It IS the economy – you would truly have to be stupid not to know this. Yet, are we talking about the entire economy? Last night on 360º David Gergen mentioned jobs as one of the most important – and overlooked – areas of the economy. During the webcast, I asked him if the candidates were talking enough about jobs, and saying what you, the voters, want and need to here. He didn’t hesitate for a second. “No,” he said.
There are nearly 9.5 million Americans out of work – 600,000 jobs have been lost so far this year, and we still have three months to go.
Those of you working are likely finding your check doesn’t go as far as it used to. I swear the price of milk goes up weekly.
Why aren’t we hearing more about ways to not only keep the jobs Americans have, but to create new ones? When I was in Michigan recently, speaking with a group of female voters, the majority told me the economy was the most important issue. In a city like Detroit, where the auto industry seems to be hanging on for dear life, and in a state like Michigan which holds the dubious distinction of the state with the highest unemployment – nearly 9% – it’s also an issue that requires specifics. Could this new focus bring specifics from the candidates? Ahhh… if only I had a crystal ball. My Magic 8 ball isn’t much help.
Here’s what I do know: There’s not a lot of sympathy for the big payouts on Wall St. But it’s important to point out, it’s not just investment bankers feeling the force of the credit crisis. Could this financial fiasco mean more bad news for your job? Maybe… maybe not.
I also know there are some jobs out there, and jobs that pay a real salary.
Another way to make it through this messy time: use your noggin! Google wants to pay you $10 million for your best ideas. Who couldn’t use that bit o’ coin, even in the rosiest economy?
Here’s the deal: in celebration of its 10th anniversary, Google is offering $10 million for fresh ideas with a broad and beneficial impact on people. The search giant announced the project live this morning on CNN.
I know, sounds a little vague. Truth is, the guidelines are vague. “Project 10^100” (pronounced "10 to the 100th") doesn’t have very specific parameters, although ideas that deal with issues like building communities, improving health, expanding access to education, helping the environment and promoting clean energy would be a good start toward that multi-million dollar prize. So fire up those neurons, and don’t forget the girl who told you about the $10 million when you win.
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