<html> <head><style type ="text/css">body { font-family: "Bloomberg Prop Unicode I", Verdana, sans-serif; font-size:125%; letter-spacing: -0.3pt; color: #FF9F0F; background-color: #000000; text-align: left; } p {line-height: 1.25em; max-width:900px; width:expression(document.body.clientWidth > 900? "900px": "auto" );} h1, h2, h3 { text-align: left; font-weight: normal; color: #FFFFFF; } h1 { font-size: 130%; } h2 { font-size: 115%; } h3 { font-size: 100%; } #bb-style { font-size: 90%; max-width:900px; width:expression(document.body.clientWidth > 900? "900px": "auto" ); } b, strong { font-weight: bold; } i, em { color: #FEC54A; } pre { font-family: "Andale Mono", "Monaco", "Lucida Console"; letter-spacing: -0.3pt; line-height: 1.25em; } table { border: 0; font-size: 90%; width: 100%; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; } td, tr { text-align: left; } td.numeric { text-align: right; } a:link { color:#53B2F5; text-decoration: none; } a:visited {color:#53B2F5} a:active {color:#53B2F5} a:hover {color:#53B2F5} </style> </head> <body> <p>By Tobin Harshaw</p>&#xD; &#xD; <p>How can we get America back to work? We've tried stimulus, tried tax cuts, tried boosting exports, tried readying our shovels -- but last month's zero-net-job-growth showed the depth of our employment woes.</p>&#xD; &#xD; <p>President Obama will share his latest ideas with a joint session of Congress, and anyone not watching the NFL pregame, on Thursday night. The Bloomberg View editors and columnists have been issuing sage advice, detailed prescriptions and, well, a few eccentric thoughts during our first three months.</p>&#xD; &#xD; <p>Now, readers, it's your turn. We invite you to share your ideas or raise questions in the comments section below -- both before and after the presidential address. My colleague George Anders and I will respond to them in the View's very first Twitter live chat, at 10:30 a.m. EST on Friday Sept. 9. Follow the action @bloombergview, and we also encourage you to Tweet questions and suggestions during the event. You can also follow us individually @GeorgeAnders and @tobinharshaw.</p>&#xD; &#xD; <p>Want to get up to speed? Here is a brief rundown of some things we've suggested so far:</p>&#xD; &#xD; <p>-- To forget the <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-08-26/the-u-s-needs-a-national-jobs-policy-not-more-cheap-money-by-fed-view.html">cheap-money gambit</a></p>&#xD; &#xD; <p><a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-08-26/the-u-s-needs-a-national-jobs-policy-not-more-cheap-money-by-fed-view.html"></a>-- To give hard workers <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-09-06/for-the-u-s-economy-the-real-slam-dunk-answer-is-debt-forgiveness-view.html">some debt relief </a></p>&#xD; &#xD; <p>-- To <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-08-29/labor-expert-is-right-choice-to-lead-obama-s-economic-team-view.html">listen to Alan Krueger</a>, the new head of the Council of Economic Advisers</p>&#xD; &#xD; <p>-- To <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-08-25/a-simple-cost-free-remedy-for-the-hard-core-unemployed-view.html">ban the box</a></p>&#xD; &#xD; <p>-- To learn from Minnesota and Georgia about <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-08-25/how-president-obama-can-fight-the-scourge-of-long-term-unemployment-view.html">helping the long-term unemployed</a></p>&#xD; &#xD; <p><a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-08-25/how-president-obama-can-fight-the-scourge-of-long-term-unemployment-view.html"></a>-- To give <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-08-24/self-employment-should-play-a-bigger-role-in-jobs-programs-view.html">entrepreneurs a leg up</a></p>&#xD; &#xD; <p><a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-08-24/self-employment-should-play-a-bigger-role-in-jobs-programs-view.html"></a>-- To ditch the<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-08-23/a-public-works-spending-deal-even-the-republican-party-can-embrace-view.html"> Davis-Bacon act</a></p>&#xD; &#xD; <p><a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-08-23/a-public-works-spending-deal-even-the-republican-party-can-embrace-view.html"></a>-- To create a<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-08-11/a-bank-that-can-get-americans-on-the-road-and-on-the-job-view.html"> National Infrastructure Bank</a></p>&#xD; &#xD; <p>-- To shorten federal&#xA0;<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-08-03/shortening-federal-unemployment-benefits-will-help-jobless-in-u-s-view.html">unemployment benefits</a></p>&#xD; &#xD; <p>-- To cut back on <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-08-01/industrial-policy-just-a-nicer-name-for-corporate-welfare-view.html">corporate welfare</a></p>&#xD; &#xD; <p>-- To<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-07-25/cleanly-exploit-the-great-promise-of-shale-gas-fracking-view.html"> frack</a></p>&#xD; &#xD; <p>-- To stop<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-06-22/fed-can-t-save-economy-so-politicians-better-get-to-work-view.html"> looking for the Fed </a>to come to the rescue</p>&#xD; &#xD; <p>-- To <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-06-15/save-u-s-free-trade-agreements-by-modernizing-job-training-programs-view.html">pass trade pacts</a>, but insist on concurrent job training</p>&#xD; &#xD; <p>And of course, our columnists have had an opinion or two on the matter.</p>&#xD; &#xD; <p>-- Alice Shroeder cautioned over <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-09-04/happy-contingent-labor-day-temp-workforce-alice-schroeder.html">the rise of the temporary workforce</a></p>&#xD; &#xD; <p>-- Ezra Klein first called for <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-06-30/in-new-era-bad-habits-are-holding-back-bold-ideas-ezra-klein.html">infrastucture spending</a>, &#xA0;but then decided that the <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-09-01/expect-obama-s-jobs-speech-to-yield-lots-of-talk-no-action-ezra-klein.html">best advice was no advice</a></p>&#xD; &#xD; <p>-- Ramesh Ponnuru blamed<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-08-30/on-company-taxes-u-s-should-follow-world-down-ramesh-ponnuru.html"> high corporate taxes</a></p>&#xD; &#xD; <p>-- Jonathan Alter&#xA0;called for converting unemployment insurance payments into <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-07-22/a-smart-jobs-creation-idea-both-parties-can-love-jonathan-alter.html">vouchers that can be used by companies</a> to hire workers.</p>&#xD; &#xD; <p>-- Ron Klain called for <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-06-28/obama-needs-to-get-caught-trying-on-job-creation-ron-klain.html">casting a wide net</a>, and said that Obama should add a <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-07-12/obama-s-economic-policies-suffer-without-moral-guide-ron-klain.html">"moral element" </a>to his wonkishness</p>&#xD; &#xD; <p>-- Virginia Postrel noted that <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-07-08/too-many-public-works-built-on-rosy-scenarios-virginia-postrel.html">public-works spending</a> is hardly a panacea</p>&#xD; &#xD; <p>-- And Caroline Baum asked, bluntly,&#xA0;<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-07-21/ailing-u-s-economy-seeks-jobs-doc-with-magic-rx-caroline-baum.html">"Since when is it government&#x2019;s job to create jobs?"</a></p>&#xD; &#xD; <p>(Tobin Harshaw is a member of the Bloomberg View editorial board.)</p> </body> </html>