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Jobs: Clueless in Washington

January 26, 2011

E.J. Manning
“We are the first nation to be founded for the sake of an idea – the idea that each of us deserves the chance to shape our own destiny. That is why centuries of pioneers and immigrants have risked everything to come here. It’s why our students don’t just memorize equations, but answer questions like “What do you think of that idea? What would you change about the world? What do you want to be when you grow up?”

The future is ours to win. But to get there, we can’t just stand still. As Robert Kennedy told us, “The future is not a gift. It is an achievement.” Sustaining the American Dream has never been about standing pat. It has required each generation to sacrifice, and struggle, and meet the demands of a new age.

Now it’s our turn. We know what it takes to compete for the jobs and industries of our time. We need to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world. We have to make America the best place on Earth to do business. We need to take responsibility for our deficit, and reform our government. That’s how our people will prosper. That’s how we’ll win the future. And tonight, I’d like to talk about how we get there.

The first step in winning the future is encouraging American innovation. None of us can predict with certainty what the next big industry will be, or where the new jobs will come from. Thirty years ago, we couldn’t know that something called the Internet would lead to an economic revolution. What we can do – what America does better than anyone – is spark the creativity and imagination of our people. We are the nation that put cars in driveways and computers in offices; the nation of Edison and the Wright brothers; of Google and Facebook. In America, innovation doesn’t just change our lives. It’s how we make a living.”

small business

This is just a portion of what our dear President wanted to sell the nation, that America makes a living on creativity and imagination. The problem is that America doesn’t need a pep talk, but that is exactly what they received (I left most of the pep talk stuff out). What President Obama fails to understand, much less to voice is that creativity and imagination are not the result of oppression or pressure. That is exactly what authorities live by in this modern age of enlightenment. Uncle Sam wants a piece of everything we do, before we do it, even before we dream. That is exactly what the corporate banking mentality does. It kills the dream as quickly as it can so that the system can control matters before they get out of hand. This stymies the little guy. Edison and most certainly, the Wright brothers would never have made it if they had to worry over profit and loss statements coupled with taxation.

The national and multinational corporations are interested with innovation if that innovation doesn’t mess with their bottom line or if it comes CHEAP. The cheaper the better. They aren’t usually interested with innovation unless they can take it or buy it from the little guy. As a result, the kind of innovation that President Obama mentioned has flagged. Google and Facebook are products of something else entirely and true innovation isn’t one of them.

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“None of us can predict with certainty what the next big industry will be, or where the new jobs will come from.” The bottom line is that politicians don’t have a clue unless it puts money in their pockets up front or the promise of a deal in the immediate future. That is what they look for while “investing” in America and looking to the next election. Obama said it. It’s all about sacrifice, but he isn’t talking about the upper crust. They stand on record profits while the nation of people flounders. That is because Wall Street and the upper crust of Corporate America are completely disconnected from the real world. They live in the world of fiat money, living large to promote their own interests. With the statement about “investing” in the future and the sacrifice of the little man, President Obama crossed the fence from statesman to salesman. It takes more than a pep rally or money cycling around at the top within Wall Street to make America prosperous. Bankers and politicians were finally able to shoot national prosperity down after decades of massive giveaways and favors to the upper crust of corporate society in 2008. It hasn’t stopped yet. This is about making the big guys in business massive accounting profits. It’s about power in politics and business. It will take a revolution to turn the nation around.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 27, 2011 10:09 am

    You make a great point EJ. If there is a pickpocket in the room, it’s okay for someone to say: “Let’s all be nice.”

    But I’m going to keep watching the pockpockte!


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