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Jeb Bush: ‘People Need To Work Longer Hours’ To Grow The Economy

In an interview with New Hampshire’s Union Leader on Wednesday, Bush was asked if he had any plans for tax reform, such as a flat tax, and he replied:

[quote_center]“My aspiration for the country and I believe we can achieve it, is four percent growth as far as the eye can see. Which means we have to be a lot more productive, workforce participation has to rise from its all-time modern lows. It means that people need to work longer hours and, through their productivity, gain more income for their families. That’s the only way we’re going to get out of this rut that we’re in.”[/quote_center]

When asking Bush about his plans for tax reform, the Union Leader inquired about a possible flat tax, which has already been proposed by Bush’s rival, GOP presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who announced his plan to make more than $2 trillion in tax cuts by replacing the IRS tax code with a flat tax of 14.5 percent on individuals and businesses in June.

ABC News reported that the Democratic National Committee was quick to release a statement, calling Bush’s comment “easily one of the most out-of-touch comments we’ve heard so far this cycle,” and saying that Bush would not support the middle class as president.

Bush responded by releasing a statement claiming that his comment was not about full-time workers, and was instead directed towards the under underemployed and part-time workers.

“Under President Obama, we have the lowest workforce participation rate since 1977, and too many Americans are falling behind,” Bush said. “Only Washington Democrats could be out-of-touch enough to criticize giving more Americans the ability to work, earn a paycheck, and make ends meet.”

The Washington Post reported that Bush told reporters that he blames the Obama administration and congressional Democrats for “enacting a series of policies that have made it harder for businesses to create jobs and for Americans to work longer hours.”

“If we’re going to grow the economy people need to stop being part-time workers, they need to be having access to greater opportunities to work,” Bush said. “You can take it out of context all you want, but high-sustained growth means that people work 40 hours rather than 30 hours and that by our success, they have money, disposable income for their families to decide how they want to spend it rather than getting in line and being dependent on government.”

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Honor veterans by giving them jobs

Veteran’s Day is a national holiday for Americans of all walks of life to honor and show thanks to those men and women who served their country in some way throughout the years.  Parades are held, grills are fired up, and everybody shows some level of appreciation.  While most Americans think about a veteran’s service, not many think about a veteran’s life post-service.

For some veterans, civilian life is full of uncertainty, unemployment, and other struggles their military training never prepared them for.

While unemployment amongst all veterans has been on a steady decline over the past few years, young veterans, meaning those who served in post-9/11 engagements, are having difficulties finding work once they come home.

A study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2013, found young veterans, ages 18-24, had an unemployment rate of 21.4 percent as compared to their non-veteran colleagues who had an unemployment rate of 14.3 percent.

Upon finishing their service, about 87 percent of veterans say they are confident in their abilities to find a job, according to the Washington Post.  However, according to Daily Finance, 37 percent of veterans did not know how to properly write a resume and 33 percent of veterans did not know how to show employers how their skills were applicable to the workforce.

These are not the only obstacles for veterans though who seek to join the workforce.  According to a study from the Mental Health Association of New York, returning veterans often lack experience in civilian work, they have higher disability rates, and many veterans struggle to reconnect to the civilian world, all of which makes it more difficult to hire a veteran.

To combat veteran unemployment rates, many companies have said they would hire a number of veterans over the next few years.

Starbucks is one such company, and their CEO, Howard Schultz, has vowed to hire some 10,000 veterans in the next five years, according to USA Today.  To help this process, Starbucks has even hired a recruiter who is a veteran who “understands the language,” and the anxiety veterans face in joining the workforce.

“The irony there is that there is a stigma attached to many of them about either PTS (post-traumatic stress) or brain trauma or things of that nature when in fact I can personally demonstrate through the hiring of people at Starbucks who have been veterans that they have done extraordinary things,” said Schultz.

Other employers have said they are more than pleased with the work veterans who work for their companies have put out.  These employers said all veterans bring five unique skills to their work; self-discipline, teamwork, attention to detail, respect, and leadership.

Jon Davis, a Marine who served in Iraq and who was also a former hiring manager, told the Huffington Post, hiring veterans has its advantages.  One advantage, he said, was a veteran has a “strong vein of personal integrity,” which makes them trustworthy when tasked with a job.

If you are a business owner who wants to hire a veteran, visit a website like the Veteran Recruiting Service to help out.  You can also volunteer with other other such as Welcome Back Veterans and Give an Hour to show your support for veterans n other ways.