Hallelujah, Washington has finally heard the people's cries for jobs! In an urgent bipartisan push, Democrats and Republicans have passed the JOBS Act.
At last, jobs for all, right?
Well — not right away. Certainly not for all. Maybe none.
You see, the new law itself doesn't create a single job for the tens of millions of unemployed and underemployed workers in our land of the rich.
In fact, the accent on the JOBS acronym should be on "B.S." Will it surprise you to learn that the word "jobs" isn't even included in the bill's actual title? Instead, JOBS stands for "Jump-start Our Business Startups."
Yes, while it was rushed to passage without any public hearings in the name of hard-hit American workers, all of the benefits go to those corporate and financial hucksters who begged Congress to roll back financial disclosure and anti-fraud rules that were designed to protect investors, consumers and taxpayers.
It's just another "tinkle-down" economic scam written by and for Wall Street fraudsters. The law makes it easier for them to raise cash for their new business schemes by deceiving investors about the risk of losses, the true financial condition of the enterprise, and the amount of capital being raked off by executives.
"Free us from those pesky old regulations," say the hucksters," and we'll attract speculators for corporate startups that (if they succeed and don't set up operations offshore) could possibly, someday, create a few low-wage American jobs. But don't hold us to that job thing."
Sure enough, Washington's Wall Street-hugging politicos did not. Instead, they merrily passed a bill upping the likelihood of more financial swindles without even getting a promise from the swindlers that American workers will get some good jobs in return.
The JOBS act actually should be called the ROBS Act.
Jim Hightower is the best-selling author of Swim Against the Current: Even a Dead Fish Can Go With the Flow, on sale now from Wiley Publishing. For more information, visit jimhightower.com.
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