Bob Herbert's recent New York Times column "The Source of Obama's Trouble" pointedly addresses the Obama administration's response -- or lack thereof -- to the problem of unemployment and job loss in America.
Mr. Herbert is right about one thing. Folks all across America are frustrated and angry about the economy. I don't personally hear people blaming President Obama or the Democratic Party. Communities are experiencing a volume of pain and despair that is hard to articulate. Workers are increasing discouraged and desperate for solutions that will enable them to feed their families, keep a roof over their heads and maintain their dignity.
There are no easy solutions to the problems of long-term unemployment and the systemic contraction of the job market. However, in every challenge there is an opportunity. IWJ will be convening a series of dialogues with key leaders in the faith community to hear how they are responding to the jobs crisis for their congregations and communities. We hope that you will stay tuned for more information as we move forward and work to develop resources to assist workers in this economic climate.