Jobless Rate a National Scandal; Beltway Yawns

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Brent Budowsky: The pain of workers is excruciating, and nobody in Washington cares. Congress prepares to return from a ridiculous five-week vacation with no attempt to pass a major jobs bill in four years.

Here’s a Tip–Tips Not Always Tips

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Sylvia Allegretto: As a former waiter and bartender of seven years, I’m always a bit miffed that the sub-minimum wage paid to tipped workers has been all but forgotten.

It’s the Jobs, Stupid

President Barack Obama greets staff of Council of Economic Advisers (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Brent Budowsky: Obama needs to contemplate the possibility that his legacy will be “the jobless president.” He should fight to become “the jobs president.”

Obama Must Lead

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Brent Budowsky: There was no excuse for the president to shout from the rooftops about the dangers of sequester while not doing a thing to prevent it. Americans need jobs, not spin, and leaders, not photo ops.

America’s Uncivil Phone Manners

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Walter Brasch: More and more we see a loss of civility by people and organizations that may think they’re just too important to deal with the people.

Stop Obsessing About the Budget Deficit

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Robert Reich: I wish President Obama and the Democrats would explain to the nation that the federal budget deficit isn’t the nation’s major economic problem and deficit reduction shouldn’t be our major goal.

After Villaraigosa, Will Black Community Decide LA’s Mayor’s Race?

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Anthony Samad: Hindsight is 20/20, but it’s time to admit it — the Black Community picked wrong in 2005. It intends to pick right in 2013.

Mario Solis-Marich on KTLK 9 a.m. to Noon

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Mario Solis-Marich guest hosting on KTLK 1150, 9 a.m. to noon.

Because Some Laundry Needs to Be Aired

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Jasmyne Cannick: I practically collapsed on the spot when I walked into that hospital room and saw my friend hooked up to an IV, withered down to skin and bones.

Rally for the 99%

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We are at a crossroads as a country. We have a choice to make. Greater wealth for a few or opportunity for many. Tax breaks for the richest or a fair shot for the rest of us. A government that can be bought by the highest bidder, or a democracy that is truly of the people, by the people, and for the people.

Manufacturing Illusions:

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Robert Reich: Suddenly, manufacturing is back – at least on the election trail. But don’t be fooled. The real issue isn’t how to get manufacturing back. It’s how to get good jobs and good wages back. They aren’t at all the same thing.

Unemployment: Shadows and Reality

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Kathleen Peine: The unemployment report came out recently, and Punxatawny Phil saw a service sector job — that means six more years of growth. Or something like that. It’s all very complicated.

Why Jobs Still Matter More Than Budget Deficits

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Robert Reich: Government should extend unemployment benefits, and not cut spending until the nation’s rate of unemployment is down to 5 percent. Then, and only then, should we move toward budget austerity.

A Government Overwhelmed by Corporate Money

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Robert Reich: American business won’t and can’t lead the way to more and better jobs in the United States. First, the private sector is increasingly global, with less and less stake in America. Second, it’s driven by the necessity of creating profits, not better jobs.

Apple’s Labor Pool: Job Market or Slave Auction?

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Steven Mikulan: Everything about Apple (from the mocking irony of Jobs’ name to the outsourcing of its employees’ livelihoods to factories in a totalitarian police state) epitomizes big business’s attitude of contempt – not only for American workers but for America itself.

Despise Congress? We Are The 95%!

Tina Dupuy: Yes, 5 percent of Americans think Congress is doing a good job. Which means 5 percent of those polled didn’t understand the question.

Holiday Pall: Joblessness Crisis Intensifies

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Carl Bloice: The average period of unemployment now exceeds 26 weeks, well above the previous peak in July 1983 of just 21.2 weeks. This is critical because the longer that people of any age are out of work, the less likely they are to find another job.

Reform vs. Revolution Within Occupy

Photo: Ted Fisher

Shamus Cooke: For Occupy to grow into a democratic revolutionary movement, the working majority of the population must join in, requiring that Occupy broadcast a message based on concrete working-class demands.

The Jobs Report: Don’t Break Out the Champagne

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Robert Reich: When people ask me what Congress is likely to do I always say the same thing: The odds are in favor of nothing.

How More Recycling Could Boost the Economy

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Sabrina Bornstein: Recycling may be all the rage these days, but here in L.A. and across the country vast amounts of recyclable goods end up in landfills every year.

Trigger Deficit Cuts When Unemployment Drops to 5 Percent

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Robert Reich: So the best of all worlds is to have a big jobs plan now, and also commit to automatic cuts triggered when unemployment falls to 5 percent.

Billionaire Bagger Bamboozles L.A. Downtown Dems

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Brad Parker: With no plan in hand, the city leaders of Los Angeles are chortling about how a new Football Stadium for an imaginary NFL Team will usher in an era of jobs, jobs, jobs for all Angelenos.

Hope for Bankaneers: We Do Like Pirate Movies

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Tina Dupuy: Funny how all corporations are now the euphemistic “job creators,” even after they proved to be (over and over again) job-cutters. Yes, the swashbuckling job-cutters! Arrr!

Governor Jerry Brown Signs Immigration Bills that Help, Not Hurt, California’s Economy

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Seth Hoy: With an increasing unemployment rate of more than 12%, California legislators concluded that it “must pursue all avenues in facilitating and incubating job development and economic growth.”

Can Republicans Cure the Jobs Crisis?

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Steve Hochstadt: Republicans believe that continuing high unemployment will bring Obama down, so they want to preserve what they feel is their winning card: a bad economy.

Will Obama’s Job Speech End Political Gamesmanship?

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Anthony Samad: I’ll be curious to find out how many people were hired from the CBC job fairs around the country. Or was it another “smoke and mirrors” engagement to make politicians look good?

A President Standing In Quicksand

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Joseph Palermo: Obama and the Democrats are in trouble politically not because they did too much to help hurting Americans, but because they did too little.

How to Create More Jobs By Lowering Wages: Texas and America

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Robert Reich: Perry and Romney can duke it out over who created the most jobs, but governors have as much influence over job growth in their states as roosters do over sunrises.

Financial Regulation Kills Jobs? Perhaps Not

Marian Wang: But separate from the jobs created to actually handle new regulation, others have pointed out that regulations can have a long-term, positive effect on overall economic growth by preventing the types of crises that put an industry on life-support.

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, GOP Fiscal Terrorists

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Jerry Drucker: The strongest answer to date in stopping the GOP onslaught is to replicate the wonderful and wise voters of Wisconsin.

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