Thursday, January 7, 2010

One quick note with an idea on “Jobs”. Obama has presented Jobs as the next big thing on the agenda. Do we understand the power of a diploma? We have millions of people in the US who already have bachelors degrees, but, for whatever reason, have never used them. They are working check stand registers and driving buses... The place that we push for Jobs needs to focus on our greatest untapped asset, the education that these folks already bought and paid for, not on those who are currently unemployed, who may or may not have a degree. We have an educated pool of people already, they’re just in the wrong roles. This question of “Jobs” is actually a question of rearranging the pieces of the puzzle.

Step One: Start a job placement service where people can file their willingness to participate in a newly created job within their degree field. This simple act will bring the education asset into crystal clarity.

Step Two: Then the Obama Administration can begin the work of creating jobs. Putting that money into jobs where someone holds a bachelors degree in that field is a much better “working scenario” to coin a pun, so that the jobs that are created will be sustainable, good paying, and most importantly rewarding for the people. Those jobs that are vacated by degree holders will then be available to the masses of unemployed people, and we’re now holding an educated workforce just by rearranging the workforce.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Do unto others as you would have done unto you. That's the crux of Christianity. The US, and ironically, the Tea Party, are mostly Christian folks. They're proud to claim that the US has "In God we Trust" stamped on every dollar, and they would rather have prayer put back in public schools so they can pray to Christ their God. When living up to the Christian tenet of do unto others as you would have done unto you, why is capitalism any stronger of a model for your behavior toward your neighbor, than what Tea Party folks are calling "socialism? What I'm saying is that Tea Party peoples are forgetting the fact that any amount of socialism that has crept into America is not because of Socialist Ideals, it's simply because people here in the US by-and-large attempt to do unto others as they would have done to them, and those types of changes happen socially, enmasse. As a society, they want their neighbor to have the same things, the same opportunities, the same health care, the same medical coverge, that they have. They don't want a company, or a corporation, or a capitalist, or a business to get in the way of their first and foremost rule... the Golden Rule. Do not take up the flag of liberty with guns and bullets against a population of people who are attempting to follow the Golden Rule. There are other, relatively strong methods of doing the type of revolt that will simmer down the socialism to the "common decency" levels that Tea Party members consider the outer limit of how socialism should be allowed to regulate business in a free market. The cry havoc is an extreme that let's slip the dogs of war, and once uncaged it is terribly more difficult to recapture the do unto others philosophy.