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Colin Powell on Jobs

Secretary of State (Pres. Bush Cabinet)


Kids need more exposure to work, like “Shadow Days”

We need more internships, apprentice opportunities, training opportunities, in order to expose our youngsters to the workplace early in their lives and they can understand why they had better make sure that they are doing well in school and studying in school. Ground Hog Job Shadow Day is an example of getting over a million youngsters this past February into the workplace so they can see what it’s all about.
Source: America’s Promise Web Page , Jan 8, 2001

Government assistance is a poor substitute for good jobs

The good jobs needed to sustain families come from a faster-growing economy where the free enterprise system is unleashed to create wealth. Wealth which produces new industries which produce more good jobs. In this richest nation on earth, we still have not solved the problems of poverty, of hunger, of poor health care, of inadequate housing, all of which tear away at the roots of strong families. And for which government assistance is a poor substitute for good jobs. So we are the pro-growth party
Source: Speech to the Republican National Convention , Aug 12, 1996

Jobs are the best answer to most of our social ills

I believe strongly in job-producing free enterprise because jobs are the best answer to most of our social ills. My parents came to this country looking not for government support, but for job opportunities. They labored all their lives at jobs provided by a thriving garment industry. They earned a modest wage, yet enough to have a good life, raise their children, and enjoy a few luxuries.
Source: My American Journey, by Colin Powell, p. 590 , Jan 1, 1995

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