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Find out how the numbers on the jobs situation really add up, once you subtract the spin, the hype, and the political posturing.
For most Americans, having a decent job is a matter of basic survival. Politicians of every stripe claim to have the answercut taxes, invest in education, develop green jobs, balance the budget, spend more on bridges and roads. The slogans are catchy, but will their ideas really work? And how can average citizens make sense of it all?
Fortunately, Scott Bittle and Jean Johnson, bestselling authors of Where Does the Money Go? and founding editors of the nonpartisan website PublicAgenda.org, cut through the spin with this essential guide to the national jobs crisis. Exploring a very serious subject in a readable, entertaining manner, Where Did the Jobs Goand How Do We Get Them Back? examines in detail the various proposals weve heard from the left, right, and center. Bittle and Johnson clearly explain the risks and trade-offs associated with each idea, writing specifically for citizens of all political leanings who arent economists, financiers, business school professors, or think-tank policy wonks.
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 Cant 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.