Spectators lined Des Moines' annual Labor Day parade on the walk from the state capitol to the state fairgrounds. And with a stubbornly high unemployment, many said they know someone who would like to labor these days. Ross Frith, of Des Moines, said she has a friend with a college degree who can't find a job and her son, who just graduated high school, can't find work either. She said quite simply about the job market, "It could be better. It could better."
David Bolton is a retired union member who now spends his days volunteering at a veterans' hospital. So they are on his mind. Bolton said, "Oh, yeah, a lot of veterans looking for work."
The president's critics say the unemployment rate is up since he started his job. So are gas prices and the national debt. But the president's supporters say companies are hiring again. Renewable fuels will help gas prices. And the president has been working to lower the debt.
Representative Ako Abul-Samad, a Des Moines Democrat, said, politicians everywhere need to work together on the problems facing the country. He said, "It's going to take people to quit playing politics. It's going to take people to say, this is what we have to do for the country."
And Iowans on the parade route have to decide which presidential candidate is best to lead. Bolton watched union friends go by on a float. But he now disagrees with their message to keep riding with Democrats. Bolton said, "We need a new president. Whether that's going to help, time will tell."
But Frith said while the job force hasn't found room for her son, it will, she believes, with patience. And she has patience with the president. Rossi said, "That's what I would encourage anybody...one day over, one day new."