January 28th, 2010
07:00 PM ET

How confident are you in govt's ability to create jobs?



FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Jobs, jobs, jobs.

That was one of President Obama's top priorities in last night's State of the Union address.

The president is calling for a "jobs bill" from Congress right away. More specifically, Mr. Obama wants to give a tax break to companies that hire workers - to get rid of capital gains tax on small business investments - and he wants 30 billion dollars of TARP money to help local banks lend to small businesses.

The president also wants to put more federal dollars into so-called green jobs and infrastructure projects - and to extend unemployment benefits to Americans still out of work.

But economists say fixing the jobs situation won't be quick or easy... that it will take a strong economic expansion to get things going again.

The national employment rate is at 10-percent, up from seven-percent when Mr. Obama took office; and just today, the government reported last week's first time claims for unemployment fell, but not by as much as expected.

Meanwhile a new poll suggests that Americans agree it's hard to land a "quality" job.

The Gallup poll shows that only nine-percent of Americans say now is a good time to find a quality job; that number is down sharply from January 2007 - when 48-percent of those surveyed were optimistic about finding a quality job.

And, this bleak outlook on finding a quality job is consistent across all ages, incomes, genders, and different regions of the country.

This means not only does the Obama administration need to worry about lowering unemployment and increasing the quantity of jobs, but the quality as well.

Here’s my question to you: How confident are you in the government's ability to create jobs?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Joe from Maryland writes:
The government can create jobs by investing in future energy projects, rail, and an improved outlook for the future success of the country. If the world sees America taking the lead, business and employment will follow. I should know, I start my new job on Monday after 2 years of not being able to find a job. Thanks, Obama, I'm an engineer back at work and paying taxes.

Karl from California writes:
Jack, Is there anyone still around who lived through the Great Depression and can tell these impatient jackasses how many years and how many millions it took to bring us out of the Depression and then back to work? It took many years and many millions, and jobs came back last. FDR had the same brand of brainless Republicans we have now whining incessantly. At least the media wasn’t taking a new poll every ten minutes back then to antagonize the situation.

Ralph writes:
Not only do I think that the government can't do anything to directly create jobs, but almost anything they do will hurt the job market by creating uncertainty and destroying incentives. The best thing is to reduce regulations, stabilize the money supply, and reduce taxes.

Gary writes:
Jack, The U.S. government is currently the largest single employer in the United States. With over 2 million civilian employees (excluding the Post Office) the government has already proven that it can indeed create jobs. The real question is whether the role government plays (or could play) in creating jobs is good for the long-term health of the country. The answer to that question is complex.

Perry writes:
Excuse me for being long-winded but "not at all".

Dave writes:
Jack, You asked on TV why they always say, "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs" three times. They say it three times because men won't get the message if you don't say it three times. This is why you always see signs that say, "Girls, Girls, Girls". Would anyone remember Elvis' old 1962 movie if they just called it "Girls"?

soundoff (156 Responses)
  1. Joanne B

    LOL !
    Post Office
    Fannie Mae
    Feddie Mac
    Stimulus (oops we can't use that word anymore they say)

    Your funny Jack !
    Joanne B

    January 28, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  2. Bizz, Quarryville, Pennsylvania

    Jack, to tell you the truth the way the republican party has built and iron curtain between them and the democrats I have no faith whatsoever anything can be done. They refuse to cooperate in any shape or form for the sole purpose of defeating the democrats in the next an election. If that happens then the democrats will return the favor. It used to be politics stopped when an election was over. Nowadays it seems the election is never over with both sides at each other's throats with the news media instigating them on.

    January 28, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
  3. Penny, Bellvue WA

    Why don't we have an economist tell us what we need to do, rather than a politician?

    Paul Krugman makes a lot of sense.

    January 28, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
  4. Anthony Smoot ( California )

    Hi Jack

    I'm Not sure how much confident I have in the government ability to create Jobs. It use to be if you had a Government Job you were in a good place, Now with all of the Red Tape and cuts that is going on and the congress inability to work together to get something done. I'm just not sure that the government can do what it needs to do to get the job market going. Because of all the bickering that is taking place in the halls of Congress. WE NEED JOBS, It seems like they don’t care that Americans are losing there jobs and Home until it is time to get Reelected then it will become inportant to them, because they have a job, And jack as you well know Out of Site Out of Mind. I HOPE THEY CAN FIND A WAY.

    January 28, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
  5. M & M

    None at all. By the way, whatever happened at that jobs summit that Obama held in December? What great ideas did they come up with and why didn't Obama mention them last night.

    January 28, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  6. Brian Smith PhD

    Look at the track record Jack. Last year Obama said healthcare was the target. Now that is a ship wreck. So now he says jobs are the target. Next year at this time I will be sending you an email saying Jobs where a ship wreck.

    January 28, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  7. edbull38

    The Bush administration created a lot of job On company reaped over $500 billion just on one war and a hurricane cleanup And look at all the the people who got jobs with Homeland Security .Of course the Government can create jobs . Look At all the former people that used to bomb the troops in Iraq that are now on Government payroll .

    January 28, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  8. S, Michigan

    As confident as when someone tells me they've been hiking in the appalachian trails down in Argentina.

    January 28, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  9. Laurie in Lawrence, KS

    It took me 6 months to settle an issue with the IRS. No one knew what they were doing regarding my case. I received a different answer each time. If the IRS is any indication, then I have no confidence in our government doing anything for us.

    January 28, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  10. Jesse Hill

    Jack, as a 69 y/o male (who happens to be of black ancestry as well as other ethnicities) I think the State of the Union Address is very important, does it change anything i doubt that but it does give tfhe american people a sense of hope, that we are not forgotten, and that our welfare is at the best interest of our President.

    Jack, were else do we turn the leadership of our government is important to poor smucks like me.


    January 28, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  11. D/St Louis

    100% confident, only if the Obama administration would stand strong and do what they promised.

    January 28, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  12. John from Alabama

    Jack: The government can create a climb in business where jobs will be created. I know of several contractors who have hired new people to put up guard railings on dangerous curves on highways. More roads will be paved in my city and county in the next 2 to 3 years which caused one paving contractor to hire 50 new employees an call back to work 20 laid off workers. The paving contractor just bought 6 new 20 ton dump trucks because of stimulus money. It does work but only for those with an open mind and heart.

    January 28, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  13. southerncousin

    The government does not create jobs, it needs to get out of the way of people who will, but the current administration, like that of Hugo Chavez, does not believe in a private sector.

    January 28, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  14. Zach - DC

    Not confident at all. I saw brief flashes of hope last night as Obama laid out some pretty good ideas for creating jobs. Then he went and threw it all out the window by adding in health care reform and taxes on banks. With the threat of more entitlement programs on the backburners, along with increased taxes on those making 250K+ a year, there is no incentive to invest time or money in a small business. Why work harder to make more, just to give more away?

    January 28, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  15. Jane (Minnesota)

    With a number of the 100 Senators acting like children and wanting "their way only" or nothing goes forward, I have no confidence they can create jobs – their only good at creating Hot air & polarizing he country.

    Can someone remind me why it is we need a Senate given the way they currently operate???? Mybe it's time to amend the constitution to eliminate the Sentae.

    January 28, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  16. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    A long journey starts with one step. All of Obama's ideas sound well but let's implement them not just talk about doing it. Study how this has been done in the past. Take a look at the Concentrated Employment Training Act of the mid 1970's CETA. It's been done before. Roosevelts DPW. I do hope these people in DC can come up with some models and not totally have to rely on answers to your column Jack. If that's the case,then put us on the pay roll.

