Advice for Obama job summit: Create a solar WPA


President Obama is having a job summit on Thursday, gathering 130 business leaders, mayors and others to help figure out how to get the 15.7 million unemployed people in America back to work.

As someone who was laid off 18 months ago, I have some simple advice for the group: Give job training for every unemployed person and get them back to work by creating a federal program paying for solar power on every rooftop in the country.

Start creating a solar revolution and get rid of unemployment by giving them hammers or whatever tools and training they need to install solar power on government buildings. Then get private homes on solar using this new workforce.

With the national unemployment rate at 10.2% and the underemployment rate at about 17% (these are people like me who work part-time but seek full-time work), a bold move is needed now to get people back to work.

It would be like the Works Progress Adminstration created by the federal government during the Depression to create jobs. American's roads were rebuilt, as were many other projects.