Where Did the Jobs Go, and How do We Get Them Back?
Your Guided Tour to America's Employment Crisis
Scott Bittle and Jean Johnson
There's nothing more fundamental to a decent life in America than having a job. Unemployment is the public's top concern and potentially the most damaging part of the Great Recession. Yet the political discussion about jobs is a morass of posturing, blame and ideology. Where Did the Jobs Go—and How Do We Get Them Back? Is a basic guide to the jobs issue written specifically for readers who aren't economists, financiers, business school professors or policy wonks working for think tanks. Designed to help readers sift through the political rhetoric for context and clarification, it offers ideas that aren't being raised by politicians, but which could be crucial to turning U.S. joblessness around.
But while the topic is serious, solving it doesn't have to be. Featuring chapters titled "Has American Lost Its Mojo?" and "Just the Facts, Ma'am," this book applies the same irreverent and winning approach that the authors, Jean Johnson and Scott Bittle, used in Where Does the Money Go? to explain the federal budget crisis. Jean and Scott cover proposals to create jobs from the political left, right and center—balancing the budget, cutting taxes, reducing bureaucracy, reviving manufacturing, improving education, starting a major national infrastructure project, closing the gap between rich and poor—as they help readers understand the risks, costs, benefits and trade-offs associated with each.
As we head into the 2012 elections, the U.S. is facing the worst jobs crisis since the Great Depression. Every candidate is talking jobs, but the debate is superficial and frankly, downright misleading. Voters deserve the chance to think more carefully about what it will take to create and preserve jobs here in the United States. This entertaining, nonpartisan primer on the nation's jobs crisis will help you and other American voters sort the facts from all the political spin and separate the myths and oversimplifications from reality.
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Read What the Critics Have to Say
An evenhanded discussion and study guide on unemployment.
The authors intended to 'help voters sift through the political
rhetoric' to better understand and face the unemployment crisis.
— Kirkus Reviews
Scott Bittle and Jean Johnson have provided a thoroughly researched,
easy-to-read analysis of the jobs situation in America,
minus the hyperbole, political posturing, and invective
that’s been thrown around the public debates and airwaves recently.
...gives you and your relatives a quick, easy place to find thoroughly supported facts and figures on most of the details surrounding the jobs problem...
— New York Journal of Books
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|ABOUT THE AUTHORS|
Scott Bittle is an award-winning journalist, policy analyst and Web producer who has written extensively about the federal budget, energy, and foreign policy.
Jean Johnson writes frequently about public opinion and public policy and is the author of You Can't Do It Alone, a book on how parents, teachers, and students see education issues.
Both authors are senior fellows at Public Agenda and blog frequently for
The Huffington Post, National Geographic, and other outlets.