John Schwarz

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Social Support for Self-Reliance: The Politics of Making Work Pay

The philosophy of the work ethic, deeply engrained in the American soul, presumes that hard work will produce self-sufficiency. But for millions of working Americans that premise is a lie. The hardship of these workers and their families results from the growing scarcity of jobs that pay a living wage. There are eminently feasible strategies that could make work pay. But these remedies require public policies, which in turn depend on a working electoral majority. Hence, making work pay requires not just a program, but a politics. Imagine the following election-year TV spots: