we do not need another vice in this country, but look at the taxed revenue, the fact that the drug dealers do not have the money and it could go to cash starved muncipalities. It will never happen though, the Christian right, would never vote for it. No one ever overdosed from marijuana, you cannot say that about drugs and alcohol.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  136. Mary Ann

    When we first started sending manufacturing jobs to 3rd world countries, I wasn't concerned. Heck, we had a "lock" on health care, education and technology. Giving other countries a chance to climb out of abject poverty seemed like a good idea, particularly if these countries looked to us for the best health care, the best education systems and cutting edge discoveries in technology. Well, I was wrong. Somehow, we lost our leadership positions in these areas. Since we've already lost material "production" and don't stand a chance of getting back into that game, just maybe we can recoup our place in these other areas.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  137. Frank Lee

    Go forward with the process of storing nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain in Nevada to open up more then 1200 jobs within different states that already store nuclear waste.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  138. john

    i am an immigrant interested to start a medical clinic business to employ three people, I cant start it because Bank won't give me a loan due to lack of green card. there are thousands of enterpneuers like me waiting for the mercy of this administration. clear up the unfair legal immigrationline and clear up the small business loans from banks. you will see a big difference.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  139. Paul O'Neill

    It might help to cut the Defense Budget by 1% and turn that money towards the unemployed to support families and those struggling with mortgage payments.The space around us is as important as the space above us. God Bless America!

    December 3, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  140. Dave , Munhall , Pa.

    Hey Jack , Mary in Texas has the answer..!!!!!!!

    December 3, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  141. Andy

    Jack, I'm no economist, nor do I have a business degree, but I do know one thing: As Andy Rooney once noted during the recession of the early '90s – there may be a lack of jobs in this country, but there is no shortage of work that needs to be done.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  142. Bob in Greenville RI

    If there's a way to impose duties or tariffs on goods made by American companies overseas, the US Government should. They can gain revenues, and/or make it more profitable to US producers to employ American workers to produce their products. (I'm sure the Indians and the Chinese have lobbyists here though)

    December 3, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  143. julia a exley

    One thing we could do is to put a moritorium on these H1-work visas where businesses are importing 3.5 million jobs a year. Also put one on companies that export jobs. We have thouands of college kids looking for high tech jobs every year. We could also open solar panel plants and smartboxes to provide solar energy to at least all the homes in the southern half of the country. Check out the solar project in Florida where Obama was with Crist a few weeks ago.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  144. Mike

    How about using the money we spend to reward failure, to create jobs and rebuild our crumbling infrastructure. The salaries and bounses paid to ceos and others in this country is ridiculous (especially when they fail).The18 million dollars that Notre Dame is paying Weis to leave could provide over 500 people with a salary of $35,000 a year. This nations priorities are way out of whack!


    December 3, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  145. pat in michigan

    it is very simple.do not allow american corp.'s to move operations overseas for lower operating costs.they achieve this by slave labor.
    remember when we hated China for using slave labor?
    If an American corp. has production facilities overseas or in mexico make them pay import fees and then triple tax their profits.GROSS PROFITS! Then let's see how long before they come home
    By the way Jack,remind the public who allowed the asian car manufacturers to import their cars duty free.thereby destroying the American car manufacturers

    December 3, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  146. Stacy in Chicago

    I'm no economist, but after the way things have been since the downturn, I think anyone has a pretty good shot at being an economist.

    Thankfully I still have job. The CEO of my company and the top officers all took a 10% decrease in pay when the economy tankedso that they would not have to lay anyone off. Loyalty breeds loyalty, and I'm very thankful for that, and will work harder for them.

    The idea to just create jobs, is simply not enough. When CEOs get paid millions upon millions, while their workforce wages barely increase for years....then, they shut down the plant, or warehouses, etc, to ship overseas because it's cheaper, so they themselves can earn millions more.
    When hundreds of thousands of people are losing their jobs while the CEOs and top officers are still making millions upon millions just because they layed off these workers or shipped their duties to China or Mexico....
    It's just not right...

    There needs to be a fundamental shift in managements thinking. But that will take years.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  147. George

    Well first of all they get rid of the illegal imigration safe havens in both the state of Illinois and Wisconsin. This would in return open up more jobs in the fast food industry that all taken by the mexicans. Which is a mjor problem a white or black person can not even get a job at one of these places in them 2 states period. Not to disrespect the mexican race by no means. The biggest issue is that you have all these companies that are not willing to pay the amount of taxes that is required by the US and thefore they just ship the bussiness over seas. Who can blame them. When the labor is cheaper and the import cost are low. If the import cost exceeded the us labor cost of the product in production then that would lead more companys to move to america. Until then there will be very few jobs in the US.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  148. David


    We need to stop Wal-Mart! Yes they are the #1 employer in this country however their employees are some of the lowest paid workers in this country! Also, the gov't should just sign over the welfare checks to them because they are taking advantage of the uneductated lower class! If we could cut Wal-Mart down to a more competitve level, to where they weren't a MONOPOLY, it would give a chance for smaller businesses to flurish. Ultimately, the only people benefitting from Wal-Mart is China and the Waltons!

