Politic365.com’s Charles D. Ellison talks with Dr. Wilhelmina Leigh, Senior Research Associate on Economic Security Issues at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. Dr. Leigh offers insight in recent job growth proposals outlined by President Obama and what that means in terms of the current economic and political climate. She also talks about the bi-partisan, bi-cameral debt commission and a recent proposal by Rep. Dan Larson (D-CT) to create a jobs committee.
“I think that’s a great idea,” says Leigh. But, Leigh also cautions that politicians might be overlooking past ideas that have been successful. “We’ve tried a number of measures and some of them have worked. We need to stop re-inventing the wheel and look at past experiences.”
Leigh also argues for a re-evaluation of unemployment insurance, particularly in light of concerns that many individuals have been unemployed for so long that certain skill sets have been lost. Programs which encourage employers to use UEI funds to pay jobless workers as a way to prevent knowledge gaps may be a model worth examination, observes Leigh.
On the debt commission: “I don’t really have a lot of hope. It never ceases to amaze me the extent to which people will play partisan games.”