    January 28, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  17. Tony from Southport

    Not confident at all. The only jobs they can create are for people who cater to them. Staff, attendents, etc., and the rest of us can eat cake.

    January 28, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  18. Rob in NC

    I'm not. We have a MASSIVE debt so let's give tax breaks and throw money down the hole. They already threw too much in the wishing well last time. They can't create too many jobs because most of them are now overseas and the ones that are left have "overqualified" people working them because they have no other options. Rob In NC

    January 28, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  19. Mike from Denver

    I am very confident in the government's ability to create jobs, for themselves. The only job the government seems to have created lately is that of "place holder" at the unemployment office.

    January 28, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  20. Frank R. Garcia

    100% Confident that Government will create MORE Government Jobs – More tax dollars for NON-Production! No Goods – No Value added – More Tax dollares for more Gvrnmt.
    32 Czars for Obama with 3 more being posted @ $158k – $172K or over &5 million added to payroll from MY tax dollars.

    January 28, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  21. Sean Fresno, ca

    It is not the responsibility of the government to create jobs. Obama, and all of the rest in Washington, think they can simply wave their magic wands, pass some bill, and jobs will come. He has absolutely no faith in the free market. If he or anybody else in Washington did, the private enterprise would've brought us out of this mess already. All the government is doing is spending more money we do not have, piling up more debt, and preparing to raise taxes on a country that is already squeezed to the max. Here's a simple solution for the Obama administration: stay out of this one.

    January 28, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  22. Jerry - Toronto.

    A government that creates job? Oh look, I see pigs flying.

    January 28, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  23. Richard Texas

    I am just about as confident in them creating jobs as I am about winning the next Pulitzer for under water knitting. Jack all this talk last night about green jobs sounds all well and good but right now people can not afford to buy anything these jobs might make. Green jobs would be like solar panels or wind generators and those things are not cheap. If Obama was referring to hiring people to caulk leaky windows to seal out the heat or the cold how many jobs is that going to create 3 for illegal aliens? If he intends to make products people can not afford he will have no customers and therefore those employed will be out of work in months. If Obama wants to create jobs he needs to reduce imports into this country to help create jobs here.

    January 28, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  24. BJ-West Central Illinois

    if they would make it easier to get small business grants even personal grants, I believemain street woould create and boost the job market. It's better than main street all working for the government.

    January 28, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  25. Rob in NC

    If the TARP money had been given to the American public, EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN would have received a check for $2700. That's every man, woman, and child. A family of 4 = $10,800. Most of us have seen this much $0. Rob in NC

    January 28, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  26. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    If they could do it, they would have done it by now. The claim that the stimulus 'saved or created' 2 million jobs is pure fabrication. Obama needs to stop coming up with new ways to tax business for health care and other domestic 'priorities'. This is the most anti-business administration in decades. Someone should tell the Harvard genius that without business there's no one left to tax to pay his salary.

    January 28, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  27. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, I think the government has highly qualified people that could make a huge impact on the jobs situation, if they were allowed to work the issue. On the other hand, I sure don't think any of them are in the White House. The President's pledge to create jobs and double exports is just one example of the dreamworld in which he lives. You can't double exports when the country's manufacturing base is virtually non-existent, because we exported all the jobs out of the country.

    January 28, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  28. Aspen Free Press

    The government needs to take steps that will result in more entrepreneurs, not jobs. Small entrepreneurs who won't get "Too Big To Fail." Sterling Greenwood/Aspen

    January 28, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  29. Lynn, Columbia, Mo.

    I have no doubt in the capability of the government to create jobs. They have done it before. My father used to work for the government until they decided to contract out all the jobs to private businesses. Bring back the federal workers.

    January 28, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  30. Frank

    The government does not create private sector jobs. It can only create public jobs, which, at best, are necessary expenses.

    Since only private business can create jobs, what is the best role the government can play? GET OUT OF THE WAY. We don't need a jobs bill, which makes it sound like the government is creating jobs, but rather a reduction in taxes and regulation. American citizens will do the rest.

    January 28, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  31. Lou from North Carolina

    I can't get a feel for who needs jobs. Is it wireheads? Or Wall Street yellers? Or people who maintain our infrastructure? Or teachers? Who is it that needs jobs? The people I know who aren't working weren't working when everyone had a job. If it is people who are not citizens, then I am not worried. Let them go to the jobs we sent to their country(s). I think the stat on people who need jobs is like the stat on what it is going to cost to do something. People quote a figure for Iraq. Are they crazy? The figures they quote would not touch what we have spent in Iraq for contractors, black requirements, and just the plain military. We never get a real figure. I used to work in Government Budget.

    January 28, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  32. J.L from NJ

    More confident than I have been the last 8 years. Being a person in the middle class and hoping to stay there, I think the President's team have good goals and plans but will Congress screw everything up?

    January 28, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  33. Gail, Plano,Texas

    Jack: Seems to me, there are plenty of jobs out there. But Americans just won't do the jobs they consider low class like landscaping, or working in a supermarket. They would rather collect unemployment and let the goverent. My worst job ever was as a ticket taker at a local movie. I am a college graduate, but could not find employment because I was in that "too old" bracket. I hated that job, but it put food on the table. I was not too proud either, to do it.

    January 28, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  34. Jerry Driskell

    Wow ! Hard choice. Whether to depend on the federal government to create five million jobs in the next year or two, or encourage everyone to keep watching their mail for their check from Publisher's Clearing House. Either way, the money "will" be rolling in soon. Right ?
    Blairsville, GA

    January 28, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  35. Chris from Minnesota

    I think the premise of the question is wrong.
    The Government can create jobs by paying people to dig holes, they cannot on it's own create private sector jobs. The Government should be making good short term and LONG term policies such as health care reform and boosting education to create and enviorment that helps to create jobs and provide an educated work force.

    January 28, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  36. Terry C. in Illinois

    Our government can pass laws to create a good atmosphere for job creation. Look, during the Republican Congress and Bush years, they passed laws to create a good atmosphere for outsourcing / removing jobs so our government can.
    Americans ALL know Republicans got us in this mess when they passed tax cuts to reward companies who outsourced American jobs off-shore. It will take years to rebound, if we ever do from this mess...most people that I know that have lost their jobs due to outsourcing now works for less money in a lesser job...
    Last night, in the State of the Union address by President Obama, the Republicans sat with their hands by their side when the proposal of removing the companies tax cuts for outsourcing was presented by our President... they still don't get it !!!

    January 28, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  37. Viv from NY

    When Bush was in office republicans said the President can't create jobs- now they think he can. Adding money into the economy as in the stimulus package is about all we can do. We already sent the jobs over seas , can't get them back .

    January 28, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  38. Philly/PA

    I do believe that when a serious downturn in the economy happens that the government can and should help doing, whatever, to allow time to understand the cause. Once understanding the cause, this information should be publicly shared. At that point, the government should get out of the way and let our free market system take over. If this is not done, then we all will eventually end up working for " government" !!

    January 28, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  39. Laura

    I'm confident the government is capable of creating jobs; I'm not confident that it actually will.

    January 28, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  40. john ....... marlton, nj

    Zero confidence.. That socialist Obama has the nerve to tell us our education system is a mess and we won't be competetive with China India and others and in almost the same breath tells us that about a quarter of the stimulus money was used to 'creat jobs' and maintain state and local school systems. OUT RAGEOUS. First of all, they didn't create jobs, they played the shell game 'saving jobs' by transferring state failures to the federal dole. Next, our countires school system continuously demonstrates that about half of all urban kids THAT graduate from high school aren't educated well enough to pass a HS GED program... So what does Obama do ....pump stimulus money into yet another governent program that doesn't work.... and takes credit for saving jobs..what a joke .... what about all the jobs the illiterate gradutaes 'won't' be able to get ...

