President Barack Obama meets with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling in the Oval Office, Aug. 5, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Obama is presiding over an unemployment rate over that has hovered over nine percent since taking office. While some of this is inherited from Bush, the Times noted in a recent article that “no American president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt has won a second term in office when the unemployment rate on Election Day topped 7.2 percent.”
It goes without saying, getting people work will help Obama in his reelection. There are numerous ways to go about getting people working depending on what economist you talk to, some championing tax cuts for businesses while others suggest another stimulus plan of “shovel ready” jobs. What can Obama do to get people in jobs before the election?