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The Time for a 21st Century Public Works Program Is Now!

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Despite all points to the contrary, the Democratic Party refused to heed the call for a Public Works Program that former labor secretary Robert Reich and Kenseyian economist Paul Krugman have both called for. With no demand being generated by the private sector to support hiring, a skeleton workforce doing more work and an ever growing unemployed and underemployed contingent, a contradiction is being created around President Obama’s insistence that the private sector be the sole driver of economic growth. The private sector, which has huge reservoirs of cash, is refusing to hire workers because employers know that American workers cannot afford to buy their products. This political callousness has been devastating for the working class.

Tobias Michael, Workers' Compass

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor John Stoltenberg

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The United States government must intercede in the job crisis that is gripping America. The open wound of the Great Recession is still oozing pain and misery across America, and the crisis has spread to the rest of the world. We are not afforded the luxury of waiting for a super democrat majority in order to organize a new future, not that the Democrats would offer any help even then.

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The necessity of a massive jobs’ program is becoming even more apparent with every dismal statistic that is announced. Here are a few factors that we must consider when we review the breadth and scope of the jobs crisis.

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One third of working families in US struggling to meet basic needs, Jerry White, World Socialist Web Site

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  • The ranks of the working poor swelled by another 1.7 million as corporations used the economic downturn to wipe out full-time positions and force ever-larger numbers of workers to take part-time, temporary and low-paying jobs.
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  • The rich get richer, with government help
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  • For Whom Does the Bell Toll?
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Throwing Public Unions Under the Bus

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  • Public workers cannot be spectators in this unfolding drama. They must learn to act collectively. Unions must educate their membership about the gravity of the coming assault. Anti-union attacks must be resisted while alternatives are proposed; state funding must be increased by raising taxes on the rich and the corporations. If public employee unions are busted, the rest of the labor movement will be targeted next – but it will be too weak to defend itself.
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  • Let's bust the myths about public unions
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Shamus Cooke, Truthout

The stage is set and the main  actors in Congress and in the corporate establishment are ready to  perform after rehearsing behind closed doors for the coming assault on  organized labor's most powerful sector: public workers.

The final  preparations were smoothed out in Obama's tax 'compromise' with the  Republicans, which gave details of the drama's first act. The tax plan  purposely did not include a critical element for state funding, called  the Build America Bonds program (BAB), which allows recession-sunk  states to easily borrow money from the federal government. In the face  of enormous deficits, the states would be left to drown."

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Let's bust the myths about public unions, Eliot Seide, Minneapolis Star Tribune | MN
These are average Minnesotans who serve the needs the governor neglects.

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One third of working families in US struggling to meet basic needs

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  • The ranks of the working poor swelled by another 1.7 million as corporations used the economic downturn to wipe out full-time positions and force ever-larger numbers of workers to take part-time, temporary and low-paying jobs.
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  • The rich get richer, with government help
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  • For Whom Does the Bell Toll?
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Jerry White, World Socialist Web Site

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor John Stoltenberg

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Nearly one in three working families in the United States are struggling to meet their most basic needs, according to a new analysis of US Census data by the Working Poor Families Project. Between 2007 and 2009, the share of working families that were low-income—earning less than 200 percent of the official threshold—increased from 28 percent to 30 percent.

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The new report was issued as the Obama administration and Congressional Republicans agreed to a range of tax cuts that will further enrich the wealthiest two percent of the American population. In the face of staggering levels of unemployment, poverty and social need, the politicians of both corporate-backed parties in Washington have pledged that 2011 will be the year for making “tough choices” to slash vitally necessary social programs.

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The rich get richer, with government help, Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson, Bloomberg News/Minneapolis Star Tribune | MN

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  • Under Republicans and Democrats alike -- enthusiastically in the former case, more ambivalently in the latter -- Wall Street received a sympathetic ear, even though its practices were enriching a tiny slice of Americans and posed real risks to the economy as a whole.
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  • Fast Track to Inequality
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  • Washington at Work--for the Wealthy
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For Whom Does the Bell Toll? Preschool Matters...Today

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  • The latest Census Bureau data (collected in 2009 and early this year) show the gap between rich and poor in the U.S. is the widest on record.
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  • It’s Time We Heed The Words of John Donne
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12 Traits of a Great Boss

In real life, nobody's perfect -- not even you, Mr. Boss Man. In fact, many bosses assume they're doing a good job at managing their employees when the opposite is the reality.

Rachel Farrell, Special to CareerBuilder

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For many people, a cardinal sin is thinking they're perfect. Job seekers think they're not making any job-search mistakes. Employees "always" do the best they can. And bosses are always great.

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Right.

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Unfortunately, in real life, nobody's perfect -- not even you, Mr. Boss Man. In fact, many bosses assume they're doing a good job at managing their employees when the opposite is the reality.

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"Such situations occur frequently, quite simply because the boss does not have accurate feedback," says Sandra Naiman, author of The High Achiever's Secret Codebook: The Unwritten Rules for Success at Work. "Often employees don't tell him or her what they really think."

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Let's bust the myths about public unions

These are average Minnesotans who serve the needs the governor neglects.

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Eliot Seide, Minneapolis Star Tribune | MN

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It's no surprise that president wannabe Tim Pawlenty urged governments to take on their unionized employees in Monday's (Dec 13) Wall Street Journal column, reprinted Tuesday (Dec 14) in the Star Tribune ("Public-sector unions burden the taxpayer"). He wants government to lead a race to the bottom that's bad for our economy and for the entire working class.

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In Minnesota, it's unionized public workers who come to the rescue when victims of the poor economy need help. We're the life preserver for workers who are losing their jobs, their homes and their health care. We're the blue-collar workers who take care of South St. Paul, while Pawlenty cuts his hometown. We keep motorists safe, while he lets their bridge collapse. We feed grandma, while he forces her nursing home to close. We staff emergency rooms, while he cuts hospitals to the bone. We help minds soar, while he crowds classrooms, hikes tuition and closes libraries. We do our jobs, while he leaves Minnesota to crusade for his next job.

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