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Alan Maki

Alan Maki
Doing research at the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

A program for real change...

What we need is a "21st Century Full Employment Act for Peace and Prosperity" which would make it a mandatory requirement that the president and Congress attain and maintain full employment.

"Voting is easy and marginally useful, but it is a poor substitute for democracy, which requires direct action by concerned citizens"

- Ben Franklin

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

I give Kevin Zeese a lesson about full employment.


I have kind of set for myself the task of getting politicians to understand the difference between full employment being a "goal" and a mandated "requirement." This is a dirty job; but someone has to do it.

Do you understand the difference between a "Full Employment Act" which makes full employment a "goal" and one that makes full employment a "requirement?"

As the Attorney General of the Green Shadow Cabinet, I think we have a right to expect you to:

1. Acknowledge you understand the difference; and,

2. Tell us which you support.

It would be helpful to all concerned that the Green Party provide its position on these two points, too.

I am assuming you agree with me that we all have a right to have these two points answered?

Have you read the "Full Employment Act of 1945" and the Congressional testimony? Here is a link. Click on the very top "botton/tab" in the upper right-hand corner.

You may consult "Black's Law Dictionary" or any common dictionary for the definition of a "goal" and a "requirement."

Let me make it easy for you. Here are the definitions.

Perhaps you are like those Canadians and figure a "goal" is a point scored in hockey? My grandkids think a "goal" is a point scored in soccer. Well, there is another definition of "goal," too:


noun \ˈgōl, chiefly Northern especially in 1b & 3a also ˈgül\
: something that you are trying to do or achieve
: an area or object into which a ball or puck must be hit, kicked, etc., to score points in various games (such as soccer and hockey)
: the act of hitting, kicking, etc., a ball or puck into a goal or the score that results from doing this

​Here is the definition of "requirement:"


noun \-ˈkwī(-ə)r-mənt\
: something that is needed or that must be done
: something that is necessary for something else to happen or be done
:  something required:a :  something wanted or needed :  necessity  requirements>
b :  something essential to the existence or occurrence of something else :  condition  requirements for graduation>

Definitions of the words "goal" and "requirement" don't change because we are talking about jobs and full employment.

Here is the definition of "job:"


noun \ˈjäb\
: the work that a person does regularly in order to earn money
: a duty, task, or function that someone or something has
: something that requires very great effort
a :  a piece of work; especially :  a small miscellaneous piece of work undertaken on order at a stated rateb :  the object or material on which work is being donec :  something produced by or as if by work  job>
d :  an example of a usually specified type :  item  job>
a :  something done for private advantage  job>
b :  a criminal enterprise; specifically :  robberyc :  a damaging or destructive bit of work  job on him>
a (1) :  something that has to be done :  task (2) :  an undertaking requiring unusual exertion  job to talk over that noise>
b :  a specific duty, role, or functionc :  a regular remunerative positiond chiefly British :  state of affairs —usually used with bad or good  job you didn't hit the old man — E. L. Thomas>
:  plastic surgery for cosmetic purposes  job>
 on the job

Examples of JOB

  1. He took a job as a waiter.
  2. She has a high-paying job on Wall Street.
  3. She's trying to get a job in New York.
  4. The new factory will create thousands of jobs.
  5. They offered him the job but he turned it down.
  6. The blood's job is to carry oxygen to the different parts of the body.
  7. Construction of the bridge turned out to be a bigger job than they had expected.
  8. It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it.
Here is the definition of "full employment:"

full em·ploy·ment
noun: full employment
  1. 1.
    the condition in which virtually all who are able and willing to work are employed.

I hate to think what my job will be like when I have to start explaining to all of you what a real living Minimum Wage is or what causes poverty. Then if we get into the complex world of "cost of living" and "standard of living"... oy vey.

Alan L. Maki
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