Occupy Considers One Demand: Hire People to Do Stuff

By: Wednesday October 19, 2011 7:30 am

The idea that a diverse global movement would settle on a singular idea on which to move forward may not seem realistic. But the Demands working group at Zuccotti Park is working around to that one demand, and not surprisingly, it involves the most important problem facing the nation today.

 

For a Better Model on Jobs, Look to Argentina, Not Europe

By: Sunday September 4, 2011 4:00 pm

Howard Schneider is not just right to note if austerity has killed Europe’s economy, but to apply that lesson to the US. After all, the continuing misery in the job market is uniquely tied to the decay of state and local government job loss. If the public sector were growing at the level of population, we would see unemployment almost a full point lower. The crisis in state and local budgets, as well as federally enforced austerity, is a primary culprit in the loss of jobs.

Obama Unsure on Whether to Propose Jobs Ideas that Can’t Pass, or Jobs Ideas that Can’t Pass

By: Tuesday August 30, 2011 9:45 am

President Obama has not yet decided what mix of proposals to include in next week’s jobs address. Specifically, he hasn’t chosen between a plan that has a chance of passing and a plan that would have less of a chance.

Bernstein: Obama Economic Team Had “No Appetite” for Direct, Public Job Creation

By: Monday May 30, 2011 2:00 pm

Bernstein used to be Joe Biden ‘s chief economist, and was involved in most of the economic policymaking of the first Obama term. He’s moved out of government and back to the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, where among other things he’s become a dirty hippie blogger.

Shovel-Ready Projects as Easy as Giving Someone a Shovel

By: Thursday October 14, 2010 12:38 pm

The Administration never offered grants for public works projects which are truly shovel-ready; i.e. all they require is a shovel. They could have funded jobs to clean up and maintain distressed and vacant properties. They could have funded jobs to beautify national, state and local parks. They could have funded jobs to paint white roofs on every commercial building in America.

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