    December 3, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  149. Fern

    Build more jails and let the people decide the corporate CEO's fate; and without any judge. Forget the due process clause, wasn't that what Quotanmo represented. Go figure as to what the percentage is where an individuals' rights have not been violated under the noses of politically influenced judges? Once a few hundred of those are put in confinement, maybe, then this Country can get on the next fast track and clean of the politically influenced judicial system. We don't need more lawyers, just a system where the average common sense individul can and will do the job they fail to do.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  150. Julia B

    While I agree with the solution you mentioned,trade agreement
    renegotiated etc.The issue you have to adress is why those jobs are
    leaving/gone the answer is those countries offer a cheaper labor source and less regulation for corporations to deal with.Will Americans work for $5 an hour instead of $20 ,I doubt it,they will if they get hungry enough though ,I guess.Anyway appreciate being able to blog at you.
    Thank you

    December 3, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  151. Bruce - Delaware

    How stupid is this question? Rip up and set fire to NAFTA. Install tariffs on all products whose business have laid of workers or have closed due to competition. Stop licking the boots of Communist China. Stop Federal spending like drunken sailors(no offense intended to sailors whose ethics are far above that of the Republicrats) and balance the freakin budget. Stop participating in all wars so the soldiers don't have to blowthrough billions of dollars in ammo and $400/gallon fuel. Sheesh, Jack, you act like this is a difficult question!

    December 3, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  152. Oscar

    Pink slips for everyone in Congress.That will free up 535 top-paying jobs with the best benefits that OUR money can buy. For that matter, how many worthless elected officials are there nation wide?

    December 3, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  153. Beth_Albany_OR

    Hey Jack,

    Please Please pass this along. Months ago I sent this
    idea" to whitehouse my sentors and others now the Pres is asking for any idea – here it is.
    Unemployment currently is getting in the way of employment. Idea, ask if businesses who laid off workers would re-hire them and only pay the difference b/t the person's unemployment check and their previous wage. – S.B get immediate tax benefits by only paying taxes on the smaller wage commitment. The re-hired would return to financial life including paying their taxes helping local, state, and federal deficits. Only other thing, maybe if businesses need a little help getting this going, S.B. loans. This will create jobs boost economy and most of all greatly decrease the bleeding of our Nations deficit and within 24 months businesses could be "well" enough to take on the full wage commitment themselves. Listen this is the teeny sound bite of the whole idea. It even satifies the "Party of NO." Well, maybe, as long I make sure one of them presented it as their original idea!

    December 3, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  154. Jerry

    Jack, I listen to the Washington Journal on CSPAN every morning, and today they had a job summit also,It seemed like an unbelievable amount of callers from all over the United States, Democrats, Republican's and Independants, a lot of them said it was the illegal Latino population, americans are competing with, and the Americans lose everytime,because the iIlegals they will work for less, and again no one is enforcing the immigration laws. So the businesses are hiring them first. And congress is not working with Everify.
    Jerry/ Iowa

    December 3, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  155. ben

    well, first we cannot erase everything thats happed to our job losses, but we can start with big ticket items and only let the country where the product is made do the comersials. etc. korean cars are shown with korean salsmen, china same, japan same, european some. ..........................................this will start idintifing the real deal.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  156. Yvonne

    Build more jails and let the people decide the corporate CEO's fate; and without any judge. Forget the due process clause, wasn't that what Quotanmo represented. Go figure as to what the percentage is where an individuals' rights have not been violated under the noses of politically influenced judges? Once a few hundred of those are put in confinement, maybe, then this Country can get on the next fast track and clean of the politically influenced judicial system. We don't need more lawyers, just a system where the average common sense individul can and will do the job they fail to do.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  157. Scott, Canada

    Jack, jobs aren't "manufactured" out of thin air, they come from competitive ability, not tariffs and protective policy. America always wants the easy way out by "stopping jobs going overseas". Well, they are going overseas because workers in the US demand massive salaries to make things domestically, yet want low priced goods lining their Wal-Mart shelves. It's not hard to wonder why the US auto industry is struggling to compete globally when assembly line workers in Detroit require $120,000 per year, 6 weeks vacation, health insurance and a salary for life in order to bolt a door onto a Saturn. You want jobs? Educate the population, promote and support investment in new product and technology innovation, and lower expectations around lifestyle entitlement. Make America competitive again.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  158. Bill (Maryland)

    Let's start off with temporarilly halting immigration. As a contributor and advocate of NumbersUSA, the data confirms over one million legal immigrants are given work visas each year to come to our wonderful country and make a living. This would cost our government NOTHING! After our economy settles to a manageable condition again, we can open the doors back up. This just makes too much sense for our leaders to comprehend.

