I heard commentators say that according to another poll, Americans believe that this economy is not doing better and that this country is going in the wrong direction. The commentators say that those who took part in their poll blame this on President Obama and his administration. Personally I say yes, Mr. Obama and his crew does deserve some of the blame but a greater portion of it needs to be placed at the feet of those companies which reside in our own backyard. There is an old saying which goes that you can lead a horse to water but you can not make him drink. Washington can offer businesses all of the incentives known to man to do what is best for the nation as a whole but if those businesses refuse to honor this agreement there is very little Washington can do.
“Two new tax benefits are now available to employers hiring workers who were previously unemployed or only working part time. These provisions are part of the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act enacted into law yesterday.” “Employers who hire unemployed workers this year (after Feb. 3, 2010 and before Jan. 1, 2011) may qualify for a 6.2-percent payroll tax incentive, in effect exempting them from their share of Social Security taxes on wages paid to these workers after the date of enactment.” ” This reduced tax withholding will have no effect on the employee’s future Social Security benefits, and employers would still need to withhold the employee’s 6.2-percent share of Social Security taxes, as well as income taxes.” “The employer and employee’s shares of Medicare taxes would also still apply to these wages.” “In addition, for each worker retained for at least a year, businesses may claim an additional general business tax credit, up to $1,000 per worker, when they file their 2011 income tax returns.” “These tax breaks offer a much-needed boost to employers willing to expand their payrolls, and businesses and nonprofits should keep these benefits in mind as they plan for the year ahead,” said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman” (Unknown Author, 3/19/2010,Two new tax benefits aid employers who hire unemployed workers, Retrieved from www.wkowtv.com), yet you still find signs like “No unemployed candidates will be considered at all” read a recent job advertisement for a marketing position at Sony Ericsson” and “qualifications for a recent Assistant Restaurant Manager ad posted on Craigslist read “must be currently employed” or ” another anonymous electronics company recently posted a job opening for a Quality Engineer that said, ” client will not consider/review anyone NOT currently employed regardless of the reason.” Considering this what would those who participated in that poll suggest that this administration do? You may be more surprised to learn that even though “unemployed job seekers are crying foul and wondering if listing this information on a job posting is even legal (it is).” And unfortunately “the reality is that employers are not telling the unemployed anything new.” “Many hiring authorities have always preferred an employed job seeker over an unemployed one.” (Safani, Barbara; Jobs.Aol.com, Unemployed Need Not Apply, Retrieved from firstname.lastname@example.org).
News agencies must be made to practice being “firm yet fair” and report the whole story instead of just the part designed to solicit viewers and boost ratings. Contrary to popular belief many of those who probably took part in their poll were the very ones who tune in to catch their view on current events and if they are being told only one side of the issue, it can be safely assumed that their poll numbers will reflect the very same. Then again, it’s just my opinion and I could be wrong.