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[6 May 2009 | Comments Off | ]

When you were a child, what did you want to be or do when you grew up? Recall those dreams or goals, please, for a moment at least. What did you want to do or be? Did you dream of getting a job and working eight or ten hours a day at, say, Wal-Mart or [...]

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[4 May 2009 | One Comment | ]

At GM and Chrysler, autoworkers and their union have agreed to concessions to “save” the companies, to save their jobs. Wages are falling. There have been many reports of falling wages, as well, in businesses and industries around the country. That’s more evidence for why we need Citizen Dividends, a guaranteed basic income. Economist Paul [...]

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[28 Apr 2009 | Comments Off | ]

Swine flu is big news today. So is GM and the jobs that will be shed as it restructures. I juxtapose these issues because both sets of news stories illustrate fundamental problems with our political and economic system – fundamental problems that will be mostly solved with a guaranteed basic income, Citizen Dividends. Regarding swine [...]

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[6 Mar 2009 | Comments Off | ]

The big news today is neither new nor unexpected: Big job losses. Another 650,000 in February, on top of 600,000 in January. That puts total job losses at more than 4.4 million since December 2007. The unemployment rate is now 8.1 percent, which is higher than its been in more than 25 years. The numbers [...]

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[7 Feb 2009 | Comments Off | ]

The numbers have been the lead in many news reports over the past day — 598,000 jobs lost in January. The unemployment rate now 7.6 percent, a one-month jump from the already high 7.2 percent. Reading and listening to the news, it’s interesting to note the abstract, passive language. One formulation I like is “The [...]

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[27 Jan 2009 | One Comment | ]

The Obama economic stimulus plan, conservative critics note, will create jobs at a cost of $275,000 each. That’s a “bogus talking point,” according to Paul Krugman. Here’s a key paragraph in his NYTimes column: The true cost per job of the Obama plan will probably be closer to $100,000 than $275,000 – and the net [...]

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[12 Jan 2009 | One Comment | ]

From Barack Obama on down, politicians, economists, pundits, and journalists are obsessed with creating and saving jobs. Obama’s proposed economic stimulus plan would save or create three million to four million jobs at a cost of $775 billion. If it’s three million jobs, that’s $260,000 a job. Four million jobs would be $194,000 each. These [...]