Just when I thought I’d seen everything from the President, he tells CNN about this naively-conceived plan to end long-term unemployment:
“What we have done is to gather together 300 companies, just to start with, including, some of the top 50 companies in the country, companies like Walmart, and Apple, Ford and others, to say let’s establish best practices,” President Barack Obama told CNN Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper in an exclusive interview.
“Because they’ve been unemployed … so long, folks are looking at that gap in the resume and they’re weeding them out before these folks even get a chance for an interview,” said Obama.
As the economy slowly recovers from the recession, the number of workers who have not found a job for at least six months or more has grown.
“Do not screen people out of the hiring process just because they’ve been out of work for a long time,” said the President.
The way the story starts, you would think that Apple, Ford and the rest of the Fortune 500 had promised the President that they would hire the long-term unemployed before hiring anyone else – that’s not what the story says. It’s also not what those companies plan on doing.
While spewing his lack of understanding of basic economics on CNN (which hardly anyone pays attention to anymore) Obama fails to understand the difference between companies giving any priority to the long-term unemployed and employers not keeping people”out of the hiring process just because they’ve been out of work for a long time.”
Basically, the companies have agreed to find other reasons not to hire people who are otherwise unqualified for the positions they have open.
As weird as it might seem, businesses hire who they need when they need to – not just because the President asks them to do so oh so politely.
A huge portion of the electorate will swallow this logic – many of whom voted for the President.. twice.