Business leaders in the private sector don’t sit around to wait and see if jobs will just “appear” in their industries. What they do is look for ways to create new jobs. They get creative, they try new ideas and they take some risks. Why? Because they want to produce more revenue and profits for their companies, right?
So why is our President sitting around and waiting for jobs to happen? Pointing his finger at others and saying “it is the economy” as a verbal shrug. Correct me if I am wrong, Save Jerseyans, but isn’t he is the leader of the US economy!? Could you imagine Bill Gates sitting around, just crossing his fingers and hoping that new Microsoft jobs will materialize, or do you thing he is out there proactively looking for innovative ways to grow his company? And when have jobs never been a priority for this country?
When Barack Obama took office, unemployment was 5% and in two years hit 10%. Wouldn’t that have been a signal to President Obama to shift all attention to job creation instead of the implementation of new social experiments like healthcare reform? Dropping to the side any projects that would distract from his focus on the #1 priority, jobs?
Well he didn’t, and now our unemployment level is at 8.3% as a direct result. So think about this: the leader of our country and the largest economy in the world hasn’t been able to lead us back to even the level of unemployment that existed when he took the oath of office.
“Leaderless” is the best way to describe our nation at the moment.
When I was Mayor of Haddon Heights, we made our local economy a priority by lowering taxes and proactively helping our businesses. We created a local bi-monthly newspaper targeted to our residents where local businesses could advertise for cut rate prices. We launched a “Shop Haddon Heights First” campaign to encourage residents to think about buying in Haddon Heights first before they ventured beyond our community’s borders. The point is that we understood how job creation was important and we recognized our ability to help create jobs by making our town an attractive place for businesses to call home.
Why aren’t jobs now and always a priority for every level of government? Why hasn’t the Democrat-controlled Freeholder board here in Camden County taken this approach? In May 2005, my county’s unemployment rate was 4.4%. As of May 2012, it had risen to 10.3%. That is a 234% increase, making Camden County’s rate worse than the state of New Jersey as a whole and even the entire country.
Camden County’s jobless numbers are equally distressing. Since May 2005, the number of unemployed in Camden County has skyrocketed to 27,699. That’s an increase of 141% in seven years. The unfortunate news is that like the President, the Freeholders of Camden County have a “wait and see” attitude versus taking a proactive approach to lower taxes, attracting and keeping businesses and creating new jobs.
All levels of government need leaders who realize that jobs are — and always will be — a number one priority, and that they can’t simply sit back and wait for jobs to happen but take responsibility for figuring out how to create them. Purely reactionary “leaders” at the local and national level need to be replaced so that those who are unemployed can regain their own.