Schakowsky Proposal Gives Hope at Annual BBQ

People see proposed law to create jobs as a way for the economy to avoid a double dip recession.

A bill introduced by Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Evanston) Wednesday to gave hope to more than 150 people Sunday at her annual barbeque in Evanston. 

Schakowsky’s proposed legislation would put people to work improving schools, parks and housing, she said. It would also provide for additional police officers and fire fighters. Work would also be found for people helping with early childhood development and college students to better equip them in the employment market. 

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“How can we compete in a global society if we don’t educate our children,” Schakowsky said. “Our college graduates are among the unemployed,” she added referring to the fact unemployment for people out of school is higher than the national average. 

Area residents speak out

Liane Couten, 79, of Evanston fears corporate interests have taken too much control of the economy. She has childhood memories of the Great Depression of the 1930’s and fears a repeat if job creation like Schakowsky’s proposal does not occur. 

“If we don’t move into a situation which will produce jobs we are going to lose social security, Medicare and Medicaid,” Couten said. “If we don’t do this now by the time we recover the corporate state will have even more power.” 

Longtime Skokie residents Bob and Miriam Filler, who now live in Chicago, think Schakowsky’s legislation is long overdue. “It’s the first thing Obama should have done,” Bob Filler said. “It should have been done two and a half years ago.” 

The Fillers—Bob is 88 and Miriam 89— also remember the Depression. They feel the Depression was much worse than current times but believe job creation like Schakowsky’s bill is what will prevent another. 

“There was so much turmoil then,” Bob Filler said of his Depression memories. “We lived through it for 10 years. This doesn’t come close. People were selling apples on the street. This is a deep recession but not a depression.” 

Avoiding a double-dip recession

Schakowsky has studied enough history to know what happened in 1937. That is when the administration of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt saw signs of recovery. Like today, spending was cut and programs designed to give people work reduced. 

“Back then (1937) there was some recovery and spending was cut,” Schakowsky said. “We need the right medicine and that is to create more jobs. That is how we would avoid a double dip recession.” 

took Schakowsky’s remarks to heart. He thinks people at all levels of government have to be thinking about job creation at every opportunity. 

“Our economy cannot sustain unemployment at 9 percent,” Biss said. “People at all levels of government need to focus on job creation. People should be able to find the jobs they deserve to have.” 

, who was standing with Biss, was in agreement. “We have to look at this at the state level,” she said. “We need innovation, research and development.” 

Former state Rep. (D-Highland Park) shared a seat with Schakowsky when they served together in the Illinois General Assembly. Gash is a regular at Schakowsky’s annual barbeque. She likes the method of the proposed law. 

“People have to have jobs,” Gash said. “Jan’s plan is realistic and goal oriented and might do the trick.” 

Schakowsky plans to fund her proposed job creation legislation by increasing the tax rate for people earning more than $1 million per year. She would not touch the tax brackets for middle class wage earners. 

“There are people who have been successful in this down economy,” Schakowsky said. “They need to pay their fair share at a rate less than they paid under (former President) Ronald Reagan.” 

Schakowsky also explained why the government should not cut Social Security or Medicare. She does not consider them benefits handed to people without consideration. 

“They’re really not entitlements,” Schakowsky said. “They’re earned rights. If you are still working you are still paying for Social Security. You are still paying for Medicare.”

