The calendar change to 2012, and the plight of the unemployed in America is a top priority in American politics as President Obama did announce the good news on the December jobs report of 200,000 jobs added for the month and 1.6 million since the recessionary lows of 2009. The top priority for the politicians is the calendar change to 2012, and the upcoming presidential election that will pose two different ideologies against the other as the American people will vote outside the normal ideological talking points as in the past, but the economy and unemployment will be the top of mind as ballots are cast for President in November 2012. The critical nature of unemployment is evident in all walks of political life including the Republican Primary Vote in New Hampshire, President Obama’s trip to Chicago, and the Federal Reserve’s promise to assist in the recovery to create more jobs in the economy. The earlier the better would have been the most appropriate course of action, but the American public could not communicate the concern directly to Washington, but the calendar change from 2011 to 2012 was the call to action in Washington, DC as the upcoming Election 2012 did bring the reality to the politicians fighting for a win in the Presidential bid.
President Obama is capturing on the recent jobs report as he attended three fundraisers in Chicago and returns to Washington, DC on Wednesday. The Obama strategy was to bring enthusiasm to supporters both large and small in Chicago, and the announcement of policy proposals and initiatives to focus on growing the economy and creation of new jobs. The White House will be hosting a forum on Wednesday called “Insourcing American Jobs” that hosts business owners bringing jobs back to America including the ways government can assist in the process. President Obama did state in his weekly radio and internet address the most important priority is rebuilding the American economy because this is a make or break moment for the middle, and his bid for reelection is at make or break moment for a potential win later this year.
New Hampshire was the focus point for the Republican’s path in determining a challenger for the Presidency in Election 2012. The voters gave Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts governor, a primary win, but the voters did not give Mitt Romney because of his popularity and name recognition as former Governor of Massachusetts. The voters spent time in basing a decision on the economy and unemployment. The candidates were meeting with citizens of New Hampshire to promote plans to create jobs and grow the economy. Mitt Romney was able to win the state because voters did believe in Mr. Romney being the best man for the job in terms of fixing our economic and employment problems. The unemployment concern was not segmented to one demographic as MTV reports that young adults were voting with unemployment being the top concern in Tuesday’s vote. The state expected 250,000 voters (a record) to cast ballots in the state’s primary elections.
Furthermore, politics do play a role in the policy decisions at the Federal Reserve Bank. Federal Reserve President out of San Francisco did state that the Fed would employ every tool to assist in the creation of jobs to support a decline in the unemployment rate. Williams stated the current unemployment situation a “calamity”, and the focus should be on job growth in the American economy. These are strong words from a Federal Reserve in silence of the joblessness problem in America, but the calendar change from 2011 to 2012 makes the voters problems on Main Street a real problem for Washington, DC.
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