Last week gave taxpayers greater insight to the priorities of the current administration. The failure of the Murkowski Resolution in Congress validated the administration’s effort to impose further taxes and regulations, which would ultimately cause job loss. The Administration claims to be focused on “jobs,” but there is  little evidence to any plan to spur job creation, beyond dumping more money into state governments. Without a decisive change in the taxes and regulations imposed upon the private sector, no consequential job creation can or will take place.

The job market has been particularly tough for the youngest segment of the workforce.  As a recent college graduate, I can tell you that first hand.  Given that I’m just out of college searching for my first real job, my resume is shorter than some, but my ambition and determination is at an all-time high. Recent graduates have the motivation and skills to contribute to the marketplace, but the options are bleak for thousands of young adults like me. Unfortunately, the lack of promising entry-level jobs in the private sector gives us little hope that things will change anytime soon.

The most recent job report speaks to the administration’s inability to instigate decisive job creation, as the bulk of jobs created last month were temporary Census positions. These government-funded jobs are resulting in greater deficit spending. And soon those same employees will be back on the market, once again seeking sustainable employment. With even greater deficit spending and continued movement towards higher taxes and more regulation, the job market seems unlikely to turn around anytime soon.

So, what is a recent college graduate to do? We have already invested in our future by continuing our education, but if the administration refuses to facilitate productive job creation it will be impossible to reap any benefits. Do we take any job we can get? Accept temporary employment which is irrelevant to the degrees we have earned? One thing that we can no longer do is take the word of the administration, because as IWF’s Carrie Lukas appropriately states in a recent post:

“The Administration insists that it’s focused on creating jobs. It’s easier to believe that they are focused on destroying them.”

It’s time for the unemployed to stop accepting the dismal job climate and start demanding effective, sustainable job creation with policies that return power to the private sector.