    Maybe we should take stimulus money and offer people (or iinsist) to turn in their passport and move to a foreign country

    January 28, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  41. Chris, NY

    The President himself said that government only sets up the environment for job growth........I do believe that government can do that.

    January 28, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  42. Mari Fernandez, Utah

    Very confident, Jack. I loved President Obama's optimism for our Nation, which is totally missing from the GOP rhetoric! IF you listen to the GOP & its mouthpieces on Faux News & CNN, our Nation is about to collapse!

    Where is the belief in our Nation and its people to pull ourselves up by our boot straps and work hard to come out of the Bush disaster?

    Where is YOUR optimism, Jack?

    January 28, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  43. merrywriter

    Zilch!!! What few have been created have gone to illegals through greedy employers who know how to beat the bidding system. Have you seen anyone other than illegals doing roadwork? Do YOU know anyone who has gotten one of these jobs? ... I thought not.

    Merry, GA

    January 28, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  44. Joe in Kent Island, MD

    The government can create jobs by investing in future energy projects, rail, and an improved outlook for the future success of the country. If the world sees America taking the lead, business and employment will follow.

    I should know, I start my new job on Monday after 2 years of not being able to find a job – thanks Obama – I'm an engineer back at work and paying taxes.

    January 28, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  45. Linda in Arizona

    I'm confident they can create jobs. What kind of jobs they create, and how desirable or lasting those jobs are is another question. I doubt that without a huge uptick in the economy that the jobs the government creates will be real career builders.

    January 28, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  46. Marion

    I believe the government could increase job growth if something is done about unfair hiring practices. I live in southern CA and the undocumented still line the street corners to be picked up for daywork. Then something must be done about employers hiring practice. Many of the store hire only Hispanic workers. Most of our big chain grocers, fast food chains, brand name resturants, and department stores use this practice. It's nothing to go to the grocers in your neighborhood and see all Hispanic workers and a few white. I have gone to the mall several times and asked for help only to have the person working the floor sorting clothes go get someone who spoke english because they didn't understand what I was saying. You will rarely see a black man working in construction not because none are qulified but because those big money job are being filled by Hispanics that will accept lessor pay. Best Buy who charges $39. late fee to their customers, in this economy every month you are late, outsources their collection work to India. There should be a law if your business is in the USA then you must hire in the USA. It would be good if they would bring those 2000 or so jobs back to the US for some of their customers that they are collecting from. Even the banks mostly hire Hispanic and Whites but they welcome all of our money to invest and collect fees on. So if government is to create jobs all Americans should be considered and employers should be punished for hiring the undocumented and taxed for outsourcing good American jobs. When your business does not reflect the people in your business area there should be penalties. We all must eat to live and pay bills.

    January 28, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  47. Ralph Spyer chicago Il

    The country is Bankrupt ; we could start a war against Iran so if you are out of work you go in the Army that might help. We could stop buying every thing from China and put Americans back to work. We could make sure if you live and work in America you are a American. Their are a lot of things we could do but I confident the Government will not create anything but spent our taxes.

    January 28, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  48. Greg, Ontario

    Who in the hell wants government to creat jobs??? That is called communism with a capital C. What government can do is get the blazes out of the way by lowering taxes and spending money on stuff nobody ever really finds out about.

    January 28, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  49. Gary Bonner


    The U.S. Government is currently the LARGEST single employer in the United States. With over 2 million civilian employees (excluding the Post Office) the government has already proven that it can indeed create jobs. The real question is whether the role government plays (or could play) in creating jobs is good for the long term health of the country.

    The answer to that question is complex. Americans must take care to realize that innovation, an industrious spirit and no small amount of tenacity are what creates jobs. Opportunity is most potent when it is created rather than served cold upon a government platter. We Americans are wise to guard our sense of "rugged individualism" as we lurch about trying to reclaim our grip on ever expanding cul-de-sac communities where there's a mini-van in every garage and we haven't a clue who lives next door.

    January 28, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  50. Carol P

    why didn't Pelosi clean her teeth before taking the focal seat? She put her tongue in her lower teeth seventy-six 76 times during State of the Union.. How disgusting!

    January 28, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  51. Gigi Oregon

    Not very...I have more confidence in Pres. Obama than I do of congress. I have no confidence in the Republican Parties cooperation. After looking at their smirking faces during the State of Union address.
    Since the media likes polls have one on "how many think the Republican party will cooperate with The President of the United states of America". With the move to create an independent party (because we are sick to death of business as usual in government) I doubt you could get 25% vote of confidence.

    January 28, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  52. Remo, from beautiful downtown Pflugerville, Texas

    Is the White House hiring? That's about the only place where you can get a job without references and get paid at the very top of the pay scale from the start. Can I apply for : Czar of Head Scratching?
    Other than that chance, I'd have to say that I've seen and felt next to"0" impact from the governments ability to create anything. Just so you know I voted for the Big "O" and I don't mean Oprah.

    January 28, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  53. Bob

    How confident? How about 10%. Yes, 90% no, and 10% yes.

    The private sector creates jobs. The government only creates short-term jobs for a few with a lot of money spent. For example, a major bridge construction project may add a few jobs to the already employed successful contractor, but once their part is complete, that's it. Temporary jobs.

    Only when you add people to the Federal or State payrolls do you create permanent jobs from government spending. This increase your overhead tremendously to get each job performed.

    So, unless the marketplace and global competition swings in our favor we are not going to create a lot of new lasting jobs, especially through government spending!

    January 28, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  54. David

    We've lost what? 7 million jobs. At a salary of $50k a year, these jobs would cost $350 billion. We can't afford $350 billion. Besides, government spending will likely just take up slack without creating many jobs. As a country, we need to feel confident enough to spend and hire. This does not happen through government spending.

    January 28, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  55. Loren, Chicago

    Government doesn't create jobs, it takes money from others, skims a management fee off it, then gives it to the most politically connected person who then spends it on himself, allowing a few crumbs to fall to floor for those who have the misfortune of working for him.

    The best thing government can do is leave money in the hands of those who actually create things and let them do what they do best. That's the way to create jobs. Anything else is just a shell game.

    January 28, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  56. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    Seeing how our government had a hand in decreasing jobs they should bear some of the responsibility in turning this around.

    I believe it was Regan when he decimated the air traffic controllers union in the 80's that began the desire of corporations and Wall Street, and our politicians over the years who kowtowed to them, to have every middle class American earn $10 an hour. And low and behold they got their wish. Only trouble is inflation kept going up, benefits disappeared, wages keep going down, and poof...struggling and almost gone is the middle class, and now these fat cats are having trouble finding anyone to do business with or buy their products. Freakin' brilliant.

    January 28, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  57. riley oday

    The gov cannot create jobs at all. Companies with established product
    customers,and employees could add workers.
    The gov could create jobs if they built power plants and oil refinereies
    then sell these units of course.

    January 28, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  58. william

    The Government really got us into this mess and it would do good and only be right if they got us out of this mess by creating decent Jobs for those who desire to work. The President should do this without delay, we have those in college, those that will be discharging from the U.S.Military , even those who will be released from Prison or Jail that will be in need of employment. Once we get Jobs in the country back we then will have a tax base that we can use that money on the much needed programs in our nation. If we continue to lose Jobs some nation will have to come and drop food and water for us.
    Government Jobs can be risky but it's better than a kick in the leg.

