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house Bill H.R. 4278

Should the Labor Dept. Test a Federal Jobs Guarantee in 15 Communities for 3 Years?

Argument in favor

With high unemployment in many pockets of the country, as well as stagnant wages and paltry benefits across the economy, it’s time for the federal government to seriously consider the feasibility of a federal jobs guarantee. A limited pilot program to study this idea across the country is a relatively low-risk starting point to assess a federal jobs guarantee. By creating new employment opportunities, this bill would also help lift its pilot communities out of poverty.

Robert 's Opinion
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10/01/2019
This is an approach that claims to provide training to people who need it and then transfer them to private sector employers who want them. I think its worth a try.
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jimK's Opinion
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10/02/2019
An experiment to find best practices for helping disenfranchised classes of people develop skills to gain equal access to the 'American Dream' is beneficial to them and the country generally.
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10/01/2019
We need to begin a serious effort to examine and identify national program and goals for ways to prepare for the coming effects of technology that will likely eliminate enormous numbers of jobs over a very short period of time, and that could push our economy over a cliff if workers are not prepared. We can design programs that function to bring needed supportive changes to American workers, farmers and lesser skilled service workers who will likely form the bulk of our people to be affected by such change. This seems a possible way to begin this investigation while at the same time addressing issues of income inequality that are fueling the fear and rage that brought the current President to power. What ever program(s) we undertake, however, must have a budget and a plan for re-evaluation at points along the way, as well as some clear idea of where the funding will come from in the budget to allocate for this purpose. A final evaluation and recommendations for further implementing similar projects or dropping it altogether after a specific operational period must be included in the bill. I urge my legislators to support this bill.
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Argument opposed

While politically appealing to the Democratic base, a federal jobs guarantee simply isn’t feasible at the national level as it would be extremely expensive and difficult to match workers with jobs. Rather than wasting political capital and federal dollars on a pilot program that’ll never yield a national-level program, it’d be far better to focus legislators’ efforts on other proposals that raise incomes, reduce wealth inequality, and boost employment in order to lift communities out of poverty.

Lance's Opinion
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10/01/2019
Not needed ...how about doing what President Roosevelt did in the 30’s Federal job corps to help rebuild roads and bridges as needed ......
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Bill's Opinion
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10/01/2019
Absolutely not. The federal government needs to repeal all laws which create unlawful barriers to work and enterprise. It doesn’t need to spend more of the money it stole from the productive and industrious. It needs to get out of the way and let people pursue prosperity.
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10/01/2019
Subsidizing jobs and using tax dollars is going to bankrupt the U.S. just like it did Venezuela and Brazil. #SocialismSucks
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    This is an approach that claims to provide training to people who need it and then transfer them to private sector employers who want them. I think its worth a try.
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    Not needed ...how about doing what President Roosevelt did in the 30’s Federal job corps to help rebuild roads and bridges as needed ......
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    An experiment to find best practices for helping disenfranchised classes of people develop skills to gain equal access to the 'American Dream' is beneficial to them and the country generally.
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    We need to begin a serious effort to examine and identify national program and goals for ways to prepare for the coming effects of technology that will likely eliminate enormous numbers of jobs over a very short period of time, and that could push our economy over a cliff if workers are not prepared. We can design programs that function to bring needed supportive changes to American workers, farmers and lesser skilled service workers who will likely form the bulk of our people to be affected by such change. This seems a possible way to begin this investigation while at the same time addressing issues of income inequality that are fueling the fear and rage that brought the current President to power. What ever program(s) we undertake, however, must have a budget and a plan for re-evaluation at points along the way, as well as some clear idea of where the funding will come from in the budget to allocate for this purpose. A final evaluation and recommendations for further implementing similar projects or dropping it altogether after a specific operational period must be included in the bill. I urge my legislators to support this bill.
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    As a scientist I believe in experimentation. Right now this is only an idea. We need to collect observations, measurements, and statistical data to determine if it can be made into a national solution and how. The cost to try is trivial. If it succeeds, we learn much, if it fails we learn much: we must try.
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    Absolutely not. The federal government needs to repeal all laws which create unlawful barriers to work and enterprise. It doesn’t need to spend more of the money it stole from the productive and industrious. It needs to get out of the way and let people pursue prosperity.
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    Subsidizing jobs and using tax dollars is going to bankrupt the U.S. just like it did Venezuela and Brazil. #SocialismSucks
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    👎🏻H.R. 4278 AKA the Federal Jobs Guarantee Development Act 👎🏻 Do not pass this bill H.R.4278 AKA the Federal Jobs Guarantee Development Act of 2019 which would select up to 15 communities across the U.S. with high unemployment rates to serve as pilot sites for a three-year program federal jobs guarantee program run by the Dept. of Labor (DOL). Under the pilot program, every interested adult living in the pilot communities would be able to participate in the program to obtain a guaranteed job.  While politically appealing to the Democratic base, a federal jobs guarantee simply isn’t feasible at the national level as it would be extremely expensive and difficult to match workers with jobs. Rather than wasting political capital and federal dollars on a pilot program that’ll never yield a national-level program, it’d be far better to focus legislators’ efforts on other proposals that raise incomes, reduce wealth inequality, and boost employment in order to lift communities out of poverty. SneakyPete..... 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻. 10-1-19......
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    My goodness. You’re going move us to socialism one step at a time so people won’t notice. Shame, shame.
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    If there are people looking for jobs and meet the requirements then it is worth a try to lower unemployment levels
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    This idea is more communistic, than socialistic. these evil concepts have no place in a free society. Enslavement to federal officials are always the result of this.
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    This is communism, full blown slavery to the state.
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    Here is the top ten cities with the highest unemployment: McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas: 6.9% Madera, California: 7% Vineland-Bridgeton, New Jersey: 7% Fresno, California: 7.2% Hanford-Corcoran, California: 7.5% Merced, California: 8.1% Bakersfield, California: 8.2% Visalia-Porterville, California: 9.3% El Centro, California: 19.3% Yuma, Arizona: 20.9% https://www.cheatsheet.com/money-career/this-labor-day-these-cities-have-the-highest-unemployment-rate-in-the-u-s.html/ Notice something? These are primarily Democratic run locations. Perhaps a local change of leadership is needed before having the nation come in to break something further that should be fixed a LOT closer to home and a lot sooner. Instead the DemoRats are trying to syphon more money away and punish those that are doing things the right way - through intelligence, perseverance and hard work.
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    Absolutely. What could be the harm in giving everyone work? Let’s find out the pros and cons. Sounds exciting. And to Ronald on this thread...you’re an idiot.
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    I think there are better ideas to put people to work, however I am happy to see something happening for those in poverty, besides welfare. Folks, we really need to invest in education & educators in at-risk areas. We need FDR-type programs to put people to work & fix our crumbling infrastructure. We need wages & benefits that are commensurate with living in the places hit hardest by poverty.
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    Get the government out of giving away our tax dollars! The free market is the best way to build jobs.
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    Rural America really needs this, please support!
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    I think this is an idea worth considering.
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    Everybody’s talking about the low unemployment rate while misleadingly ignoring the labor participation rate- the fact is that the labor market is pathetic. This will solve both the need for jobs and the backlog of services government should provide.
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    more socialist stupidity
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