"There is no conservative/liberal divide on this issue. Economists and researchers from the American Enterprise Institute, the Center for American Progress and the New American Foundation have joined me in noting that work sharing is an effective policy for preventing layoffs. In Germany, the program has the full support of its conservative government. It also has the full support of the business community, which will only have to increase hours, rather than hire and train new workers, when demand picks up. As a result of policies promoting work sharing, Germany’s unemployment rate has actually fallen over the last three years, even though its growth has been weaker than growth in the United States.