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Archives by Tag 'unemployment'
Missing Foundations
LINH DINH
Americans are living on borrowed time, economically. Like air conditioners, copper pipes and aluminum siding of a foreclosed home, what remains of our prosperity will be violently stripped away. There is no economic recovery because the foundations for such are simply not...
The Benefits of Work Sharing
DEAN BAKER
This week, Congress passed the Middle Class Tax Relief a...
Revisiting the Second Great Depression
DEAN BAKER
As President Obama’s re-election campaign heats up, there are several new accounts of his track record finding their way into print. One item for which he is undeservedly given credit is saving the country from a second Great Depression. The political elites beli...
Obama’s Timid Budget
MARK WEISBROT
President Obama’s proposed budget has a few interesting proposals for reforms over the next dec...
The Job Killing Deficit Hawks
DEAN BAKER
It’s budget time, and that means that we can expect to hear the Washington elite wailing about the budget deficit for the next several weeks. When hearing the cries about out-of-control deficits, people would be best advised to turn off their television sets, put do...
Debunking Charles Murray … Again
ROB URIE
I know the areas of Philadelphia that Charles Murray refers to in his new book Coming Apart and I...
From “Man-cession” to “Man-covery”
LAURA FLANDERS
The January jobs numbers brought joy and cork popping, but official unemployment’s fall to 8.3 per cent from 9.1 per cent a year earlier seems a bit over-celebrated, especially if you happen to be young, old, a person of color or a woman. First, on those official...
Do the Job Numbers Really Add Up?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Last Friday the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in the first month of this new year 243,000  jobs were created and the unemployment rate (U.3) fell to 8.3 percent.  This good news is a mirage. It is due to faulty seasonal adjustments and to the BLS birth/dea...
Demands for the 99%
ROBERT ROTH
In a helpful review and constructive critique of the current status of the Occupy movement, Ismael Hossein-Zadeh makes several good suggestions.  And I’ve seen some other comments more recently that seem worth sharing with you, in case you haven’t seen them.  Hossei...
The Jobless Recovery
MARK WEISBROT
The U.S. recession officially ended in June of 2009, but most Americans don’t feel like we are in a recovery. That’s because it’s been a weak recovery, with the ...
Understanding Unemployment
ISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH
“A study of the struggle waged by the English working class reveals that, in order to oppose their workers, the employers either bring in workers from abroad or else transfer manufacture to countries where there is a cheap labor force. Given this state of af...
Where Will the Jobs Come From?
ROBERT URIE
In Ron Suskind’s book “Confidence Men” Barack Obama is reported in 2008 to have argued to his...
The Untouchables of Zuccotti Park
STANLEY ROGOUSKI
In an October 9 article for the website Truthdig.com, Chris Hedges, the former New York Times bureau chief turned dissident journalist, gives us a...
How The Oligarchy Gets Politicized
ALAN NASSER
The performance of the US economy from the mid-1970s to the present was no match for its relatively robust performance during what  economists call the Golden Age – 1949 to 1973. This was in fact the longest period of sustained growth in US history, when most (whit...
Ten Million Families Sliding Toward Foreclosure
SHERWOOD ROSS
Of the 55-million families with mortgages, 10.4-million of them “are sliding toward failure and foreclosure”—a tragedy that will depress the U.S. housing market for years to come, a result of too many houses for sale and too few buyers. ...
Oh, USA
MISSY BEATTIE
Beat-up little seagull On a marble stair Tryin’ to find the ocean Lookin’ everywhere Hard times in the city In a hard town by the sea Ain’t nowhere to run to There ain’t nothin’ here for ...
The Other One Percent
ISAAC LEV SZMONKO and ISAAC ONTIVEROS
On the morning of October 25, police from nearly twenty law enforcement agencies descended upon the Occupy Oakland encampment located outside city hall. They removed its occupants using chemical weapons, and arrested nearly 100 people before destroying the encampment. The...
Living in a Delusional World
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
I have come to the conclusion that Big Brother’s subjects in George Orwell’s 1984 are better informed than Americans. Americans have no idea why they have been at war in the Middle East, Asia and Africa for a decade.  They don’t realize that their...
Homeless in America
BARBARA EHRENREICH
As anyone knows who has ever had to set up a military encampment or build a village from the ground up, occupations pose staggering logistical problems. Large numbers of people must be fed and kept reasonably warm and dry. Trash has to be removed; medical care and rudimen...
Obama’s Jobs Bill and Other Fictions
ROB URIE
Several seemingly well meaning pundits have asked: if Occupy Wall Street wants jobs, why don’t they come out and support President Obama’s jobs bill? Answering only for myself, the better question is: why doesn’t Obama support his own jobs bill? The White House is c...
This is Your (Occupied) Land
REBECCA SOLNIT
Dear young man who died on the fourth day of this turbulent 2011, dear Mohammed Bouazizi, I want to write you about an astonishing year — with three months yet to run. I want to tell you about the power of despair and the margins of hope and the bonds of civi...
Live from Obamaville
VIJAY PRASHAD
I. Hooverville. Poor Herbert Hoover. A multimillionaire by thirty from the vast profits of gold mining, Hoover went into public service as retirement. His early administrative work was in agriculture, but he spent the longest time of his career in the Depa...
Street Action
SAUL LANDAU
Politicians face a spreading revolt against Wall Street, financial tycoons, banks in general and an insensitive government that ignores people’s needs. The latest poll shows a radical lack of confidence for those running the government A September 30 Gallup poll ...
Winning the Class War
Rev. JESSE JACKSON
Occupy Wall Street protests have now spread to some 800 cities.  It’s spreading like a fire on a strong wind over a dry field.  The heat is likely to keep on building. Conservatives have fallen over themselves rushing to side with the top 1% against the rest....
Excuses for a Pathetic Recovery
DEAN BAKER
The September jobs report showed that the U.S. economy created just 103,000 jobs in the month, 45,000 of which were the jobs of Verizon workers who were returning from a strike in August. The economy has created 99,000 jobs a month over the last three months, about 9,000 ...