Understatement of the century: I'm not the only person who's been affected by the unemployment crisis.
But it does hit pretty close to my heart. After five years with the same company, my mom's boss laid her off citing "financial anxieties" in late 2008. Although she has since found a wonderful gig as the development director of a legal aid nonprofit, it took her a grueling and emotionally-taxing six months to get there.
I've watched - and comforted - dozens of my friends as they've lost or failed to find solid jobs. Dynamic, bright kids from some of the best colleges and universities in the country, wasting their skills on Craigslist treasure hunts for opportunities they're flagrantly overqualified for because the current economy just doesn't have room for them.
Then there's me. As I mentioned in a previous post, my love of politics and determination to get Jerry elected led me to quit my secure, nicely-paying job at a San Francisco-based digital ad agency. I've scraped together just enough resources to (barely) stay afloat through the election in November, but if I can't find some sort of employment by the end of the year, I'll be in big trouble.
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Which is why I'm thrilled to work for a candidate who has proposed such a thoughtful, thorough jobs plan. No glossy, staged, photographed fluff. Just pure, smart content crafted by the same man who created 1.9 million jobs the first time he was governor.
I encourage you to read the whole jobs plan at your leisure. But here are a few components I'm particularly excited about:
- The first key area, Stimulate Clean Energy Jobs. Jerry has always been a pioneer when it comes to environmental regulations, so I know this is a key priority for him. Any politician who refuses to acknowledge the importance of clean energy is foolish and ignoring the climate of the 21st century (pun intended). Not only does Jerry Brown acknowledge, but he outlines a detailed, informed plan that includes appointing a clean energy jobs czar and a goal of developing 12,000 megawatts of localized energy by 2020.
- The second key area, Encourage Business Start Ups and Expansions. Without start ups, California would not have produced ideas that have led to some of the most innovative and forward-thinking companies in the world. Every revolutionary concept starts somewhere, and under Jerry, Californians will have the room and resources to foster their visions.
- Other pieces from the fine print: Investment in education. Comprehensive review of businesses' technology resources. Cutting excessive government regulations. Accelerate planning of the high-speed rail system (which I can't wait for!). All of these components are crucial to maintaining an economy that successfully produces the jobs we so desperately need.
What do you think of Jerry Brown's jobs plan? Comments welcome, so go forth and discuss.
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