Jobs Alone Aren’t The Answer

English: Calvin Coolidge. 30th President of th...

English: Calvin Coolidge. 30th President of the United States (1923-1929) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is, as always from Amity Shlaes, excellent. It has often seemed to me that our politicians think the electorate is very stupid, not to mention having no memory at all.

While this seems more obvious on Democratic side of the aisle, it’s pretty bipartisan, as watch Congress continually indulge in get-rich quick schemes for Congresscritters and their sycophants, especially in the lobbying industry. Truly I have come to believe we have the best Congress money can buy. Somehow, I don’t think that is quite what Jefferson, Washington, Madison, and the rest had in mind. Who comes to my mind is a chap named Nero, a famous violinist who thought he was more than that.

From Amity

But 18-year-olds are wiser than their elders realize. Jobs alone won’t suffice to keep them. Young people seek something else: prospects. The distinction feels trivial, but there’s a difference between jobs and prospects. That difference is one of time. “Prospects” means long term, and long term is how many youths think.

This became clear in a contest recently conducted by the Vermont-based Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation, where I work. The foundation asked high school students to answer a simple question regarding the Green Mountain State: Should I stay, or should I go?

That’s indeed the question we have all faced isn’t it. The perennial American question, ever since the Pilgrims landed. Is the grass greener someplace else, or is this rockpile as good a farm as there is. usually itching feet have prevailed, and we have indeed, “Go west, young man, go west.” and what we have usually found is the chance to build something to be proud of, whether it was a farm, a business, a church, or indeed a nation, which has become second to none.

Still, the kids were just breaking bad news gently. And that bad news was that they were indeed departing. One semifinalist established the imperative of migration: “In times such as these, the world needs people to step up and keep it from collapsing in upon itself. … While I do not think every Vermonter should leave the state, I think those of able mind and body should.”

The winner put her conclusion more bluntly: “I need to get out of Vermont to see different places around the world and to meet different people. I need to experience those things in life that Vermont simply cannot offer.” Another pupil wrote in rap-style slang: “Not necessarily the state for success. … So competition is weak/ People need to travel so they can raise to their own peak/Vermont’s getting older.”

Now mind you, I’m very traditional but you know, if I was growing up in Vermont, and it’s as lovely as everyone says, I’d leave as well. Why? I like to eat, and I believe in earning my own way. The view out the window is important but not as important as that.

The economist Milton Friedman, who once had a house in Vermont, labeled a phenomenon he observed as the “Permanent Income Hypothesis.” People, Friedman posited, were not rabbits. They would spend not according to what cash they had on hand but according to their estimate of what money they’d have in their lifetime. The PIH holds for decisions beyond saving. You choose a home not just because it pleases you this year but because it might prove a good investment over a lifetime.

The essays of the perspicacious Vermont teens suggest that states around the nation may want to alter their pitches. Jobs matter, but less than education. Regulation matters. Tax rates matter, even top rates—again, because of prospects. The ambitious consider what rate they’ll pay tomorrow, not the rate that applies to them as they start out.

Well, of course they do, we all do. And that is why what Washington does increasingly is so pernicious. When you kill people’s dreams, which is what our welfare system has done systematically in our cities for fifty years now, we train whole generations to believe they are worthless, that the best they can hope for is to be paid for existing, so sit down and shut up.

But it’s even more than that, isn’t it. I’m a highly skilled tradesman, living in one of the better states for business, and yet, as I’ve written before, because the state itself has a habit of ignoring its laws, to take care of its guild members, I’m unlikely to work again. When a guy like me becomes convinced that my best chance to retire is to win Powerball, you are doing something wrong.

Jobs Alone Aren’t The Answer – Forbes.


This is more an aside than anything else but, am I the only one who thinks the national Democrats increasingly look old and tired, yesterday’s news. I mean jeez, guys, I’m in my early sixties myself, and when you look old and shopworn to me, what must you look like to the 30 year olds that you built your party on. It’s the people, to an extent, we’ve been talking about the Clinton’s for what seems like forever, is it really only twenty years? Then again, do you have anything else that you bought in 1990?

Nor does it help that they are still pushing the same programs that have failed everywhere they’ve been tried, usually catastrophically and they haven’t changed a jot or tittle since Wilson was president. I is a further handicap to at least some of us that not a single one of the member of the nomenklatura has ever held a real job even (mostly, anyhow) ever served in the military.

Time to consign them to the dustheap of history and move on.

