The brain trust in Washington thinks we need to retrain workers. For what jobs? Don’t you think it would be a better idea to concentrate on getting these businesses out of bankruptcy and opened back up? Retraining people for jobs that are not out there is as useful as negotiating for peace with Islamic despots who are sworn to and committed by their religious beliefs to hate you and kill you if they have an opportunity. If nothing else, this administration is consistent; placing importance on issues that have no solutions and throwing money at problems that the government can never fix.
“Our unemployment insurance system should no longer be a safety net, but a stepping stone to a new future,” Obama said in excerpts of a speech he was due to give later on Friday after the release of monthly jobless figures.
“It should offer folks educational opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have, and give them the measurable and differentiated skills they need to not just get through these hard times, but to get ahead when the economy comes back,” Obama said.
The plan, coordinated with the Department of Labor and the Department of Education, will help unemployed workers get better access to Pell Grant scholarships worth up to 5,350 dollars and attend local community colleges, a US official said.
States will also be encouraged to change rules that prevent the unemployed from enrolling in education or training courses because they are supposed to actively look for a job while taking government benefits.
According to latest weekly government figures issued Thursday, the total number of unemployed people drawing benefits hit a record high at 6.35 million, an increase of 56,000 from the preceding week’s revised level of 6.29 million.
The data came two days after Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke said that the US economy, which plunged into recession in December 2007, could rebound later this year but with a warning of more “sizable” job losses