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Policies affecting jobs stall recovery

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A first step toward recovery is relatively simple. If President Obama would stop his ideological approach to governing and make calls to the heads of his Cabinet it be a great start to recovery.

1) Tell his energy department to sign oil leases that have stopped since the BP oil spill and bring back the rigs that have left and the 70,000 jobs that we lost. 2) Tell his labor head to drop the ridiculous lawsuit against Boeing so they can hire the 1,000 people needed for the plant in South Carolina instead of supporting labor unions before he forces Boeing to build overseas. 3) Hold off on the overbearing regulations that are creating uncertainties with employers and preventing them from hiring.

These suggestions won't fix the many problems but would be a good first step to improving the jobs and economy while we explore much-needed tax reform and debt reduction.

Lastly, the liberals continue to blame the tea party for the S&P downgrade. Was it the tea party that created the almost doubling of the debt over the past few years? What are the main things it stands for: honoring the Constitution and living within our means. Apparently that is very radical to Democrats. But did S&P downgrade our debt because of our unsustainable deficits and not living within our means? How also radical.

Hank D'Ambrosio

Buffalo Grove