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I disagree with the idea that we need to "move past dependence on manufacturing jobs". I think we need to realize that we'll be stronger as a nation if we don't give up our manufacturing jobs and tax base to "free trade partners" that don't trade fairly with us.
But I highly doubt more socialization of education ("everyone should get a degree") is going to fix this. It will only make it worse.
Quote from: C-Dawg on July 16, 2010, 08:06:27 AMBut I highly doubt more socialization of education ("everyone should get a degree") is going to fix this. It will only make it worse.I'll agree with you here 100%. I find it ironic that those who support subsidization and manipulation of industries to "create jobs" also tend to be the people who support socialized college education. These two goals simply do not fit. The jobs the subsidies create often are truly awful. (Would you like to work at a recycling plant? What if you had a PhD?)
As for secondary and postsecondary education, I agree that high school and college in the liberal arts is too easy. My friends in the natural sciences and engineering actually had to work for their grades. I don't think I see much of a case for universal postsecondary liberal arts education (whether at age 18 or 30), and to the extent that I do, I'd suggest joining a book club at the public library for the cost of a few pizzas a year rather than college classes that will put you a few tens of thousands of dollars in debt.
Ill-fated, but not necessarily ill-conceived. Construction jobs *are* among the hardest to outsource
Quote from: Gramarye on July 18, 2010, 05:28:40 AMIll-fated, but not necessarily ill-conceived. Construction jobs *are* among the hardest to outsource There's so much irony here though. These jobs are easily taken by immigrants, especially illegals. We don't see it as much in midwest but in the Southwest where the big construction boom occurred, they were using cheap immigrant labor to build over-priced houses. One thing that contributed to viability of the rise in home prices was the cultural difference between Americans and Mexicans. Mexicans (along with other cultures like India I believe) are more inter-dependent on extended family. They can easily tolerate living in a house with 8 other people who are their brother-in-laws, cousins, etc. They're very close. Americans always tended to want to take care of their immediate family and live on their own while putting extra emphasis on civic duty rather than a duty to the extended family. So in a lot of cities, rising home prices correlated to immigration because you have 10 people willing to live in a house who can afford to pitch in a couple hundred bucks each towards the mortgage while still having higher standards of living than that of Mexico which is what they have for comparison.
I definitely think it would be very dangerous if we stopped having classes in humanities, history, social sciences, etc. all together because they arouse a person's curiosity in those fields of knowledge but I think there would also be a huge problem if 40% of college students majored in history, linguistics, literature, etc. while the folks in India and China are all going into engineering or medicine simply because they can't afford to do otherwise.
Fifth Third spinoff eyes more spaceBusiness Courier of Cincinnati - by Dan Monk and Steve Watkins Courier staff reportersMedia Fifth Third Processing Solutions, the electronic-funds transfer spinoff of Fifth Third Bancorp, is scouring Ohio locations for up to 200,000 square feet of new office space.The company is growing rapidly one year after the bank sold a 51 percent ownership stake to Boston-based Advent International Corp., said Terry Zizzo, an executive in charge of human resources for Fifth Third Processing. Zizzo described the search for office space as exploratory and added there is no time frame for a decision...http://cincinnati.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/stories/2010/07/19/story2.html?b=1279512000^3657951Hopefully they stay downtown...this is a great growth industry!!! Can anyone say anchor tenant for the Banks office town! 200,000 sq feet is a good start.
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