Alan Khazei's proposal on jobs is remarkable for its simplicity. We give out 99 weeks of unemployment insurance now. What if we turned that into a voucher that employers could redeem for 99 weeks of wages?
Elizabeth Warren announced that she was running against Scott Brown for a U.S. Senate seat on the eve of the anniversary of the Lehman Brothers collapse. For many, Lehman's bankruptcy marks the day the wheels came off the bus and the U.S. economy went over a cliff.
A president elected on the combined strength of dazzling oratory and improbable personal biography has proved more deft at saving his political career in times of great crisis, than crafting a bold vision of American democracy in the 21st century.
Another Labor Day has passed, but the jobs crisis is far from over. What can we do to salvage the American Dream for the millions of hardworking people for whom life has become a nightmare of struggle and insecurity?
We're familiar with buzzwords like "interconnected financial system" and "systemic risk." What of societal systemic risk from sustained unemployment? Unemployment feels like a waiting room, forestalling human and economic progress.
I no longer harbor any quixotic notions, as I did two-and-a-half years ago, about the president stepping forward to articulate a bold vision for America's future: But somebody sure needs to... and soon.