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Jobs agenda is meaningless in context of globalization

Obama's State of the Union Speech pledged his concern for the long-term unemployed and low-wage workers-but the Obama-Clinton centrists who make-up the dominant core of the Democratic Party have no substantive policy prescriptions to offer the long-term unemployed or the general U.S. public beyond inchoate policy recommendations framed as representing the elements of an "opportunity agenda."

Obama and the Democrats understand and accept that the contemporary logic of global neoliberalism means that the U.S. economy is being restructured and that millions of workers are being shifted into low-wage service sector jobs, for those lucky enough to be employed. Low wages, unequal regional economic development, extreme income inequality, disproportionately high unemployment rates for African Americans, are all a structurally determined consequence of neoliberal social policies, and liberals understand this.

Source: DissidentVoice.org column by 2016 vice-presidential hopeful , Feb 5, 2014

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