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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    Waiting on the Jobs of Tomorrow

    By Rougman, Section News
    Posted on Thu Oct 22, 2009 at 12:35:31 AM EST
    Tags: Jennifer Granholm, Michigan legislature, jobs of tomorrow (all tags)

    cross posted at an incredulous Rougblog

    When did it become an accepted theory that government has the ability to create jobs in much the same manner that my kid sister used to pop out cool multicolored extrusions with her Playdoh Fun Factory?

    Nowadays, progressively bent government operatives assume that if they throw enough proper ingredients into a bowl and add a little flowery sentiment, they can force the concoction through a die and out the other side will come a never ending stream of gainfully employed citizens. Push this button and that button, keep a foot on this pedal, push two levers, flip three switches, turn a dial, make a hand in the armpit farting noise, and voilà!, you have a job of tomorrow!

    You can rarely go a day without some public servant promoting a great idea that he cooked up where this initiative and that regulation can, in tandem, create the necessary habitat for a job to squirt out. Of course, this initiative and that regulation can rarely work perfectly the first time they are tried, and a little tweaking will be necessary.

    This is how our corn ethanol craze was born, and how it became a highly successful industry that literally leaped from the dark soils of America's heartland. An artificial demand was created by law that forced gasoline to contain a certain percentage of ethanol, and tariffs were imposed on more efficiently produced imported ethanol so that the American farmer would get a piece of the action. A few additional subsidies were tossed around for good measure to grease the wheels of infrastructure, and away it went. It was easy.

    Many years later, however, there has arrived a more modest critique of its success. Several of the largest ethanol producers are bankrupt, gas prices are artificially high, more subsidies are needed to keep ethanol businesses operating, prices are rising for most other crops because less land is being allocated to their production, corn fed livestock prices are booming, and Iowa has been turned from a state that has historically fed the world's starving into a net corn importer. All this because a gaggle of bureaucrat jackasses decided without thinking that America needed to produce an inferior fuel with an ultimately negative energy impact (estimated at up to 20,000 BTUs per gallon) that uses up to 1,700 gallons of water for the production of one gallon of the environment-friendly elixir.

    Pure genius.

    This is not an article about ethanol, but rather about the thought process that allowed the production of corn ethanol to become a blessed industry in this country, for Michigan possesses one of the finest stables of government jackasses ever assembled, and each one of them is dying for the opportunity to promote the next government blessed Fun Factory capable of popping out jobs like a 4H bunny shoots pellets. Someone has to keep an eye on them.

    The "jobs of tomorrow" phrase is little more than a sales pitch devised by politicians that have little intent of creating many jobs for today. It is a throw in the towel sentiment wrapped in an advertising slogan. Sure, future job hawks brag often about snaring the occasional Washington grant of borrowed Chinese money to build a bridge or pave a road here or there, but these earmarked funds do nothing to create a robust long term employer/employee relationship. For statistics sake, I suppose, the Chinese funded two month job is every bit as valuable as the job that a person can land right out of college and work in until his retirement, though it doesn't do much for either the deficit or the economy.

    The jobs of tomorrow, the ones being championed by today's bureaucrats come with a list of requirements. They require the government funded retraining of workers, the government subsidy of high speed rail, government provided safety, education, and welfare, and perhaps most importantly, the government blessing of a green outcome. When the government is able to line up all the properly considered components we will be, as Governor Granholm puts it, "blown away." These are, of course, all hugely expensive propositions that require the extreme taxation of today's citizens who are still lucky enough to hold down one of today's jobs. Each dollar taken from one of today's taxpayers is a dollar that is no longer available to be spent on one of today's businesses. Another cup of coffee is not consumed, another hamburger goes uneaten, and another roof project is delayed. Soon the waiter and the roofer's gofer are holding hands outside of the Michigan Works office.

    Interestingly, the purveyors of tomorrow's jobs see little need for the relaxation of taxes and regulations that would allow a business of today to create jobs for today. They talk a good game about creating a place where businesses will relocate, and about laying the foundations for the jobs of tomorrow, but they do little to allow today's Michigan businesses to grow profitably today.

    Michigan is not tax friendly. It is not regulation friendly. It is not labor friendly. I have heard it is even mean to puppies. Many businesses are leaving and others are closing outright because they cannot make a profit or they scrape buy on margins so thin it makes the whole enterprise unworthy of the effort. With each loss of business goes the loss of more and more of today's jobs and left behind are unemployed workers who no longer contribute taxes to the public coffers, but instead become a drain on them.

