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You may think it appropriate for government to provide these services (along with some of the others that I mentioned), but they aren't. With the current downturn there are going to be even bigger cuts in services as local tax funds decline.
Where do you propose to get the money from? You can't just juggle things around. I'm not suggesting that government offices be manned by volunteers.
I'm also not suggesting that this become a permanent part of the landscape, although that might be an interesting topic for discussion, but simply another approach to providing "stimulus" during the recession.
Policies not Politics
---- Daily Landscape
The money comes, of course, from printing money, as it always does when a government is engaged in counter-cyclical deficit spending (of course, usually the money is printed in the form of Treasuries, for various mostly excellent reasons, but it's the same thing when you come right down to it). And then, when the economy recovers towards full employment, the excess money is harvested through taxes and thus destroyed, thus providing counter-cyclical surplus budgets.
As long as there is a gap between what the economy could (sustainably) produce and what it does produce during a downturn, this strategy works.
Austerity can only be implemented in the shadow of a concentration camp.
When someone is on a Job Guarantee job, they have to be paid a living wage. In a fiat money reserve banking system, of course, a Job Guarantee at a living wage serves as an inflation anchor, reducing the need to rely on high interest rates to keep inflation under control.
Organizations other than the Job Guarantee agency itself should be able to proposes Job Guarantee employment.
However, not only should that be vetted for not simply replacing previous employment, but it also should be a defined project of fixed duration, and those organizations that have had a project staffed going to the back of the queue for more JG workers.
And of course, external project sponsors should be responsible for on-costs.
I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.
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