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By Rachel Goldfarb, originally published on Next New Deal

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Marco Rubio to Jobless: Get Out Of Town (MoJo)

Erika Eichelberger speaks to Roosevelt Institute Fellow Mike Konczal about Marco Rubio's plan to give unemployed people subsidies to move to low-unemployment areas. Mike says that this plan won't solve the problem of long-term unemployment.

The War Over Poverty (NYT)

Paul Krugman argues that the war on poverty should be seen as a template for success for the progressive movement. The narrative has shifted such that poverty is no longer seen as an example of moral deficiency, which makes anti-poverty programs more politically viable.

Why The Republican’s Old Divide-and-Conquer Strategy — Setting Working Class Against the Poor — Is Backfiring (Robert Reich)

Robert Reich argues that the Republicans, who continue to oppose policies that help the poor, such as food stamps and minimum wage increases, are running into problems because of the growth of the working poor, who need those programs to make ends meet.

Showdown vote ahead on Senate Democrats’ bill to extend jobless benefits (WaPo)

Paul Kane reports on the coming fight to pass Harry Reid's proposal for emergency unemployment insurance, which extends the program through November but cuts benefits to 31 weeks. Reid has shut down amendments to the bill, and an all-or-nothing vote will likely be held on Monday.

Universal Preschool Push Will Test Cuomo’s Commitment to New York Women (The Nation)

Bryce Covert uses the push for universal pre-K in New York to explain why it's impossible to split social and economic agendas. Pre-K isn't just an education issue; it's also about parents' ability to work, which makes this an economic issue that tax cuts can't solve.

Pinprick: Six Reasons Why Civil Fines Don't Deter Corporate Wrongdoers (PolicyShop)

David Callahan lists reasons that even massive fines like those JPMorgan Chase has been hit with don't eliminate illegal behaviors. The most important reason is that these fines don't cause any real damage to the individuals making the decisions for the corporation.

New on Next New Deal

Obama's 'Promise Zones' Have Potential if They Include Anchor Institutions

Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network National Field Strategist Joelle Gamble writes that the administration would do well to focus on anchor institutions, which the Roosevelt Institute's new Rethinking Communities initiative is doing, as it works to encourage local economic growth.


Originally posted to Daily Kos Economics on Fri Jan 10, 2014 at 07:58 AM PST.

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  •  Jobs or unemployment benefits? (1+ / 0-)
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    catilinus

    As a retired engineer, it was my focus to fix a production problem and not get bogged down in reacting to one of the problems apparent symptoms. In other words, treat the disease not the symptom.

    When are politicians on either side, ever going to realize that unemployment benefits are not the solution to the problem. The lack of JOBS is the problem. When jobs return to this country, the need for unemployment benefits will diminish. The 800 lb gorilla in the room is something called the Free Trade Acts which have been used to strangulate the American economy below the income level of the upper classes. When Asian manufactured consumer goods make up 90% of a stores sales, it has nothing to do with "Free trade" and everything to do with corporations dumping products produced with labor costs of $0.26 to $0.78 USD/hr and no employee benefits. There shouldn't be a single product sold in the U.S. that isn't manufactured with a wage base at least equivalent to the U.S. minimum wage. That was the reason that tariff protections were authorized in the Constitution, to protect the U.S. economy from damage caused by foreign countries with extremely low wage levels.

    Who is it that is running the show in the U.S.? Our government or American and international corporations? Free trade only benefits corporations by giving them additional marginal profit because of the difference in wage and benefit packages between the U.S. and the third world. They will say that we can offer you products at lower prices, but there is no evidence that has ever happened. Their actions have caused massive job losses in primary and secondary sectors and many Americans can no longer buy the foreign products the Corporations have for sale. government should pass a law that limits the number of import a corporation doing business in the U.S. can sell or place enormous tariffs on those products.

    I ask you, what is wrong with the Constitution? It was written to protect real people, not the fictitious corporate person and now it is being ignored for the benefit of corporations and a few billionaires who've effectively bought the political structure of the country.

    •  The trade deals are noxious and should (0+ / 0-)

      be overturned, and unemployment benefits should be extended.

      Welcome from the DK Partners & Mentors Team. If you have any questions about how to participate here, you can learn more at the Knowledge Base or from the New Diarists Resources Diaries. Diaries labeled "Open Thread" are also great places to ask. We look forward to your contributions.

      The Americas greatest political dynasty...the Kaan

      by catilinus on Fri Jan 10, 2014 at 07:44:05 PM PST

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    •  So much of what you say is true.... (1+ / 0-)
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      Egalitare

      Unfortunately, most of the manufacturing in this country won't be brought back; it just does not seem to be cost-effective in the eyes of those who produce products to sell.

      And, it seems the markets they are wooing is the Chinese and Indian markets where 2 billion customers reside.  All is not lost here in America, but  the conservative point of view, the tightening and cutting of programs that promote educated children who will in turn  be on the forefront of innovation, is the mindset.

      Until our top priorities are education, and, I venture to say, I am one who applauds Obamacare, as it will increase the health and well-being of this nation, we will continue to falter.  A healthy and educated populace is what will bring us forward.

      We must bring back the years when there was no holding us back in science and technology; that is where America shines.  That is our future.  The increasing regression from many Republican lawmakers who disregard science is going to hurt us in this 21st century of competiveness.

      The job markets will arise from our innovation and entrepreneurship, as this is where we excel.  The conservative logic fails to understand that a living wage is vital to our consumer society.  A product and a service cannot flourish if there are no customers.  Workers must have disposable income to spend in order to keep our society moving.

      Our economic problems are a complex tangle of interwoven symbiotic relationships with private and governmental partnerships.

      •  Enough manufacturing can be built here (0+ / 0-)

        And of any other sector we place a priority and value upon.

        If we unconditionally accept the spreadsheets and fail to investigate and question the inherent biases in the selected data points and equations crafted to give preconceived results, we will never be able to assert goals, values and priorities different from those that further enrich the Financial Elites and their enablers at everyone else's expense.

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

        by Egalitare on Sat Jan 11, 2014 at 04:21:54 AM PST

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