Is It a Bird? Is It A Plane? No, It’s The Jobs Super Committee

Posted on August 16, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized |

By Carl Chancellor

Here’s hoping that Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.) is able to convince his House and Senate colleagues to embrace his idea of forming a super committee, similar to the super committee tasked with developing a deficit-reduction plan, to specifically address job creation.

Larson, the Democratic Caucus chairman, wants to amend the recently passed debt-limit deal to include a second select committee of six Senators and six Representatives to develop a plan to bring down the nation’s staggering 9.2 percent unemployment rate.

In a “Dear Colleague” letter circulated by Larson, he argues that the country’s debt problems cannot be solved without the creation of jobs.

From The Hill—“This high unemployment poses a very real short-term fiscal crisis, because it drains the federal coffers through increased government spending and reduced tax revenues,” Larson wrote in the Aug. 8 letter.

“Families are being forced out of their homes, children are being forced to forgo higher education, the elderly are being forced to retire early without nearly enough saved to cover their long-term costs,” he said. “If not addressed, I believe the social costs of unemployment will dramatically damage the United States’ status in the world and prevent us from emerging from this recession.”

Larson is scheduled to introduce his jobs amendment when Congress returns from recess. Democrats in the Senate, while not calling for a separate select committee, sent a letter to Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) urging him to have his picks to the deficit-reduction panel to also “embrace job creation as part of its mission.”
The letter to McConnell, which was signed by 23 Senate Democrats, said that “…our fiscal challenge is directly linked to the jobs crisis, and we cannot solve the former without tackling the latter.”

Fortunately, putting Americans back to work wont require Congress to possess any super powers, like X-ray vision, the strength to bend steel with bare hands, or even the ability to leap buildings in a single bound, it only requires that lawmakers put politics aside and get serious about creating jobs.

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