One of my lists is entitled Finding Humane jobs:
I try to post there interesting job prospects that come in my daily emails. I figure it is a small contribution that I can make to our major domestic problem.
Frankly, I don’t see any big time solution to this problem. We are competing in a global economy in which other nations keep their worker costs far below our practices and we buy their goods at our discount houses.
Possibly lowering the value of the dollar will help for a bit, but is no long term solution in the global competition.
What we need to do is cut unnecessary government jobs while putting whatever funds we can into repairing our costly deteriorating infrastructures. Our systems are out of date and I was startled to learn that a minor earthquake in Southern CA could bring down the dam that holds water for some twenty million people living below it. It would take several years to rebuild.
A program on our infrastructure potential failures on the History channel a month of so ago was terrifying. We built key systems without knowledge of the proper supports — bridges, dams — and things are blowing up from gas lines hidden near homes. Sewers feed into water drains and pollute our rivers.
We shall probably lose more lives from these infrastructure failures than from terrorists. We had two nuclear plant failures the other day that obliged their closing — Vermont and Indian Point several dozen miles north of NYC.
Whatever it takes in the way of borrowing, we should follow the FDR example and use public funds to put people to work fixing things that desperately need it rather than spending more on military junk.
“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)
Ed Kent [blind copies]