Relationship of Budget Policy to Unemployment: Hearing Before the Task Force on Economic Policy and the Task Force on Human Resources of the Committee on the Budget, House of Representatives, Ninety-ninth Congress, First Session, November 20, 1985

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Page 8 - This unemployment returning again to plague us after so many repetitions during the century past Is a sign of deep failure In our country. Unemployment is the great peacetime physical tragedy of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and both in its cause and in the imprint it leaves upon those who inflict it. those who permit it, and those who are Its victims, it Is one of the great moral tragedies of our time.
Page 12 - Thus, a viable strategy for employment generation must assume that a large part of the solution will be with private firms and small businesses. At the same time, it must be recognized that government has a prominent and indispensable role to play in addressing the problem of unemployment. The market alone will not automatically produce full employment. Therefore, the government must act to ensure that this goal is achieved by coordinating general economic policies, by job creation programs, and...
Page 10 - ... unemployment poses serious moral questions for our nation. What does it mean for a society to say to some of its members, we do not need your talents, energies and skills? Can we as a nation continue to require some of our citizens to live a life of dependence without work or creativity and at what cost? What happens to us as a people as we watch families which have made the slow and painful climb up the economic ladder, only to be pushed down once again into poverty and dependence by the loss...
Page 8 - ... critical setting for the achievement of greater human dignity. The formulation and implementation of economic policies cannot be left solely to technicians, interest groups and market forces. The economic interaction of labor, industry and government have concrete implications far beyond the marketplace, the board room, and the stock exchange. Behind the jumble of statistics and the rise and fall of economic indicators, lie human lives and individual tragedies.
Page 11 - We cannot afford the economic costs, the social dislocation, and the enormous human tragedies caused by unemployment. In the end, however, what we can least afford is the assault on human dignity that occurs when millions are left without adequate employment. Therefore, we cannot but conclude that current levels of unemployment are intolerable, and they impose on us a moral obligation to work for policies that will reduce joblessness.
Page 15 - To feel the disintegration of your confidence as a man, and your ability to protect your family from economic disaster. It's to envy just about everybody who has a job, any job. It's to see the doubt on the faces of your children about what's going on in their house, when so many of their friends are unaffected. It's to add a crushing dimension to the natural self-doubts that are part of the process of growing older. It's to stand silently on unemployment lines with other surplus...
Page 1 - I would like to ask unanimous consent that my opening statement be entered into the record at the appropriate place.
Page 6 - The most urgent priority for domestic economic policy is the creation of new jobs with adequate pay and decent working conditions.
Page 15 - ... bedroom light it's to be alone, alone like you've never been before. To lie there looking at the darkness and wonder if you're going to lose the home that you've worked all your life for, the home that represents the only equity you've been able to accumulate in 30 years of working and raising a family. It's to realize that for many Americans the problem you are facing for the first time has become a way of life. The carnage is strewn about America for anyone with eyes to see. In our mental hospitals....
Page 50 - ... Apprenticeship to designate welding as an apprenticeable occupation. The author suggests, however, that the welder's search for craft recognition has been largely successful in most areas of industrial life. Herbert J. Lahne is Chief, Industrial Analysis, National Labor Relations Board. The opinions and views expressed herein are solely those of the author, and in no way are to be taken as representing the agency with which he is associated. — EDITOR for the numerous jurisdictional disputes...

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