Obama targets teens with new summer jobs program

posted at 6:20 pm on January 5, 2012 by Tina Korbe

Geez, he’s good. What next? Barack Obama has already taken unilateral steps to reform the student loan program, and his campaign has also targeted millennials with the Greater Together initiative. But just in case all that is not enough to secure the youth vote Obama knows he’ll need, the president today announced a public-private partnership to provide 180,000 summer job opportunities to low-income youth. The AP reports:

The White House says that with help from the private sector it’s gotten commitments for nearly 180,000 youth employment opportunities for next summer and is aiming for tens of thousands more.

Obama says that with young people facing record unemployment the government must do everything it can to make sure they have opportunities to learn skills and a work ethic.

So, what’s the catch? Don’t we want teens to learn “skills and a work ethic”? What’s so bad about the federal government goading private businesses into handing out work opportunities to teens?

Mostly, the problem lies in the president’s willingness to take credit for what he has not done. According to NewsBusters, most of these jobs are not jobs at all. That is, the majority are unpaid. Nothing is wrong with that; unpaid internships are a valuable way to gain work experience to up employability in the future. But for the president to tout those unpaid internships as “jobs” is disingenuous.

Then, too, as Republicans like House Speaker John Boehner have pointed out, plenty of these positions would exist regardless of whether the president took any interest in them. But the president has taken in interest in them, for the same reason he has taken an interest in — oh, I don’t know — recess appointing partisan hacks to the National Labor Relations Board. He suspects that support for summer jobs will help his reelection effort.

Finally, any position the president would have created with the summer jobs fund included in his American Jobs Act would have required federal spending to create. The costs would have outweighed the benefits.

The larger problem with all of the president’s “We Can’t Wait” initiatives is that he’s using them to skirt the hard work of governing, of actually addressing the underlying causes of the employment problem: the deficit and debt and business-burdening regulations. Here, via The Heritage Foundation’s Bill Beach, a list of just a few of the Obama-era policies that have discouraged job creation:

  • Obamacare promises to increase health care costs and taxes on business owners.
  • EPA promises to increase the energy costs through new mandates on businesses.
  • Obamacare included 18 tax hikes. Income taxes are scheduled to go up on the first day of 2013. …
  • And, many business owners and investors are worried about inflation following the huge build up of bank reserves just waiting to become loans.
Paul Conway, president of the nonprofit, nonpartisan Generation Opportunity, which aims to engage millennials in discussion of economic issues, put it to me perfectly:
After ignoring the negative impact the poor economy has had on the lives and dreams of young Americans, the Obama Administration  today announced a short-term effort to create temporary opportunities for young people through a mix of internships, mentoring programs and job shadowing.

Ironically, after gluing the feet of the private sector to the floor through more regulations, higher taxes and an anti-business agenda, they now want employers to run full speed to hire young workers. The private sector would already be hiring and would have real, challenging, and satisfying jobs available for young people, to launch them into their careers were it not for the extreme amount of government intervention in the private sector through both regulation and taxes.

If Washington leaders want to show true empathy for those without jobs, they would stop pretending they have any expertise with job creation, admit their policies are the barriers to youth employment and let private employers do what they do best.
To any millennial who is tempted to vote for Obama because he promises to deliver summer jobs, I offer this reminder: His deficit spending has saddled us with a debt that matches our country’s GDP. His unwillingness to reform the entitlement programs of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid means we will work to pay for the social safety net of older generations, but have no social safety net to rely on ourselves. We are the debt-paying generation — and no unpaid internship will help us pay it off.

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I remember when I was a teen I cut grass and did landscaping but I think thos jobs are taken now so..

EnochCain on January 5, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Lying, pandering slime.

Dopenstrange on January 5, 2012 at 6:26 PM

That is, the majority are unpaid. Nothing is wrong with that; unpaid internships are a valuable way to gain work experience to up employability in the future. But for the president to tout those unpaid internships as “jobs” is disingenuous.

But a whole structure of paid workers to manage these “Unpaid Jobs” will cost plenty.

I see this as implementing Union values to young workers.

portlandon on January 5, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Will there be any union dues?

