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Coming Soon: ‘Work Opportunity Summer’

By Doug Powers  •  January 5, 2012 01:14 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

Goodbye “Recovery Summer” — Hello “Work Opportunity Summer.”

Alternate headline for partisan pessimists: Obama administration to create 110,000 unpaid volunteer jobs:

President Obama on Thursday will unveil a summer-jobs initiative that the White House says is already on track to create 180,000 “work opportunities” in the private sector in 2012.

That is the number of opportunities, which includes mentoring and unpaid internships, that companies have told the administration they are willing to create. Some 70,000 jobs are paid, the White House says.

The initiative was hatched after Congress failed to approve a $1.5 billion summer-jobs fund that President Obama had been seeking as part of the American Jobs Act.

“Today’s announcement is the latest in a series of executive actions the Obama administration is taking to strengthen the economy and move the country forward because we can’t wait for Congress to act,” a White House statement reads.

On the executive actions menu, the size of this one might be classified as “medium.”

Sure, many of these “work opportunities” may be unpaid, but there’s a positive lesson to be had:

While many of these jobs will be unpaid training opportunities, the president says it’s important for teens to learn new skills and develop a work ethic.

This administration, not to mention countless congressional Dems, spend their days implying that there should be such a thing as a free lunch when it comes to health care, higher education and well, lunch. Additionally, they’re making it increasingly easy to obtain public assistance (and rewarding those who promote it), pushing very long term unemployment compensation while saying it’s good for the economy, and repeating class warfare rhetoric that suggests the effort to succeed is futile because greedy rich people will only confiscate the fruits of our labor — and now we’re supposed to believe those same people care about setting examples that will allow kids to develop a work ethic?

**Written by Doug Powers

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