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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.

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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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      house Committees
      Committee on Education and Labor
    IntroducedSeptember 10th, 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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    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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    Why impeach: Using the power of the presidency to withhold aide to one of the worst humanitarian crisis on the planet in exchange for political favors in order to sway the 20/20 election. Threatened the life of the trump appointed Republican whistle blower. Mr. America first is sendin troops to Saudi Arabia in support of a murdering dictator who spends millions at his hotels and resorts. Corey Lewandowski testified to congress that trump ordered him to obstruct justice. Blocking information that pertains to the safety of our country from reaching congress. Has been threatening NOAA, a federal agency, with punishment if they do not disavow the truth and side with his lies. Invited the Taliban to Camp David the week of 9/11. #PussyAssBitch He’s doctoring weather maps to try and prove he’s not an idiot. Has stayed at trump properties 293 days in 3 years, that’s our tax dollars going directly into his pocket. Took money from military daycares to pay for a wall that won’t work and no one wants. The Vice President and the Attorney General are both spending tax payer dollars on trump hotels, lining his pockets and currying his favor. Privately instructed aides to skirt laws and regulations to get the wall built faster — and told them he will pardon them if necessary. Pressuring a government agency to give a contract for his wall to a company whose chief executive is a donor to one of his top GOP allies in Congress. Took hundreds of millions from 127 different projects (FEMA being one of those) for his wall. Thinks nuking a hurricane is an idea. Pushing to host the next G-7 at one of his own resorts. Taunted Iran by tweeting a classified image of an Iranian rocket that had exploded, thereby potentially compromising U.S. intelligence capabilities. His own company would save millions from the low interest rates he is demanding. Was going to give you tax cuts through your paychecks but decided not to. Destroying the economy with HIS trade war. We will soon average a 1.2 trillion deficit. He is repeating NRA talking points on background checks so expect no action taken regardless of the fact there has been 27 arrested over threats to commit mass attacks since El Paso( NOT TOLEDO). Made fun of republicans being afraid of the NRA and then caved after a 30 minute phone conversation with them. Bragged about indefinite child detention because it brings families together. Refusing flue shots, that protect us all(google influenza pandemic), to immigrant children. Attacking fellow congresswomen in really disgusting ways and making anti-Semitic remarks about Jews calling them disloyal. Thinks he’s the chosen one based on a conspiracy theory web sight. Impeachment: Obstruction of Justice. Profiting from the Presidency. Collusion - They had a meeting & lied about it. Advocating political & police violence. Abuse of power. Engaging in reckless behavior. Persecuting political opponents. Attacking the free press. Violating immigrants Right to Due Process. Violating campaign finance laws. Racist: Speaks directly to and often tweeting straight from white supremacists. Calls them very fine people. Told fellow congresswomen to go back where they came from. Called them shit hole countries. Called them murderers and rapists. Calls her Pocahontas. Took out full page adds calling for the death of five innocent black kids in New York, 1989. Literally has said in an interview he has Hitlers speeches, My New Order in his nightstand. Our Money: Spent campaign finance money on hush payments to silence a porn star he had an affair with in order to hide it from the voters. Has spent over $100 million of our tax dollars playing golf at his own golf courses. Has never divested from companies and advertises and profits off the White House. Was going to cut Medicaid and Medicare funding to pay for the tax cuts he gave to the rich. Is actively destroying farmers lives with his trade wars that we all know only hurts our pockets not Chinas. Has made the lives of every truck driver across America as well as our own, more dangerous by removing safety regulations that only benefits the pockets of the CEOs of those companies. Has removed any and all protections we had in place from work safety, environment, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights and gives that power back to the CEOs, oil companies, men and old white men. Saudi funded lobbyist rented 500 rooms at a trump hotel he never divested from right after he became president. Wonder why? Sexual Predator: Accused by more than 20 women of molestation and rape. Bragged about said molestation on tape. Has cheated on all three wives (see above). Has made sexual remarks on camera about his daughter. Belittles and bully’s strong women. Not even sure he’s aware he has two daughters. Idiot: Has allowed North Korea to grow there nuclear weapons program. Took the side of Putin over America’s own security agencies on the national stage. Lacks the intelligence and facts needed to communicate on a global level much less national one. Makes policy decisions based on FOX media. Lies when speaks. Doesn’t believe in science and quite often displays his ignorance of it. Russia: Lied about meetings with Russians. Lied about a trump tower Moscow. Personal attorney Michael Cohen (same guy who broke campaign finance laws under trumps direction) had contacts with russian officials. National Security aide Flynn resigned over Russian contacts. Jeff Sessions recused himself because of Russian contacts. Manafort resigned because of Russian contacts. Campaign foreign policy adviser Papadopoulos met with Russians then bragged about it to Australians who then turned that info over to our FBI. Sixteen campaign officials had contacts with Russia and at least nine others new about it. Russian mobster lived in trump tower. trump casino was flagged 106 times for lax money laundering standards and same Russian frequently stayed at trump casino. Has been selling real estate to Russians for years. It really is surprising how many connections to Russians this man has. Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, Bill Posey You are my representatives. OLC policy: The indictment or criminal prosecution of a sitting President would unconstitutionally undermine the capacity of the executive branch to perform its constitutionally assigned functions. It’s time to do your job. You swore an oath to this country, it’s people and me to uphold the constitution. The president has never upheld that oath. How do you want to be remembered?
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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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    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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    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 is communism, full blown slavery to the state.
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    The Labor Department should shut down and kick it’s excess staff to the States. East Germany had 100% employment. How did that work out? We do not need more useless federal employees
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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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