July 12, 2011; Source: Robert Reich (blog) | While the NPQ Newswire doesn't typically reproduce commentary on social policies for their own sake, we do reference articles on social policies in which nonprofits have a big stake. Many NPQ readers work with nonprofits that are engaged in job creation and job retention programs. Sometimes the experts who are increasingly frustrated with the prolonged jobless (or less-jobs) recession weigh in with criticisms of President Obama, though on occasion they forget the role of the nonprofit sector, such as former president Bill Clinton's recent job prescriptions that so unnerved President Obama's aides.
Now comes former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, who used his blog to eviscerate the president's response to the horrendous June job numbers (only 18,000 new jobs with official unemployment rising to 9.2 percent, prevented from rising even more because 270,000 people dropped out of the labor force entirely). Reich titled his blog posting, "The President's Jobs Plan (Not)."
In place of the president's "inadequate" proposals, including extending the temporary reduction in the employee part of the payroll tax, approving pending free trade agreements, and, according to Reich (we missed this one), streamlining patent procedures, Reich proposed specific alternatives constituting a jobs plan that will "get Americans back to work" with these elements:
With stinging critiques recently from Clinton, Al Gore, and now Reich, President Obama's entourage is probably bristling.—Rick Cohen