Will they receive their pay in Obama Money?

patman77 on January 5, 2012 at 6:27 PM

But for the president to tout those unpaid internships as “jobs” is disingenuous.

Democratic party has a history of being pro-slavery

burrata on January 5, 2012 at 6:28 PM

We are the debt-paying generation — and no unpaid internship will help us pay it off.

Don’t worry, Obama can put the nation in debt with every new program, but make it up on volume.

SlaveDog on January 5, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Democratic party has a history of being pro-slavery

burrata on January 5, 2012 at 6:28 PM

A history progressives have expertly rewritten.

darwin on January 5, 2012 at 6:29 PM

I see this as implementing Union values to young workers Potential Democrat Voters.

portlandon on January 5, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Fixed.

Del Dolemonte on January 5, 2012 at 6:30 PM

So these aren’t jobs Americans won’t do, right? Because the ones we used to do…

rogerb on January 5, 2012 at 6:31 PM

180,000? Really? I suppose we’re getting a new stimulus package pretty soon.

Lemme guess…”Master texters and experienced i-Pod playlist organizers wanted starting at @$50 dollars an hour”

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 5, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Looks like his campaign has already cost over a billion dollars.

dswanson on January 5, 2012 at 6:33 PM

oh good!

Recover Summer 2012~

golfmann on January 5, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Do these jobs come with snazzy uniforms?

CurtZHP on January 5, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Teens have been looking for jobs ever since queen Nancy raised the minimum wage when the moron took the speakership in ’07. I’m surprised that some one didn’t tell the idiot in the WH that her stupid plan didn’t work. So, now after three years he’s going to ask dumb and dumber, (the once motivated youth) to march back to the polls to more false promises?

Rovin on January 5, 2012 at 6:33 PM

I delivered newspapers, cut grass, worked in a greenhouse, sold Christmas cards, collected pop bottles (2 cents each), whatever paid. Even at 13 I was not stupid enough to work for free. (I’ll gladly pay you on Tuesday for a hamburger today.)

Kaffa on January 5, 2012 at 6:34 PM


Obama says that with young people facing record unemployment the government must do everything it can to make sure they have opportunities to learn skills and a work ethic.

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, learning skills and having a work ethic … two things that are utterly destroyed by your Socialism … Mr. Obamuh.

OhEssYouCowboys on January 5, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Question: How old is ‘youth’?

This could mean ‘jobs’ for his college-age base, most of whom are old enough to get real jobs.

LunaLovegood on January 5, 2012 at 6:35 PM

I’d love to see all these fresh out of college liberal arts majors building bridges, or hot tarring asphalt roads for free.

portlandon on January 5, 2012 at 6:35 PM

A history progressives have expertly rewritten.

darwin on January 5, 2012 at 6:29 PM

I wonder how Democrats will market this Obama’s latest
” summer jobs program” to their plantation dwellers
a k a Holder’s people ?
Will they tell them that Obama is selling them to slavery ?

burrata on January 5, 2012 at 6:37 PM

The time will come when Obamuh and his apparatchiks will create a teenage force … a uniformed, teenage force. The Nazis called them the Hitler Youth. The Communists called them the Young Pioneers.

What will you call them, Mr. Obamuh?

OhEssYouCowboys on January 5, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Do these jobs come with snazzy uniforms?

CurtZHP on January 5, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Uh, don’t uniforms destroy their right to self-expression or something?

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 5, 2012 at 6:37 PM

… to make sure they have opportunities to learn skills and a work ethic.

Isn’t this precisely what Newt suggested for precisely the same reasons?

therealfranklin on January 5, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Do these jobs come with snazzy uniforms?

CurtZHP on January 5, 2012 at 6:33 PM

If you call plain brown shirts a uniform.

The Rogue Tomato on January 5, 2012 at 6:40 PM

If you believe the news reports then young people are down and out because they don’t have jobs.. But then the question is if that’s the case then why were there lines around the block at every major mall in America for those new pair of Jordans that just came out?

Politricks on January 5, 2012 at 6:41 PM

So this takes care of just over one month of the new jobs that need to be created to keep up with our existing group of people coming into the workforce. How how about government get out of the way of businesses to create the other 10 million jobs for the unemployed and under-employed people of this country!!

