Consider, if you will, the power (both political and economic) of pegging congressional salaries to the unemployment rate.
Despite economic recovery from the Bush Recession, joblessness remains high. Boomers who were near retirement have lost jobs that were supposed to provide them a little nest-egg. Millennials have not been able to gain entry-level jobs in their 20s to build their CVs for a career ladder, to purchase homes and to start families.
It is no mystery what needs to be done to get the unemployment rate down to pre-Bush Recession levels. Right-wing Republicans will not let it happen, in part because they areworried that success will show the bankruptcy of their ideas, so that even rather tepid measures such as the president's American Jobs Act go nowhere.
Although Democrats' proposals would indeed create jobs (e.g., the stimulus saved or created 3 million), and Republicons' policies would destroy them, both parties utter the word "jobs" with similar frequency so that with nothing happening, the public does not give the Democrats' much more credibility as in, "I-had-better-register-and-get-out-and-vote-for-these-people-so-that-they-will-actually-do-something-about-jobs."
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