Who Lobbies for Jobs?

Robert Reich is making sense:

Who represents the American workforce in Washington? Who is lobbying for a national strategy to create more and better jobs here? The answer is no one. Organized labor represents fewer than 7 percent of private-sector workers and has all it can do to protect a dwindling number of union jobs. Republicans like it this way and for three decades have been trying to convince average working Americans that government is their enemy. Yet corporate America isn’t their friend. Without bold government action on behalf of our workforce, good American jobs will continue to disappear. — Robert Reich

54 thoughts on “Who Lobbies for Jobs?”

  1. yeah… Robert Reich does make sense.

    Dylan Ratigan is traveling the country this winter on what he calls his “30 million jobs” tour. Last week he went into the belly of the beast, Washington DC.

    Ratigan is a conservative and used to blame the government for businesses woes. Not anymore. He said on his show this past Friday that he was wrong. He nows espouses the only way to put people back to work is by the government setting policies that will create an atmosphere in which the private sector can grow.

    IOW… a marriage between both government and private businesses.

    oh yeah…. WOO! WOO!

  2. There have been several investigations showing the steady decrease in the buying power of the average income and the stagnation of wages. It becomes even worse when you consider that the liberation of women moved middle and upper class women into the work force (poor women had always worked). This created several problems that we deal with now.

    1. Since a household now had two incomes, wages of individuals could stagnate or drop without the loss of buying (or even an increase) for a couple of decades thus helping to fuel the rise in prices of houses and other long term purchases (Anybody remember $50 used cars?)

    2. Women with great educations could move into even more professional fields and forcing education and medicine to try to match competitive wages, so that both fields now suffer with trainees and less educated nursing staff.

    3. Because of steady wage stagnation more and more households now needed two full time incomes just to maintain the same standard of living. This has now become such a major problem that children can’t leave the nest because they need to help keep up the standards of their middle class home while paying off debts.

    4. Whole areas that used to be the purview of volunteers now have to have paid staff because the women have gone to work and the men need longer and longer hours just to provide the same income (See “Bowling Alone”). The old volunteer organizations such as Moose, Elks, Rebeccas etc. are losing membership because fewer and fewer people have time to take away from purely family time.

    Now all of the above are “generalities” but generalities are where the average person lives and this monumental shift in the economic structure of the U.S. has more far reaching effects than I had space to mention.

    Corporations and the bill of goods they sold to the American public have been stabbing the golden goose of the middle class for more than three decades and now it has almost reached the stage of a Sarah Palin turkey.

  3. Republicans keeping millions out work to put one man out of a job


    another one I like
    Democrats are sexier –did you ever hear someone talk about a nice piece of elephant (I apologize in advance)

    And of course

    Democrats cleaning up Republican messes since 1933

  4. Ari Fleshier( edited to say sometimes spellcheck is right) secret adviser to the Koman fund
    I certainly hope this is the end of his fake analysis on CNN

  5. I’m thinking of sending a check to either the grinch or Sanctum Samctorum, ‘cuz America needs candidates who’ll stay in the race, and keep hammering away at willard, making his campaign, the neocons, all the republican moneybags, and all the foreign donors bleed money til it hurts like death. I want them to blow at least a $$$ B!LL!ON on the primary/caucus cycle.

    Just thinking about it. I haven’t pulled my checkbook out yet.

    The MN caucuses is coming up tomorrow, and I won’t be there, dammit. The MN Puguglicans have a knack for favoring the guy who doesn’t get the nomination. I hope they put romdum behind bachmann, grinch, Sanctorum, and pol. That would really make me proud of MN, especially if on the Dem side the majority caucused either HRC or Uncommitted, and oh, bummer came in 3d.

  6. Could happen. We weren’t called the Wild Asses of the prairie for nothing.

    We’re not like those obedient, don’t-rock-the-boat-even-if-it’s-sinking kinda guys that inhabit Il. They aren’t known as 2/3 ill for nothing. HAHAHA

    Hey Solar, you’re buying lunch, right ?

  7. I just got an email from a friend that included this :

    Intelligence Study Links Low I.Q. To Prejudice, Racism, Conservatism

    Are racists dumb? Do conservatives tend to be less intelligent than liberals? A provocative new study from Brock University in Ontario suggests the answer to both questions may be a qualified yes.