    (still unemployed in Maryland)

    December 3, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  159. Bob

    I don"t understand why nobody in Government talks about all the jobs sent overseas, either through outsourcing, or the fact thay many manufacturing plants have been closed here. Only to see new factories built in Asia. The number of lost jobs from this trend has to be in the millions. We also can't forget that a lot of these jobs have been replaced with lower paying service jobs. This trend needs to be reversed. As government gave incentives to start the trend, they can give incentives to reverse it. I seem to remember that our country did pretty good before this awful trend started.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  160. Dick

    To help the economy? Freeze prices on gas & fuel-heating, rents & utilities, groceries and other cost of living expenses. Make living more affordable for those in trouble and out of work. Cure the homeless problem.

    Create jobs? Put those, out of work, to work on needed infrastructure in our counties, towns and states. Re-establish the Conservation Corp. helping construction on roads & highways, the environment producing new energy and giving those in need a job and a standard of living. Cure the homeless problem.

    Those in the Government need to travel about and see the real problem in our country...WE NEED WORK, AFFORDABLE LIVING and


    December 3, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  161. Keith C. Miles

    Start a program we had in the 1930's. The CCC's was established to put those to work. They could do all kins of job's to Roads, parks helping states and citys.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  162. fpo

    i have been unemployed for over a year now, my suggestion is instead of giving unemployment money to unemployed person, just give it to the company who will provide jobs for unemployed person like me, which I believe is better approach because it will provide continuity of our employment.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  163. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Small things like the American flag pin are made in China as well as many other items that can be made here at home. It's time we start looking at the items we purchase and become innovative enough to make and sell our own.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  164. Daniel, Alabama

    We have no jobs because the corporations have shipped all the jobs overseas . We should close our borders and tell companies that if they want to sell their products in the U. S. they have to be manufactured in the U. S. Give them two years to get their factories built. The construction jobs would put most people back to work. That includes all outsourcing both manufacturing and technical.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  165. Chuck Wright, Georgia

    Jobs come from Corporate America not the polititions in Washington. Why don't we hear anything about Corporate America through the Corproate American News(?) companies? They are quick to paint Governmental America as a bunch of hacks. Corporate America has ruined almost every Industry in our country. We hear nothing about that until they are gone. We all of these folks that have come from foreign lands to grab jobs from all of the bubbles created by greedy corporations. We just keep importing them. We have a lot of problems that won't get solved soon. The Stock Market is back on track racking up increases for the wealthy again. They have enough to waste on cuts. Those at the bottom will take the hit in war and unemployment. Classy!

    December 3, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  166. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio


    Our leaders have perpetrated so many "mistakes" in order to facilitate the outsourcing of jobs, allow corporations especially manufacturers to operate overseas to pollute the earth and rape the American worker (while taxing them to their knees), and bail out the losers, that only some emergency legislation (yeah, fast work on the part of the boys in the beltway) to accomodate and re establish the strength of small business. And I don't mean carpet cleaners and drapery hangers or service industry (no offense to them) we need to make things, export them, yesterday !

    December 3, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  167. K

    Simple solution. Stop the hiring of illegal aliens. Penalize companies for hiring illegal aliens. Stop the outsourcing of our jobs. Any company who continues to outsource American jobs is penalized, loses ALL bail out funds and must immediately pay back any bail out funds received with interest. Sto the executives from making more yearly than the president of the USA. All executives and employees receive the same benefits and take the same cuts in pay/benefits.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  168. Andy

    BTW, mr. moderator – I'm in Cincinnati, OH

    December 3, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  169. Rob Thomas

    How about big, long view approaches? Like: waive Federal and State income taxes for teachers.

    I've been under and unemployed for years, but I'd love to teach if I could afford to.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  170. ANU

    Dear Cafferty
    In USA the jobs are lost is very simple reason – US government trade policies and manufacturing is moving off shore like central America, China etc where companies are exploiting the cheap labors. Why not we encourage the manufacturing in this country and restrict companies going offshore and other countries. Till we not have industries and manufacturing back in USA even GOD can’t help President Obama to create the jobs.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  171. Esther Massillon Ohio

    can't wave a magic wand to get jobs and
    CEO not going to make room for new employee's since they need every extra dime for their bonus. We should have heeded this little ditty back in the 70' and 80's then maybe we wouldn't be in this position

    Look for the union label
    when you are buying that coat, dress or blouse.
    Remember somewhere our union's sewing,
    our wages going to feed the kids, and run the house.

    We work hard, but who's complaining?
    Thanks to the I.L.G. we're paying our way!

    So always look for the union label,
    it says we're able to make it in the U.S.A.!

