Jobs Act is the way to go
Published: Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Updated: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 20:09
Being a college student about to graduate is a bit scary when I am forced to think about the job market.
There aren't a lot of jobs being created.
My major is doing a lot of downsizing because of advances in technology and conglomerate takeovers.
I'm hoping to find a media-related job after receiving my degree.
President Obama gave a speech where he proposed the American Jobs Act.
This Act would help the country in so many ways.
I really hope the Republican-majority Congress votes to pass this.
More jobs mean more money. I could definitely use some extra money.
I mean, with all the loans I will have to pay upon graduation, a shortage of jobs is discouraging.
Due to the high cost of living now, I will need more money to live comfortably, not lavishly.
The national unemployment rate is 9.1 percent. The North Carolina unemployment rate is a bit higher at 10.4 percent.
The Jobs Act would help out the country as well as North Carolina.
Why would Republicans think that there is something wrong with the proposed tax breaks in the American Jobs Act when Republicans have suggested using similar tax strategies?
The Act would create more jobs for those in construction and education, and help younger people find employment. The wonderful thing about this Act is that it doesn't add to the deficit.
I know North Carolina needs highway work done. The design for the Triangle area did not account for the area's large growth.
For example, many merging lanes are too short.
One may even ask if the Department of Transportation was working with the insurance companies because some of those merge lanes seem designed to cause an accident.
North Carolina also could use a better form of public transportation. If the American Jobs Act will make it happen, let's get it passed.
Here in Durham, the DATA bus is fine but it can still cause you to be late.
Monorails are being built in Asian countries. We are working on one in North Carolina, but will it be as effective as the New York or Washington, D.C. subways?
The Act also creates more teaching jobs, which I think is great. We need more teachers, the foundation of the educational system.
Americans would be a confused bunch without them.
Incentives to the Act include tax breaks for companies that hire new people, especially those who have been unemployed for some time.
It also gets people back in the workforce, which is great for the economy. It also would improve American infrastructure, which could use an upgrade.
Finally, it offers tax breaks for the individual workers by cutting their payroll taxes in half.
Rich people are not the only ones who deserve a tax break. Republicans and Democrats need to work together to help fix the economy and unemployment rates.
I would hope that there will be a job out there for me when I graduate.
Even if the first one is not the job of my dreams, it would still be comforting to know that there are options if my first choice isn't available.