    The study, published in Psychological Science, showed that people who score low on I.Q. tests in childhood are more likely to develop prejudiced beliefs and socially conservative politics in adulthood.

    I.Q., or intelligence quotient, is a score determined by standardized tests, but whether the tests truly reveal intelligence remains a topic of hot debate among psychologists.

    Dr. Gordon Hodson, a professor of psychology at the university and the study’s lead author, said the finding represented evidence of a vicious cycle: People of low intelligence gravitate toward socially conservative ideologies, which stress resistance to change and, in turn, prejudice, he told LiveScience.

    Why might less intelligent people be drawn to conservative ideologies? Because such ideologies feature “structure and order” that make it easier to comprehend a complicated world, Dodson said. “Unfortunately, many of these features can also contribute to prejudice,” he added.

    Dr. Brian Nosek, a University of Virginia psychologist, echoed those sentiments.

    “Reality is complicated and messy,” he said. “Ideologies get rid of the messiness and impose a simpler solution. So, it may not be surprising that people with less cognitive capacity will be attracted to simplifying ideologies.”

    But Nosek said less intelligent types might be attracted to liberal “simplifying ideologies” as well as conservative ones.

    In any case, the study has taken the Internet by storm, with some outspoken liberals saying that it validates their suspicions about conservatives and conservatives arguing that the research has been misinterpreted.

    Huffington Post — 2/1/2012

  8. Courtesy of Taegan Goddard :

    Quote of the Day

    “I’m going to just keep on doing is plodding away, very persistent. And you know what? One of the things about being president is you get better as time goes on.”

    — President Obama, in a pre-Super Bowl interview with Matt Lauer.

    First Read: “It’s mildly surprising to hear a president say that, but it is also one of the truths the public does believe — and it’s an additional hurdle for a potential challenger.”

  9. “a marriage between both government and private businesses”

    I think that’s where you begin if you want a fascist style of government….

  10. Just got back from giving an architect friend a bid for a decent project….

    I could not believe the other bids…two of them will not make any profit imo….they will work for wages….there is no room for m istakes: I have never seen or done a project that was 100% perfect….came close a few times…but there is always some unforeseens……machine break downs (this is part of the overhead and profit)..delays, weather conditions that could make the project run over its original start to finish dates…and no payment until 30 days…..told my friend that with friends like him….i don’t need any enemys…said that he wanted me to have it, b/c there was some more work coming down the line….he would cover my payroll for the first cpl of wks…..

    I asked since when did he start giving me the hanging the carrot in front of me stuff..told him to keep my bid together…and to add another 20% to it (Thats about what he is going to make, lets see how he likes working for noting HA.!)……..b/c he would be calling me to correct the project that will be abandoned due to lack of profit and overhead in it…

    MR XR,

    R U going to take Pogos place for the Lunch calls? Ok then, I will buy the lunch today…but wait right here while i go to the bank and draw out my last SS check….Ive had the pleasure of lunching with you before….it ain’t cheap.!

    Even tho Pogo ( on temp leave)…is the Vise pres. of the lunch club….I still have the rules book…and I will be calling your attention to them from time to time…..ask Carol…she got familiar with them…when ever she stepped outa line……HEY…i don’t make the rules….they are right here in the rule book.!….

    There is one rule that he wanted to go on the books: He once gave me a LOUD scolding… about calling lunch I beat him to t he call…he very competitive) and then sticking around and posting…during lunch….he said…and in not to friendly of a voice (post)

    Solarman (thats what i want to to call me MR. Solarman when it club biz) “When you call LUNCH…it is INCUMBENT upon you to go to LUNCH,and not keep POSTING”

    I coulda died laughing…i was laughing so hard ( as hard as when you yelled at me and said ………once) that I was going to pee on myself…..Judy just went into the bathroom….and I just had to go…..so I peed down Chris Mathews legs…..ahahhaaa

    ps…if the club doors are open again…we will need the pinks to do a little bit of painting…..and not pink this time….a mans kinda colors….

  11. “Dr. Gordon Hodson, a professor of psychology at the university and the study’s lead author, said the finding represented evidence of a vicious cycle: People of low intelligence gravitate toward socially conservative ideologies, which stress resistance to change and, in turn, prejudice, he told LiveScience.”

