Our staff picks of the TIME 100

TIME Magazine recently released its list of 100 of the world’s most influential people. Though the list includes people from a variety of sectors and industries, there are many who touched our lives in some way. See our staff picks in the slideshow below.

Have you checked out the TIME 100? Who’s influenced you?

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  2. Jim Green writes:
    May 12, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    April 18, 2013

    PART 1 [of 2] April Jobs Report

    F. Michael Kelleher, Special Assistant to President Obama

    President Obama/Council of Economic Advisers:

    Since the mid-1970’s, the Market has been less, and less, capable of creating the jobs necessary to its viability—and going forward in the 21st Century, an expanding and contracting public workforce is an—indispensable– component to the effective functioning of a modern market economy.

    Every credible economist agrees with Dr. William F. Mitchell that “High and persistent unemployment has pervaded almost every OECD country since the mid-1970’s.”.

    In the mid-1970’s, the world economy underwent a paradigm shift: The colliding forces of automation, technology, globalization, etc., reached a critical mass—resulting in ubiquitous unemployment in all of the OECD countries— leaving their leaders conflicted, ever since, regarding the displaced employee.

    Eurozone unemployment is still in double digits, with Greece and Spain both in excess of 20%, and we still have 12 million jobless Americans, in spite of our optimistic, but lethargic, 7.6% unemployment rate.

    In the U.S., we took a pro-active role in addressing this economic shift—and in 1978 President Carter signed into law 15 USC § 3101–which “authorizes” the creation of a “reservoir of public employment” anytime unemployment in America exceeds “3%”–a Pro-Market solution.

    In Australia, Dr. Mitchell has proposed THE BUFFER STOCK EMPLOYMENT MODEL: An expanding and contracting public workforce, that expands during downturns in the market, and contracts as employees return to the private sector, and in applying our Law–triggered anytime our unemployment rate exceeds 3%.

    PART 2 [of 2] April Jobs Report

    For multiple reasons, the legacy of fear associated with McCarthyism, the erroneous belief that public sector jobs equate with massive deficit spending [given our $16 trillion debt], laboring under antiquated, and currently destructive, economic theory [Friedman] that only the market can create jobs, and the overarching reason: The failure to recognize unemployment as a “social” problem, i.e., we, as a society, are compelled to address—But as a result, Washington keeps insisting that the market can fix a problem—it is no longer capable of fixing–i.e., pervasive unemployment–and apparently oblivious to a truism under this scenario: If the market fails, the unemployed are out of luck–

    In short, the world has changed, our solution hasn’t, and fixing unemployment has been a disaster [the 2010 election: The public supports “anybody willing to work should be able to get a job” and when we failed to fix unemployment, the electorate responded with a vengeance…..for example, we celebrate automation, but are remiss in addressing the displaced employee].

    And not being considered are Pro-Market, deficit-neutral solutions: HR 870 [funded by a stock transaction fee], and The Neighbor-To-Neighbor Job Creation Act: A federally mandated, mutual insurance, owned by our employed—to provide a fund to hire/train our unemployed [via Social Insurance]. For a modest 4% of salary policy cost, we could reduce our unemployment to 3%, within a year of passage [and in concert with 86% of Americans who believe that “anybody willing to work should be able to find a job”].

    In closing, jobs beget jobs–and this would create more private sector jobs in 6 months, than our current path [HR 2847—The HIRE Act], in six years….and evidenced by the CBO projection that on our current path it will take until 2017 just to get back to an anemic 5.5% unemployment rate [with unemployment benefits long since expired]—and for not the least of reasons, this would restore and inspire confidence in the economy, and address domestic violence—[and the failure by the Senate to pass common sense gun control was one of he most shameful days in American history!].


    Jim Green, Congressional Democrat opponent to Lamar Smith, 2000 http://www.Inclusivism.org

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