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Dilbert-creator Scott Adams has an interesting post up at his blog:

http://dilbert.com/blog/entry/job_creation/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+dilbert%2Fblog+%28Dilbert+Blog+-+UU%29

Basically, he observes that there are jobs available for which people are not trained, that the recession is kinder on the so-called educated, but also that we need to train people in proportion to the jobs actually available. So he thinks that things like govt spending on infrastructure won't work.

I'm curious: do people agree with his analysis? And if you disagree with his proposed solution of government-orchestrated training, how would you address this issue?

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dreamflower02
Sep. 29th, 2011 08:13 pm (UTC)
I think he has a point, although I am not knowledgeable enough in specifics to know whether the point he has is actually workable or feasible.

I tend to think that the problem may also be one of matching people to expectations. We've all heard stories of the out-of-work executive who at this point is willing to work at any old McJob, but can't get hired because employers are reluctant to take on the "overqualified". (Silly, I think. Just because someone knows how to run a company doesn't mean they can't learn to drop french fries into hot oil.) OTOH there are people who were laid off from a job with good pay and benefits who expect to get into a similar job-- but they can't because of the economy. They aren't willing to take less. Sometimes they believe they can't take less.

I do think that the government could get the economy moving and find people who need jobs a job if it were allowed to do so. FDR did it beautifully. But the Republicans are too busy trying to turn the calendar back to the days of Herbert Hoover to allow any such grand schemes. And modern Democrats are too timid and afraid of being labeled "big gov't" to even try.



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