Are Americans losing faith in their future? Many have lost faith in their Government. News for job growth stalled last month. This is not good news for the unemployed, many are losing hope.
Last Friday, the Labor Department reported zero net gain of jobs in August. The reality report is the weakest in nearly a year. Job growth stalled, leaving the U.S. unemployment rate at 9.1 percent with 14 million unemployed.
President Obama is expectedto lay out a specific job-creation plan this week.Obama plans to outline his ideas for jump-starting the economy and creating jobs in his primetime address on Sept. 8. White House aides are hinting the speech will be only a starting point for a more comprehensive, narrative-building effort.
Voices of America reports, “Job Growth Stalls” with Employers reluctant to hire because of worries the slow U.S. economic growth will hurt their sales and profits. Economic woes are on the minds of Americans.
Consumers are worried. They lack confidence, they lack faith.
There is a real loss of hope for the unemployed. Finding a job has gone from scarce to nil.
President Obama promises to deliver hope. Yet Americans don’t see it. Reflecting over Obama’s 2008 campaign speech, he called for change. Part of his speech illuminated and inspired many.
“Let’s be the generation that ends poverty in America. Every single person willing to work should be able to get job training that leads to a job, and earn a living wage that can pay the bills, and afford child care so their kids have a safe place to go when they work.”
He called for a generation of change and he presented a beacon for changing America, to transform a nation. He said, “For that is our unyielding faith – that in the face of impossible odds, people who love their country can change it.”
But for the many unemployed workers across America there is little hope. They don’t see any change.
“If Americans are losing faith in the future, the country is in deep trouble,” said Robert Reich, former US Labor Secretary. “The potential danger is we’ll lose the American spirit of optimism that is so central to our national character, if we lose that, we lose more than economic growth, we lose something that is essential to what America is fundamentally about,” Reich said.
Many are hoping and wishing for the government to step in and stimulate the economy with a public jobs program. Obama’s initiatives to promote economic growth and create jobs will be unveiled this week. A Fox News report on Friday said the president would not be unveiling the full breadth of his job-creations program during Thursday’s address.
Will Americans hear yet another promise to put people back to work and only the introductory measures for the long-term unemployed? Real jobs are wanted and real hope is needed.
Americans want to be inspired, yet they need to see real change, for their hope to be restored. The nation will wait to hear.