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  •  A new economic paradigm (8+ / 0-)

    Gains in efficiency/productivity mean that it is very unlikely in a globalizing world that manufacturing will ever again be a major employer.  We need a strategy based on 3 things:

    1)Single Payer Health Care - scrap the current reform and go after the big prize.  This would be a huge jobs program and enable more security and opportunity for the middle class.
    2)A Shortened Work Week - The 40-hour work week was put in place by FDR in order to alleviate the downward pressure on employment that efficiency of the time had on workers.  Its been 70 years of increasing efficiency gains since then and yet we have the same work week.  Time to start enjoying our advancements.
    3)Reduced Consumption - sadly, we simply cannot go on trying to consume 25% of the world's stuff with only 5% of the population.  Our gluttonous ways have to slow.

    •  I don't know how (5+ / 0-)

      to slow down my gluttonous ways.

      I have no phone.

      I have no cable.

      I have Internet & a dying computer: this is my luxury.

      I eat vegetarian meals frequently b/c meat is too expensive.

      I make less than a living wage (thanks, St. Ronnie!).

      I have no health insurance.

      How do I cut back?

      You will not take my beer until I am dead.  It's not even good beer, but lousy beer is better than no beer at all.

      GOP: Turning the U.S. into a banana republic since 1980

      by Youffraita on Thu Dec 03, 2009 at 11:50:57 AM PST

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    •  Well, more than three (1+ / 0-)
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      You hit the right points there.  

      We need a new economic paradigm, where people have more leisure time because technology is doing more of the work.  The reason we don't go there now is because we are structured to pass productivity gains up to a few instead of sharing them.  That will have to change.

      Dave Johnson

      -- Seeing The Forest -- Who is our economy FOR, anyway? Twitter: dcjohnson

      by davej on Thu Dec 03, 2009 at 01:37:05 PM PST

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