-- Politicians in Washington may be ineffectually nattering about creating jobs in hard economic times, but the Occupy Wall Street protest that began Sept. 17 and has born similar fruit across the country is actually doing something about jobs. Their presence means that cops are getting a lot of overtime keeping an eye on them. Their presence helps to keep the media -- however weak-kneed and feeding-frenzy-prone -- in business. Garbage men must be doing double duty in their neighborhood. There may not be a whole lot of 'new' jobs, but still....
-- And in somewhat the same realm, politicians and big business are working hand-in-glove during the economic downturn. Business is claiming that if the government would get off their backs and allow for mergers and previously-forbidden oil drilling ... voila! jobs. The politicians parrot these suggestions in their bid for higher office. But, as usual, it's fuzzy math ... a tastes-good-less-filling route that doesn't really pan out.
I don't know much about business management, politics or economics, but even in hard economic times, isn't there plenty of work to be done?ReplyDelete
Old and beautiful buildings are waiting to be restored to their former glory, some uglier and highly inefficient buildings, especially those where the lower classes dwell, look like a cancer on the landscape and could probably be replaced with newer ones. Plenty of public streets, parks, schools, hospitals and other buildings need caring, better equipped and made more beautiful, modern public transport is lacking in many places. People, animals, forests, oceans and rivers need caring, new technologies are waiting to be studied and implemented...
If we look around carefully and break down all the needs we identify into jobs, I’m sure we can find plenty to do and many new jobs waiting to be created.
Nobody works for free, and those who can afford it don't care.ReplyDelete