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  •  I agree with vulcangrrl, high UE is part of the (3+ / 0-)

    overall strategy.
    While I do also agree with you that Dean Baker is right to call out R and R for their errors (at best; duplicity and other failings also likely), I do not think that austerity policies alone are driving the whole problem of UE--especially in the case of underemployment, with part-time employees who would take full-time work if offered.
    More and more U.S. jobs, even whole industries and sectors, are designed to be part-time. We see this in service sectors from the lowest-paid to the highest: increasing numbers in these fields are contingent workers, contract workers, who MIGHT be lucky enough to have steady work but only for limited hours (and usually no benefits). I see nothing in current anti-austerity discussions that would get at these structural problems. Not problems with the employees, but with the employers.

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    by peregrine kate on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 09:20:35 PM PDT

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