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Latest Job Numbers Show Why Job Creation Must Take Precedence Over Deficit Reduction

Friday’s jobs report demonstrates an economy that’s still moving in the right direction but way too slowly, which is why Washington’s continuing obsession with the federal budget deficit is insane. Jobs and growth must come first.

Posted on Dec 9, 2012 READ MORE


Understanding the Fiscal Cliff (in 2 Minutes 30 Seconds)

Democrats, here are eight principles to guide you in the coming showdown over the fiscal cliff.

Posted on Dec 3, 2012 READ MORE


Why We Should Stop Obsessing About The Federal Budget Deficit

The best way to generate jobs and growth is for the government to spend more, not less. And for taxes to stay low – or become even lower – for the middle class.

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 READ MORE



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Forward!

I suspect that when my life is over I will have had two opportunities to vote in a presidential election for a black man, and I intend to take both of them.

Posted on Nov 6, 2012 READ MORE


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More Jobs, Lousy Wages, and the Desertion of Non-College White Men From the Democratic Party

The two most important trends, confirmed in Friday’s jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, are that (1) jobs slowly continue to return, and (2) those jobs are paying less and less.

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 READ MORE



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171,000 Jobs Added in October but Unemployment Rate Ticks Up

The nation’s jobless rate ticked up in October, even as employers added 171,000 workers to their payrolls, according to the latest jobs report—the last one before Election Day.

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 READ MORE



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Bill Clinton to the Rescue

While Obama flew home to take command of the federal response to Hurricane Sandy, the campaign marched on Monday, with 66-year-old Bill Clinton trying to catalyze the youth vote in Florida.

Posted on Oct 30, 2012 READ MORE


The Heartland Election

We still make a lot of stuff in the United States of America, and one of the good things about this election is that it is likely to be decided in the nation’s industrial heartland.

Posted on Oct 28, 2012 READ MORE


Bad Arithmetic: Romney’s ‘Jobs Plan’ Numbers Don’t Compute

When innocent citizens asked about unemployment Tuesday night at the town hall presidential debate on Long Island, would Mitt Romney again tout his plan to create 12 million jobs?

Posted on Oct 18, 2012 READ MORE


Workers Fight for Justice, From Wal-Mart to Chipotle

The great recession of 2008, this global economic meltdown, has wiped out the life savings of so many people and created a looming threat of chronic unemployment for millions.

Posted on Oct 10, 2012 READ MORE


The Politics of the Jobs Report

We’re still crawling out of the deep crater we fell into in 2008 and 2009. The percent of the working-age population now working or actively looking for work is higher than it was, but still near a 30-year low. But at least we’re crawling out.

Posted on Oct 5, 2012 READ MORE



Jobs Report ‘Truthers,’ Romney Cheating Allegations, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Mitt Romney apologizing to nearly half of America, Justice Scalia weighing in on abortion and gay rights, and the horrendous thing Rick Santorum wants to do to Big Bird.

Posted on Oct 5, 2012 READ MORE



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U.S. Unemployment Rate Dips Below 8 Percent

A drop in the nation’s jobless rate gives President Obama an occasion to speak grandly about the prospect of America’s future under his leadership. But crucial information is missing.

Posted on Oct 5, 2012 READ MORE


The Week Ahead: Wednesday’s Presidential Debate and Friday’s Jobs Report

The biggest election news this week won’t be who wins the presidential debate Wednesday night. It will be how many new jobs were created in September, announced Friday morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Posted on Oct 1, 2012 READ MORE



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Replace This Greed

For friends of labor, the revolt against the National Football League’s replacement refs is the most remarkable event since the organization of Henry Ford’s car company into the United Auto Workers union.

Posted on Sep 26, 2012 READ MORE


Romney Has a Jobs Plan ... for China

You may never have heard of Sensata Technologies, but in this election season, you’ve probably heard the name of its owner, Bain Capital, the company co-founded and formerly run by Mitt Romney.

Posted on Sep 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Welcome to the Club: Russia Joins the WTO

For motives that are not entirely clear, Vladimir Putin’s Russia has overcome stiff opposition at home and in the United States to take its place in the World Trade Organization.

Posted on Sep 25, 2012 READ MORE



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2,000 Workers Involved in Foxconn Brawl

With class tensions in China running high, labor conditions under an international microscope and a new iPhone just landing in well-stitched pockets, we’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions about the significance of what’s being reported as a “brawl” at a Foxconn plant in northern China.

Posted on Sep 23, 2012 READ MORE


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Posted on Sep 16, 2012 READ MORE



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Krugman: GOP Hypocrisy on Jobs

The New York Times columnist takes aim at Republicans for blocking legislation from President Obama that might have helped with the jobs recovery and then blaming his policies after the latest round of disappointing employment figures.

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center:’ The Democrats Have Their Say

The Obama campaign detoured his original convention acceptance speech planned for the outdoors after hearing thunderstorms in the forecast. Might it also have heard August employment numbers? Then there was that thunder-stealing speech Bill Clinton gave Wednesday during prime time, not to mention the one by first lady Michelle Obama the night before. The “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss these matters and more on this week’s program.

Posted on Sep 8, 2012 READ MORE


The Most Important Political News This Week

The biggest political news this week won’t be the Democratic convention. It will be Friday’s unemployment report.

Posted on Sep 5, 2012 READ MORE


Anti-Labor Day

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Half Labor Day

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Labor Pains

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From Greenwashing to Workerwashing

It seems no matter the arena, the most cliched move in corporate and political combat is to co-opt an opponent’s message, expecting nobody to notice or care.

