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President Obama: Jobs Speech Coverage

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

President Obama is giving an address on jobs and the economy from the Brookings Institution today, scheduled for 11:20am. Hear the speech and get reaction from Diane Brady, senior editor at Business Week.

Post your reaction to the speech below!

Guests:

Diane Brady

Comments [21]

Bee Lee from New York, NY

Interesting Brian labeled the beginning of Obama's speech as a 'preamble' thanking various people and therefore worthy of not broadcasting in favor of putting somebody on the air with a loaded and very incendiary topic and then giving them short shrift.

What is most interesting is that later in the day, I DID hear the beginning of Obama's speech, and lo and behold, I did not hear a 'preamble' (as Brian put it) - but instead a detailed description of the economic DISASTER George W. Bush left behind for Obama to try to deal with.

In other word - surprise surprise, Brian was acting to protect the interests of George W. Bush.

I am really sick of Brian's concern trolling for the neocons and of the slimy tactics undertaken by he and his producers on their behalf.

I have been listening to Brian ever since he came on WNYC - and used to have the utmost respect for him - but ever since George Bush overhauled the CPB, WNYC is now nothing but a mild-mannered version of FOX News.

Please Obama, time for another major purge of the CPB and give us back a decent outlet for news.

Dec. 08 2009 06:45 PM
Bee Le from New York, NY

Interesting Brian labeled the beginning of Obama's speech as a 'preamble' thanking various people and therefore worthy of not broadcasting in favor of putting somebody on the air with a loaded and very incendiary topic and then giving them short shrift.

What is most interesting is that later in the day, I DID hear the beginning of Obama's speech, and lo and behold, I did not hear a 'preamble' (as Brian put it) - but instead a detailed description of the economic DISASTER George W. Bush left behind for Obama to try to deal with.

In other word - surprise surprise, Brian was acting to protect the interests of George W. Bush.

I am really sick of Brian's concern trolling for the neocons and of the slimy tactics undertaken by he and his producers on their behalf.

I have been listening to Brian ever since he came on WNYC - and used to have the utmost respect for him - but ever since George Bush overhauled the CPB, WNYC is now nothing but a mild-mannered version of FOX News.

Please Obama, time for another major purge of the CPB and give us back a decent outlet for news.

Dec. 08 2009 06:45 PM
Bee from New York, NY

Interesting Brian labeled the beginning of Obama's speech as a 'preamble' thanking various people and therefore worthy of not broadcasting in favor of putting somebody on the air with a loaded and very incendiary topic and then giving them short shrift.

What is most interesting is that later in the day, I DID hear the beginning of Obama's speech, and lo and behold, I did not hear a 'preamble' (as Brian put it) - but instead a detailed description of the economic DISASTER George W. Bush left behind for Obama to try to deal with.

In other word - surprise surprise, Brian was acting to protect the interests of George W. Bush.

I am really sick of Brian's concern trolling for the neocons and of the slimy tactics undertaken by he and his producers on their behalf.

I have been listening to Brian ever since he came on WNYC - and used to have the utmost respect for him - but ever since George Bush overhauled the CPB, WNYC is now nothing but a mild-mannered version of FOX News.

Please Obama, time for another major purge of the CPB and give us back a decent outlet for news.

Dec. 08 2009 06:43 PM
Ciro DiSclafani from United States

Solopreneurs are left out of the "Noble Equation". The small business paradox is that Solopreneurs do not qualify for any relief to help grow their businesses first, if there is no "Hiring Projection" in their business plan, assuming they have one.

As Ms Brady pointed out, most businesses, large or small, will not be hiring full-time, or even part-time, workers. They will first hire contractors-usually ex-employees first, then other contractors.

Solopreneurs, not in a position to hire anyone, must depend on helping each other, as contractors, providing that they are doing well enough to pay for the services.

Some States encourage the unemployed to start a business, and will offer some education and training.

Therefore, the Government creates another "Catch-22" scenario. Flood the market with Solopreneurs & Entrepreneurs to go out and compete for the meager contract assignments.

Who wins?

Brian, you asked what I would like to see. Maybe a better definition of Small Business. A more in-depth understanding of the nature, and dynamics, of the interaction, and inter-dependency, of all sizes of business.

We need "Leadership" to not only see, but also understand, the wide-angle - not the periscopic - view of business dynamics. Then engage a broad spectrum of representatives, from all related disciplines, to share ideas on creating a "New Business Model" for the greater good. Too altruistic? Ah,"The Audacity of Change"!

