NYT: Obama Ends Jobs Bill Bus Tour http://mobile.nytimes.com/2011/10/20/us/politics/obama-unveils-business-partnership-to-boost-military-hiring.xml
Now, the president has a meaty, if politically divisive, bill that he is avidly selling. This week, the White House scrapped the town-hall format in favor of traditional campaign-style speeches, where Mr. Obama presented his proposals and assailed Republicans for blocking them. Speaking to 2,400 troops at the base, Mr. Obama outlined the proposal to give companies a tax incentive to hire veterans. Unlike other parts of the jobs bill, that provision, which is also likely headed for a Senate vote as a separate measure, has won the support of Republicans. “When I first proposed this idea to a joint session of Congress, people stood up and applauded on both sides of the aisle,” Mr. Obama said to noisy applause. “So when it comes for a vote in the Senate, I expect to get votes from both sides of the aisle.”
This is an issue that needs more attention. The unemployment rate for veterans of the GWOT is about 3-4% higher than for everyone else. As we scale back deployments and recruitment, and government spending on soldiers, many more will shift into that veteran category.
There is a real and pressing need to get all types of Americans working again, veterans more so. Here’s a plan in the table…let’s do something, eh?