San Francisco Jobs Event

San Francisco Jobs Event

San Francisco, California

February 7, 2012

It’s a pleasure to be here today with Mayor Lee.

Small business like this are the engines of economic growth in our nation, and it’s the work of the employees that sustain that growth.

The basic American promise is that if you work hard, you can do well enough to raise a family, have a home, and put enough away for retirement. 

No challenge is more urgent than keeping that promise alive. We can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well, while more Americans barely get by.  Or we can build a nation where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same rules.

In San Francisco, with your highly effective workforce development programs, you are helping build a nation where everyone does get a fair shot.

You’re doing it by helping people who need jobs and are struggling to build a better life for themselves and their families. Your employment preparation training,  your “job clubs” where people can help each other, and your broad range of well-organized support services are all critical to making the promise of America available to thousands in the San Francisco.

But you’re also doing it by supporting employers. When I came here before I met a woman who was a business manager for an architecture firm. She said she had a decision: did she want to look at 700 resumes or did she want to work with a program that will pre-screen people for her? It was a pretty easy question to answer.

While both the public and private sectors are doing their parts to put America back to work in the Bay Area, the federal government has to do its part as well.

That’s why the president is advocating a range of tax reforms to encourage American job growth.  These reforms include taking away tax deductions for outsourcing, making companies pay a minimum tax for profits and jobs overseas, and rewarding companies for bringing jobs back to America.

Further, we need to take at least half of the savings from ending foreign wars, and put that money into rebuilding America—in the process, we’ll be sustaining our infrastructure and creating thousands of good jobs.

We’re moving in the right direction. Last year, we added more private sector jobs than in any year since 2005. American manufacturing is creating jobs for the first time since the late ‘90s.

When we act together, in common purpose and common effort, there is nothing the United States of America cannot achieve.