(Salon) -- We must not forget the economic frustrations that helped fuel Trump’s election. For too long, too many Americans have faced lousy jobs or no jobs. One answer: A guaranteed job at a living wage.
The Republican answer won’t work
Republicans continue to push for work requirements for recipients of Medicaid, food stamps, and public housing benefits. But the real problem is there aren’t enough adequately-paying jobs to go around.
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Even today, with a low official unemployment rate, millions who work part-time jobs want full-time work. Millions more are too discouraged to look for work, having endured the brutalities of job discrimination for far too long, or unable to move to where the jobs are.