    January 28, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
  59. Angie

    Create Job? Hmmm.

    How about making it possible to for small businesses and companies to hire? Isn't that what Obama said he has been doing?

    The few jobs of road repair are only a small drop in the bucket of all the possibilities of what Obama has been doing and still wants to do more.

    The Banks are the ones who held back the loans that was suppose to go to small businesses. Obama did his part, But the Banks and Financial corporations Did Not do their part.

    That is what he is working more on getting the banks to do those loans.

    You complain that he doesn't talk enough. But when he does, you take a deaf ear to what he said about the banks, the money, and small businesses getting loans to help boost the economy.
    There are No made up jobs in the small private business sector. You know that. So why push the old sentiment ideas.

    Obama said what he said open your ears.

    January 28, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  60. Jim Zajac

    Jack, if by jobs you mean hammering rail spikes to revive the rails that we all but foreclosed on, in lieu of the interstate highway system, forget it. We would do little more than further any chance of probating to our offspring and theirs any opportunity we wish for them to be an improvement of our own. If we could look generations into the future we would see vagabonds riding the rails of poverty..

    January 28, 2010 at 6:52 pm |
  61. Gary Bonner


    The U.S. Government is currently the LARGEST single employer in the United States. With over 2 million civilian employees (excluding the Post Office) the government has already proven that it can indeed create jobs. The real question is whether the role government plays (or could play) in creating jobs is good for the long term health of the country.

    The answer to that question is complex. Americans must take care to realize that innovation, an industrious spirit and no small amount of tenacity are what creates jobs. Opportunity is most potent when it is created rather than served cold upon a government platter. We Americans are wise to guard our sense of "rugged individualism" as we lurch about trying to reclaim our right to ever expanding cul-de-sac communities where there's a mini-van in every garage and we haven't a clue who lives next door.

    January 28, 2010 at 6:56 pm |
  62. ken connecticut

    Jack, If you pay someone $50,000 a year and the gov't invests $100 billions in jobs, you can create 2 million jobs. And recover alot of money when they pay taxes. The states save from paying unemployment and more jobs are created from the money these new workers spend. Or cut taxes. If the gov't invests $100 billion more dollars that increases taxes. If they, the gov't, cuts taxes, the people have more money to spend. Business will hire more workers, new business will sprout, with the same results.? The Difference. The people of this country are blessed and enlarged or the gov't is enlarged and the people are in servitude. I desire the people to create jobs, not the gov't. The only way they can create jobs, is to take our money. Let us have our money and we will create jobs!

    January 28, 2010 at 6:59 pm |
  63. Michael from Ft. Hood, Texas

    If you exclude the word CONGRESS from the term GOVERNMENT then there should be lots of jobs created in that I believe in President Obama. Congress on the other hand should be sent to Haiti to live.

    January 28, 2010 at 7:00 pm |
  64. Jack Carlson

    What has happened thus far? This Adm says they created 2 million jobs in a yr...well that means without the Stimulus we would of lost 6.2 million jobs in one yr, rather than the 4.2 that Obama actually did lose in 2009. Don't insult my intelligence.
    Gov't should stay out of the way of private industry.
    Jack C

    January 28, 2010 at 7:04 pm |
  65. Arthur Skiler

    Government so far has not been able to create jobs that are sustainable.
    Obviously government can not create wealth; the private sector has to create the jobs to sustain government.

    January 28, 2010 at 7:10 pm |
  66. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Very confident about reality! While too many are sheeping in investing in jobs, it is the job of the President to be there when others aren't and offer confidence through financial policies for businesses to have the means to have confidence again and start hiring again as well as the President being there for the middle class facing mortgage situation and healthcare costs in order for the middle class to have the means to be a customer again to businesses. When the majority gives up on investing or do not dare to invest then small businesses and middle class families need the President to be the one acting responsibly to give a boost in the economic arm of and for the country! It is called a much needed temporary boost!

    January 28, 2010 at 7:12 pm |
  67. Charles in Tacoma Wash.

    I am very confident that the government of the near future (bought and paid for by corporate money thanks to the Supreme Court) will see that rich people have lots of service industry folks to tend to their every need.Quality jobs? Please. That would suggest a country with a viable middle class..

    January 28, 2010 at 7:13 pm |
  68. A. Smith, Oregon

    The Federal Govt. spends millions of dollars for 10 jobs, and yet Corporations operate under the premise it must make at least 10 million dollars in order to have 10 minimum wage jobs to offer. The difference is staggering and completely out of control. Federal Govt. pouring 99% into the income the job provides, while American Corporations are around 1-3% of what that person makes that Corporation paid to them in the form of hourly wages or salarys.

    January 28, 2010 at 7:14 pm |
  69. sisi

    they sort of have no choice or else. So yeah! I think it's going to happen. How fast is the utlimate question.

    January 28, 2010 at 7:14 pm |
  70. mark

    The only jobs are gonna b government jobs and unions jobs. For instance this high speed rail in fl, Miami to west palm rail costs 89 million to operate but only pulls in 9 million a yr. This billion $ rail Tampa to Orlando is gonna cost billions, who is gonna ride this ,how can this ever make money its for the unions to operate

    January 28, 2010 at 7:15 pm |
  71. J. Lichtenberg

    Government doesn't have the power to create jobs that actually produce something. It's a service organization, not a manufacturer. You can't export government. (can you?)

    January 28, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  72. Bob Mehl

    NO confidence whatsoever! Obama has backtracked and/or LIED about everything he promised he would do during his campaign and why should we NOW suddenly believe he will be able to create the millions of jobs that have been lost this past year?

    January 28, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  73. Jim - Michigan

    About the same confideence I have in Obama being able to stop spending – absolutely zero. Government can significantly kill jobs and Obama has and will continue to prove this.

    On the subject of stimulus jobs being created, you are counting them wrongly. If the stimulus job created disappears when the stimulus funds go away, then it did not create a job, we simply hired a part time worker for the season. Think about it.

    January 28, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  74. Mike, Albuquerque, NM

    Jobs are created by small business, not government, not big corporations, not big banks. By keeping money is small local banks and state banks the money will be made available to lend to local small businesses that create jobs. It is more likely that state legislatures will create the conditions for job creation to be financed than for the federal government to get anything done. Maybe if federal enterprise investments were withdrawn from foriegn investments and invested and loaned to our own entrepenuers start ups the federal government would be doing something. But, don't count on it in todays atmosphere of government support for giant transnational corporations and international finance.

    January 28, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  75. Karen (Virginia Beach, Virginia)

    Since when has the government ever created jobs in the private sector? Never! Please we don't need another COMMITTEE to STUDY the problem. Smaller government means more jobs in the private sector, bigger government means less jobs in the private sector! Get the picture!

    January 28, 2010 at 7:31 pm |
  76. Clyde Brimley, Fargo

    I'm looking through my neighbors window because my television was
    repossessed, so I can't hear the question, Jack. But it looks like
    you are mouthing the words "How confident are you in the government's
    ability to create jobs?".

    Not very, Jack.

    January 28, 2010 at 7:32 pm |
  77. Howard

    Maybe the states should be paying their congressional representatives instead of the Feds! They would receive the healthcare and retirement plan from their state. This would eliminate them from giving themselves raises and exempting themselves from their bills that effect the rest of us, like healthcare!