    That use to be the american pride in doing a job and selling our products to our neighbors. but now that is not the case I suggest you all learn Chinese and quick.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  172. Manuel Lanza

    We need direct Government participation. If other contries subsidizes their agriculture, manufacturing and just about everything else, why US not? Lets build new roads, housing for the needy, nuclear plants, ships, more articles bearing US trade made even when they are not of excellent quality but allow us to inundate the world with more of them. Keep in mind that prosperous China, first was Government controlled...I dont care if it Socialism, Comunism or Capitalism, OBA-economy or some new sort of Economy so long as our people have a job and a place to live...Amen.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  173. Peggy/Spokane

    Well Jack, here is my question to you. When Obama was running for office he stated with great confidence that he knew how put America to work again. Where did that go?
    He spoke of "green jobs" that would help the energy and environment and put thousands to work. He spoke of jobs repairing and renewing infrastructure. We all know that is needed! Now, we need to have a meeting to figure this out? He is going to travel around again and ask people what they are thinking.
    This is what we are thinking, stop sending jobs over seas. Make the bailed out banks loan to small businesses. We have not gone brain dead we can still do manufacturing jobs here.
    We are thinking we do not want to have to keep hearing town hall speaches for something that is as simple as, we need jobs! Without them we cannot pay our bills, feed and clothe ourselves and our children, keep a roof over our head or take care of our medical needs. How many ways and times do people have to restate the obvious? The facts do not change when people do not have a job, so deliver on the promises that were made and by the way,,,pay attention to where the money is going when you finally do something!! We do not need to have any more money thrown out there with no accountability!!

    December 3, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  174. Shawn, KY

    Jack, we the people of the United States created this problem ourselves. Each of us inadvertently cause jobs to be lost every time we decide to buy products made outside our country. Until we wake up and stop blaming every one else we will never rebuild our economy. Simply look for the Made in America before buying.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  175. John from Blandon

    1. Apply the states' experience rating system to penalize employers who lay off large numbers of people (and reward those who don't), but offset this higher tax with a cut in the corporation income tax. In other words, tax layoffs (bad) instead of profits (good).
    2. Expand the Targeted Jobs Tax Credit for additional classes of workers, such as:
    • Heads of household
    • Unemployed
    • Over 50
    3. Re-install the investment tax credit, particularly for instances of plant expansion and retail and office construction (vs. personal property, much of which is acquired from overseas companies).
    4. Target educational assistance (loans, tax breaks, etc.) to preferred occupations
    • Nursing
    • Math/science
    • Engineering
    • Industrial trades
    5. Expand Fair Labor laws to reduce the number of exempt workers, who are often forced to work overtime for no pay to make up for laid off workers. This would force employers to hire more employees instead of forcing fewer to do more without pay, or else enact wages cuts. Either is preferable to layoffs.
    6. Reduce the foreign tax credit to reduce the incentive to operate overseas\
    7. Reduce the salaries deduction on foreign-sourced subsidiaries, or else index them based on comparative living standards
    8. Create a FINCA-like program for economically-distressed communities HERE IN AMERICA.
    9. Celebrate good employers (e.g., awards) for minimizing layoffs (similar to the awards given by United Way to corporate participants).
    10. Promote investment in local employers by providing preferential tax treatment to investment income from qualified regional investment funds, which would be limited to investment in businesses within a limited geographical area. This would discourage sending investment dollars overseas.

    John from PA

    December 3, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  176. Barbara in NY

    I think it's a no brainer to put a cap on shipping good paying jobs overseas. We need to be encouraged to buy American made goods first. Imposing an import tax can slow down the amount of goods made and purchased overseas.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  177. Javier, AZ

    Let's put more people to work in the USSS. The incompetent need not apply.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  178. jim Blevins

    There is a basic, systemic problem of reasonably paid American workers trying to compete with very poorly paid Asian workers. There needs to be a worker abuse tariff that corrects for any advantage obtained by underpaying workers. First jobs would come from building new manufacturing plants in America.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    December 3, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  179. mike rodriguez

    jack, companies have to stop hire illegal people......they are taken the job from the american people.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  180. Ed from Montana

    How about a new jobs tax credit to businesses? In 1977 this was done and employment increased by 11.1%. Maybe it is time to do it again?

    December 3, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  181. Paul

    My disdain for this Administration grows every time one of them who has never had to sign the front of a paycheck decides they know how to create jobs. I own a Company that employs at very fair wages, over fifty Vermonters. Like so many other businesses in America we are suffering from the downturn that is simply being exacerbated by people not having enough money to spend on goods and services. The only way to create jobs is to give people who could spend, the money they need to spend, and the only way to do that is to have state and federal governments lower taxes. Anything else is not sustainable and putting it in to save a few jobs at GM, did not create buyers of cars!

