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Biden: 'We Can, Must Build a Future That Puts Work First'

Biden: 'We Can, Must Build a Future That Puts Work First'
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By    |   Monday, 18 September 2017 12:07 PM

The future must be a place where American workers are rewarded for hard work, without anxiety that technology will take away their jobs, said former Vice President Joe Biden in a Biden Institute blog.

"I believe we can — we must — build a future that puts work first," Biden said, mentioning an idea from Silicon Valley leaders that called for a "universal basic income."

"What I appreciate concerns from Silicon Valley executives about what their innovations may do to American incomes, I believe they're selling American workers short. The future will not change the enduring American values that got us here. Our children and grandchildren deserve the promise we've had: the skills to get ahead, the chance to earn a paycheck, and a steady job that rewards hard work," Biden wrote.

The former vice president said he is launching an effort at the Biden Institute at the University of Delaware to find economic strategies that "puts work first."

"Our effort will look at key policy changes needed for our workers to succeed. First, the Biden Institute will examine ways to transform our education system to be early, lifelong, affordable, and accessible. Cognitive capacity — as opposed to brawn — continues to become a surer path to climb that ladder into the middle class," he wrote.

"Don't tell me what our people can't do. Let's instead figure out how we're going to train them for the jobs of the future … at a minimum, that means recognizing that 12 years of school is no longer enough; two years of free community college should be available as well to meet the needs of today's jobs," Biden wrote.

"All of us — corporate America, labor, nonprofits, and government — have a responsibility to get this right," he wrote.

Biden noted that American workers were able to adapt to advancements such as the steam engine and the Model T Ford. "Our future is a choice, not a foregone conclusion."

Elaine Chao, President Donald Trump's transportation secretary, will join Biden Tuesday at a University of Delaware panel discussion about job creation in the modern U.S. economy, according to The Hill.

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