NJFAC Uncommon Sense

Short articles for a general audience, written by economists, sociologists, historians and others active in social change movements. They seek to debunk the myths and assumptions that politicians and their economic advisers use to keep us from adopting policies that would increase employment and wages. These can be used as handouts at conferences, for classes, as articles in local newsletters, as the basis for “Letters to the Editor,” radio and TV interviews or talks with your elected representatives, and as inserts in newsletters. Please bear in mind that these articles reflect data at the time they were written. Nonetheless, the concepts remain valid.

Jobs and Job Security

#1: Increasing Unemployment Increases the Deficit, Reducing Unemployment Reduces the Deficit, by Helen Lachs Ginsburg and William Ayres.

#2: Unemployment Means Lost Output and Human Deficits, by Helen Lachs Ginsburg.

#3: 17 Million Unemployed and Underemployed Is”Unnatural”; So Is 16 Million, by Helen Lachs Ginsburg and William Ayres.

#4: Employment Statistics: Let’s Tell the Whole Story, by Helen Lachs Ginsburg, June Zaccone and William Ayres.  #4a: Popular Graphic Version

#4: Estadisticas De Empleo: Digamos La Historia Completa Por Helen Lachs Ginsburg, William Ayres

#5: Welfare Reform: Where Are the Jobs? by Gertrude Schaffner Goldberg, Sheila Collins, Helen Lachs Ginsburg, and Philip Harvey

#6: Full Employment: The “Supreme Law of the Land“, by David G. Gil

#7: Full Employment and Affirmative Action, by Manning Marable

#8: Disarmament, Economic Conversion and Jobs For All, by Seymour Melman

#9: Why the Debt Isn’t All Bad: Balancing Our Deficit Thinking, by Robert Eisner (reprinted, with permission, from the Nation magazine)

#10:: Let’s Have an Adequate Minimum Wage, by Robert Cherry

#11: High Anxiety: Economic Insecurity and Jobs, For All by Charles Whalen

#12: Environmental Regulation and Jobs For All, by Eban Goodstein

#13: The Collapse of Low-Skill Wages: Technological Shift or Institutional Failure? By David Howell

#14: Responding to Rising Unemployment: Can We Afford Jobs For All?* by Philip Harvey

#15: How Many Jobs Are There: The Need for a Job Vacancy Survey, by Philip Harvey The Bureau of Labor Statistics [BLS] now issues a vacancy survey, Job Openings and Labor Turnover, monthly, with a 2-month lag. This occurred thanks in part to the Coalition’s work.

#16: We Need a WPA for Our Time, by Nancy Rose

#17: Needed: A National Commitment to Families, by Ruth Sidel

#18: Welfare Reforming the Workplace, by Maurice Emsellem

#19: Why Unions Matter; Why Full Employment Matters to Unions, by Elaine Bernard

#20: Reversing the Spread of Lousy Jobs, by Chris Tilly

#26: It’s Not Just Money: Thirty-Five Million Workers in Low-Wage Jobs, by Beth Shulman See NJFAC page on wages.

#30: The Precarious Workplace, by David Bensman


#27: The Real Medicare Crisis, by Bruce Vladeck

Social Security

#21: Social Security Is Not in “Crisis” (rev.) by Richard Du Boff

#22: Women and Social Security: Statement and Checklist, by the National Council of Women’s Organizations. Reprinted with permission from IWPR web site, http://www.iwpr.org.

#24: Social Security Isn’t Just for Seniors, by Jean TD Bandler

#25: Social Security and Minorities, by Helen Lachs Ginsburg and Gertrude Schaffner Goldberg

#28: What Is Social Security? by Helen Ginsburg

#29: What Really Supports the Elderly? by June Zaccone


#23: Washington’s New Poor Law: Welfare”Reform’s” Legacy and Real Welfare Reform, by Sheila Collins

La Ley De La Pobreza De Washington: Reforma En La Asistencia Social Cuatro Años Mas Tarde