Sunday, July 3, 2011

Bill Clinton in Newsweek >> 14 Ways to Put America Back to Work

Nice that someone is talking about jobs, but Clinton's list seems anemic and inadequate. It's heavily skewed toward green jobs, but even at that, he seems to be just nibbling around the edges. Needed public services like education, child care, afterschool programs and home care aren't even mentioned.

Also, if you calculate the true rate of unemployment, as NJFAC does -- 28.6 million Americans are out of work, too discouraged to look or want full-time work when they only have part-time. So these small-bore ideas are pretty weak tea for a massive, long-term unemployment crisis that may persist over many years.

It's Still the Economy, Stupid - Newsweek:
June 19, 2001

"It’s Still the Economy, Stupid: Fourteen million Americans remain out of work, a waste of our greatest resource. The 42nd president has more than a dozen ideas on how to attack the jobs crisis.

Next week in Chicago, the Clinton Global Initiative will focus on America for the first time, inviting business and political leaders to make specific commitments in support of the former president’s jobs blueprint, which he details below."

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