    I read that article somewhere else…….What they did not include in the study….is how religion fits into it…..I find that there is a connection to low iq’s…….

  12. The part of the Reich article truly stunned me since it applies not only to the US but in varying degrees to all segments of the first world economies. I’m fine with global investment in the developing world, but failure to invest in the resources of the native country is eating your seed corn just because there is a famine. If the US deteriorates into a majority citizenry in a new depression and poverty status while giving up on the dreams of the Middle class life we have known since WWII as an emerging world power while still trying to play big brother, policeman for the globe with an ever spiraling debt, you can kiss the country as we know it goodbye. It may take a couple of more decades but that lack of investment has only one end result: An overcrowded world of haves and have nots. Welcome to the dark ages of lords and serfs.

    “Global corporations – wherever they’re based – will create good jobs for Americans only if Americans are productive enough to summon them. Yet a large and growing portion of our workforce isn’t equipped to be productive. We’re hobbled by deteriorating schools, unaffordable college tuitions, decaying infrastructure, worsening health (along with rising health care costs) and declining basic R&D. All of this is putting us on a glide path toward even lousier jobs and lower wages.

  13. OMG, HarborW… Ratigan is suggesting no such thing. Small businesses create the most jobs in this country. They need taxes, banking, healthcare, and trade policies that are fair in order to create jobs. We need an educational system that doesn’t lag behind the rest of the world. We need a system that doesn’t extract money from the taxpayers up to the wealthy so that the average taxpayer has more money in his pocket and can buy products. We need more money flowing from the banks to create more startups.

    This is a man who used to say that old Repub axiom that “government IS the problem”. He now sees that we need government… but one that isn’t bought by the corporations. He wants a government that works for everyone. How one equates this with fascism is beyond me.

  14. Solar…
    a man’s kinda colors… do you mean like shitty brown or caca green…

  15. “a marriage between both government and private businesses”

    “I think that’s where you begin if you want a fascist style of government….”

    That is exactly what we need…..a marriage between the ism’s….socialism, capitalism….without lobbyist in the government…that would make it…a threesome…with the peopleism….

  16. “Solar…
    a man’s kinda colors… do you mean like shitty brown or caca green…”

    Going to let this one slide….club business…that would be…Mr. Solarman to u….and no…this is the biente uno century….a shade of purple might be nice…lilac…lavender….or since im an old shit…yeah…the shity brown, or the caca green……

  17. “That is exactly what we need…..a marriage between the ism’s….socialism, capitalism….without lobbyist in the government…”

    You seem to like any ism that isn’t Lobbyism. HAHAHA

    Shitty brown and caca green… Add burnt orange with shag carpet, Picasso’s Don Quixote print, and fake Mediterranean furniture, and you have the 1960s suburban fashion clich’e.

  18. redChina’s commie Party and the Saudi royal familiy have the best lobbyists. The former has the Chamber of commies, and steve forbes, and the latter has Fakes News and the bush crime family.

  19. redChina’s commie Party and the Saudi royal familiy have the best lobbyists. The former has the Chamber of commies, and steve forbes, and the latter has Fakes News and the bush crime family XR

    Boy Howdy that is the truth.
    We get all hot and bothered about lack of freedoms in places and are completely silent when some interest is being served instead.

  20. What Mr. Reich says is mostly correct. However, there is one unexplained aspect: why do the American people in such large numbers vote against their own economic interests? If Americans voted based on policies that actually served them economically, they wouldn’t need lobbyists. They have the votes! Why would any struggling semi-skilled worker in the United States, fighting to enter or stay in the middle class, be so snookered by the right-wing conservative nonsense of supply side and trickle down economics? Why don’t they demand better schools and transportation? More progressive taxation? Better access to higher education for their children?

    When the history of 20th and early 21st century American politics is written, it will not be that we are in a new ‘guilded age,’ it will be about why the vast majority tolerated, and in fact voted for oligarchy.

  21. cajo, does a “vast majority” even vote? voting-wise the tail wags the dog. and tails are usually in the proximity of a**holes.

  22. I think people vote against their self-interest because they have been brainwashed to think the self-interest of the rich is the common good.

