Tom Foreman | BIO
Reporter's Note: The football season is over, but the hard knocks continue in Washington, as do my letters to the White House.
Dear Mr. President,
So the big game came and went, the Packers scooped up the trophy, and thus ends another season in the NFL. Overall it seemed like a pretty good game with some big plays, some dramatic turnovers, and at least a chance of it coming right down to the wire. The commercials were entertaining. The Black Eyed Peas? I’m pretty much done with will.i.am, and while I enjoyed the wacky light up costumes, the rest of it just seemed like so much over-hyped prancing about. Seriously, if they didn’t have Auto-Tune do you think they’d even be listenable? At least they were better than The Who. Anyway, like I said…the game was good.
Speaking of which I see that you are talking with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce today, a group with which you have…how shall I put this? An abrasive relationship. I hope it goes well. Seems to me, the thorny problem of balancing the needs of businesses with the needs of regular people is one of the most important ones we face. The business community is certainly right to say that if they do poorly, they won’t create or sustain jobs, and we’ll all pay a price. But it is equally fair to say that biz folks throw that rationale around to justify pretty much anything they want to do.
And right now, while things seem to be moving in a generally positive direction for business, I don’t exactly see jobs falling out of the trees. To the contrary, we are still talking about a jobless recovery. Which to me it kind of like a waterless lake, a roofless house, or a cattle free ranch. So the quid pro quo between you and the industry folks should be: I’ll support your efforts to run your businesses as you see fit; you, in return, must create jobs. Lots of them.
This is truly in everyone’s interest, although the quick-profit-types may have trouble grasping it. A recovery without jobs leads to shoppers who can’t shop, consumers who can’t consume, home buyers who can’t score a mortgage, and we wind up right back in the economic hole. But like I said, good luck getting some folks on board with that.
I’m afraid I have far too much to do today to write more. I hope your week is off to a grand start, and if you have a few spare moments, feel free to ring me up. Despite the schedule, I’ll take some time to talk.
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