Archive for the ‘Jobs’ Category

Smell Something, Say Something: Obamacare, O’Reilly, and full-time jobs

September 25th, 2015

And Jon sayeth unto the multitudes: “The best defense against bullsh__ is vigilance. So if you smell something, say something.” This admonition came to mind, if not to nose, when I heard Fox’s Bill O’Reilly claim that the Affordable Care Act “has made it more difficult to create full-time jobs in America,” (around 2:30 in the… Read more

OTE welcomes Pope Francis to DC and points out that “pope” spelled backwards is…

September 21st, 2015

…EPOP, or the employment-to-population ratio. More on that interesting connection in a moment. As I’ve written before, this Pontiff has been a stalwart for economic and environmental justice, speaking out specifically against austerity, and calling upon governments to “relaunch the labor market.” Well, I figure that since he gets a lot of this from my… Read more

Back to the Future…for lunch

September 12th, 2015

While I’m wide open to evidence that I’m wrong, I’ve been skeptical of the claim that the robots are coming for our jobs. To be technical, the economics question is this: is the pace at which labor-saving technology is entering the workforce accelerating? I’ll explain the italics in a moment. There are various pieces of… Read more