What a bunch of silly rhetoric. The funniest thing is the example
the author gives - travel agents. Travel agents didn't go out of business
because of any of the factors the author cites - like takes and regulation.
They died because big, old, intrenched companies had the capital to develop new
methods of doing business. It was the old companies that changed how we
travel, not new little home spun innovators. Yes, some of those provided some
technology, but the Orbitz's and Expedia's of the world are owned by
the big travel conglomerates. "Trying to preserve the status
quo by bailing out failing industries looks good on the surface."Here is other place the author gets it wrong. The biggest single source of
job loss has not been done through innovations. "truck driver" is still
the single largest job category in this nation. It's the off shoring of
jobs - manufacturing - that has caused the single greatest loss of jobs.I am a strong advocate for innovation. It is the industry in which I
live. Right now we are working on re-engineering the Oil and Gas industry. But
what the other claims is just wrong.
"Will your second-grader get a job?" I have been asking him
that since he was in first grade. He keeps telling me that he has homework and
wants to play with his friends.Just another lazy 47% er living off
some one will be taking care of you all the time until the moment you start
taking care of someone. But I guess it's like Cracker Jacks. Some kids
never grow up.
based on the last 40 years of Corporate out-sourcing, off-shoring and investing
everything they've got into Communist China -- that
America's 2nd graders today will be working in sweatshops making cheap
inexpensive stuff for the ruling Middle Class Communists in China.The rich will keep getting richer, and the poor will keep getting poorer.A virtual GOP dream come true.
Thanks, JoeBlow, for a little perspective. I must be like your kid. I
didn't seriously think about a career until after I had a master's
degree. Somehow I managed to earn a living and put some money away for
retirement. And I had lots of fun in second grade.
If he's a second grader in Utah, good luck to him. He's in a classroom
of 35 kids and his performance scores are mediocre. If he lived in CN, his class
would have 15 kids and his scores would be higher than those of the kids in
Singapore and Finland who are supposedly the best in the world. Our Utah second
grader starts life with a serious millstone around his neck--the Utah
No. Instead ask, "Will your 2nd grader create jobs?" Schools are not
just assembly lines churning out engineers for corporate factories. They also
teach liberal arts and the humanities, creating an educated citizenry able to
lead, understand the news, and be the innovators for the next century. We need
educated parents, leaders, and voters. We need both engineers and
visionaries.This writer probably has not recognized the biggest
obstacle to a good education in the U.S.--poverty, and a growing class divide.
Modern conservatives blame the poor for their poverty. So-called
"saints" demonize charity and idolize millionaires.It all
began 40 years ago when Reagan aggressively cut education spending in California
and continued the pattern as President, slashing federal funding and encouraging
states to follow suit. He said that government should not “subsidize of
intellectual curiosity.” He attacked teacher certification, pushed school
vouchers, and painted a big target on teachers’ backs.