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This Week: Jobs in the U.S.
This Week
October 22, 2004

This week on NOW:

As Bush and Kerry barnstorm in the swing states, many voters will make up their minds on an issue important to working Americans — jobs. What are the realities of the current jobs recovery, which some say is meaningless because of lower wages? NOW returns to Jefferson, Wisconsin — a state where the candidates are dead even in the polls — for a look at how a small-town's way of life is being shaken by job loss. Jefferson, already reeling from a year-long strike over wages and benefits at the local Tyson Foods plant, now is grappling with the arrival of another corporate behemoth: Wal-Mart.

Bill Moyers sits down with Michael Zweig for a look at policy changes, he says, are designed to serve big business and the corporate elites at the expense of America’s working class. Are changes in labor laws, tax law enforcement, and the war in Iraq all offensives in a class war on working Americans? Zweig is Professor of Economics and founder of the Center for Study of Working Class Life at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is the author of, THE WORKING CLASS MAJORITY: AMERICA'S BEST KEPT SECRET, and is editor of WHAT'S CLASS GOT TO DO WITH IT? AMERICAN SOCIETY IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY.

Just days left until the election, and it's expected to get ugly. There are tens of millions to be spent on campaign ads and the candidates' message wizards are working overtime. For what’s being said and what it means, David Brancaccio turns to NOW analyst Kathleen Hall Jamieson.

Both candidates have said their relationship with God is personal, but more and more, faith is making its way onto the stump. How is religion being employed by the campaigns as the election closes in? Bill Moyers gets in-depth perspective on this and the week's news from returning NOW analyst and author Kevin Phillips.

In Depth

Working Men

Wage Trends and America's New Jobs

A Working Class Majority?

Michael Zweig, author of WHAT'S CLASS GOT TO DO WITH IT?

Election 2004: Income and Inequality


Employment Resource Map

Media Analyst Kathleen Hall Jamieson

Fact-Checking Campaign Ads

Respond to NOW's Quote of the Week

Election 2004
Author and Analyst Kevin Phillips

Quiz: Campaign Knowledge

Poll Need to Knows


Talk about election issues on the message boards.


Learn more about the issues discussed on NOW.

Read the complete transcript.

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The View from the Street (15:56)

Bill Moyers talks with economist Michael Zweig (15:17)

David Brancaccio talks with Kathleen Hall Jamieson (11:25)

Bill Moyers talks with Kevin Phillips (8:41)


The View from Main Street
Producer: William Brangham
Correspondent: Sylvia Chase
Editor: Alison Amron

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