Several days ago, Cory, over at the Madville times posted an excerpt from Robert Reich’s column I disagree with Cory, more often then I agree with him. On this issue I agree, America needs to get back to work. We need jobs, all kinds of jobs, at all levels. Not non-producing government type jobs. We need jobs were we make stuff or provide some kind service.
- ditch digging jobs
- factory production jobs
- call center jobs
- management jobs
How do we get these jobs?
Does the Messiah (President Obama) wave his mighty staff? ;Viola! Jobs appear.
Do jobs grow on trees? A giant job picker machine goes along and shakes the trees until they fall?
Does the government pass a law stating X number of jobs are created?
Jobs are created when someone recognizes a want or a need within a community, then formulates plan and delivers that product or service in exchange for something of value. No huge secret here, just business 101.
Let’s take the Midway Girls Lemonade stand, they seen a need; it is hot and humid and people would like something cool to drink. They meet this need by providing ice cold water, then added value by adding some lemon juice and sugar in exchange for money. They seen a need, came up with a plan and delivered the product to meet that demand, thus jobs were created, not just for themselves,also for the entire supply chain that provided them with the materials to make and deliver their product.
The government, by its very nature, can not create jobs, because it can not create wealth. Government can come up with a plan to make and sell the lemonade, however, there is no means to acquire the materials, or provide the labor, without taxing the very people they are trying to serve. Talk about a double whammy, taxed to make the lemonade, then to have to pay for too. What government can do is create an environment that is favorable to conducting business. Streamline the permit, inspection process, to make it easier to get approval.
In Cory’s post, Mr. Reich claims the debt crisis is bogeyman and was manufactured to throw our attention away from jobs issue. The crisis, manufactured or not, is very real. The lack of wealth producing jobs is why we are here. What is going on in Washington D. C. right now Is a band aid. No more, no less. We still need to address the root of the problem.
Congress needs to step up and fix the short term problem. Raise the debt ceiling, and cut spending.
Once this crisis has been addressed, then we need to deal with getting the economy back on track, largely by getting government out of the way.
Some of Mr. Reich’s ideas are:
- Make the first $20,000.00 income tax free
- Bring back the WPA, and create a conservation corps,
- Create some kind of infrastructure bank
- Create incentives for small businesses to hire.
I am going to add to that list
- Repeal Obamacare
- Open overseas markets.
- Create more small business incubators.
- Reform entitlement programs
- Social Security and Medicare
- Subsidies (farm, ethanol, transportation, etc.)
- Review oil/mineral leases. If a company hold a lease to drill and they don’t, Give the lease to someone that will (drilling = Jobs)
- Honor current commitments and don’t start new ones, unless we have the cash on hand to fulfill the commit in full.
- We promised Haiti plenty of $$$ that we don’t have.
- Lewis and Clark water project
- Other public works projects.
- Cut or reform programs and departments that don’t work
- Department of education, best handled at the state level
- FEMA, which has lost it initial focus.
- Take a serious look at the Fair Tax
I know this will upset the status quo. I know people will be howling that we don’t care about children or the elderly. I can hear the complaints that big business will take over. The children and elderly are best helped at the local levels, and business will come and go. There was a time that Sears and Montgomery Wards were the largest retailers, and were are they now?
The status quo isn’t working. Let’s find something that does.