“Fire and Imagination” by Bob Herbert (TIMES, 8/14/10)

          Is it true that the Obama administration missed the chance to create jobs?

         A massive federal jobs program should have been a top priority, but is it really too late to do something?

          Playing it cool with the economy so as not to risk alienating the many moderates in the Democratic Party until after the November election looks like a big mistake at this point.

          If Republicans are “expected to gain seats in the Congressional elections” anyway, what can the administration lose by advocating a bold jobs program now? There are still 79 days until Election Day, enough time for Obama to address the dire unemployment situation with a significant plan for relief.


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