Obama's Best Jobs Plan Might Be Status Quo

renewal of unemployment procedures already in place
renewal of unemployment procedures already in place

By PAUL WISEMAN

WASHINGTON (AP) -- First, do no harm. Economists say the most important part of the jobs plan President Barack Obama will unveil Thursday night is the renewal of two measures already in place - a cut in Social Security taxes and emergency aid for the unemployed.

His new proposals, like spending more for transportation projects and cutting taxes for companies that hire the unemployed, probably wouldn't add many jobs, they say. Not soon, anyway.