    January 28, 2010 at 7:41 pm |
  78. Ed from California

    Private industry creates jobs. Jobs that produce consumable items. Like, Auto's, durable goods, clothing, cell phones, TVs, pots and pans. All the consumable products that we buy today. The ones we used to produce here, except now they're built in a foreign land, It was good to here the President asking Congress to stop the tax breaks for American companies that moved their jobs overseas. And it was good to see the republicans give that statement a standing ovation....not! Twenty years ago we had more jobs than we knew what to do with, now China has more jobs than they know what to do with. Oh, and speaking of China. The Toyota (and others) accelerator part that gets stuck and hurts people.......made in China! (from the AP,..this morning)

    January 28, 2010 at 7:47 pm |
  79. Sony

    to be honest, none.... though I wish it was otherwise

    January 28, 2010 at 7:50 pm |
  80. Steven Codling

    You are kidding right? The current government has not done anything productive in a long term view point. Look at the military for example, they (Congress and the White House) have cut it and cut it yet they vote themselves raises year after year. Say hello to the Roman Senate (who was so interested in maintaining their own power they couldn’t listen to the people) right before the fail of the empire. They need to not and try to create jobs but make it more interesting and enticing for us (the real American people) to make our own jobs through real and sustainable industry growth and not through Government restrictions and oversights. What happen to the good days of our country where growth was an everyday commonality? Oh yea the government got involved and started restricting it so they could get their cut.

    January 28, 2010 at 7:53 pm |
  81. Jonathan Oberdieck

    Jack, anything that the government does will almost necessarily involve incredible corruption and waste. The government needs to give up its favorite hobby of manipulating our economy and let the private sector do what it does best when it's unfettered from govt. meddling: create quality American jobs for American workers.
    Lebanon, Missouri.

    January 28, 2010 at 7:56 pm |
  82. Karl from SF, CA

    Jack is there anyone still around that lived through the Great Depression and can tell these impatient jackasses how many years and how many millions it took to bring us out of the Depression and then back to work? It took many years and many millions and jobs came back last. FDR had the same brand of brainless Republicans we have now whining incessantly. At least the media wasn’t taking a new poll every ten minutes back then to antagonize the situation.

    January 28, 2010 at 8:13 pm |
  83. Layne Alleman

    Jack, The government can only create jobs within the government, not the private sector. That takes a very strong manufacturing base which, in turn will create all kinds of supply companies, and in turn businesses that provide goods and services to those job-holders. The government should be strangling the necks of the tax-payer bailed-out bankers who won't get off the money they were given to help kick-start the businesses that need it to re-tool, re-design, and re-start. Oh well, more money down the rat hole. Layne A. Antioch, Il.

    January 28, 2010 at 8:14 pm |
  84. Perry Wilson

    Excuse me for being long winded but "not at all".

    January 28, 2010 at 8:16 pm |
  85. Nick Frasche

    The President needs to do the things he said he would do over a year ago and has not.Rebuilding the Roads and Bridges of our nation that are falling apart.Expand Highways and the Transit System,especially the Rail system.
    If he wanted to really create Jobs he would tackle the illegal imigrants that are taking up jobs and not paying taxes.

    January 28, 2010 at 8:16 pm |
  86. Ralph Carpenter

    Not only do I think that the government can't do anything to directly create jobs, but almost anything they do will hurt the job market by creating uncertainty and destroying incentives. The best thing is to reduce regulations, stabilize the money supply, and reduce taxes.

    January 28, 2010 at 8:16 pm |
  87. Don in Central TX

    Government does not create jobs. Government does not add value, so jobs that they create come from someone's money and detract from the economy in the long run.

    There's an appropriate analogy: Government is like taking a blood transfusion from one arm, injecting it into the other, and spilling half of it on the ground.

    January 28, 2010 at 8:16 pm |
  88. Gerry, Albany, Texas

    It is not the governments job to "create" jobs! Just do what JFK did and cut taxes across the board.

    January 28, 2010 at 8:17 pm |
  89. Mary Steele Yorktown VA

    They don't have to "create" jobs, there are 7 million jobs in the hands of illegals while our unemployed lose their home and everything else. It costs the government no additional dollars to mandate E-Verify for all jobs, so they need to put up or shut up by mandating E-Verify for all jobs NOW!

    January 28, 2010 at 8:17 pm |
  90. Obama's BS!

    If Obama giving more speeches actually created jobs, we would have jobs. Obama is BS'ing us all!

    January 28, 2010 at 8:17 pm |
  91. Ed-New Jersey

    I'm as confident as the administration 's policy to air the health care debate on C-Span...wanna buy a bridge???

    January 28, 2010 at 8:17 pm |
  92. Todd

    0% confident...the government does not create jobs...the private sector does. The government can only create "conditions" for economic growth through tax law and trade policy...why is this canard consistantly dog and ponied by the left...sheesh!

    January 28, 2010 at 8:17 pm |
  93. Hajah K

    Jack seriously?! I don't have much confidence in the government to do anything, let alone create jobs. Government officials already have jobs so they aren't really worried about all of the unemployed peons out here. They have made so many promises and not kept any of them I am not going to hold my breath for anything!

    January 28, 2010 at 8:17 pm |
  94. Reisha

    Very confident. Obama is smart and will do the research to make the right decisions. He is not stuck on what he thinks is right, he's logical and makes decisions based on facts. So far what he has done with the stimulus has worked, things are getting better and that is a fact. We can't expect to turn this mess around overnight. As long as we are moving in the right direction, that is what is important.

    If Republicans knew what it took to get us out of this mess, how did they let us get into it?

    January 28, 2010 at 8:18 pm |
  95. Lois Peddigree

    The president said we have to import more last night. I wish we still had all of our factory jobs. I think that would create plenty of jobs if we started up all of the old factories. I would much rather buy American Made than chinese junk

    January 28, 2010 at 8:18 pm |
  96. David in San Diego

    Ideally, the Government should not be the source of job creation, except for necessary public service (government) work. The government should restrain the forces that damage the economy and encourage the economic growth that will allow (not cause) job creation. In these not-very-ideal times, injecting $$ so that there is increased demand for goods and services is, unfortunately, necessary.

    January 28, 2010 at 8:19 pm |
  97. Ron in Saint Louis

    It doesn't matter. Even if they do manage to create a few jobs they'll only be temporary and anything that's a quality job will just be outsourced to India or China in a short time anyway.

    January 28, 2010 at 8:19 pm |
  98. Sam Ball

    I'm confident in the government's ability to create jobs. I'm just not certain they're willing to take the steps to do it. The best way that I can tell to create the most jobs the soonest is to invest substantially in green technology. While this benefits the people of this country substantially in many facets and for the long-term, I can't see why a corporately owned congress would ever agree to take any of the appropriate measures. I believe in Barack Obama. It's the rest of 'em I can't seem to get comfortable around.

    January 28, 2010 at 8:19 pm |
  99. Christian

    I'm about as confident that govt. can create jobs as I am that a hens will grow teeth any time soon. Why would we expect govt. to create jobs when its focus of the past 30 years has been to favor efficiency at the expense of equality?

    January 28, 2010 at 8:19 pm |
  100. Deb

    Our government cannot even protect our soldiers on our own bases, keep a bomber off of an airplane or our bordes safe so why in the world would they be any good at creating jobs when they can't even do the ones they have now??

    January 28, 2010 at 8:19 pm |
  101. David P Vernon

    Tucson, AZ – People are so ignorant. The tax breaks of the Recovery Act will take effect this spring, and will stimulate employment some at that time – starting this April. It is already "in the pipeline." Any act of Congress now cannot affect employment for about nine months, which will be after the next election. The time lags are built in to our economy by its size – there is nothing anyone can do about that. The oringinal Recovery Act proposed by the Pr4ssdient and passed by the House was for a trillion dollars, three fourths for jobs. The 40 Republican Senate votes vs the 59 in the majority caucus at the time gave us three fourths as much stimulus and at least a third as mere tax breaks. Anyone from the Right who is critical of the employment situation now is a hypocrite. Anyone who thinks a new jobs act will save the day soon is a fool.

