Since World War II, Democratic administrations have, on average, added between 160,000 and 250,000 manufacturing jobs each year they have been in office. Republican administrations have lost manufacturing jobs at about the same rate.
We cannot let political differences to continue to hold us back. Now is the time to get on with the monumental task of ensuring America's economic competitiveness and rebuilding a jobs machine. We did it in the 1990s. What are we waiting for?
The burning policy question at the center of all this is what effect will an increase in the top individual tax rate have on small business job creation. Democrats say not much. Republicans say a great deal.
If we fail to work collaboratively and centralize the role of education in conversations about long-lasting job and economic growth, we will continue to be frustrated and our efforts will produce minimal results.
Politicians aren't talking about the long term, psychologically devastating effects that linger from high levels of unemployment. They may not be aware of it. That's what makes The Coming Jobs War especially relevant.