Reporter's Note: The president is trying to bring down unemployment and in today’s letter I have a terrific idea.
Dear Mr. President,
I have an idea! Heaven be praised, it came to me like a bolt from the blue and it could prove a real winner for you, for a lot of Americans, heck maybe for everyone!
Part one: We all know that a lot of people need jobs. The number of folks waiting in unemployment lines would make you think it was a Broadway opening.
Part two: You desperately want to help them find work. The benefit to them is obvious…paying the rent, putting food on the table, sending the kids to college. You get the drill. The benefit to you is also pretty profound: People start spending, the economy improves, folks stop complaining, and Bob’s-You-Uncle, you get re-elected.
So here comes part three: Since everyone who needs a job has to provide references…wait for it…you help them out! You volunteer to be a reference for their new employers!
I know, I know, it sounds silly. “Tom,” you say, “I trust your judgment implicitly, but seriously…there are millions of folks out of work. I can’t handle that many phone calls from prospective employers!”
Fair enough. So you offer a national lottery of names. Each day your staff pulls out, oh say, fifty or sixty resumes from applicants; you chat them up on the phone; and when the new employer calls, you say, “Why sure, Phil is a great guy!”
Now, will that recommendation alone seal the deal? No. But when they say, “And Mr. Obama, what do you do for a living?” that’s when you hit them with, “I’m the President of the United States, and I would really appreciate it if you’d hire this person.”
Who is going to turn that down? No one!
I realize we should probably work out some details, but give me a call this evening if you have a moment and we can brainstorm.
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