Readers Respond: The Obama jobs plan
The absence of housing initiatives was just one criticism we heard from readers regarding President Obama’s $47 billion jobs plan:
"Washington, D.C., has the cart before the horse. There has to be DEMAND for products before businesses can hire people. Housing is the best category to jump-start more businesses throughout the USA. Housing drives our economy in so many ways. However, if housing affordability is not in line with consumer income, savings and trust in the future, there will be no job creation on a scale that will bring us back to prosperity, let alone out of recessionary thinking.
“It is increasingly apparent that the President and Congress (as well as the banking system) have little clue regarding the day-to-day running of a business. It also seems lacking in the knowledge of U.S. citizens’ needs. We are ‘voters’ to the politicians running our government, instead of ‘their employers.’ "
— Jim Schweiger
“I don’t feel [the jobs plan] will do any real good because it focuses on a microcosm of the overall economy. This small group that will benefit coincidently has a major union presence (Operating Engineers Union). The housing construction industry does not have this presence. Also, the housing industry consists of many small ‘mom and pop’ companies. It’s not like the Roosevelt ‘New Deal’ era when such infrastructure projects were largely manual labor and thus created tens of thousands of jobs. With our current technologies, they will only employ a couple of thousand — not nearly enough to make a dent in the problem.”
— Kent Pearson
"Housing will lead us out of this mess, if we support it."
— George Pattee
In general, I agree with the
In general, I agree with the President very little; on his jobs plan I agree with him even less. However, from what I read, on the basis of demographics, housing isn't coming back any time soon, if ever. To sit back and wait for or expect the government to take some kind of action that will somehow trigger another building boom is in someways a definition of madness. The world economy--let alone the US economy--is in a deep transitional phase, and, just like 1980, what comes out on the other side will look nothing like the economy of the past thirty years. Chris Clements Portland, OR
In South Carolina, Cox wins recognition
The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce announced that Cox Industries of Orangeburg, S.C., was named 2011 Small S.C. Manufacturer of the Year.
Cox is a manufacturer and distributor of treated outdoor wood products for the residential, commercial, industrial and utility markets.
Winners and nominees were honored before an audience of fellow manufacturers and business leaders at the Manufacturer of the Year Awards Luncheon on Sept. 13 in Columbia.
“We are humbled by the recognition, but this award is not about the way we manufacturer products, but about the culture our employees have established as they helped build our business over the last 5 decades. Without our great people, none of this would be possible.” Michael Johnson, CEO Cox Industries.
Cox industries has been a fixture in the SC business community since 1954.
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DriTac appoints Western regional sales manager
DriTac Flooring Products announced the appointment of Kris Kollenda, a 24-year flooring industry veteran, to the position of Western regional sales manager.
Kollenda is responsible for sales and service to all customers in the Western region. Kollenda has been in the flooring industry for 24 working with manufacturers, distributors and flooring contractors.
“Kris brings a lot of experience and industry knowledge to the DriTac team. He will undoubtedly represent DriTac with a high level of professionalism. We are delighted to have Kris represent DriTac in the Western Region” says Chuck Hall, VP of sales.
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