    January 28, 2010 at 8:20 pm |
  102. Flyingwolf, Manchester NH

    President Obama should take a page from Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt. My grandfather got a job through the WPA, building things that were needed to help the community infrastructure. It was also where he learned carpentry, which helped him earn money until his 80's. There are a lot of things that need to be done in this country to bring it into the 21st Century, including faster railroads. A 21st century version of the WPA might be what we need to assure jobs and progress.

    January 28, 2010 at 8:20 pm |
  103. Gordon

    I am absolutely confident that the government will NOT create jobs. It won't, because it can't, at least in the kinds of numbers Obama's promises imply. Government does not create jobs; private industry does. So, if Obama wants to create jobs like he says he does, he needs to promote an environment where private industry can thrive. That means, among other things, lower corporate taxes and less regulation Does that sound like something Obama is likely to do? No, it doesn't to me either.

    January 28, 2010 at 8:21 pm |
  104. dana lewis georgia

    the amount of jobs we need to cut unemployment cannot be produced by the government. they will have to come from the private sector. what the president is doing will help, but not cure our unemployment ailments. the republicans audacity to criticize and complain, about the lack of jobs, to point a finger at our president, and complain about 10% unemployment, is astonishing, since they are the ones responsible for ushering in the bleeding of jobs, 700,000 a month.

    January 28, 2010 at 8:21 pm |
  105. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    It's a great campaign speech. Cutting the capital gains tax is good, but not likely to be supported by the Dems. A tax break to hire workers sounds nice but will likely lead companies to layoff older workers, tweak the job description and hire younger, cheaper workers to get a tax break. Loaning money from TARP is pointless. Banks don't want government intervention and they have their own money to lend. They are just being overly cautious and are making risk based decisions now as opposed to handing money out on the corner to anyone with their handout before.

    January 28, 2010 at 8:22 pm |
  106. Jon

    I could go out tomorrow and find three jobs, but the fact is I would have to work all three of them just to pay the mortgage. If the government wants to create jobs, create quality jobs. Good Luck to All

    January 28, 2010 at 8:22 pm |
  107. Jim Green, TX, www.Inclusivism.org

    Jack, I am all for a market economy....I am a capitalist...but standing on one foot and then the other-waiting for the market to do something it never has done, and never will do....provide everyone who wants to work, with a job......is foolish.....It is the responsibility of government to address this void in the capitalist model–with an expanding and contracting public workforce–in the interest of capitalism–the solution is a federally mandated, private [non-profit] mutual insurance owned by the American employee to provide the funds to hire/train our unemployed. This will not add a dime to our deficit–or taxes.

    January 28, 2010 at 8:22 pm |
  108. Darren Johnson

    The government could emulate F.D.R. and create an alphabet soup of organizations devoted to adding jobs, but I'm not sure that would work in our time. Real and lasting jobs must meet actual needs; jobs need to provide goods or services that will continue to be in demand. The government can help subsidize new enterprises that may have trouble getting off the ground in this current condition of banks being reluctant to making loans.

    Darren in Fairbanks, Alaska

    January 28, 2010 at 8:23 pm |
  109. John Bossen

    Yes, the government can create jobs. But only those jobs that will enlarge the beaurocracy and make the rest of us in the private sector work even harder to pay for the deficit created by government in creating those jobs. What a foolish idea.

    Palmyra NJ

    January 28, 2010 at 8:23 pm |
  110. BL

    Politicians are all talk, they're employed and once they're in DC they lose reality with "real" people. CEO's say we need to create jobs, my response you're a CEO create them instead of outsourcing them.

    I've been looking for a job and no luck, even if I see something in the job requirement that I can do, they want you to know everything in the world.

    Again, there aren't jobs, those who say employment is going up are all employed, hm. Maybe if politicians and a few CEO's start receiving unemployment insurance things would change.

    January 28, 2010 at 8:23 pm |
  111. Joel Zwack

    Does the government create PRIVATE jobs? That's an oxymoron. Government and politicians create GOVERNMENT so-called "jobs". Only private, free, people create real jobs. The prez and other career, professional politicians don't understand what's involved.

    After all, our prez never had a real job in the private sector. He's out of it.

    January 28, 2010 at 8:23 pm |
  112. Rick

    If the Goverment can't creat a Health Bill how can hey create Jobs? What happen to Obama going thru the Free Trade Act LINE BY LINE that would keep Jobs here in the United States and not in some third World Country using Slavery.

    January 28, 2010 at 8:23 pm |
  113. Yohannon Fairbairn-Wallis

    Dear Jack,
    Until a legal system is restored to govern American finance, banking and business, I would continue to hold vigil for signs of sustainable life for the beleagured masses grasping to remain in what was known as "middle class" .

    Sincerely, Yohannon Fairbairn-Wallis

    January 28, 2010 at 8:24 pm |
  114. Paula in Seattle

    Very confident - as long as they have the will.

    Harry Hopkins did it for FDR within a few months of his first innauguration. Okay, he put them on the government payroll doing the nation's work that needed doing.

    We have plenty of work that needs doing; repair of roads, bridges, and schools, to name a few. The government is only going to contract out this work anyway, so why not just hire employees directly and eliminate the middleman; instead of trying to coerce private companies into doing the hiring.

    January 28, 2010 at 8:24 pm |
  115. Paolo from the Philippines

    Jack, we would trust the government to create jobs if they aren't concerned about saving theirs.

    January 28, 2010 at 8:24 pm |
  116. Melanie

    I have very little confidence in Obama at this point,I think He proved last night that he is not listening to us He is way more to the left than I realized before he was elected.I am very dissapointed for our country.I do not think he cares about us little people,He just wants to push his agenda. Jobs will not come about with greening or cap & trade If the powers that be get thre way we will be silenced and jobless

    January 28, 2010 at 8:24 pm |
  117. Dave

    You asked on TV why they always say, "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs" three times. They say it three times because men won't get the message if you don't say it three times. This is why you always see signs that say, "Girls, Girls, Girls". Would anyone remember Elvis' old 1962 movie if they just called it "Girls"?

    January 28, 2010 at 8:25 pm |
  118. Ernie Naples Fl

    Other than creating government jobs, the government doesn't create jobs.... private industry does. The best thing the government can do to create jobs is to get out of the way. Obama should create conditions which are conducive to job creation, like lowering taxes, remove uncertainty about the governments plans to tax and penalize industry, stop interfering in the free market process, and stop picking winners and losers. I am completely disgusted by the way this administration threw out contract law, by deciding that GM bond holders had less rights than the union members who are partly to blame for GM's collapse. No company is going to invest in new employees, when they have no idea what fiscal policy lies ahead. Obama needs to learn that our economies have done the best when there was gridlock in Washington, which is to say when nothing gets done. Man I miss the do nothing congress, sure beats the do everything wrong congress!

    Naples, Fl

    January 28, 2010 at 8:25 pm |
  119. James Allen

    Elmendorf, CBO Directer, stated today in Congressional hearing that stimulus had both lessened the duration and depth of the recession. He further stated that up to 1,600,000 jobs had been retained or created by the stimulus. Apparently, Government can have an imopact on employment.

    James Allen
    Euless, TX

    January 28, 2010 at 8:25 pm |
  120. Rick PA

    As confident as them finding Bin Laden or balancing the budget.

