Obama rallies new ideas for creating jobs

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WASHINGTON --- President Obama challenged an assortment of leading business and union leaders and academics on Thursday to help him come up with innovative ideas for putting millions of Americans back to work, saying he wants the "biggest bang" for every dollar spent.

"We cannot hang back and hope for the best," Mr. Obama told a White House forum on jobs. "What I'm interested in is taking action right now."

Mr. Obama said the leading question of the day is "how do we get businesses to start hiring again" and asked his audience of about 130 guests to "bring their A-game."

But, mindful of growing anxiety about federal deficits, Mr. Obama also tempered his upbeat talk with an acknowledgment that government resources could only go so far and that it is primarily up to the private sector to create large numbers of new jobs.

After opening remarks, the guests broke into working groups to brainstorm with administration officials.

At a session named "Innovative Agenda and Green Jobs of the Future," Mr. Obama said, "Not to tip our hand too much, but one of the things I would be surprised if we don't end up moving forward on is an aggressive agenda for energy efficiency and weatherization. Because that is an area where we can get it up and running relatively quickly. You don't need new technologies."

At one point, Mr. Obama lobbied business leaders in the group to speak out during the upcoming Senate energy debate. He urged them to help make the case that the energy bill "is not a job killer but a job grower."

The forum was kicked off by Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, who called the present unemployment rate of 10.2 percent "a stark reminder of how much we have to do." She said the administration "will not rest" until it had been successful at job creation

Mr. Obama spoke a day ahead of the government's release of unemployment figures for November.

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Bumm 12/04/09 - 03:32 pm
To get this economy going

To get this economy going would not have been hard to do only if the infamous stimulus plan would have went to the people instead of the bankers, wall-street, AIG,Wells Fargo,Auto maker's and so on. They were paid millions and millions so the CEO's could get their millions for screwing up. People are still losing their houses, cars and jobs. If the money would have went to the people with the clause to pay off their debts these ones that had gotten the stimulus money would have gotten their money, people would be keeping their houses and cars. Then they would of had money left over to buy other things that would create a demand for those goods and would have created jobs. And lastly the government would have gotten money back because they would have taxed it. Only thing the stimulus bill did was make the richer, richer and the middle class and lower class poorer. The stimulus bill did not help "We The People" it only helped the ones that really didn't need it. The government was made by the rich to keep them rich not for the common man for real help that it should have been intended for.

ron_rlw 12/04/09 - 06:01 pm
The job summit was a great

The job summit was a great idea ... except where was folks like the US Chamber of Commerse ... that didn't agree with Obama. The summit was about jobs ... and it seems the US Chamber of Commerse was not invited because of the stand on Health Care.

If you have a forum and stack the deck with folk that believe like you do ... then it's a waste.

Is Obama really this childish.

gargoyle 12/04/09 - 06:15 pm
Two great posts the only

Two great posts the only thing that could be disputed is that the wall street pyramid helped by the Fed was collapsing ... We took the risk out of the game they were playing making sure they could do business as usual ...

soldout 12/04/09 - 06:38 pm
drop all taxes except a

drop all taxes except a national sales tax and things will take off. No forms, no tax planning, no deadlines etcp; frees up business and individuals.

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