Monday, March 14, 2016

Working class unrest. GOP blocked Last Clear Chance to direct inclusion,

Culpable political inaction.  What policy myopia has barred America's middle and lower classes from direct inclusion in economic growth.  Update:  Steve Rattner on Morning Joe articulated this policy void 3/18/2016 and was met with great surprise, and an alternate rationale for the blue collar defections,  such as the need for a better advocate for free trade as the solution for the stranded GOP.  Why the lack of perspective? Who is blind here, who is blinded here, by whom. Update April 13 -- See Mr. Rattner's fine letter to the New York Times on the topic -- timely, and thorough, at http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/10/opinion/who-gets-the-blame-for-the-slowing-economy.html?_r=0

Rail against economic slings and arrows, or by passing legislation, end them. The choice has been made, and the consequences now showing in violence at political rallies where unfair economic prejudice has become a tinderbox. The welling up of uproar: see and hear it as it has sounded in cultures everywhere, with workers, serfs, slaves, castes, the wrongly gendered for the workplace paycheck, those cleverly obstructed from access to training, retraining.

1.  With fingers pointing in all directions, apply a helpful legal principle:  Last Clear Chance. Who in power has had the last clear chance to fix the individual economic inequities of being outsourced, out-technologied, there and ready to work and noplace to go, and no way to get there?  Last clear chance: the legal doctrine that prioritizes who could have averted a disaster, even if there had been a muddle of other events happened before.  Who could have turned in another direction and averted?  Last clear chance.
  • The R's. Join the Game of R's and, from the evidence herein, add this R -- Republicans in the House of Representatives.
2. Document a Timeline.

Bills that languished, what opportunities missed?

Who tried to fix unfairly burdensome economic inequities, disastrous consequences to the individual of engaging in broader trade for a broader intended good, the timely fixing of unfairly burdensome economic inequities:

Who blew off those efforts?

2.1. 2011,  The American Jobs Act, (S. 1549) (H. Doc. 112-53 and H.R. 12).

This set of bills was proposed by the President to Congress on September 8, 2011 and had as its goal getting Americans back to work.  He reasonably documented that this would not add to the deficit, and would be paid for by its terms, by the increased purchasing power of those benefited.


2.2   Jobs creation bills proposed by Republicans 2008-date.

None.  Corrections welcomed, with documentation, but this is the state of play so far, I believe.
  • Deletion Bills that affect business first and arbitrarily labeled as hypothetical jobs benefits do not count.
    • Such deletion bills that increase business bottom line without increasing work and wages in the same breath include attempts to count removals of regulations and removals of tax consequences, and avoidance of direct stimulus.  The Flawed 25 failed then, and continue to fail to address the real issue. 
2.3. Assessment of culpable inaction does not stand alone. See http://www.cps-news.com/archives/gop-jobs-bill-everything-except/

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Part of the overall setting includes the 2008 Renewable Energy and Jobs Creation Act, https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/110/hr7060