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Jul. 22, 2017 Jobs Guarantee

On Jul. 18, 2017, The New Republic’s Bryce Covert reported “Back to Work: How Democrats can win over Americans left behind in the new economy.” The Center for American Progress has a plan:

“A jobs guarantee would effectively prevent private employers from pitting workers against each other. If the government offered a job to everyone who wants to work, private-sector employees could demand adequate pay, humane schedules, and more generous benefits with less fear of getting fired. In effect, corporate America would be forced to compete with the government for employees—which would put pressure on private employers to provide desirable jobs. If they failed to offer a living wage and good benefits, people could simply leave for better, government-funded work.

So how, exactly, would a federal jobs guarantee work? William Darity Jr., an economist at Duke University who has long advocated for guaranteed jobs, has proposed that employment come with a minimum salary of $23,000 a year—enough to push every American above the poverty line. The CAP proposal looks similar, calling for each job to pay at least $15 an hour plus payroll taxes, or $36,000 a year. Even if the guarantee focuses only on increasing employment for workers without a college degree, CAP says, the plan would create 4.4 million new jobs.”

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May 23, 2017 Safety Net Budget Cuts

On May 22, 2017 The New Republic’s Alex Shephard reported “While the media was lavishing Trump with praise, he was preparing to shred the social safety net.”

“While Trump’s budget won’t include cuts to Medicare, there will be massive cuts to other programs that help moderate- and low-income voters. The budget slashes funding for Medicaid, CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program), food stamps, and disability insurance, while increasing work requirements for people receiving benefits. The people who will be targeted in these cuts are mostly the elderly, children, the poor, and the disabled.”

“But this budget is another signal of what has become abundantly clear since Trump entered office: that his administration will cut the social safety net at every opportunity. Far from being focused on moderate-income voters, Trump is instead carrying water for a Republican elite that wants to transfer wealth up the income ladder.”

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Feb. 5, 2017 Blumbers

Citizen Status Symbol

On Jan. 29, 2017, Bloomberg’s Peter Elstrom and Saritha Rai wrote “Trump’s Next Immigration Move to Hit Closer to Home for Tech” about the new administration’s immigration restrictions on high tech workers. It affected Infosys, TCS, Tech Mahindra and Wipro’s ability to supply cheap H1B labor to Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Salesforce, Microsoft and Twitter. “Ron Hira, an associate professor at Howard University, who has done extensive research on the subject, points out workers at outsourcers are typically not treated as well as others. The median wage at outsourcing firms for H-1B workers was less than $70,000, while Apple, Google and Microsoft paid their employees in the program more than $100,000, according to data he collected. That suggests the American companies are going after true, highly skilled employees, while the outsourcers are recruiting less expensive talent, he said.”

On Jan. 31, 2017, The New Republic’s Clio Chang wrote “Silicon Valley’s Uneasy Muslim Ban Dance” about Silicon Valley’s reaction to the new restrictions. “Within the structure of American capitalism, the average tech CEO has more in common with a billionaire like Donald Trump than with the average immigrant worker or refugee. That many of them continue to find ways to work with Trump and to undercut protests to protect their profits should come as no surprise. Trump is ushering in a plutocratic era that requires us to demand the most from those in powerful positions; to do so, we must first shed the assumption that Silicon Valley is on the side of the people.”

Quietly many tech executives are furious. They helped get the president elected hoping they would not have to pay taxes. The money they thought they would make may have to go toward hiring US citizens at market rates. Citizens also have an advantage because they have no travel restrictions as there might be with visas or green cards. Foreign workers who are captive in a way that even Frederick Douglass would be concerned but U.S. citizens can just walk across the street. You know, all that free market stuff conservatives talk about, until they need help.

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