Recent letter writers Samantha O'Dell, Baldwin Cline and Violet Larsen want Pilotland readers to contact their legislators and loudly advocate for the passage of President Obama's American Jobs Act.
They think it's a good idea for our country to borrow another one-half trillion dollars from the Chinese to try again to create some jobs in advance of the 2012 general election. And Obama says it will be "paid for." He wouldn't mislead us, would he? So what's the problem?
Quite a lot, actually. First, the jobs bill is a mirror image of the more than $800 billion '09 Stimulus Program, which created somewhere between zero and not very many permanent jobs. With our nation nearly $15 trillion in debt, adding another $447 billion in indebtedness without a guaranteed positive result doesn't make much sense to me. Remember, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result.