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By Rachel Goldfarb, originally published on Next New Deal

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America Can Attain Full Employment with a Bold Approach to the Jobs Emergency (Next New Deal)

Jeff Madrick, Director of the Bernard L. Schwartz Rediscovering Government Initiative, argues that government can create more and better jobs if lawmakers can get over their current fatalism.

  • Roosevelt Take: Read the Rediscovering Government Initiative's new report, "A Bold Approach to the Jobs Emergency: 15 Ways We Can Create Good Jobs in America Today," here.

Obamacare: 9.3 million & Counting (The Big Picture)

Thom Hartmann speaks with Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow Richard Kirsch, who looks forward to when the GOP gets past obstructionism and we can focus on ways to improve the Affordable Care Act.

Long-Term Unemployment Is Elevated Across All Education, Age, Occupation, Industry, Gender, And Racial And Ethnic Groups (Working Economics)

Heidi Shierholz argues that the prevalence of long-term unemployment across all demographics proves this crisis has nothing to do with workers, and everything to do with employers who aren't hiring due to lack of demand.

The Politics Around Welfare Show Why the Poor Need a Real Break, Not Just a Tax Break (The Nation)

Michelle Chen argues that the Earned Income Tax Credit shouldn't be the key pillar of anti-poverty efforts, as it's only a once-a-year boost that leaves out too many people living in poverty.

Forget Obamacare: Vermont Wants to Bring Single Payer to America (Vox)

Sarah Kliff explains that Vermont's governor is determined to see single payer health care in his state because it will cut statewide health care costs by millions. His current challenge: funding the program.

U.S. House Republicans Prepare a Second JOBS Act bill; Critics See Dangers (Reuters)

The bill is supposed to make it easier for startups to raise money, writes Sarah N. Lynch, but critics see it as an attempt at deregulation that reduces the amount of information potential investors can access.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Economics on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 05:37 AM PDT.

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  •  Now if we only had even one way to get any... (9+ / 0-)

    of it implemented.

    It is the irony of our time that such a fine organization as yours can present sound solutions on a weekly basis and yet there is no political will in Washington making it all moot. Thats probably why there are few progressive think tanks, no one in Washington cares about progressive legislation

    Its not like those in Washington don't know what to do either,they just don't care.

    When the Republicans are in power they get what they want and when the Democrats are in power they still get what they want. At what point do people finally see it is just theater? ~ Me

    by fToRrEeEsSt on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 05:56:29 AM PDT

  •  I don't understand why these diaries don't get (8+ / 0-)

    more comments and reccs.  Aside from environmental diaries, I find this series to be the most informative on dKos.

    I definitely stand behind everything in that 15 Ways report.  Very hopeful.

  •  Go Vermont (3+ / 0-)


    I love president Obama!!!

    by freakofsociety on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 08:17:36 PM PDT

    •  I wish there was a way to help fund (2+ / 0-)
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      freakofsociety, Cadillac64

      Vermont's single payer to make it a success.  It sounds to me like they need seed money.   I like that the tax they would collect is protected to be spent only on heathcare and not get moved into the general budget.  That speaks volumes.

      If Obama can raise one billion dollars for his campaign, it seems to me this nation of democrats could come up with some serious cash to get Vermont's system running healthy as an example to the rest of the nation.   It would be a good investment for anyone who wants this nation to follow their example.

      The VOX article says that admin costs for doctors and hospitals would still be higher because not all of their patients are from Vermont.  Seems Vermont could, as a state, settle bills with other out of state insurance companies.  Run those bills through one office at the state level instead of hundreds of offices at the doctor/hospital level.

      1. What does it mean? 2. And then what?

      by alwaysquestion on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 09:10:22 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Civil Conservation Corps! nt (2+ / 0-)
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    alwaysquestion, Cadillac64
  •  Major US Exports to China (1+ / 0-)
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    Major US Exports to China: Scrap Copper and Metals,and Treasury Bonds

    At the China's Opening Up New Stage Forum held on July 6, JianDong Ju, director of the international economic research center at Tsinghua University, said that there are serious structural distortions in U.S. exports to China. There are few high-tech exports but a large amount of scrap metal exports, treasury bonds, agricultural products and aircrafts.
    China’s imports from the U.S. increase every year, the percentage of U.S. imports is declining — from 9.7 percent in 1989 to 7.2 percent in 2008.

    The International Economic Research Center at Tsinghua University’s data show that of the U.S. total global exports, the export of steel scrap, copper scrap and aluminum scrap to China accounted for 75 percent, 61 percent and 61 percent, respectively. These percentages rank as No.1, 2, and 3 of the total U.S. exports to China. If we take the U.S. export of treasury bonds into consideration, those account for 63 percent of the total U.S. commodity and debt export.

    "The U.S. has a comparative advantage in its high-tech products, but its total number of exports to China is too small," said JianDong Ju.

    You Don't Happen To Make It. You Make It Happen !

    by jeffrey789 on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 09:20:10 PM PDT

  •  Single Payer (2+ / 0-)
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    Egalitare, Cadillac64

    Even Adam Smith, the Scottish economist and father of market-based ideology, thought the state was "probably better" at health and education..

    The NHS United Kingdom is one of the most cost-effective health systems in the developed world, according to a study (pdf) published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.

    The "surprising" findings show the NHS saving more lives for each pound spent as a proportion of national wealth than any other country apart from Ireland over 25 years. Among the 17 countries considered, the United States healthcare system was among the least efficient and effective.

    Researchers said that this contradicted assertions by the health secretary, Andrew Lansley, that the NHS needed competition and choice to become more efficient.

    "The government proposals to change the NHS are largely based on the idea that the NHS is less efficient and effective than other countries, especially the US," said Professor Colin Pritchard, of Bournemouth University, who analysed a quarter of a century's data from 1980.

    "The results question why we need a big set of health reform proposals ... The system works well. Look at the US and you can see where choice and competition gets you. Pretty dismal results.

    You Don't Happen To Make It. You Make It Happen !

    by jeffrey789 on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 09:33:58 PM PDT

  •  25% of American Have Been Unemployed - - (3+ / 0-)
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    Egalitare, Cadillac64, Val

    During the Great Recession - -
    And half of those who have found jobs - excluding the 5% long-term unemployed - Have taken jobs at significantly lower wages.

    It is criminal. It is immoral.

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