President Obama today named Jeffrey Immelt to head up the new Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, The White House announced. Immelt is chairman and chief executive of General Electric.
The announcement came in advance of the President’s State of the Union Address, scheduled for Tuesday, January 25th, at 9 p.m. EST. Immediately following the speech, senior White House officials will be answering questions live online. “We have been working on a number of ways citizens can get involved in the State of the Union and ask their questions of President Obama and senior Administration officials,” The White House said.
The White House has set up a special website instructing people on how to submit questions.
As his new position was announced, Immelt outlined his ideas in the Washington Post today. “Persistent and high unemployment – and the pessimism it breeds – should not be accepted. We must work together to construct an economy that creates more opportunity for more people,” he wrote in an op-ed piece.
Included in the White House’s schedule of officials who will answer questions is Austan Goolsbee, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers. He will be participating in a live roundtable on Thursday, January 27th at 11:30 a.m. EST. Goolsbee will answer questions about the economy from readers of glowbass.com, one of the three participating sites. Please submit your questions for Goolsbee by clicking here.
Across the country, the long-term unemployed are feeling more and more desperate. The following is an e-mail from reader Brandi:
“I recently became a 99er. I have been claiming unemployment until two weeks ago. I am only going to have this internet for two weeks then it will be shut off. I can’t pay my bills anymore. My car insurance is going to lapse. I will not have gas to get to job interviews. I will not have the basic necessities that everyone needs. This is horrible. I am 59 with three grown kids, who can’t help. They have their own problems. I’ll lose my apartment because of eviction. I never, ever thought I would be in this situation. I don’t have any where else to go.
In this country I always thought that we could get a job and be normal. Pay our own bills and have the basics in life. I am very discouraged and upset with Obama not extending the unemployment to the long term unemployed. I thought it was going to be for everyone. We need the extension desperately just to keep us afloat. Everything I worked for is going to be lost and for what??? I am very upset because this does not have to happen. I have been working since I was 18 and all that time I never thought I would be at the point of desperation. Thank you for listening.”
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