Posted on Aug 24, 2012 READ MORE



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The Ambiguous Battle for Jobs

It’s the great unanswered question of the presidential campaign: Just how can America actually create jobs? President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are ducking the specifics, tearing each other down and offering little hope to the 15 percent of Americans without enough work.

Posted on Aug 11, 2012 READ MORE


Can Government Create Jobs or Not?

For most of President Obama’s term, Republicans have ignored the millions of jobs the Congressional Budget Office says the 2009 stimulus legislation created and instead argued that the government is incapable of boosting employment. Now the same GOP is barnstorming the country telling us the government can, in fact, create jobs—lots of them.

Posted on Aug 10, 2012 READ MORE



It’s Just Business: How Corporate America Made Slaves of the Young

Companies across the nation are gleefully denying interns fair wages for their work, in flagrant violation of long-standing labor law, and have the nerve to tell the world they are doing these people a favor.

Posted on Aug 9, 2012 READ MORE



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The Poverty Epidemic Hits the Suburbs

Ignored by the presidential campaigns, poverty is hitting 1960s levels, and spreading to once-prosperous areas unequipped or unwilling to serve poor residents.

Posted on Jul 26, 2012 READ MORE


Greed, Politics and the Impact of Technology

Two of America’s hyper-rich white men met in Aspen, Colo., on Monday night to debate the impact of technology on the globe. Eric Schmidt is the chairman of Google and, despite his $6.9 billion, is accused by his opponent, entrepreneur and Ron Paul bankroller Peter Thiel, of not being a good enough capitalist.

Posted on Jul 17, 2012 READ MORE



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The Battle of Blair Mountain

There are still bullets in the ground where working people in the 1920s staged the largest armed insurrection in the United States since the Civil War.

Posted on Jul 16, 2012 READ MORE


What Would MLK Say About Obama’s Drones?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Civil rights leader Julian Bond says, “Things are better than they used to be; they’re worse than they should be.” Also: Tom Cruise, Ron Kovic and Oliver Stone; good news about jobs, and the edge of sports.

Posted on Jul 13, 2012 READ MORE



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What Would MLK Say About Obama’s Drones?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Civil rights leader Julian Bond says, “Things are better than they used to be; they’re worse than they should be.” Also: Tom Cruise, Ron Kovic and Oliver Stone; good news about jobs, and the edge of sports.

Posted on Jul 13, 2012 READ MORE


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Job by Job

The effort to reduce unemployment is a grueling plant-by-plant, job-by-job process conducted by those seeking work, business people and local officials operating far from the media spotlight and simplistic rhetoric of the political campaign.

Posted on Jul 11, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Middle-Class Blues

The U.S. economy added 80,000 jobs in June—well short of what experts say it will take to pull the country out of its employment slump. The euro and world markets fell on that news while London’s banking scandal keeps spreading.

Posted on Jul 7, 2012 READ MORE



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Obama Spins June’s Jobs Figures

U.S. unemployment remained stuck at 8.2 percent as only 80,000 jobs were added in June. But President Barack Obama assures the country the figures represent a “step in the right direction.”

Posted on Jul 6, 2012 READ MORE


The Bain of Romney’s Campaign

The Supreme Court’s health care decision only reinforced the importance of the economic argument Obama and Romney have been having for months. And here is where Romney’s Bain problem kicks in.

Posted on Jul 1, 2012 READ MORE



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Egyptian Military Is ‘Playing With Fire’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Middle East expert Juan Cole says Egypt’s military rulers have “begun acting stupidly.” Also: 5.6 million new jobs (with a catch), the problem with Obama’s immigration policy, and Robert Scheer on health care.

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 READ MORE


Egyptian Military Is ‘Playing With Fire’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Middle East expert Juan Cole says Egypt’s military rulers have “begun acting stupidly.” Also: 5.6 million new jobs (with a catch), the problem with Obama’s immigration policy, and Robert Scheer on health care.

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 READ MORE



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College Budget Cuts Make Life Grueling for America’s Young and Unemployed

Students now piece together a degree at different schools the way the underemployed desperately piece together a paycheck with a string of shifts at different employers.

Posted on Jun 13, 2012 READ MORE


Government Is the Solution

Why don’t Democrats just say it? They really believe in active government and think it does good and valuable things.

Posted on Jun 11, 2012 READ MORE


A Rare Admission That Money Trumps Everything Else

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is using his power to undermine a popular proposal to increase the minimum wage.

Posted on May 25, 2012 READ MORE


Border Choices

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Bill Moyers: Life on the Border

Bill Moyers begins his latest show by saying, “There is no stretch of territory in the world quite like the borderlands between the United States and Mexico. ... ” And he’s right.

Posted on May 7, 2012 READ MORE



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Gloom and Doom on the Global Job Front

In the wake of the 2008 crash and the widespread government-imposed austerity that followed, high levels of long-term and youth unemployment across the globe are in danger of becoming fixed, according to an annual report by the International Labor Organization.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 READ MORE



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New Job Numbers for March Don’t Meet Expectations

This would feel like horse-race politics, employment edition, if only the stakes weren’t so high: The Department of Labor released employment data on Friday for the month of March, and the results didn’t match more optimistic projections for the blustery month.

Posted on Apr 6, 2012 READ MORE



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More Good News on Jobs for February

For the third month in a row, figures coming in from the Department of Labor signal a stronger recovery in the employment market than the country has seen in years. President Obama gets a boost from the good news, but is there any way to read these numbers differently?

Posted on Mar 9, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Where Are the Good New Jobs?

Good jobs news is one thing, but where are the good new jobs? The answer to that question may well be worth at least the amount of our nation’s deficit.

Posted on Mar 9, 2012 READ MORE


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