Robert Kuttner: Governments Need To Invest More To Kickstart Economy
He also explains that it has become a growing trend for workers to have several job titles. Not in the sense that they are ambitiously taking on several different career paths but rather, that they are taking more than one job to make ends meet. "I recently encountered the term, "slasher"—meaning not a psychopath with a knife but a worker juggling three or four jobs," he writes. "As in, I'm a slasher: barista-slash-web designer-slash research assistant-slash nanny. This is the increasing face of the new labor market, and it will remain so until we get a decent recovery and more bargaining power for workers." Unless major policy changes are enacted, this will become increasingly common moving forward.
As a veteran economic and financial journalist, Kuttner has written extensively on similar issues in the past and often offers insightful forward-thinking analysis of current events. He recently took part in an initiative to promote the advancement of employment over austerity measures to kick-start the economy. He is currently the co-editor of The American Prospect and the author of Obama's Challenge. In his talks, Kuttner combines his twenty years of experience into applicable and easy-to-digest presentations.