I am reminded of the scene in the movie about Steve Jobs, when he told one of
his technical developers to stop thinking about being better (than what was then
on the market) and to focus on being different. We ought to do a better job at
thinking up solutions to problems that are not just "more of the same, but
with less money." Our "Prospertarianism" ought to be unique,
reflecting Utah's strengths and possibilities. Natalie, thanks for drawing
attention to this.
The idea of a government killing an economy is true. Moving to New Jersey in
the late '90's were were stunned to see all the empty store fronts and
dilapidated malls. New Jersey has the highest property taxes in the country
and the most corrupt government of any state, in part because the state
government is so old that it has just had layers and layers of bureaucracy which
were filled by political patronage employees. The thing that kept New Jersey
mostly afloat were the people in the high salaried financial careers who worked
in New York, and the pharmaceutical companies. When those industries are hit,
the whole state goes downhill. Then you notice all the Jaguars and BMW's
in the school parking lots. New Jersey has the highest funding per student, and
the state is going broke. Jobs are dying and people are moving away in droves.
I don't think the economy is great for public educators and other state
employees. Most never got a raise of more than 2% in any given year, most have
lost benefits. I guess it is all perspective.
Utahs prosperity will always be in question, so long as you can be fired from
your job and evicted from your home due solely to who you date.
This is a very positive piece. Certainly in the context of present day
capitalism Utah is doing quite well when compared to other states, not the best,
but pretty well. I would liken us to one of the many shops on board the
Titanic. They were doing well before the collision with the big iceberg. Nineteenth century capitalism unraveled, along with its international
system, largely because of the top heavy distribution of wealth which developed
late in that century. If we don't figure out how to right this economic
ship the same sort of thing is going to happen, but the dimensions of it are of
course unclear.We collided with a "small" iceberg in 2008.
That was a warning. The writer needs to work that event, a big negative to be
sure, into her positive narrative.
I wouldn't say Utah's economy is doing that great. Construction is
still down and most jobs created in this state are ten dollar an hour jobs.
Who are the largest employers in the state of UT?It would be nice
for UTahns to recognize the benefit of tithing dollars which flow into their
state from around the world and the many jobs created by those dollars. While not necessarily funded by tithing dollars, it was a stark picture
during the recession that in Salt Lake there was major construction going on of
a large mall and luxury housing complex by Church corporations.