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ProfessorEmeritus of History, Labor and Interdisciplinary Studies, California State University, Dominguez Hills.
Author of Why America Lost the War on Poverty--and How to win it (Univ. of North Carolina Press, 2007)

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       Thursday, June 20, 2019
So How's That Republican Tax Cut Working Out for the Working Class? Reviews the latest information about the broad impact of the tax cut and shows that the cuts have not brought significant benefits for average workers. Surprise: it was all about enriching the richest Americans.

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       Wednesday, April 10, 2019
It's True: Real Wages Are Rising. But Fast Enough? And for How Long Economists are always searching for good news on the wage front.There's been a little but real wages are about where they were in the early 1970s. Political action and government reform is essential for substantive wage growth.
Hub Factory (MSA), From FlickrPhotos

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       Tuesday, March 5, 2019
The Manufacturing Job Increase: Back to the 50s? Careful analysis of the numbers of manufacturing workers in American in recent times. Aims to give the reader a realistic assessment of claims about "bringing back" manufacturing.

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       Monday, October 15, 2018
Wages Rising? Despite the best labor markets in years, real wages for rank-and-file workers are not rising much at all. Many reasons are mentioned, but the article highlights the fact that real unemployment is higher than the official rate says. The essay also discusses Amazon's $15/hour wage and where it fits into the picture.

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       Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Is Low Inflation the Path to Sustained Real Wage Growth? Should we hope for less inflation as the way to get more real wage growth? Should we push for larger increases in nominal pay? I believe we should assume that inflation will usually be in the 2-3% range and that workers should be getting paycheck increases of 4 to 5% a year.
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       Tuesday, July 24, 2018
The Crummy Good Economy and the New Serfdom Another effort to explain, at apparently full employment, real wages have gone nowhere for two years. New arguments about fast-food serfdom that limits worker mobility.

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       Friday, May 18, 2018
Unemployment: 3.9%. Finally, We Can Stop Worrying About Unemployment By conventional standards, unemployment is very low. Yet wages aren't rising much. Why? One reason is that there's a lot of hidden unemployment

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       Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Have We Reached Full Employment? Should The Fed Put the Brakes on Job Growth to Avoid Inflation Down the Road? The answers are no and no. Even when the official unemployment rate is 4.1%, we are not close to real full employment. And inflation is mild. If the authorities are really worried about higher inflation later on, they should start working on counter-measures that don't include higher unemployment.
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       Friday, December 29, 2017
Happy New Year, Sure, But Why Aren't Wages Soaring? Imaginary characters try to explain why average wages have not increased much, despite what looks like high demand for workers.

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       Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Republican Tax Cuts Are Not About Economic Growth or Lifting Working-Class Incomes Dropping individual tax rates for rich people does not lift average Americans. Neither does cutting corporate taxes, as long as there is a plentiful supply of jobless workers and few strong unions. Don't expect a big jump in real business investment when many companies already have more money than they know what to do with.

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       Friday, October 6, 2017
Poverty Down, Jobs Up, Everyone Earning More: What's Not to Like? A Father and Son Discuss the News Examines recent numbers about falling poverty, falling unemployment, rising incomes, to show that we have a long, long way to go before we are even on the road to wiping out poverty and unemployment.
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       Monday, August 21, 2017
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) as a Job-Creation Program Reminds the reader that the ACA created many new jobs, and that they were jobs doing good things for people. But it was not perfect and it needs reform.

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       Monday, May 15, 2017
Full Employment and How to Get It Illustrates that we have had too much unemployment and lousy wages for forty years and shows that tax cuts for the 1% won't turn things around. Describes what a full-employment America might look like.

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       Friday, March 31, 2017
$15 an Hour Should be the Absolute Minimum Minimum Wage $7.25 an hour is a disgrace. A $15 an hour minimum for everyone in America would be huge in a real way. But still not enough to have a comfortable living standard.

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       Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Thinking about an Infrastructure Program: Part I A national infrastructure program. How to begin thinking about one that is fair and efficient.

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       Sunday, December 11, 2016
What's Wrong with These Men? Why Aren't They Working? Why are 7 million prime-age men not working or even looking for work? Just lazy? High government benefits are better? This article reviews the explanations and emphasizes the role of lousy wages as a disincentive. Includes a list of useful sources for those who want more.

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       Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Here's How Good and How Bad American Job Markets Are (Now Donald and Hillary, Pay Attention and Learn Hard to know from Donald and Hillary how much work we have to do to get to full employment. Our country is not going to disappear, as some say, but to get to full employment, which we rarely have, will be a yuge political task.

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       Thursday, August 18, 2016
Bring Back the Jobs. But How Many? This article does the numbers on how many manufacturing jobs we could get back, even if policy was nearly perfect. It suggests focusing new jobs on poverty areas. Sounds simple, but can we do it?

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       Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Five Things You Should Know About Social Security Five bad ideas about Social Security and five better ones. And Social Security needs defending.

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       Thursday, December 24, 2015
The Holidays: Arguing about Good Jobs with the Family America needs the federal government to create good jobs directly. Nothing else is doing it. Objections to this argument take the form of a family discussion at a holiday dinner.

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