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It's about Jobs, Congress and the President

Aug 04, 2011

 

As a commercial real estate broker in San Francisco I am experiencing a pretty solid year. Why? Because I work in a unique environment where newfound companies are creating jobs. If firms are created jobs are created. If jobs are created firms need more office space and I do well. I am fortunate to be in a market that is experiencing growth and am well aware that by driving no less than twenty miles in any direction of my market, I will find businesses that are experiencing stabilization at best. More than likely these businesses are seeing little improvement since the recession began and supposedly ended.

The current budget debate has been very sad to watch. I have followed politics for many years now and this is the worst I have seen. In the past, when you had a split in party philosophy the more successful presidents would adjust and find ways of reaching out to their opposition to move the country forward. President Reagan with a democratic controlled congress got a good part of his agenda passed as a result of reaching out to Tip O'Neil on a regular basis to cut deals. When facing a republican controlled congress, President Clinton got things done the same way by creating a bridge to communicate.

President Obama and Congress have failed to even present to the American public what the real problems are. It's not the deficit that is the problem; it is our inability to create new jobs that will create production. The deficit is a symptom of poor job creation and lack of vision to create real jobs that are productive. Across the country we are seeing major cities dying: Detroit, Cleveland, Cincinnati and many others. Why? Our industrial sector has moved past our borders to foreign countries.

If Congress agrees to a deficit reduction it has to be matched with a jobs creation plan, which has not been discussed at all. Lowering the deficit and government spending will mean the elimination of government jobs plus private sector jobs that support government programs. I am all in favor of streamlining and cutting waste. I am also a big believer that each government program should start at a zero budget each year and build their budget based upon its need (President Carter tried that unsuccessfully) but to cut the deficit without a jobs bill is simply going to make matters far worse.

We need to focus on bringing jobs back to America. We need to revisit old ideas such as enterprise zones and four-hour workweeks. We need to have our politicians come up with ideas and we, as Americans must demand that our media and elected representatives give these ideas a chance to be heard instead of simply attacking them. Let's have a bi-partisan look and see how we can come up with a consensus rather than simply saying no to everything.

We also need to evaluate how we can be better worldwide competitors again. I strongly believe that the merging of firms is bad for this country. We need to enforce anti-trust laws. More competition is a better option than bigger companies that cannot move and certainly cannot innovate.  Unions need to reconsider their strategy and figure out how they can help America to grow and be more competitive rather than stick to old principles that have caused more people to hate unions than to love them. When big corporations and big unions remain the largest contributors to political campaigns it will be impossible for us to elect truly independent politicians who are willing to be bold in their approach. We need consider an election reform where we take advertising out of political campaigns in favor of a new system that allows candidates to run on their resumes, not on campaign advertising that is created by a media firm that creates characters for us to vote for rather than the real person who is running.

We need leaders who are willing to help this country. As Americans, we cannot continue to create such toxic political environments where candidates are forced to defend themselves instead of being allowed to be open and free to discuss new ways to lead and promote the growth of this country.  We are running out of time and it is we the people who have to step up now and clean this mess up.

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Written by: Hans Hansson

E-mail: hans@starboardnet.com


Hans Hansson is President of Starboard TCN Worldwide Real Estate Services as well as a member of the Board of Directors for TCN Worldwide Real Estate. Hans has been an active broker for over 26 years in the San Francisco Bay Area and specializes in office leasing and investments. If you have any questions or comments please email hans@starboardnet.com or call him at (415) 765-6897. You may also check out his website, http://www.commercialspacefinder.com/.

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