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Yes, a Jobs Guarantee Could Create “Boondoggles.” It also Might Save the Planet

Yes, a Jobs Guarantee Could Create “Boondoggles.” It also Might Save the Planet

Kate Aronoff

In recent weeks, talk of a federal job guarantee has swept into the national political debate. Possible 2020 presidential hopefuls Sens. Kristen Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) have both expressed their support for the idea, and Booker recently introduced legislation to create a job guarantee pilot program. And after Sen.


Good discussion to which I believe mention of the forces of privatization needs to be included, as it abhors such lofty goals (and results in the ultimate boondoggles, by the way). The commons must be kept intact and their stewardship should be shared by each to one’s ability to pay–with money and/or labor. It is past time to end this epoch of neofeudalism that is destroying humanity and most of life on earth. The iconic picture of the blue planet taken from the moon has faded from the headlines. It needs to be brought back into the lens of humanity’s constraints, and yes capitalists, there are constraints–if not for you then for your progeny. Wake the fuck up from your dreams of opulence and enter the world of reality and its imminent need of morality. “…in the end, you cannot eat money.”


Yes. The US military and its endless wars are the biggest boondoggle on Planet Earth.

I’m aware of no such obligation outside of unionized workplaces. Can you elaborate?


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The New Deal Programs cited above were largely responsible in preventing the Depression-era United States from sliding into Fascism. The legacy of these programs is still with us today, in ways large and small that most people do not even know about or think about.

There is so much that needs to be done, that the “market” will never do.


In addition to socially meaningful work, we have to change the operative preposition for work - from working “for”, to working “with” - if we’re serious about “the dignity of work”.


In case folks are wondering where the money for such a jobs program would come from: If we cut our military spending in half, our spending would still be more than that of the next two spenders, China and Russia.


I see no evidence that Congress has made any such hard decisions since the end of WW2. A really hard decision for Congress would be choosing to do the will of their constituents, rather than the bidding of the donor class.

As to “the most wealthy of our oligarchs,” a few of them, perhaps being aware of the breadth and depth of public anger, might undertand that it’s generally better to throw water on a fire than gasoline.

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It would be nice, but as my late dad said in so many words many years ago " Nothing is guaranteed except death and taxes!"

I am a big fan of R. Wolff.

Politics unfortunately is usually all about money.

I get the feeling that a good percentage of people on this site are doing just fine thank you, and are having intellectual discussions in the comfort of their plush apartments- no clue what the “working class” does.

That’s a really good idea however it has to be done right or a no one will go for it because of this issue:

  • A 250 billion dollar cut in defense spending would put a large number of defense contractor (work welfare for middle class) personnel out on the streets.

Such a cut must be accompanied by a law reducing mandatory full time work hours to 25 per week. At the same wage they are being paid to day on an annual basis!

Subsequent to this law, companies will have to hire all the highly technical, highly qualified people who get furloughed, to fill the other jobs that have been created by reducing people’s workloads from 50 to 60 hours right now down to 25. And if you want to work overtime no more than 5 hours a week should be permitted. By law, overtime work should always be at double time and a 1/2 unless it’s a holiday at which times, 10 times the normal hourly equivalent rate should be compulsory!

Gosh people having to be home with their families. Would that start a new Civil War?
Alternatively imagine what we could do as a society!