  23. patd and KGC, No, the vast majority don’t vote, correct on that one. But even among those who do the finger that pulls the lever doesn’t seem to be connected to the brain. And, while not fashionable to say, there are a lot of people who are afraid the Dems will take away their guns, hand out condoms to their third graders (and make them eat vegetables in school), protect incompetent teachers, and allow Canada to invade because our military will be so weakened.

  24. RR et al…Didn’t mean to set off a firestorm. I’m very familiar with Dylan Ratigan and his work, and subscribe to it whole-heartedly. Have enjoyed seeing that you are also following his efforts. I probably shouldn’t have so lightly tossed off fascism as a business/government partnership, though that is an element of it, I think. My point…poorly made…is that a big part of our current predicament is due to the undue influence of big business over our government (politicians)…not small businesses, but large, multinational ones….

  25. HarborMuchacha,

    OK, thats great…now we have a marriage between all the isms now…capitalism, socialism,and realism…..but are we in dreamism?


    I posted last week how China is leading in the gdp department…think that they are at around 25-30%….we are somewhere around 18-20%…we were at 50%…..


    “redChina’s commie Party and the Saudi royal familiy have the best lobbyists. The former has the Chamber of commies, and steve forbes, and the latter has Fakes News and the bush crime family.”

    This is, has been, and will be our problem as far as I can see……specially the latter…world dominance…the S & S fiasco,….the too big to fail…..why is there always a thorny bush around when there is a lot of $ gone, and when there is was Rumsfeld, Enron, and the Dick C. when billions of dollars went missing in the Iraq mess…….call me Anon Paranoid….

  26. Solar, quickly looking it up, I don’t see the US GDP ever exceeding about 30% max.?

  27. Cajun Joe exactly the right uses all these things that don’t ahve anything to do with the economy as a way of distracting people
    but the biggest lie technique is the one about all Americans should aspire to be rich

  28. “What Mr. Reich says is mostly correct. However, there is one unexplained aspect: why do the American people in such large numbers vote against their own economic interests? ”

    They become convinced that flag burning, willie horton, Al Gore’s ‘wooden-ness’, & John Kerry’s ‘lack of patriotism,’ as demonstrated when he tossed away his silver star ribbon, were all more important. On the level of Governors, Senators and Reps, the majority of the public likes to vote for handsome males with soothing, confident baritone voices, who help us to understand that all of our troubles will be over if we will only cut his taxes and oppress weaklings.

  29. Did Clint Eastwood Know He Was Making a Case for Pres. Obama?

    by Taylor Marsh

    The Super Bowl ad above has caused quite a ruckus.

    Mr. Eastwood is in direct conflict with what he said last year.

    “We shouldn’t be bailing out the banks and car companies. If a CEO can’t figure out how to make his company profitable, then he shouldn’t be the CEO.” – Clint Eastwood

    Bailing out the U.S. car industry is one of the most exceptionally American things Pres. Obama has done.

    I’ve read Lawrence Summers 57-page economic memo and any person or politician positing that the Obama administration isn’t partially responsible for the trajectory of our economy, which is headed in positive direction, simply cannot be trusted.

    What I find inexcusable is what might have happened if Pres. Obama had opened up Medicare as his first stop in solving health care, especially at a moment in time where he had the people ready to back him. A stimulus of the size Robert Reich suggested is another failing. However, at least Pres. Obama didn’t check the austerity box with Bowles-Simpson.

  30. And Republicans Wonder Why Turnout is Down

    by Taylor Marsh

    Erick Erickson reveals one of the fundamental problems with Republicanism today. It’s not conservative at all anymore.

    In a rambling, self-importantly arrogant post, Erickson pontificates on what he thinks he knows about being a Christian through a literal analysis of the Bible. Then he stands in judgment over Pres. Obama.

    The self-righteous never see irony coming.

    There is nothing Christian in Erickson’s harangue against Pres. Obama. There is also nothing conservative about it.

    Conservatism has a measure of grounding when you listen to analysis of it from people who don’t wrap their religion through their conservative ideology.

