Saturday, September 17, 2011

War(s) for Jobs -

A number of recent post have highlighted the Census report that shows 1/6 Americans living in poverty.

Charles Blow, in this NYTimes piece, does so as well, and points out that "If you remove children and the elderly and just look at working-age adults — those 18 to 64 — the picture is even more bleak. The percentage of that group that is in poverty is the highest recorded since President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a “war on poverty” during his first State of the Union address in January 1964."

It's not just the unemployed, wages have fallen and are continuing to fall, the majority of those in poverty are working... just not making enough to survive.

Blow then highlights a new book by Jim Clifton - The Coming Jobs War -

Clifton's conclusion -
"“The war for global jobs is like World War II: a war for all the marbles. The global war for jobs determines the leader of the free world. If the United States allows China or any country or region to out-enterprise, out-job-create, out-grow its G.D.P., everything changes. This is America’s next war for everything.”"

And based on the petty squabbles regarding Obama's modest jobs proposal we're not prepared to fight in this war... in fact, given the austerity measures proposed and resulting cuts in public sector jobs that have and will continue to occur, more American's will be thrust into this war and the political leaders are not helping them compete.

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