Yesterday, the Senate blocked a $1 billion jobs program that seeks to put our unemployed veterans back to work. Unemployment amongst veterans is at an all-time high. Yet the larger question is “why” this is so. There are already six federal government programs in place. There is no reason to think that yet another jobs-training program would provide any relief for struggling veterans.
Congress likes to pretend to “fix” problems, but that may be the problem itself, with runaway government strangling the private sector and job creation. It’s a good thing they care, but with Congress’ approval at an all-time low, possible the best fix of all just may be for Washington to simply get out of the way.
Now is the time for our leaders in Washington to focus on pro-growth policies that create broader economic opportunity for all. That means lower spending, sensible budget reforms and a reasonable tax agenda that allows the private sector to thrive, which in turn will provide our veterans with an honest opportunity at a good job.
Kate Pomeroy serves as Communications Director for the Concerned Veterans for America team.