  31. Oh Jamie and all,
    Don’t forget about Smash tonight on NBC..Jamie, i don’t know if its 7pm for you or how it works for the West Coast? East coasters its 10pm…

  32. Is Obama’s Coalition Re-Emerging?
    By Ronald Brownstein

    One striking aspect of the new ABC News/Washington Post poll released Monday is how closely the internal results of its head-to-head match-up between President Obama and Mitt Romney track Obama’s performance against John McCain in 2008. Overall, the poll found Obama leading Romney in a 2012 match up by 51 percent to 45 percent among registered voters. It was the first time the survey had shown Obama (or Romney) crossing the 50 percent threshold against the other in a series of ballot tests since last spring.

  33. Al Gore’s Desperate Bid to Keep Keith Olbermann—and Save Current TV
    Rebecca Dana

    It was early November when tensions between Keith Olbermann and Al Gore escalated into a crisis at Current TV. There had been a short honeymoon after Gore, the channel’s co-owner, had handed the notoriously temperamental anchor a reported $10 million salary and equity stake in February of last year, but the relationship soured quickly. Now, just five months after Olbermann’s show Countdown had resurfaced on Current, it looked as if he might walk away.

  34. Laura Bassett

    Mitt Romney: Susan G. Komen Was Right to Cut Planned Parenthood

    “Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney thrust himself into the the Susan G. Komen controversy on Monday when he said in a radio interview that he agreed with Komen’s decision to cut Planned Parenthood funding.

    When Minnesota radio host Scott Hennen asked Romney whether Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the leading U.S. anti-breast cancer charity, should continue to give Planned Parenthood grants for cancer screenings and mammogram referrals, Romney said, “I don’t think so.”

  35. CNN’s Roland Martin Under Fire From GLAAD For David Beckham Super Bowl Tweets

    Unfortunately for Martin, gay rights group GLAAD picked up the baton. The group tweeted a response to Martin, saying that “advocates of gay bashing have no place at @CNN.” The activist group went even further and has now called for CNN to fire Martin.

    GLAAD’s letter states that “Martin’s tweets today advocating violence against gay people weren’t an accident — they are a part of a larger pattern for Martin. Anti-gay violence in America is a serious problem facing millions of Americans. It’s no joke. CNN should fire Roland Martin.”

    GLAAD also took issue with a tweet Martin sent earlier in the day, in which he made fun of a New England Patriot player who arrived wearing a pink jumpsuit. “He needs a visit from #teamwhipdatass,” he wrote.

    UPDATE: Martin formally responded to the backlash.

    CNN continues to suck in my eyes for keeping this so called man of god gay hater as a commentator..

  36. Tony..do you really think Romney means what he said about not giving grants for cancer screening? That’s what I find so crazy. In order to pander to the conservatives..they have to turn into AHs??

    What’s worse than being an AH..is pretending to be one. I can’t even understand how that behavior could actually drum up votes.

    Thanks for your comment earlier this morning!

  37. Carol,
    I just don’t get it either! I don’t know whether Romney really means not to give towards cancer screening..Asshole really describes him if he does…Your the best and i’m so glad you came back to TM and commented!! Wish so much for Chloe to return….Thanks Carol… Maggie you too.. ❓ 😆

  38. Chris Hays just peeled Pete Hoekstra like an onion.

    Sadly, not too many people saw it. :sad:

  39. Apropos of the “low IQ” discussion, did anyone watch Olbermann and the “worst person” being the Louisana Congressman who put an Onion article on his web page about a “multi million dollar Planned Parenthood abortionplex? Here’s the story

  40. Tonyb I already saw the pilot as it was “On Demand”. It definitely has promise. Like all pilots there was a little too much exposition to introduce the characters, but the music and dance numbers were great.

    They will be putting the songs on ITunes just as Glee is doing.

  41. I spose willard just thinks that the churches ought to screen for breast cancer. HAHAHA

    I think PP ought to very publicly refuse to accept SGK money, until the latter stops wasting their contributors’ money on a woman who doesn’t believe in the SGK mission, and who wastes M!LL!ONS of the charity’s money on herself.

  42. Anywhat, it’s a tempest in a brinker teapot. I never eat there, I never gave to Komen, always felt it was fishy to name a breast cancer charity after someone.

    The ronald reagan Find the Cure for Dementia.
    The john boehner Center For The Conquest of Corrupt Stock Trading.
    The rick perry Institute For Retarded Politicians.
    The george f.will March Against Erectile Disfunction.
    The karl rove clinic for the study of sweaty albino pervs.

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