Freed0m28 on January 5, 2012 at 6:41 PM

… to make sure they have opportunities to learn skills and a work ethic.

Isn’t this precisely what Newt suggested for precisely the same reasons?
therealfranklin on January 5, 2012 at 6:38 PM

But Newt was racist to say that !
Also, what Newt means by “skills and a work ethic ” is totally different from what Obama means by “skills and a work ethic “.

burrata on January 5, 2012 at 6:42 PM

therealfranklin….seems it only matters or is true when a Dem/Progressive/Liberal says it!

CoffeeLover on January 5, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Obama: “Empty the trash, and I’ll give you a shiny new quarter.”

Youth: “What is this? 1958? A downloaded song costs $1.25″

Obama: “You should be proud to labor for almost nothing. The good of the many outweighs the good of the few!”

Youth: “I’m outta here.”

Obama: “But…My Utopia!”

portlandon on January 5, 2012 at 6:44 PM

“to learn skills and a work ethic.” Isn’t that what Newt was saying?

Kaffa on January 5, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Ever notice how it’s always the “low-income youths” who have a bullseye on their backs? The Socialists always target them … so they can put just one more, larger yoke on them, to make them even more dependent on the State. Dependence is control … of course.

Under Socialism, it’s all about dependence on the State … and the yoke.

OhEssYouCowboys on January 5, 2012 at 6:47 PM

I thought it was unethical to use government cash to buy votes. Oh, wait, our Emperor is only half white. I apologize for my blatant RAAAAAAAAAAAAACIST! statement in my first sentence.

wildcat72 on January 5, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Pity the Debt-Paying Generation

$100 Trillion here…

… $100 Trillion there.

Pretty soon, you are talking about real money!

/

Seven Percent Solution on January 5, 2012 at 6:49 PM

i see hiring signs all the time at the fast food restaurants…nothing wrong with flipping burgers teens…

cmsinaz on January 5, 2012 at 6:49 PM

This could mean ‘jobs’ for his college-age base, most of whom are old enough to get real jobs.

LunaLovegood on January 5, 2012 at 6:35 PM

…but who can’t find them for love nor money.

That’s the other half of this insidious equation.

MelonCollie on January 5, 2012 at 6:49 PM

This will somehow work its way into increased employment numbers by the middle of summer and nearing the election to bolster the outlook of recovery.

Mimzey on January 5, 2012 at 6:50 PM

up next: Jobs for the Dead, the other very influential and much needed democratic voting block.

O’Bambi’s a goner if the dead have given up on him. so important to his victory last time around, they remain curiously unavailable for comments and polling .

mittens on January 5, 2012 at 6:53 PM

portlandon on January 5, 2012 at 6:44 PM

+1

cmsinaz on January 5, 2012 at 6:57 PM

MelonCollie on January 5, 2012 at 6:49 PM

I’m in that demographic. I have a job. It’s a crappy one, but it’s still a job.

If you work hard, you can still do well by yourself- even in Obama’s America.

LunaLovegood on January 5, 2012 at 6:58 PM

classic libs:
1. if it moves, tax it
2. if it keeps moving, regulate it
3. if it stops moving, subsidize it.

So, um, the left kill the youth job market by raising the minimum wage (and by killing the job market and economy as a whole, but that’s another post), so let’s just create government jobs for them.

What are they going to do, become snitches on their parents when those parents grouse about the regime?

joeindc44 on January 5, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Wait… Teens can vote?? I’m confused btwn the article and the comments!

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on January 5, 2012 at 7:01 PM

This could be very entertaining to watch, but with a quite sad ending. 180,000 jobs to spread around the entire United States, who will go without? This number could be erased by just New York and LA. What about: Chicago, Philadelphia, Miami, Denver and Houston just to name a few?

DDay on January 5, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Chillax, girls. This will not earn O’Bozo one filthy 18 year old’s vote. The ones who are stupid enough to vote for this jerkoff are already on board, and the ones with functioning brains would never vote for him.

The die is cast.

Jaibones on January 5, 2012 at 7:04 PM

I’m in that demographic. I have a job. It’s a crappy one, but it’s still a job.