    December 3, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  182. indydee

    NOw, why do you do that Jack? I had turned off the computer & thought i WAS done...but you had to mention JOBS.
    Yeah, you took the words right out of my mouth...get all of our jobs back: textile, manufacturing & the IT service oriented jobs we gave to India. What are we stupid?
    I watched Maria Bartiromo last night on CNBC...She had GEs' CEO, Secretary of Labor (I think that's what she was) & others...Maria had an IPhone in her hand... it said something to the effect, "Designed in the US & Assembled in China". So we give them all the parts (so they can figure out how it's made) & then then can improve the technology. You know the Kindle? Now Sony has a clone.
    We need to stop importing people into the US either for education or work. The jobs & technology we create are OURS. Let them come up with their own ideas.
    These large corporations should be taxed per head that they have hired overseas. This includes yours.
    Exports are essential to our growth NOT IMPORTS!

    December 3, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  183. Alan - Charlotte, NC

    Help entrepreneurs start new businesses and help small businesses grow with grants and tax breaks. Quit bailing out dysfunctional banks and other financial institutions that are causing problems and allow those who are competent to help solve them

    December 3, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  184. David Brown

    What's wrong with subsidising manufacturing: Where can the un-educated low skilled find a job? Manufacturing would put the millions back to work paying taxes and medicare. We need to make everything fron TV's to toasters here in America. I know we can't compete with cheap overseas labor. We bailed out excutive america. Lets bail out the blue collar un-educated worker who despertly needs a job.
    I am in favor of acutally subsidising (the worker) not the company.
    Whats wrong with raising his pay to a wage that he can compete with the cheap China labor. Manufacturnig must come back: All Americans can't be financial excutives. Masses of people want to work, and compete with cheap foerign labor. Lets just level the field and give them a chance.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  185. Bob

    Jack: While there are many short-term actions available but long-term solutions must include population control. There are simply too many folks (American and visitors) competing for a diminishing number of jobs. Policy changes should include: immigration and visa restrictions and also tax law changes to discourage having larger families at taxpayer expense. Reducing the rate of population increase will not only help control the employment crisis eventually but also lessen future demand for disappearing resources like energy, water and food.


    December 3, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  186. Chloe

    How about ending mergers and buyouts of one megacompany over another and looking into breaking up some of those that never should have been given green light to merge in the first place. Thousands of jobs are lost, never to return, whenever this occurs.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  187. Justin


    We need energy legislation that uses unused tarp funds and stimulus funds to modernize the electrical grid(all of it). If we don't do this fast then the industries of the future will boom in china not here. A project of this size will spur innovation in the private sector, which everyone knows is where the jobs have to come from.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  188. Stan in Boston

    We need to create new jobs, not find ways to get old jobs back. There are no old jobs that were any good. We no longer make anything. So giving tax breaks or other incentives to exisiting business won't help. We need to create new businesses. And we should work with what we have. America still has technology. We need to expand the internet. New uses for the internet are appearing every day. Our modern telephone system was built during the great depression and it certainly led to all sorts of new jobs. A beefed up internet will do the same. We need to build high speed rail. That will not only create a lot of jobs building the new trains, but once they are complete it will spur the economy in the areas served by them, just as it did when the West was opened up by the railroad. (Not to mention the benefit to our environment by reducing airplane fuel needs.) We need to build a modern electric grid. We can develope new ways to generate electricity if we can then move the electricty to the population areas around the country. We can generate solar and wind electricty in the Southwest for example, and move it to the East and West coasts. Not only would that create more new jobs but with cheaper fuel costs our manufacturers will be better able to compete around the world. Speaking about competing around the worls. We need to cut the cost of healthcare or our businesses will never be able to compete. For that matter, why are our businesses the source of our health care? The high cost of health care is the major reason why our businesses ship jobs overseas.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  189. Mary in Florida

    I agree wi rjj.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  190. steve in virginia

    Pass a Constitutional ammendment that forbids anyone named Clinton, Bush, or Obama to ever be President again.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  191. Greg - Minneapolis

    Jack, the best way to create jobs is twofold. First, do what worked in the past, namely cut taxes and let people keep more of their money to spend and create jobs. Yes, even those "evil" rich people who actually pay more taxes than anyone else, plus hire more people than anyone else.

    Second, open up some existing jobs to new employees. I am referring of course to the current members of Congress, who for years have done little, if anything to create jobs unless they thought it would help them get reelected. Even now, their "solution" is to keep extending unemployment benefits. While this helps in the short term, I would be happier with a long term job that I could count on. Because I cannot count on Congress to solve this problem.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  192. Ralph Spyer chicago Il

    One/ if a American company manufacturer in China it become a Chinese product; putting a English sounding name or a made in America box on it does not cut it. New BIG import Taxes, no trade deals.Two if a product is made in Americans it must be made by U.S. Americans.Last we have to do a better job it our schools so Americans workers can at least have a chance.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  193. anna

    Lower taxes for business large and small, regulate sensibly, and renegotiate trade agreements then level the playing field in congress next year. Our two political parties have taken partisan politics to a level that is not good for our society. Any time one party has too much power, the people in this country lose.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  194. Purnell, Kankakee, IL.

