'We know how to get out of this mess'

We have a lot of work to be done, just waiting for people to do it. We have a lot of people without work to do. This really isn’t complicated. Here’s Dean Baker this morning for the Center for Economic Policy and Research: We know how to get out of this mess, we have known [Read More...]

Last week's jobs thread …

… only had a handful of comments. Probably a hint that this attempt at longshot-networking isn’t working. So instead of starting another new thread today, let’s try redirecting back to last week’s to see if we can’t drum up a few more responses there. [Read more...]

Job Seekers Open Thread

. Job seekers: Let us know where you are and what you’re looking for. Everybody: Skim through and see if you know something, or know someone, or know someone who knows someone, who might help out one of our job seekers. [Read more...]

Phone calls carry more weight than emails

Macroeconomic Advisers LLC says President Barack Obama’s American Jobs Act “would give a significant boost to GDP and employment.” The various tax cuts aimed at raising workers’ after-tax income and encouraging hiring and investing, combined with the spending increases aimed at maintaining state & local employment and funding infrastructure modernization, would: Boost the level of [Read More...]

Job Seekers Open Thread

. Here’s the good thing (or at least the thing I keep telling myself is a good thing): It’s September. It doesn’t matter that most employers aren’t bound by the academic year and that there’s nothing about their annual or seasonal schedule that makes September special. Like the rest of us, they can’t escape the [Read More...]

When the free market gives you free money, take it

The U.S. Mint has been trying to promote the use of $1 coins, offering free shipping to those who “purchase” large quantities of the more durable, more efficient currency. Some credit card banks promote the use of their cards by offering frequent flyer bonus miles as a reward. The more you purchase with those cards, [Read More...]

Post-Labor Day Job Seekers Open Thread

. Job seekers: Let us know where you are and what you’re looking for. Everybody: Skim through and see if you know something, or know someone, or know someone who knows someone, who might help out one of our job seekers. My latest thing is hitting all the local chamber of commerce sites, making lists [Read More...]

The priority of labor (cont'd.)

It is, admittedly, a bit odd for me as a Baptist to be such a fan of a papal encyclical. But my enthusiasm for Laborem Exercens is in spite of, not because of, its claim to ecclesiastical authority. I admire it because it presents a thoughtful and principled argument based on and distilled from non-sectarian [Read More...]


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