If you work hard, you can still do well by yourself- even in Obama’s America.

LunaLovegood on January 5, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Problem isn’t keeping a job, it’s getting one in the first place. Businesses are going under left right and center around here.

On that subject, can I request prayers for my former boss and family? Had a job at a pizza place that then closed down due to a sagging economy…he was working himself to sickness. As for my family, dad just lost HIS job, and if he can’t find another one soon we’re all hosed.

MelonCollie on January 5, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Does the jobs program include doing his job?

Because he’s not very good at it.

Maybe one of the teens could do better.

Actually, they could all do better.

NoDonkey on January 5, 2012 at 7:05 PM

Tina,

The federal government has funded a Summer Youth Employment Program for decades now. It operates under several different names that are selected by the States that receive the funding from the Dept of Labor. It is for low income applicants between 16 and 18. Many of the cities that administer the program also offer unpaid internships for those who want to work and learn a skill but do not qualify based on the income requirement but many school districts also apply that unpaid work and volunteer work towards required credits to graduate. I used to administer this program in my previous employment for a municipal government.

Texas Gal on January 5, 2012 at 7:05 PM

And what about the 19 million unemployed or under-employed? Are we chopped liver????

How can anyone with ethics and/or integrity support this inept, narcissistic fraud?

phoebe1 on January 5, 2012 at 7:09 PM

My good Lord, he’s whoring himself. Does this make Axlerod his pimp, or his shaftstaff.

rightoption on January 5, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Obama says that with young people facing record unemployment the government must do everything it can to make sure they have opportunities to learn skills and a work ethic.

Maybe we should enroll Obama in his own program, since he has neither job skills nor a work ethic.

NoDonkey on January 5, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Teens working for nothing? Ha, ha.

srdem65 on January 5, 2012 at 7:29 PM

It was reported on Fox News this afternoon, the bill helps mainly illegal aliens!

Zcat on January 5, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Wait until he starts gathering kids from parents at the age of 5, and puts them in education camps…and gives them the right to vote…

KOOLAID2 on January 5, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Summer opportunities from Pres. Summer’s Eve….

hillsoftx on January 5, 2012 at 7:38 PM

My first job that I had that had taxes pulled from it was at 16 yrs old working in a feedlot scooping cow sh!t out of the feed troughs and climbing up 100 foot towers in the winter and wind to clean the grain that fell out of holes in the augers off the roof. I think I made a 1.50 an hour doing that. Try to get one of these prissy self entitled kids to do something like that today. My wife and I keep telling our kids that you need a good education and you have to work hard for what you get but they still don’t seem to get it. We wonder if we are just bad parents or are they a product of the school system that teaches them that if you just try then you will get what everyone else has. It is frustrating to see this mind set with the youth of America today.

jistincase on January 5, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Summer opportunities from Pres. Summer’s Eve….
hillsoftx on January 5, 2012 at 7:38 PM

mmmm…he likes the smell of vinegar in the morning

burrata on January 5, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Do these jobs come with snazzy uniforms?

CurtZHP on January 5, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Well there will be bales of unused military uniforms by then. Kids could be clothed and trained for that necessary civilian army that was mentioned awhile back. Could be useful for group shaming of the Islamophobes come the round up before the election.

BL@KBIRD on January 5, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Just lower the minimum wage (or better yet eliminate it) and millions of teenagers and unskilled / lesser skilled adults would be able to get jobs immediately.

dentarthurdent on January 5, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Want real jobs for the young?

Don’t cut the military by a half a million troops!

SPCOlympics on January 5, 2012 at 8:06 PM

And BTW – hundreds of thousands of teenagers get jobs in the summer anyway – on farms, mowing lawns, at seasonal tourist attractions….
Obama isn’t doing ANYTHING that wouldn’t already be done anyway.

dentarthurdent on January 5, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Want real jobs for the young?

Don’t cut the military by a half a million troops!

SPCOlympics on January 5, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Please tell me you’re joking. The average American teenager may be ignorant, but they’re not THAT stupid. Join the military and get shipped off to a pointless campaign in some turdhole of a nation? Good luck with that for a recruiting slogan.

