For this weekend’s reading list we have an essay urging a New Deal-style jobs program, an article about the Japanese nuclear industry’s misuse of foreign workers, a report on the comparatively low overall tax rates in the U.S., an assessment of the racial disparity in marijuana drug arrests in Chicago, and an interview with the outgoing head of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

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Obama Should Follow in FDR’s Footsteps – an essay urging President Obama to push for a New Deal-style jobs program to address unemployment, jump start the economy, and improve our infrastructure. The essay is by Nick Taylor, who wrote the thorough and interesting book “American-Made: The Enduring Legacy of the WPA, When FDR Put the Nation to Work

Japan’s Throwaway Nuclear Workers – How Tokyo Electric Power has a history of bringing in foreign workers to do the most dangerous jobs at Fukushima and other nuclear power plants.

U.S. Is One of the Least Taxed Developed Countries – A report by the Citizens for Tax Justice about how the U.S. has the third lowest taxes as a percentage of gross domestic product of the twenty-eight countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (“OECD”). Only Chile and Mexico have taxes that are lower than our total of 22.6% of gross domestic product for all federal, state, and local taxes combined.

The Grass Gap – an analysis of the glaring racial disparities in who is arrested and convicted of marijuana possession in Chicago. Of the 47,400 arrests for marijuana possession in Chicago in 2009 and 2010, 78% of the people arrested were African American and only 5% were white, even though the city has approximately the same number of blacks and whites and drug use is approximately the same

Sheila Bair’s Bank Shot – an interview with and article about the outgoing head of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, who was an early critic of the subprime mortgage industry and strong opponent of bailing out banks