_____________________________I was surprised to read comments by some contributors to the blog who attributed the inability of some people to get jobs as a fault of living beyond their means. Can’t agree with that analysis. A good example is the ongoing shake-up in the telecommunications industry. There was a time when the Midwest was seen as the perfect place for call centers to be placed in America. Our lack of a distinct accent (Kansas Citians excepted!) made our voices easily understood across the land. Do I have to remind anyone where a lot of those jobs are today? The Kansas City Star has the typesetting and layout for its newspaper ads composed in a country on the other side of the world. It is hardly the fault of the people who lost their jobs due to that decision. Go visit your local Walmart and see how much of what you can buy is assembled, wove, cobbled or in any shape or form put together in America. Is it the fault of the people who once held those jobs in America that what they once did for a living has been exported to another land? I think not. It can be very hard to compete with nations who pay their workers by the day when we pay our people by the hour. Give the average American a break. Most work hard for the good life. The economic recession that is affecting America is being felt world wide. It is NOT the fault of the average wage earner.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Not your run of the mill recession . . .
“This isn’t your run of the mill recession.” President Obama could not have said it more eloquently than he did tonight in his address to the American people. Our country is in a deep recession and it is not just those of us in business who are seeing the devastating affects it is having on the area economy. Many of our neighbors are out of work, in real fear of losing their job, or, in worst case scenarios, in fear of losing their homes. The reality is shocking. Just one year ago, the economy was humming along at a fairly brisk pace. The housing market was slumping, but not totally unexpected in an industry that cyclically has its ups and downs. The President’s message was one of hope that was well balanced with the sincere desire to do more than just throw money at problems. His recognition that the private sector is the engine that drives the train spoke of a realized need to jump-start the economy. Plainly stated, something must be done to get money flowing into the economy. The inertia that has taken hold in the spending habits of Americans, some out of necessity and some out of fear, needs to be broken. Obama’s economic recovery plan still must make its way through Congress before it is tested in the marketplace. Whether or not the finished product will help to break what he called a “vicious cycle” that is dragging our economy down is yet to be seen. For the sake of our country, let us all hope that the final product works.