By DAVID R. FRAZIER, editor
We visited a “job fair” recently, but rather than an arena full of employers recruiting workers, we found countless private and public educational institutions vying to take the last nickel from the pockets of the unemployed through assorted training offers.
There were several charitable organizations seeking volunteers, verterans advocates, and even “debt consolidation” services. There weren’t many jobs being offered with the exception of police and military recruiters.
On the drive home, the radio news in my American-made Japanese car reported the U.S. Post Office was about to layoff 120,000 workers and close 3,700 offices. The same newswcast noted conservative congressmen and business leaders were seeking tax cuts and elimination of “government regulation” to CREATE JOBS.
From the City Councilor in the tiniest city to the President of the USA, politicians all want to CREATE JOBS. Simply put: Government can’t CREATE JOBS shy of massive depression-era public works projects. Jobs are created when business has a product or service consumers wish to purchase.
Like the job fair, far too many “businesses” want income, but they are unable to produce a product or service. We have become a consumer nation saddled with paying for telephone minutes that are never used, fees to access our own money from a bank, late fees, restocking fees, dealer document fees, transaction fees, wire fees, surcharges…the list is endless. And none of these CREATE JOBS.
Problem is we get NOTHING for most of those fees and don’t think twice about paying them!
Government has lowered interest rates and plowed newly printed money into financial institutions with no new jobs. Government lowered interest rates with no new jobs. Government has lowered taxes with no new jobs. Their common defense is “it could have been worse.” Major U.S. corporations are offered tax cuts at all levels only to CREATE JOBS in a foreign land.
Given the penchant for lowering interest and taxes in the hopes of CREATING JOBS, the
Post Office should logically lower the price of stamps to save 120,000 jobs.
The problem at the Post Office is really a microcosm of the entire economic crises facing the country–things are different. The internet, e-mail, and Fed-X– combined with “electronic payments” and assorted iPhone coupon schemes have dealt a near fatal blow to the Post Office as we once knew it. Same for the job market.
American Business is able to profitably conduct its affairs and manufacture its goods “offshore,” but still depends upon a domestic consumer base. Until that situation changes no one will be able to CREATE JOBS.
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