For Americans, a job doesn't have to be a luxury, it should be a right.
This isn't a new concept, from 1944-1988, full employment was a cornerstone objective of the Democratic Party's policy platform, though a rare act of "historical amnesia" seems to have wiped it off American's minds.
A federal job guarantee - a job for every American that wants one - has deep American roots. In his State of the Union address in 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt called for an expanded Bill of Rights recognizing economic rights. "Necessitous men," Roosevelt observed, "are not free men." Those "who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made." Real freedom, freedom to "pursue happiness," requires a "second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all."
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