Entries Tagged as 'jobs'

Huntsman Makes His Jobs Pitch

David Frum November 4th, 2011 at 7:54 am 12 Comments

Here’s Jon Huntsman’s new jobs-focused ad:


Want Less Debt? Offer More Jobs.

October 14th, 2011 at 12:19 pm 39 Comments

While the 2007 recession technically ended in October of 2009, unhealthy most Americans would be hard pressed to let the technical details of what defines an economic slump get in the way of what everyone sees: we’re still mired in the economic doldrums, two-consecutive quarters of negative growth or not.

And with Congress barely able to agree on a time and place for a presidential speech much alone a series of economic packages to stimulate the housing, consumer, and labor markets, the Federal Reserve has stepped in to do its monetarist best.

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Cain’s 999 ‘Plan’ is Just a Slogan

October 12th, 2011 at 5:02 pm 20 Comments

At last night’s Republican debate, Michele Bachmann said “If you turn 999 upside down, the devil is in the details.” It was a clever line. Problem is that when it comes to Herman Cain’s 999 plan, there are no details, because there is no plan. What there is is a slightly longer list of talking points, with something that looks like the protean stirrings of a plan sandwiched between them.

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Daniels: Government Faces “Limits” When Helping the Unemployed

September 28th, 2011 at 1:39 am 43 Comments

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels visited Georgetown University on Friday, September 23rd, for a refreshingly intimate conversation sponsored by the Georgetown College Republicans.

Daniels is known for his candor and modesty, and both were on display when I asked him what could be done for the 14 million unemployed workers as well as for myself and the graduating classes of 2012, 2013, and 2014.

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The Texas Non-Miracle

David Frum September 22nd, 2011 at 11:34 am 38 Comments

About all those new jobs created under Gov. Rick Perry…

The Center for Immigration Studies reports some facts that should sprinkle a little cold water on over-heated claims for the low-wage/high-immigration Texas economic model.

Of jobs created in Texas since 2007, 81 percent were taken by newly arrived immigrant workers (legal and illegal).

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Is Daniels’ Jobs Warning A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy?

September 20th, 2011 at 12:55 pm 6 Comments

I’ve been reading through Gov. Mitch Daniels’ new book to see if he has anything to say about the current jobs crisis that America is in. The early results are a little disappointing. The first third of the book is focused on long term debt, the middle is focused on his time as governor, and the final section deals with his proposals to reform the tax code.

There are worthwhile thoughts in this book, it’s just unclear how immediately relevant those thoughts are. Yet there was a section that did touch on jobs, and that was Daniels’ discussion about Unemployment Insurance (UI).

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Gov Romney: Here’s Your Jobs Speech

David Frum September 6th, 2011 at 2:24 pm Updated46 Comments

But seriously, here’s the way I would have expected a keen analytic mind like Mitt Romney’s to approach the jobs issue.

The analysis would begin with the question: why is recovery so slow from this sharp and deep recession?

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Huntsman’s Great (Pre-Recession) Jobs Record

August 31st, 2011 at 2:23 pm 15 Comments

Jon Huntsman has unveiled his jobs plan and it is accompanied by an impressive web video touting Huntsman’s success in job creation. The video argues that Huntsman not only has a good jobs plan, but that his record as governor is also worth running on. The video says that Utah is the “#1 State in Job Creation”.

But wait! I thought it was Rick Perry who had the best job creation talking point? What happened to the idea that the place to find job creation was in Rick Perry’s “Texas Miracle”?

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At Least He Has a Job

August 21st, 2011 at 12:31 pm 21 Comments

Daniel Alexandre Protoraro has an awful summer job.  But at least he has a job. His American counterpart might not. Canada’s unemployment rate is 7.4 percent (it would be 6.2% if calculated with the American method)  America’s is 9.2 percent. And Protoraro’s own story, provides a case study as to why the U.S. unemployment rate is higher than Canada’s. Protoraro’s outbound telemarketing work doesn’t really exist in the United States.

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More Jobs, Better Pay: What the GOP Can Do

David Frum August 15th, 2011 at 12:13 pm 65 Comments

In my column for CNN, I explain why Rick Perry’s record on job is both his greatest strength and weakness:

Gov. Rick Perry enters the presidential race with one big advantage and one big impediment. The advantage: his record of job creation in Texas. His impediment? His record of job creation in Texas.

Through two years of weak economic recovery, Texas has led the nation in job creation. Of all the jobs created in the United States since 2009, 38% have been created in Texas.

But if Texas has created many jobs, it has failed to create good jobs. Many of the jobs created since 2009 pay only minimum wage, and Texas, along with Mississippi, has the highest percentage of minimum wage workers in the U.S.

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