MelonCollie on January 5, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Obama targets teens…

Better HIDE, Teens:

When Obama targeted “Jobs,” we all know what happened: mass layoffs…fewer jobs…whole industries shut down by government fiat…lower number of total US jobs…suspiciously, even Steve Jobs is dead…

So when Obama targets Teens

landlines on January 5, 2012 at 8:16 PM

It will be called the Obama Youth Corps.

Alden Pyle on January 5, 2012 at 10:07 PM

The average American teenager may be ignorant, but they’re not THAT stupid. Join the military and get shipped off to a pointless campaign in some turdhole of a nation? Good luck with that for a recruiting slogan.

MelonCollie on January 5, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Our armed forces have meet or exceeded their recruiting goals again this year, just like last year. It would be nice if you knew what you spew.

Phil-351 on January 5, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Our armed forces have meet or exceeded their recruiting goals again this year, just like last year. It would be nice if you knew what you spew.

Phil-351 on January 5, 2012 at 10:07 PM

I was disagreeing with the idea of using the military as a career of last resort.

MelonCollie on January 5, 2012 at 10:32 PM

“Unpaid internships” are jobs for rich kids who want to “get ahead.”

Families who actually could use the help don’t send teenagers off to do “summer jobs.” These teens do real jobs and work to help feed their siblings instead of joining the teams or after-school clubs that state-run colleges value so highly at the expense of the actual WORK that Americans used to think was important.

adamcr on January 5, 2012 at 10:37 PM

I hear most of these new summer jobs will involve caddying for The One as he intends to put the record for presidential golf rounds well out of reach by the end of this summer.

Publius 2.0 on January 5, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Wow, the unconstitutional hits just keep coming, don’t they?

Because he wants it, and Congress won’t give it to him – he just does it anyway! Constitution be damned!

I’m growing deeply tired of this dictatorial asshat.

Midas on January 5, 2012 at 10:54 PM

“the government must do everything it can to make sure they have opportunities to learn skills and a work ethic.”

Believe obama would benefit from this, as he could use some skills , any skills other than reading someone else’s words aloud, and a work ethic.

Perhaps he could finally do something useful this summer, like be a caddy for people who can play golf with some semblance of skill.

GrassMudHorsey on January 6, 2012 at 6:54 AM

Hey, here’s a thought. Roll back the minimum wage increase. With teen unemployment at between 40 to 50%, someone might think that maybe there is a reason for it. Could it possibly be that 16 year olds without a days worth of experience doing anything other than picking their nose might not be worth $7.25? As a business owner, I’m not willing to pay a kid $7.25 hour and THEN have to devote an inordinate amount of MY time…time is money, right?…with the additional training, supervising and managing that is required to bring little Johnny up to speed only to have them quit when they have enough money to rent a tux for the prom. At $7.25, minimum wage employees do not add to the bottom line. And unless wages are reduced on these workers to the point that they do, they will remain unemployed. That’s darned near a fact of life.

PorchDawg on January 6, 2012 at 9:10 AM

More importantly, the taxpayer is pitching in $1.5 billion for those non-paying jobs…. It didn’t work in 2009 when we spent $1.2 Billion on a similar program in the stimulus bill, why will it work now?

2nd Ammendment Mother on January 6, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Did he steal that idea from Newt who got slammed for suggesting that the kiddies work at something to learn how working works.

Kissmygrits on January 6, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Why don’t they apply for jobs at Chipolte since they have a lot of openings. The CEO could hire legal, American citizens rather than worry about immigration reform.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204058404577105712886931338.html

Ann on January 6, 2012 at 10:24 AM

But Paul Krugman said today that Obama had, personally, created 2,500,000 jobs. See over at: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/06/opinion/bain-barack-and-jobs.html?_r=1&hp

In particular:
“…Mr. Obama could say that he has created 2.5 million jobs since February 2010….”

By the way, according to Krugman:
a/ Obama is a fiscal conservative
b/ He has been running an austerity budget
and, the kicker:
c/ The federal deficit doesn’t matter at all. Because, “we owe it to ourselves”

cslater on January 6, 2012 at 12:10 PM