    Get rid of the Federal Reserve first to stop them from printing money out of he air, next start rebuilding our infrastructure, then stop borrowing money from China, a borrower is a slave to the loaner!

    December 3, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  195. indydee

    Hey! re: OUTSOURCING Why don't we OUtsource CEO JOBS to India. See if they like using the Outhouse. 🙂

    December 3, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  196. Susan FL & IL

    It is a little late to be worried about shipping jobs overseas.....that has been happening for years. It is way to late to correct this problem. We have to think "The Future" for job creation.......not dwelling on the past. One idea is........High Speed Transportation between Cities, States and Countries. Also, another idea, might be that we US citizens may have to move to other countries for jobs. We live on a very small earth.....think global now versus just the United States.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  197. Nick Del Monte

    It's a known fact that the in the U.S. and (all of North America for that matter), There is more oil in the ground than in the Middle East. There would be many millions of jobs associated with getting that oil out, refning it and delivering it. Jobs solved! In the mean time there would be no more need for foreign oil, thus no need to have troops over there because terrorists would have no more money to terrorize anyone. War solved! Then ..all the troops that are deployed over there, could be used on the Mexican border and ports on both shores. Illegal aliens solved!. Oh and by the way, the economy would be solved!
    Nahh, that's too easy and makes too much sense. And things would be going so well, that you and Wolfe would have nothing to talk about Jack!

    Nick from Briish Columbia Canada

    December 3, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  198. John Kasper

    I will make this short and simple. Take the Bailout money that is being retured. Re-open the factories that has left us for other countries. Then people will have a place to go to work. Then we can buy american products. I wish that GM, Ford, and Chry. Would please stop calling there cars Amercan built. The only car that is fully built in America is a Honda.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  199. Andre T Canada

    This is an idea i sent out to the white house and CNN about a month ago.


    Mr. Obama, food!!! Food!!! FOOD!!!, is your way out, your way to salvation, your way back on the road.

    The one thing your country can produce plenty of and does not need to be imported or outsourced.

    This food will nourish the hungry, it will nourish the souls, it will strengthen your people, it will provide jobs, hope and dignity to American Men and Women in need.

    At bare minimum wage, you can provide food at bare minimum price that you can afford to give away to the needy and sell or export to the wealthy.

    You will need people and industries (growers: fruit, vegetables, meat, poultry, fish… , equipment,: tools, machinery… , transport: trucks, drivers, fuel… , etc.) that desperately need a purpose to survive and hire people to grow (like food).

    You once mentioned that you needed ideas. This is one that I assume should not take to long for Americans to implement.

    I am sure that you can extrapolate more and better the advantages and objectives of this simple idea, and I believe it can help in the short, medium and long term.

    Xcuse my French it is sometimes difficult to translate my thoughts in English.

    Andre Tremblay

    Ps, Mr. Obama I believe that you are the one.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  200. Pablo in Arlington Texas

    Dear Jack,
    How to create jobs? I got three words for you... F...D...R!
    We are still driving on and over and through projects built during the New Deal. Still watching games in stadiums, going to classes in schools, and checking out books in libraries, all built by New Deal programs. Still using water held by New Deal dams! HELLLOOO! It's called IN-FRA-STRUCTURE.
    What we need here is a little ROOSEVELTIAN VISION!

    Arlington Texas

    December 3, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  201. Dan in San Diego

    Cash for clunkers worked for the auto industries....... the $8,000 first time home buyers tax credit seems to be working in the housing sector......... how about a business tax credit for every new hire in the first quarter of 10' that stays on the job through 01/01/11. Something like $5,000 for every worker hired that has been out of work for more then a year and $2,500 for those over six months not to exceed $25,000 per company or something along those lines.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:36 pm |
  202. Lura

    Make the CEO's of big business rethink their standard operating procedures.....and government stop all special visas, bring back work that was outsourced...Then make all able people on the dole get off their duffs, sweep the streets clean, pick up litter, volunteer at shelters, soup kitchens to earn their taxpayers money.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:36 pm |
  203. Dick Keegan

    Jack – We don't need to be "stimulating" more consumer spending and bailing out Wall Street banks that still won't make loans. The quickest way to get people back to work and preserve what is left of our capitalist economy is for the government to tell community and regional lenders that it will guarantee 50-to-90% of any loan to a company that (a) makes something AND (b) creates living-wage jobs - the more jobs the higher the percentage guarantee. Capitalism doesn't work without capital - companies aren't scared off by interest rates; they are simply starved for the capital that is lining the pockets of those larcenous morons on Wall Street.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:36 pm |
  204. michael black

    Good To See Jack Mad At This Question. When An American Proudly Flys The Flag Of The Nation Outside Their Home, Its Absolutly Infuriating To Know That That Flag Wasn't Even Made In The U.S. Big Business Would Outsource A Sneeze If They Thought They Could Save Half A Penny!