    Legislators and the governor are nearing the end of a brutal budget process. There have been painful cuts and there will undoubtedly be more. It is time for the Michigan legislature to create a freer atmosphere in which businesses can survive and grow profitably today, and to stop meddling in the business environment by creating a never ending expansion of regulations designed to herd existing businesses, taxpayers and consumers down a blessed path.

    Perhaps legislators and the governor can afford to wait for the jobs of tomorrow. Today's workers cannot.

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    1000% True (none / 0) (#2)
    by grannynanny on Thu Oct 22, 2009 at 08:43:49 AM EST
    Great article! Why can't we get this printed in the Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, etc. Ooops - forgot this flies in the face of BHO and his government glut being forced down our throats and the MSM that worship "their" leader would never print such "hogwash".  I will however send it to all my peeps in hopes that it gets some attention!  Again, I agree 1000% with this great post!

    Today's workers? Oh, I get it! (none / 0) (#3)
    by maidintheus on Thu Oct 22, 2009 at 08:51:19 AM EST
    You mean tomorrow's workers.

    The promises of tomorrow that never come. Our schools are not better, they're worse.

    Sen. Carl Levin was elected to the Detroit City Council in 1969, and in 1973 became its president. In 1978, he was elected to the U.S. Senate, which he holds onto to this very day, with promises for tomorrow. Any dummy can see (just from photos even) that Detroit continues to grow only in abject failure. Obviously, Levin and his colleagues won't be happy until the whole state is in same dire condition.

    Promises of tomorrow are a favorite on a national level as well. An example of late is the health scam. Rush and hurry to make policy changes, yet the the actual coverage doesn't take place until years later, but rush anyway. Rush to make changes that don't address the actual problems, but make these hurried changes anyway, with promises for tomorrow, insisting we must rush today.

    The CBO is ignored where it explains actual improvements and lauded far and wide in reference to CBO response to a mythical proposal when the Dems get the slightest indication to their liking.

    Democrats pay for their massive SCHIP (another health care scam) expansion with tens of billions of dollars in additional tobacco taxes. I sure hope more people start smoking and less quit. Yet, they try to guilt people into restrictive gov't control for this 'bad' behavior.



    I know, not enough, or good enough links. I hope CS will help :)    

    There is a government/.... (none / 0) (#4)
    by rdww on Thu Oct 22, 2009 at 09:05:49 AM EST
    .../public employee union/social worker mentality that would actually agree with some of these points.  
    Michigan is indeed at a disadvantage to other states because of its growing load of tax, labor, environmental, etc. burdens.  Their solution, however, is to "level the playing field" by pushing national policies to force ALL states to bear such burdens (which, of course, just drives jobs across the border).  Sort of like fixing a leak in your rowboat by drilling a hole in the bottom to let the water out.

    Dejavu all over again. (none / 0) (#6)
    by LookingforReagan on Thu Oct 22, 2009 at 09:05:23 PM EST
    As someone who remembers the advent of the "Great Society" by that wonderful President Lydon Baines Johnson I remember pretty much the same type of hurry up and get it done goading from the White House to Congress. Johnson just didn't feel that he was earning his money unless he could sign one piece of society changing legislation into law every week. The pace at which these laws came down the pipe and right into law was making the country dizzy. In the end what did we have? Laws and social welfare programs that destroyed the black family but promised a hand up instead of a hand out. The truth was the hand out won out in the end as it was decided to pay women to have children rather then go to work and earn a decent living. The result was squalid living conditions in the slums and tenements of the inner cities. Billions of dollars spent on education did what? The schools are just as poor, the graduation rates even lower now then they were in the mid-sixties. Food stamps we said to be the answer to poor nutrition in the poorer families. That resulted in scams, and outright theft that cheated the tax payers and ensnared those it was meant to help. I have seen this movie before and the 16 trillion dollars that have been spent on the social welfare programs of the Great Society have resulted in a part of Society that isn't so great, especially if you have to live there. This was the same kind of outright deception the Democrats have been practicing for fifty years. The Great Society and the War on Proverty has been an abject failure. Can we please ask when an exit stragety is going to be forthcoming?

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