PAUL August 15, 2011 at 05:39 PM
forest barbieri August 15, 2011 at 06:45 PM
Not sure who this gives hope to? It is a rediculous idea with no concept of where the funding would come from and sounds like an FDR depression era program. We do not have the billions to spend, get a clue...we need to REDUCE spending, not increase. Here is some hope...I propose that little green men arrive from a far away planet and plant 2.2 million money trees so that we can disregard any sense of reality and continue to be irrational consumers. Did we really elect this person?
forest barbieri August 15, 2011 at 07:06 PM
Ok, let’s see: She wants something like 222 Billion Dollars for a program funded by taxing those making over 1 Million a year AGI. About 350,000 tax payers fall into this income bracket. Now we divide 222 Billion by 350,000 taxpayers and that is the amount of tax each would pay to supposedly fund this program. SCARY to have people this far removed from reality or common sense in our government but then we saw a bunch of these idiots during the debt ceiling fiasco and the problem is that all politicians care about is reelection. They are all hostage to those that are funding them and giving them those high paying jobs after the fact! Let’s eliminate all contributions, reduce their healthcare and pensions and pass a law that does not allow them to be paid in ANY fashion, more than their government pay for 5 years after serving the people. That will give us an amazing amount of monies to pour into creating jobs. I stand ready to elect anyone that is not an incumbent this coming election. Throw the bums out! They do not have your interest at heart or in mind!
GrossPoint August 15, 2011 at 08:11 PM
Schakowsky gives hope to the Kleptocrats and their partners in the Lobbying industry that Washington will take on even more of the economy. Rep Schakowsky and her Felon/Husband Robert Creamer have been fueling big-government schemes for way too long. Time to get some new representation for Evanston.
John Brinkmann August 15, 2011 at 08:56 PM
This has to be nothing more than Schakowsky trying to appease certain elements of her constituency---the bill has no chance of passing and it's so far off removed from economic common sense it boggles the mind----Creating more civic/government jobs at the cost to taxpayers to ease the debt crisis???... i don't know Jan---maybe you'd be better off doing more picnics than spending time as our Rep in DC---(paging Joel Pollak---can we get a recall here?)
GrossPoint August 15, 2011 at 09:23 PM
I don't think Jan has a clue about her constituents. She was unaware that much of her district lost electrical power during the July storms. http://www.cdobs.com/archive/featured/what-power-outage-rep-schakowsky-had-no-idea-that-power-was-out-in-her-district/
Kim Fisher August 16, 2011 at 02:11 AM
See Mr. Warren Buffet's editorial from August 14th entitled "Stop Coddling the Super Rich".
Forest View August 16, 2011 at 02:12 AM
"Schakowsky has studied enough history to know what happened in 1937." A clear example of editorializing in what is supposed to be a news story. How can the reporter know how much history Schakowsky has studied and if her opinion about what happened in 1937 is correct?
Skokie Mike August 16, 2011 at 03:35 AM
@Forest View - You left out the rest of the sentence. It was added to put context to FDR's presidency. Maybe you missed the other side of this story, where the headline clearly states Schakowsky is facing an uphill battle with this proposal - http://skokie.patch.com/articles/schakowskys-jobs-bill-faces-uphill-battle
Forest View August 16, 2011 at 04:03 AM
@Skokie Mike, This is shoddy journalism. The reason for the 1937 recession is a matter of opinion, not fact. If the reporter had said, "Schakowsky believes she knows what happened in 1937," that would have been news. The way it was written, it is editorializing. The reporter assumes Schakowsky's analysis is correct.
Joanna Schneider August 16, 2011 at 03:30 PM
@Forest View, to read more about the uphill battle the proposal faces and to see what Schakowsky critics have to say: http://glenview.patch.com/articles/schakowskys-job-bill-faces-gop-fire
Forest View August 16, 2011 at 06:35 PM
By the way, regarding the headline: "Schakowsky Proposal Gives Hope at Annual BBQ People see proposed law to create jobs as a way for the economy to avoid a double dip recession." This is also blatant editorializing in what pretends to be a news story. A more honest headline would have been: A more honest headline would have been: "Schakowsky Proposal Gives Hope to liberals at Annual BBQ Liberals see proposed law to create jobs as a way for the economy to avoid a double dip recession.
Deadcatbounce August 16, 2011 at 07:37 PM
Maybe this reporter, steve, should stop editorializing and stick to reporting. How does he know "Schakowsky has studied enough history to know what happened in 1937." If he knew any history besides liberal interpretations he would know that Roosevelt won a landslide victory in 1936 and seemed prepared to do anything at a whim. Private business, afraid of the uncertainty, pulled back from investment and horded capital. Things only began to turn around when Republicans picked up congressional seats in 1938 and Roosevelt turned away from tinkering with economic policy to deal with the growing threat of Nazi Germany. Same thing is going on today; companies are too scared to invest because of regulation and taxes. Why don’t we rein in the National Labor Relations Board, which is pulling shenanigans such as trying to stop Boeing from building an airliner plant in South Carolina? Now that would create jobs!
ralph August 16, 2011 at 08:04 PM
Schalowsky's radical left-wing Big Government socialist policies have been a total failure and are responsible for this mess we are in.
ralph August 16, 2011 at 08:07 PM
"Schakowsky plans to fund her proposed job creation legislation by increasing the tax rate for people earning more than $1 million per year. " These are the people who actually create real, permanent, productive jobs.
forest barbieri August 16, 2011 at 08:36 PM
Maybe the headline should be "Schakowsky Proposal shows how out of touch with reality she is.
Jack Straw August 16, 2011 at 09:40 PM
I'm with Forest on this one, Out of touch she is...
Richard Schulte August 17, 2011 at 12:15 AM
No, it's simply too large of a number for most Americans to comprehend. It's better to look at it on a per capita basis. I did the arithmetic a couple of weeks ago. If I recall correctly, it's about $47 thousand per person. Ouch.


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