    December 3, 2009 at 6:36 pm |
  205. Vince

    1) Stop allowing our wonderful corporations to use slave labor and sell their products here.
    2) Stop excessive legal immigration and ALL illegal immigration. We cold put 7-8 million Americans back to work if we enforced our laws.

    It's all about cheap labor, the CEO's don't give a rat's you know what about the rest of us.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:36 pm |
  206. Doug in New Hampshire

    1) Change the tax structure to motivate our politicians to implement legislation the will stimulate economic growth rather than strangle it. A flat tax would limit their tax and spend spree and force them to help grow the economy if the want more money to spend.
    2) Most recent economic surges were tied to technology waves; such as the cellular technology and dot.com waves of the nineties. We need another technology surge to drive the economic recovery. President Obama's initiative toward green technology promises great potential rewards but needs legislative support from Congress. To bring manufacturing jobs back home we need to develop robotics technology to make manufacturing cost competitive. Assembly line workers would need to be retrained to maintain the robots and other support jobs.
    We need specific and well defined initiatives to drive economic recovery; such as what we saw during the space race to the moon.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
  207. Tom from Vermilion, Ohio

    High taxes on all corporations and CEOs who have farmed out manufacturing jobs to low wage paying countries. High tarifs to countries importing low wage made products. In other words, get the jobs back into this country. Free AND Total Health Care coverage for small businesses with under 200 employees. Get rid of income tax entirely on all households making under $75,000 per year. Grants for start up manufacturing businesses. Do this tommorrow and see what happens by the first of the year!

    December 3, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
  208. Charleen

    The gov. needs to bring back the CCC. Mr. Roosvelet came up With the CCC to create jobs.... A another CCC would help out everyone in some way or another.
    Thank you for your time.
    Charleen in Texas

    December 3, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
  209. SANDOR SCHWEIGER (Great Neck, NY)

    MR. Cafferty, you are absolutly right that something must be done to alleviete the sever unemployment that is worse than the official statistics indicate. Ending our exportation of jobs to other countries would certainly be one major way to reverse this rip-tide. But negotiations with other nations is not as simple as saying we want a certain result, so you other guys had better do something to help us. A negotiation is successful only when one (the USA in this instance) is speaking from a position of strength. We may hold some aces to help us deal with certain third-world countries, and even our western european allies and those of the former Soviet Union. What cards do we have, though, to strong-arm China, a nation that holds enough reserves of greenbacks to adversely affect us if we attempt to unilaterally impose significant duties on the importation of Chinese-made goods, or to place barriers against investment in China by U.S. nationals?
    Why aren't you considering one of the programs instituted by you favorite conservative president, FDR? How about some type of WPA?

    December 3, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
  210. Jeff

    Make sure that we do not provide health care to citizens that export jobs to other countries. The cost of doing business should be lowered if companies do no have to pay for heath care which in turn should make up more competitive in the world market

    December 3, 2009 at 6:38 pm |
  211. Sandy Samuel

    400,000 small businesses are the backbone of the U.S. economy, and are struggling to survive. To save this important segment of the economy, besides funding them, we need to povide technical support, marketing expertise, and management tools to refocus them towards innovative green products. Once they turnaround, their growth will create lasting employment oppotunities.

    Sandy, NJ

    December 3, 2009 at 6:38 pm |
  212. Phil Vitale

    Jack! Right now is the best time ever to fix all those bridges, highways and the basic infrasructure of America! The labor costs alone would be less than half as would materials because everybody needs that work & jobs!!!!

    December 3, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  213. Alan

    Corporate America is committing economic treason against the USA. They outsource American jobs to foriegn countries in order to increase their profits. The corporations are responsible to their shareholders not this country or the American citizen. The jobs aren't coming back & anyone who believes they are is living in la-la land.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:40 pm |
  214. Phil, Georgia

    We have to bring back our manufacturing jobs. Those were always the bread and butter for alot of american families. You can always fall back on jobs like those especially during hard times!

    The stimulus package has done good in creating or saving jobs but should still be a force in creating alot of shovel "Roosevelt" jobs.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:41 pm |
  215. Paulette from Dallas,PA

    The Federal government needs to put some money into programs that create jobs and train people. An example for them to study would be the Concentrated Employment and Training Act (CETA) in the 1970s. Private companies and government agencies would take people on staff and train them to do jobs. The government would pay these employers for doing this service. People had work,thus their dignity , and also learned from this experience.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:41 pm |
  216. Thom Richer

    Stop the permitting of U.S. corporations from moving off shore and ban the importing of the products of those already in other countries back into the U.S., for a start. If they want to manufacture their products in another country, then they can sell them in that country. Not in the U.S. Regulate and consistently enforce the illegal hiring of "illegal" alien workers by U.S. businesses. Restrict immigration to a fixed number per year.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    December 3, 2009 at 6:42 pm |
  217. Uche

