"...A 'Liberal Paradise' would be a place where everybody has guaranteed employment, free comprehensive healthcare, free education, free food, free housing, free clothing, free utilities, and only Law Enforcement has guns. And believe it or not, such a place does indeed exist ……...It's called prison."
Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Phoenix, Arizona
Growth and Jobs
The only genuine solution to what ails the US economy is the creation of private sector growth and jobs. Done correctly these will be a combination of good paying jobs and more of the lower paying jobs from consumer spending this solution is that it seems no one in Washington gets it–how to do it right. Several governors have begun to show the way (E.g., Kasich in OH). The only truly effective economic solution to the debt/deficit crisis is for the country’s economy to grow, and create private sector jobs—that actually increase the nation’s prosperity. Job creation has been anemic, and skewed toward low paying jobs. Hundreds of thousands of jobs remain unfilled because Americans lack the necessary skills.
The American educational system spends more money, for worse results, than anywhere in the world. The educational system is an artifact of old models, paralyzed by a unionized/tenured teacher group that fears being evaluated and rewarded, or replaced!
Although I hate to suggest more government spending in our current deficit and debt crisis, there are two places where the government could actually stimulate positive growth and jobs–spending on badly needed infrastructure projects and on job specific training. If these were combined with relaxing the overdone regulations and driving practical energy development an explosion of job creating growth should result! The one caveat is that the government turn the management over to private sector contractors chosen on a fair bidding process (no favoritism based on union involvement). Unfortunately this Obama administration will never initiate such a program, run that way.
Thus growth will remain sporadic and weak, leading to mediocre job creation, and continued growth of chronically unemployed, as long as Barack Obama occupies the White House! As Albert Einstein said, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” Growth and jobs will continue to be the best solution–never achieved–until Obama is gone.