    January 28, 2010 at 8:25 pm |
  121. Fred, Michigan

    One of the main reasons jobs aren't being created is that small businesses can not get the loans needed from the banks. The government bailed out the banks at the tax payers expense but has failed to follow up and require those banks to make tha money available to small businesses. Small businesses accouint for some 40% of jobs in America. When the government gets serious about getting those banks to release the money to small businesses then job will be created. At present it doesn't look very promising.

    January 28, 2010 at 8:25 pm |
  122. Mick Fraser


    Government definitely can create jobs. People need a free ride through school or re-education costs. Teach them to be entrepreneurs, and not to rely on the government.

    Otherwise, the US populace are simply waiting for the government to help them.

    Kick start the economy by giving the people who really want to use their minds and bodies hope and an opportunity...and put the whiners in Guantanamo...lazy SOBs.

    January 28, 2010 at 8:26 pm |
  123. frank in South Bend, Indiana

    Here is how you create jobs and stimulate the economy...

    There are 300M Americans, if 100M filed a tax return, send each tax filer a Million dollars, that would be an expenditure of $100M (about what the pentagon pays for toilet seats)....the number of folks that would quit their jobs would make room for those that still want to work and everyone with the windfall would be buying cars, boats, houses, vacations, and even an odd congressman or two....If we can give Wall Street $800Billion, who's going to gripe about a lousy $100 Million?

    January 28, 2010 at 8:26 pm |
  124. alex vlad

    not confident, as a matter a fact government creates jobs for governmental lazy bureaucratic people who want to get huge benefits pushing paper and caring a big stick ( cops, teachers, military,etc ) all these people have very little skills, intelligence, integrity, huge feelings of entitlement, basically they are those who want a sweet deal without the deserving that should be required. The other mind set people, entrepreneurs, engineers, manufacturers, scientists, fiscal responsible people who don't have depth, are getting punished and they will lose in the future because the government created jobs will become more attractive in the future because of the growth of this monster that bush started and now Obama is to self centered to see it, not to mention to corrupt, and in the unions pocket. I am very close to emigrate somewhere else. Alex

    January 28, 2010 at 8:27 pm |
  125. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The Government will create jobs, for those who have the education and qualifications for the jobs. Those who don't will still be looking for jobs that aren't coming back.

    January 28, 2010 at 8:27 pm |
  126. Roman, Butler, Pa

    Because of the division in our government and in our country I think it's a difficult road to travel to get a productive method of creating jobs, quality jobs. However, with that said, I am a fan of high speed rail systems.

    My vision for job growth is to use the radio wave technology develop it to it's full extent. Build new engines to sell to everyone. Build an infrastructure that is full proof from any attack from terrorist. And that is achieved by building individual power packs for every home, business in the country using radio wave technology. Can't blow anything up with salt water. No one central system that terrorist can target. Great for the environment. Tear down all those ugly power lines that crisscross the country. Nuclear power plants would be no longer needed cause everyone has there own power system. Save the planet from all the spent radio active fuel they keep burying deep into the ground where it some day might leak into the water shed. I could go on forever. But you get the idea Jack. Energy really is the key to building a new economy the thing is it's not the energy the Oil companies or power companies want us to buy.

    January 28, 2010 at 8:28 pm |
  127. Jim Carroll interfreepress.com

    JOBS, JOBS, JOBS Now is the time
    to create a Reserve-Retrainig Work Force and put an end to unemployment.Only people who want to be unemployed should be. There should always be a job or school for anyone in America. The Federal Government should create the money that is needed for anyone who has an idea that would create as few as two jobs. Money
    must be created before real value can be created–goods and services. Article 1, Section 8,of the Constitution gives the Federal Government power to created the money needed. We don't need to tax more or borrow money. The National Debt is not necessary. If a person doesn't have a right to a job, what good is any right? We can't depend on fat cat, big businesses to create all the jobs needed. They much rather store profits on a computer chip than create jobs.

    January 28, 2010 at 8:28 pm |
  128. John Kimball


    When the government creates jobs they only take money from some of us to create jobs for others. This does not create wealth or help the deficit. When is our government going to wise up and do something about bringing jobs back that actually create wealth? You know, take a raw material and create something of value. When we allowed all our wealth creating jobs to be sent overseas we doomed our country. When will we get this obscene trade deficit under control by creating wealth here and not sending it all to China, India and the middle east?

    January 28, 2010 at 8:28 pm |
  129. Jim Green, TX, www.Inclusivism.org

    This will restore us to full employment and not add a dime to our deficit, or taxes.

    January 28, 2010 at 8:28 pm |
  130. DON from ca.

    Ya hes setting up jobs spending 8 billion on faster transit but if you dont have a job to go to, Who needs to go faster and thats great! make a bullet on the ground with hundreds of people inside it. The terrorist wont break a sweat targeting this idea! Whos going to patrol the tracks? I fly because they cant really shoot us out of the sky but i wont get in a bullit with unprotected tracks. Come on obama. Try helping the hurting, not waisting more billions!!

    January 28, 2010 at 8:29 pm |
  131. Collie

    Sure the government can provide jobs. But only if the right set of varibles are met. Stimulating small buisness owners, or even inspiring a new generation of idea makers to come up with innovative ways of creating new products. With tax breaks to do so effectivly. There is a whole lot of Green Tech that has not been explored yet. and regardless of if global warming is real or not. The reality is providing proper investments to create and build the infastructure will create jobs now and for the future. not to mention supporting the energy needs of americans. There is so much that can be brought in the forms of jobs. Oversite of where the money is going needs to remain a top priority. we cannot afford to waste money if jobs do not result from things. but if reserch breakthroughs can create jobs down the road then it does not create jobs now but will later, might be good also. We need to get it done now, but remember the future comes pretty fast.

    January 28, 2010 at 8:30 pm |
  132. Mary F

    If people will really look back alot of the job's being lost was from the Reagan admin. He started with the deregulation of the airlines, and it slowly seeped into the trucking industry, then our good paying jobs went to Mexico, China etc. The deregulation was the #1 major downfall of the banking fisaco if there had been oversight and regulation then the banks and wall street would not have been able to pull the wool over the peoples eyes. Nothing Obama or Congress can do to get jobs back unless we start making things HERE in the US not in other countries. Wake up people, think about what your buying when you spend. If its not made in the US then DON"T BUY! Maybe then we can get jobs back here where they belong.

    January 28, 2010 at 8:30 pm |
  133. David Miller

    They need to think twice about giving money and jobs to terrorist american killing machinegun and bombvest wearing idiots that want us dead and out of their country, all to get them to change sides do we really think giving them money is going to work. Our goverment really needs to rethink that one and provide that money to americans before they rise up and start taking action against them. Its bad enough all the money we are wasting over there that will really be the topper.

    January 28, 2010 at 8:30 pm |
  134. ed fronczek

    When it comes to the economy, the top three answers are JOBS, JOBS, JOBS. Without work for the masses, the economy is shot. With Democrats controlling the House, Senate and White House, if the economy was even on their collective radar, something, anything would have been done. Please don't tell me you feel my pain, and then do nothing. I can respect a honest answer, but lying loses all trust. So in short I believe the government cannot create jobs.

    January 28, 2010 at 8:30 pm |
  135. beverly

    Why is it Americans are screaming for less government but they want the government to create jobs for millions of Americans?

    January 28, 2010 at 8:31 pm |
  136. Meg

    I am not confident. I do not have a job and I've only heard of engineering jobs being created. I went to school, got a degree, and came out hoping to be employed. Just the opposite has happened. I am being beaten out of entry level jobs by people who have a Ph.D. even though I have the experience for these jobs. There is something wrong with this picture and the government can't see that. I wish they'd take their rose colored glasses off and see the real picture. Everyone would benefit if they did.