    I am not an economist and I am not even American. But like a lot of people, I follow your politics because this economic problem is a global one. I am in favour of direct help to small businesses simply because wall street has been sorted and main street deserves a piece of the pie too. Whether or not this will help, I have no idea. Remember I said I am not an economist so don't read too much meaning into my ideas. Cutting taxes also seems like a good idea but then again, what do I know? I guess if I have anything meaningful to contribute here, it has to be that things will eventually get better and they are already getting better as your recovery data indicates. Jobs will take a while, unfortunately. That is just the way it is. There is no quick fix. Your president is a hard worker but he does not walk on water. Folks that are hurting want relief and they want it like yesterday, understandably. If all it took was some executive order that will have everything okay again, your president would have done so long ago. And as for the 'buy American' concept, well, that is complicated. Beyond the protectionist aspect of that idea, it is difficult to control what people buy with their money in a democracy like yours. Cash for Clunkers boosetd sales in the auto sector, but then the top selling vehicles in that program were asian not American. Truth is, the only reasonable policies that can be put in place to stimulate job growth and ensure job security for americans as well are long term ones like green jobs investments. I wish you all luck. God knows we all need it.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:42 pm |
  218. Julie, Cleveland Ohio

    There are several good points made in some of the other comments below. However, I also think there should be a lot more discussion about dealing with the illegal alien issue in the U.S. in conjunction with the "creating new jobs" debate. There are plenty of jobs that already exist in America, but are being given to illegal aliens. This is the same thing as outsourcing, but even worse. We are giving jobs to illegal aliens who not only do not offer anything beneficial to U.S. society, but also take away from it by using benefits paid for via taxes paid by U.S. citizens. This issue seems to have been put on the back burner when it could be more realistically and quickly dealt with than the issue of outsourcing to foreign countries (which also needs to be addressed, obviously). Illegal aliens need to be sought out and deported immediately so they are not profiting from taxes that are straining an already fragile economy. Why focus all of our resources on creating new jobs when so many jobs already exist but are being given to people who are hurting America in a multitude of ways?

    December 3, 2009 at 6:43 pm |
  219. Melissa

    Force the banks to start lending again.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:45 pm |
  220. Bob

    Jack, it's time to rein in the EPA which will allow the return of heavy manufacturing industries which have gone to China, India, Mexico and Brazil.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:45 pm |
  221. Bill (Denison, Tx)

    Infrastructure has beed badly neglected for many years and should be an investment in people and the nation. Lowering taxes is a "soft" solution, no income from revenue will reduce the financial output of the engine that drives the nation.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:45 pm |
  222. Frank

    Until you can convince corporations around the US that bringing back the jobs they shipped overseas and creating new here in the US are in their best interests moneywise, there will be no jobs.

    Corporations/ Big buisness have no loyalty to any nation. Their loyalty is to MONEY only.

    Frank, Charlotte, NC

    December 3, 2009 at 6:46 pm |
  223. Eric from Chicago

    I'd like to see us adopt some version of the domestic content tax rules that are used in Brazil. In simplified form, the tax paid on a product is lowered as the percentage of domestic content increases.

    This would encourage companies to keep more jobs in the US, because it would force companies to recognize the true cost of their decisions to move jobs overseas, including the costs to our domestic workers–and in particular the must vulnerable segment of our workforce.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:47 pm |
  224. Susan FL & IL

    Someone needs to look at the data on how many "War Boomers" will be retiring within the next 24 months. There could be a huge number of jobs opening up.....with many people turning 65 within the next several years.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:47 pm |
  225. Don White

    Efforts have been to bring back our lost economy/lifestyle. These are futile. Our economy has been based on growth, and this in turn based on cheap energy. With oil availability beginning a decline and population on the increase and becoming more industrialized, with the dollar devaluing and oil-producing nations keeping more for themselves, the days of cheap oil are gone. And there is nothing that can replace oil.

    The money we spend should go toward preparing for and easing the (big) transition to a more nearly local, more nearly sustainable society. Food and consumer goods will not be brought from far away. Cars will be used much less. Where and how we live will be increasingly shaped by energy availability and cost, and changes will be many and some painful.

    Our leaders won't face this problem, but the longer we wait, the steeper the crash will be. New jobs should be those which help us ease the downslope we're entering. Easy to find these jobs, but so hard to admit we need them.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:47 pm |
  226. Linda Campbell

    Shift all the State and Fed Unemployment Funds into a Unified Employment Fund. Distribute it via work or tax vouchers to those who are unemployed and need to work for employers who are willing to employ them.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:50 pm |
  227. Snackattacka

    Downsize Obama's ego.

    December 3, 2009 at 6:52 pm |