BTS 9/9/11: Roundtable on Obama's Jobs Program

On tonight’s program we are having a roundtable discussion of Obama’s Jobs Program with Robert Pollin, L. Randall Wray and Jack Rasmus. The three will examine Obama’s prescriptions to deal with the 25 million jobless and we’ll talk about the constraints facing Obama with an intransigent opposition and dysfunctional system as well as the limits and possibilities of this latest economic intervention. We’ll also talk about alternative possibilities and what it would take to realize them.

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Robert Pollin is co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute at UMass Amherst. His recent books include Contours of Descent: U.S. Economic Fractures and the Landscape of Global Austerity (Verso 2003); The Living Wage: Building a Fair Economy (with Stephanie Luce, The New Press 1998); and the edited volumes Globalization and Progressive Economic Policy (with Dean Baker and Gerald Epstein, Cambridge 1998), The Macroeconomics of Saving, Finance, and Investment (University of Michigan Press 1997), and Transforming the U.S. Financial System (with Gary Dymski and Gerald Epstein, M.E. Sharpe 1993).

Senior Scholar L. Randall Wray is a professor of economics and research director of the Center for Full Employment and Price Stability at the University of Missouri–Kansas City. Wray is the author of Money and Credit in Capitalist Economies, 1990, and Understanding Modern Money: The Key to Full Employment and Price Stability, 1998.

Jack Rasmus is professor of economics and political economy at Santa Clara University and St. Mary’s College and author of Epic Recession: Prelude to Global Depression, Pluto Press, May 2010. Check out his articles and other books at