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  •  Not that I ever actually was on unemployment (8+ / 0-)

    but I don't need 'encouragement' as a long term unemployed to find a job - I need help actually getting a job.  Hell, if the government wants to make itself useful, either do another massive WPA, or at the very least, create a bunch of unpaid internship type openings to get free labor out of folks while giving them experience they can put on their resume and keep their skills up to date, so that employers don't simply pass them over because they've been idled too long.

    •  I'm not a fan of unpaid internships (4+ / 0-)

      because you still have to eat somehow.

      IMO the first place to start would be the federal government getting off the hiring-freeze-shrink-the-government shtick and actually hiring people, with adequate funding for both direct government programs (National Parks, IRS offices) and grant-making agencies (NEH, NSF, NIH, HUD). If there's adequate funding for Head Start, then Head Start programs all over the country hire more teachers and aides (and enable more parents to have reliable child care). And so on down the line.

      I'm not convinced that rolling out a big new federal jobs program is useful. And politically, it's basically impossible in the current gridlock. A budget that adequately funds domestic programs is difficult to achieve, but not impossible.

    •  If those unpaid internships... (2+ / 0-)
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      Dr Erich Bloodaxe RN, Stude Dude

      ...came with "non-cash" compensation like room, board and credit toward loan balances (1 year of service eliminates 1/4 of accumulated student loan debt?) and if the internships involved "low tech" but necessary work (much like the CCC??) I could get warm to the idea.

      Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. --Martin Luther King Jr.

      by Egalitare on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 06:35:12 AM PST

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    •  Bring back the WPA and the CCC (0+ / 0-)

      It worked before, and worked magnificently - America got public art, public works, theater, books, library services, teachers, research facilities, and nutrition/childcare programs, and millions of people were given the equivalent of what they would have gotten on relief in the form of paychecks and what FDR called "the dignity of work."  It was a huge success, and kept America from sliding into the abyss during a time of seething social unrest.  Why we can't have something like that now is beyond me.

      This isn't freedom. This is fear - Captain America

      by Ellid on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 08:59:19 AM PST

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