Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) 10/11/11 10:48 PM EDT
For the congressional supercommittee established by the Budget Control Act to truly succeed, it must define success in terms that really matter to working Americans. I am disturbed by the Washington groupthink that defines success narrowly in terms of maximizing deficit reduction. Members of the supercommittee need to embrace a broader and more powerful definition of success that includes boosting the economy and creating jobs.
Rep. Michael Honda (D-Calif.) 10/11/11 10:47 PM EDT
Washington seems to have finally woken up to the jobs crisis facing our country. Both parties have a wealth of proposals and perspectives for how the government can create jobs. Some of these proposals will do some immediate good, some will pay long-term dividends and some miss the mark completely. The trouble is that whether it is a new free-trade agreement or another temporary hiring incentive, none of the ideas being debated address the root structural problems facing the economy.
Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) 10/11/11 10:45 PM EDT
Every generation has an American hero — an individual who perseveres, failure after failure, but then ultimately succeeds in making his or her vision a reality. We love these champions because they experience the same trials and tragedies of life but overcome them in ways that seem super-human. Steve Jobs embodied this American dream, and his success can teach us all about the fundamental American qualities that lead to innovation, prosperity and jobs.