    January 28, 2010 at 8:31 pm |
  137. Demian

    People generally don't realize how important government already is in job creation and maintenance. Without govt subsidies there
    likely wouldn't be much of an agriculture or auto industry. Coal, oil and gas extraction would be less. And there would be even less R&D for renewable fuels than there is now. Then there are subsidized SBA loans, tax breaks for health care and on and on and on. Wake up.

    January 28, 2010 at 8:31 pm |
  138. Meg

    In all honesty, I was disenchanted with everything that is going on. Now I'm mad as an ox.

    January 28, 2010 at 8:32 pm |
  139. Roman, Butler, Pa

    Oh yeah, I forgot, we could use all the natural gas too to help in the transformation of this New Energy Solutions. I realize it will take time, but got to start somewhere.

    January 28, 2010 at 8:35 pm |
  140. Bernie of Lowell, MA

    These greedy corporate bigwigs have already gotten their special treatment from the Bush tax cuts, but they certainly showed no propensity to hire more people. We've already seen how few permanent jobs our 'stimulus' has created and how little our bailout monies have made the banks more willing to lend to "Joe the plumber" (remember him?) , too.

    What can possibly make Barack Obama think they'll change their attitude now?

    Supply-side economics is a farce, ansd the slightly disguised version of it that Barack Obama is suggesting will not work either.

    We're stuck in a corporate-greed rut.

    January 28, 2010 at 8:35 pm |
  141. mblake

    There are no quality jobs, bottom line there are just NO jobs

    January 28, 2010 at 8:36 pm |
  142. DON from ca.

    Can Obama crete jobs? Yes, Quit giving money to failing, Crooked companies and splitit with the people here. That will create more small businesses he wants to do and help other with there bills they so much need help with and stop the bleeding for we the people are cut bad!!

    January 28, 2010 at 8:38 pm |
  143. Jo

    I'm very confidant that the job situation is getting better. The Republicans have no right to critize about the jobs since they are the ones that shipped them out of the country. While they shipped them out, they also gave those owners big tax cuts. Let's all be fair, it took Bush and counterparts 8 years to rack up this big deficit and it cannot be fixed in one year. Didn't you just love the President's speech last night? I could tell the Republicans did. Will you please quit being so one sided and give the party of yes a good word?

    January 28, 2010 at 8:38 pm |
  144. Collie

    The government Should not be the only factor in job growth. There are many wealthy individuals, that can take a hit and work to create jobs. It is not the governments job to create jobs. But it is the governments Job to create the conditions for job growth in America. And if the government needs to provide money in order to create those conditions as they are doing currently. It is the American people's responsibility to do what they can to be innovative and use that money provided by the government for what it is ment to be used for. And if the money meets with corruption on any level. It is the job of the American people who are more responcible to fix it. Like Say the Greed by the bankers. Well that was supposed to help job growth too. and it did help keep things stable. but it was dont by the private sector. now we need the boost from the government. I feel that the government will deleiver on jobs. The Private sector is still to scared to take the risks.

    January 28, 2010 at 8:39 pm |
  145. Jack Dempsey

    Jack, None at all ! They're all liars and thieves. Jack from Nice Ca.

    January 28, 2010 at 8:40 pm |
  146. Brett Newmyer

    Jack, as one who has been out of work over 16 months, I have zero confidence the government can create jobs. So far, over 7 million have been eliminated, though! And to the 9% that thinks now is a good time to get a 'quality' job, I'd just say 'wake up, you're dreaming'!


    Mead CO

    January 28, 2010 at 8:40 pm |
  147. Yohannon Fairbairn-Wallis

    Dear Jack,

    Until a legal system is restored to govern American finance, banking and business, I would continue to hold vigil for signs of sustainable life for the beleagured masses grasping to remain in what was the American Middle Class...and I'm an optimist.

    Yohannon Fairbairn-Wallis
    Hudson Valley, New York

    January 28, 2010 at 8:40 pm |
  148. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    This whole bill is a joke. The stimulus "had to be passed now" to save the economy and create jobs. It's done virtually nothing. We were told we had loads of "shovel-ready" projects waiting to hire people and put them to work on infrastructure. Virtually none of that happened. Plenty of money has been wasted on "Green jobs" but that research won't payoff for the greater good for years, if ever. It has been a complete failure. Why would we trust the government to turn a corner now and all of a sudden stop shoveling money into a black-hole?

    January 28, 2010 at 8:41 pm |
  149. victoria

    The usurper-in-chief-has no clue on how to create jobs. He is at the mercy of advisors that are just as clueless. God help our country.

    January 28, 2010 at 8:43 pm |
  150. EugeneWiese

    It depends on what a person considers a quality job. Everything is relativee.g. when money is tight,like salaries, prices usually follow;however,it can depend on your lifestyle. Yes there will be good jobs created by this administration,you may have to move,take what you may not like,just like we did after WWII. Gene

    January 28, 2010 at 8:44 pm |
  151. Angelo Serva

    The only thing our Government can do is create jobs because they think they have the money to pay for them. The States and Federal governments are the only people hiring. We are headed to socialism. Our United States companies are saddled with government bureaucracy and that has them handcuffed. We will never be able to have good employment with this Administration because they are anti-business.

    January 28, 2010 at 8:45 pm |
  152. Jeff

    The only quality jobs coming out Acts of Congress will be the jobs of Congressional staffers who get paid by the hour. It will be job security for dozens more.

    January 28, 2010 at 8:47 pm |
  153. Pat Hudgins

    Real infrastructure projects are despartly needed, would provide good jobs and improve our crumbling bridges and roads.
    Incentives outlined for businesses on the other hand are all but useless. How can any business afford to hire or buy equipment, even with tax breaks and incentives, unless it has the sales to support this.
    The shell game is diverting attention from the real cause of high unemployment. If the average person, who has a job, has to spend all he makes on the essentals, and likewise, if business pays artificially high prices for raw materials, there is nothing left. It is this lack of purchasing power by the normal person that creates an enviroment of low employment. The hedge funds, investment bankers, and brokerages are sucking all the oxygen out of the room, by artificially inflating all commodities,as they add absolutely no value. These high cost prevent individuals from purchasing all but what are must haves and business from hiring because of soft sales and high cost

    January 28, 2010 at 8:48 pm |
  154. ronvan

    Are you kidding? The "kids" can't play together, make decisions on what toys to use, play money for WE, the people, while the real stuff goes in their pockets.

    January 28, 2010 at 8:50 pm |
  155. Collie

    When the money runs out for job growth by the government, we should have the infastructure to show for it. If that infastructure does not provide some sort of lasting binifit to out American society then who will pay for the repairs in the future? This is why we need to Improve green infastructure. Solar, wind, power will give us lasting growth in energy production. not becouse it is good for the environment, but becouse it comes from a free source. But my confidence in the government creating jobs? Give me the money to build my own buisness and i will hire my own crews, and give America a future. But banks do not lend the amount i would need to make a real change. so it is up to the government.

    January 28, 2010 at 8:50 pm |
  156. Peter M.

    It is not the Federal government's job to create jobs but to create the environment that promotes job creation! The trouble is that we have a President and congressional leaders who fail to understand this and approach most problems with the same misguided ideology that the government can solve all problems for us poor uninformed peons by building a bigger government and spending more money that we do not have.

    If they cared as much about us as they do about power grabbing & legacy building the American people would be much better off!

    January 28, 2010 at 8:50 pm |