Dec. 08 2009 12:52 PM
jennifer johnson

A small business owner, in an upper (personal) income bracket--as a successful business owner, and piller of the community--is in a position to create more sucessful businesses by empowering employees to take over ownership of said business.

Defining "small business" is a good idea. Less than 150 employees?

Dec. 08 2009 12:07 PM
Rich from Staten Island

Ms Brady just dismisses the manufacturing sector in the US. We need to bring back some of the jobs in this sector. Brian should interview Senator Dorgin from North Dakota who is author of "Take this Job and Ship It"

Dec. 08 2009 12:01 PM
Voter from Brooklyn

So the guest’s position is that 75% of the economy was built around BS that no one needed and should have never been made in the first place so we need to get back to buying schlock to get back in the black?
(think Snuggies, McMansions, Barack Obama Chia Pets, and Civil War chess sets)

Dec. 08 2009 11:58 AM
IMHO

the biggest obstacle to starting a small business is inefficiency and corruption on the local level.

Dec. 08 2009 11:58 AM
db from nyc

If spending 125% of our income consuming is not the sustainable way to go, what is? What does a post-consumer economy look like?

Dec. 08 2009 11:58 AM
Donald Schwartz from Brooklyn

Please define small business, I don't have a clue.

Dec. 08 2009 11:56 AM
Corrie from BedStuy

I have to back-up the 2nd comment (Bobby G) - what happened to green jobs? That would be heartbreaking if that was just campaign talk.

Dec. 08 2009 11:55 AM
plp

Infrastructure (roads, bridges, potholes,and such) jobs are usually municipal and or union and not of much help to the average and majority of the construction workers.

With the housing boom completely busted, very little new homes, renovations or the like mean that construction is virtually dead.

Dec. 08 2009 11:52 AM
anon

There seems to be a disconnect between the policies of raising taxes on upper income individuals (many of whom are small business owners and entrepeneurs) and growing/maintaining small businesses.

The more my family pays in personal tax increases (health insurance surcharge, "war" tax, increased state income taxes, etc.), the less able my husband is to grow and maintain his small business workforce (his business has been really hurt by this downturn).

Dec. 08 2009 11:51 AM
jennifer johnson

First do no harm,
A meditation on work:
Travaille, trabajo

30+ words in German:

Arbeit, Aufgabe,Beschäftigung
Dienst,Tätigkeit, Wirken
Werk, Leistung,Schrift

go, fight win!

Dec. 08 2009 11:49 AM
the truth!! from BKNY

Cannot be an easy task to clean up after the previous incompetent administration!

Dec. 08 2009 11:48 AM
Gary from Upper Left Side

Most small businesses in the U.S. are organized as sole proprietorships, LLCs and subchapter S corps, and the owners are taxed on a “flow-through” basis to their personal taxes. As such, a capital gain tax reduction is meaningless for small businesses. Small business owners should get a direct cash payment--like the banks and cash for clunkers--to create jobs.

Dec. 08 2009 11:48 AM
Mike

I have no problem with the business tax cuts, credit provisions and cap gains cuts. But, most of this only works once you have decided that there is a demand for your service and product. You are not going to pursue a business or expand capacity unless you see demand.

The way to generate demand is have a massive jobs program that can employ many people in one shot.

The problem with relying on the private sector/small business is that they will be based on individual decisions and assessments and you may not get a job growth turnaround in a massive way.

Secondly what is the survival rate of most new small businesses. From what I understand is that it is not very high. Also what kind of jobs are we talking about in a small business? Are we talking about waiters, receptionists, bus boys? Or are we talking about scientists, engineers, doctors, nurses?

Dec. 08 2009 11:47 AM
MARTIN CHUZZLEWIT from MANHATAN

Who declared this guy a great orator? Fatuous windbag is more like it. The only metropolitan area in the US under Obamanomics to see an increase in employment in the last 2 quarters has been Washington, D.C.

Private jobs indeed.

Welcome to the future.

Dec. 08 2009 11:44 AM
Alex from Brooklyn

yah yah yah....

Great job bailing out the bankers.

If you want jobs, you have to move to China

Dec. 08 2009 11:43 AM
Bobby G from East Village

Where are the Hoover Dams of this "great recession?"
Why are we thinking so small?

Why not build the biggest ever electricity generating solar panel array in the Mojave Desert with much needed transmission infrastructure to power all of Los Angeles?

We could do this all though the Southwest.

Efficient and inexpensive energy is the foundation for growth.

Dec. 08 2009 11:42 AM
smidely

Playing w his zipper is a nice touch...

Dec. 08 2009 11:41 AM

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