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25 Responses to Jobs Alone Aren’t The Answer

  1. the unit says:

    Between H1-B visas and H3N2 flu, work for your age group is finished. And if you live through Ebola and Obola, and the next crisis, and make it to 75… Ezekiel Emanuel has your Powerball prize waiting. 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      I know. Sucks to be me, sometimes! 🙂

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      • the unit says:

        A few days ago about Libertarian Nationalism you said “He pretty well sums up my feelings but I won’t let that shut me up!”
        I gather and absorb here much rational thought over feelings. And much faithful faith.
        The left laughs at those who place their trust in Christian faith. But I can’t imagine the faith they trust to progressives and leftists for deliverance.
        Therefore your comment “I know. Sucks to be me, sometimes!” is taken with a grain of salt that hasn’t lost its flavor. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Yep, I press on, although I surely get frustrated sometimes 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          As I learned from you…”Yeppers!” We do that keeping on business. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          that we do, and since have the truth, we’ll eventually win some battles, although as long as some men think the deserve to rule others, we won’t win the war.

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        • the unit says:

          I get your point. I’m not as versed in scripture as most commenting here. Mom’s Jeans has thrown the latest pitch in evil over good. But we not in battle finale yet it seems to me.

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        • NEO says:

          Nope, not yet. God only knows when, although some try to read His mind.

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        • the unit says:

          Yeah, I’ll just say my prayers and leave it up to Him. I just finished my federal taxes and shared with the wife, and listened to what a poor planner and investor I am. So much for reading God’s mind. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          I hear you on that one 🙂

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  2. the unit says:

    Jobs and prospects in your area?
    Off thread, maybe a Jihad Fair. Another blog I read says no mosques in his town in Texas. Some goings on just down the road though in Irving.
    Those folks are there though in his town in waiting. You know about your town?
    http://www.islamicfinder.org/prayerDetail.php?country=usa&city=Lexington&state=NE&lang=
    Three more prayer times today for NE and shows the compass reading to do it.
    Well we have had full fledged one in Pensacola, FL for years although they call it a family help center.

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    • NEO says:

      Yep, there’s one about 13 miles away, has been ever since Tyson imported Somalis like cattle to work in the packing plant, Hispanics weren’t docile enough anymore for them,.

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      • the unit says:

        Although I knew of Islam activity here, I’d never seen this Islamic Finder site before. At the bottom of the page it lists Muslim owned businesses (none for Lexington NE). Here is one here in my local area I’m sure to rush in and ask for a straight razor shave. Infidel Saturday Special. 🙂

        Farouk’s barbershop
        1515 Creighton road ,
        Pensacola, FL 32504, USA
        Phone: 850-6027072
        Email: faroukborghul@yahoo.com
        URL: Faroukbarbershop/Facebook
        General Information: barber since 15 years in jordan,haircuts stright razor cut and shave…

        I haven’t checked out the URL or Email, but will be driving by to see if really exists, then keep my distance. But dang I got a doctor just down the street I got to go to. But he a Okie from Oklahoma.

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        • NEO says:

          I wouldn’t sweat it much. i’ve dealt with a fair number of them in Lex. For the most part they’re just like us, trying to make a living in a bad economy, If they’ve got bad apples, i haven’t seen them.

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        • the unit says:

          Well I just be a chicken necked old man now who ain’t gonna stick it out unnecessarily. I got a Norelco, and I’ve even nicked my neck with that. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Sensible attitude! i had people that needed to get paid, and they had work. i used to but got tired of the skin burns and went back to my Trac II. 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          I do know what you mean about just everyday people trying to live and get by. The last few years where I worked in low income clinic even had a Muslim fellow that didn’t believe Obama killed Osama. He said all the pictures we had of Osama over years likely didn’t look anything like the real Osama, we didn’t even know what he looked like as these were pictures promulgated by his propaganda and displayed by our government. Some sort of screwy winged conspiracy I guess. Maybe Hillary knows. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          I hear you, it’s probably in her e-mails! 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          Just think if it was Palin being cross examined they would just have to inspect the notes on her palms. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          You betcha! 🙂 And don’t forget the dumpster, either.

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        • the unit says:

          I missed the dumpster-diving situation. Had to go look it up. What lengths won’t they go to? Of course I think it was a inside leak. I got a email which proves a cow pie contains methane, only a progressive would test and prove. I give the link, but you got to click the little arrows to the far right of the scroll showing the time elapse to see it full screen, otherwise just blank white screen video with audio . At least that’s how it worked for me.
          http://www.bu2z.com/v/petard-dans-bouse-de-vache%22

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        • NEO says:

          Sure they do. Out here where there’s hardly any wood, they cooked and heated with dried cow chips, although they admitted it was a very good idea to make sure they were thoroughly dried. 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          I thought the Hollywood make-up artist did a good job with visual effects. 🙂 Spreading the poop around.

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        • the unit says:

          Now I’m done. Job is to get to bed with the prospect of a good nights sleep. ‘Til later.

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