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December 8, 2012

No jump-start for the unemployed

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“But there are signs the economy’s improving,” I said. “Home sales are on the rise and so is construction.”

“New batteries,” Freddy said.

“What do you mean, ‘new batteries’” I asked.

“New jobs, new batteries, long life,” Freddy said. “Not temporary jump starts. Full time work. Something you can look forward to taking home with a smile on your face.

“Those kinds of jobs. Jobs with tomorrows and the days after the tomorrows to build on.

“Jobs that give college graduates a base for getting out of the red and into the black. Jobs that give high school graduates something of their own to look forward to.

“So many jobs out there that those over 55 who have lost their’s and have given up looking will get back to job hunting.”

“You’re talking about a full recovery,” I said.

“Getting the monkey off the nation’s back,” Freddy said.

“That won’t happen for so long as we’ve got the two parties at loggerheads,” I said.

“And Democrats don’t force the Republicans to eat too much crow,” Freddy said.

“But you can’t blame the President for making the most of his victory,” I said.

“I’m not - but I’m making the most of what’s going to be his legacy,” Freddy said. “Only history will judge that, and he has a great opportunity to make his mark. He inherited a mess that he hasn’t walked away from. That puts everything on his watch over the next four years. We need a leader, not a driver. He does that, he’ll be one for the ages.”

“That’s going to be a challenge for both sides of the aisle,” I said.

“Great leadership lives with that,” Freddy said. “Real leaders — the kind that overcome for the common good in uncommon times don’t just jump start what it takes to keep moving. They change what needs changing, and that begins in the Oval Office.”

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Bill Plante is a Newbury resident.

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