Academic journal article Labor Law Journal

From the Editor

Academic journal article Labor Law Journal

From the Editor

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Dear Reader:

As the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression continues, all eyes have turned to Washington D.C. in the hopes that our elected officials have some plan to ease the country onto the road to economic recovery. But as this issue went to print, the "action" taken in Washington was either so useless or harmful, that it warranted a comment in this section.

Although most analysts predict that, if left unaltered, the current health insurance system will swallow employers and employees alike through everincreasing premiums, the best that Republicans and Democrats have been able to do is to hold a summit, in which they could not even agree how vast the gap between them is. Meanwhile, Senator Jim Bunning (R-KY) held up a bill extending uninsurance payments to all those who have lost their jobs in the economic meltdown, because the Senate failed to identify how it would pay for those benefits.That Bunning did this, despite voting against a pay-as-you-go bill just one month earlier, is emblematic of the dysfunction that has crippled official Washington's response to the economic crisis. …

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