Waiting for Jobs

A basic fact about jobs is that the government is not in control. The president proposes various incentives in an effort to motivate employers to hire, but he cannot make them do so. He can propose needed spending on infrastructure, but that can provide only a few of the millions of jobs needed for a growing labor force. Private employers will hire only when doing so is in their interest, not the president’s. Obama must wait upon them, as must Congress.

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