February 7th, 2011
12:34 PM ET

Letters to the President: #749 'T.C.B.'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

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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  1. Wedad I Abdelrazek

    Dear Anderson Cooper:

    Thank you very much for the wonderful documentation of the situation in Egypt, my land of origin. In fact, I am sending you today just to ask one question to the American Current Administration, President Obama and his team. First, I would like to remind everyone that president Mubarak and his team including the new V.P Soliman and the new P.M. Shafeeq are all were raised, educated, trained during the socialist regime in Egypt dealing with the former Soviet Union!! I am sure that this fact is well known to the American authorizes. So, how can these men who were trained and grow with a socialist mentality can be expected to support a democratic society and develop a democratic regime?! Simply, America paid Mubarak very high price for just a very simple thing, Egypt-Israel relationship. Current generations are very different than the old one. Let me make this simulation; ten to five years ago people in America did not accept the issue of guy marriage, however, people consider it a human right now. This is exactly like Israel existence in the region; people do not mind it as long as they are treated equally and with dignified approach. So, what was very expensive to get, is not as expensive these days!

    Thank you

    Logan, Utah
    Member of Organize for America

    February 8, 2011 at 3:00 am |
  2. Annie Kate

    I don't see how the recession can be over if there are no jobs for people. A jobless recovery is not a recovery at all – like you said if workers don't have work, they cannot buy, consume, or do a whole lot of other things which in turn means the companies' sales decline. There was at the first of this economic recession a lot of talk about green jobs. Well, I read just the other day that one company doing solar panels opened up in the west and had 800 jobs. They filled them and did so well that they negotiated with China do have a plant there. That went well too. Too well it seems because now the company is moving all the business of constructing the solar panels to its plant in China and laying off the 800 green workers here in the US. Off-shoring jobs has got to stop – or we will soon have a huge percentage of the population unemployed.

    February 7, 2011 at 9:34 pm |
  3. Emad El Sirgany

    more than twenty years ago the USA was given the detail information of president Sadat assassination by ex-egyptian officer. who asked the US government protection but the USA government refused allowing the information to be publicized to protect the Egyptian president regime. the Author of The Defilers Sowing the Seeds of Terrorism put some of the Sadat assassination information in his book.

    The information in the defilers sowing the seeds of terrorism is enough for the Egyptian people to call for prosecuting the sitting Egyptian president as a murderer of Sadat in 1981.

    February 7, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  4. Boomer in Mo

    American business killed the American consumer by shipping jobs overseas, with the government helping by giving them tax breaks to ship those jobs overseas. Idiots. American is just another third world county, with super rich, the poor and infrastructure crumbling to dust. RIP

    February 7, 2011 at 2:59 pm |