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July 6, 2015

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letter to the editor:

We must create jobs for youth

Charles Blow is right on the mark with his assessment that the first decade of the 21st century has been disastrous for America’s youth. Our young are listless, directionless and disconsolate over their prospects for a good, rewarding life.

Nearly every assessment of America’s future shows a country that is second-tier among the mature industrialized countries and that is struggling to compete with the developing countries such as China, India and Brazil.

We have to reward our ambitious and high-achieving youth with good-paying jobs and a good prospect for entering the middle class. How do we do this? We must bring manufacturing back to the U.S. We can’t expect our children to have an upbeat outlook if they know that only Wal-Mart and McDonald’s jobs are waiting for them after they graduate from high school, or a sales clerk’s job at the car rental companies after they graduate from college.

Within five or 10 years, all foreign manufacturers, including American multinationals, who sell their products in the U.S. must start manufacturing in the U.S. The companies that fail to comply will be slapped with huge tariffs on their products.

During President Ronald Reagan’s time, we did this with car manufacturers, and now nearly all major foreign car manufacturers are making cars in the U.S. We must do this in nearly all manufacturing industries.

If our youth know they will do OK financially, many of the social ills that beset our children will tend to solve themselves because the kids will be busy at work, keeping their noses clean and trying to impress their bosses so they can have those lucrative careers.

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  1. Children reflect what is going on in the home. When there are under- or unemployed parents, and it is a chronic situation, where that is all the child has seen in their lives, hopes and dreams simply don't exist. They have proof, and give up early in life. This hopelessness is only reinforced when they are surrounded with others struggling to simply survive.

    There is no longer any stability in the schools, as children watch their teachers leave them for better working conditions (this will become more evident as the new state-wide teacher and principal evaluations take hold, and staff move to better areas that have higher academic performance and less problems). The current matra is, "You should be happy that you even have a job." What is THAT telling children?

    The recent natural gas boom will be a game changer on many industries here in the United States. Natural gas is a cheap source of power, be it for transportation, generating power, or for heating and cooking. It is relatively easy to retool a vehicle or appliance to convert to use gas. People are familiar with gas and how to safely use it. Costs to convert are minimal.

    Now we can create new jobs related to natural gas in our country, and with that, our educational system will need to make a shift to prepare students for such jobs. All this is good!

    The downside is the invariable slow transition institutionally. It takes time to get the word out and it takes time to convince people about the potential they can attain by these upcoming changes.

    For now, children live day to day looking for a meal, a place to lay their head, in a word, survival. Change the world that they are currently living in by supplying those substantive jobs for their parents that can improve the quality of their lives, and then they will be removed from survival mode to a mindspace of looking forward to what's ahead.

    During this transitional time, society needs to provide access to mental health services at the school level, to assist them and their families emotionally. That is where society has FAILED. A mere school counselor cannot provide such services, only refer. People need to understand this. Pain and success are perceived and originated in the mind and heart, and this has been woefully deglected! Let's change that.

    Blessings and Peace,

  2. Cesar, put your money where your mouth is and start a business in which you provide young people with "good paying jobs." It's not the job of government to "create" jobs. That's for the private sector and when government interferes, as is the case with edicts, mandates, rules & regulations that are little more than red tape, it stifles the creation of jobs. When you have morons such as Mayor Bloomberg of NYC imposing ridiculous bans on items such as 16 oz sodas, you know this isn't the United States our founders fought and died to create. Let's put the blame for "jobless" youths squarely on the shoulders of those where it belongs - power-hungry politicians and screwball "progresives!"

  3. In my opinion, penalizing companies because they move manufacturing to less expensive labor markets will not be an effective strategy. If the global economy didn't exist, this strategy might make more sense.

    Americans often choose to purchase the less expensive of two products, regardless of where they were manufactured so if American companies are forced to manufacture here, their products will not be competitive in the world market, or even here unless we set high import tariffs, in which case other countries will do the same.

    We are, no doubt, struggling to adjust to the new global economy, but trying to 'force' a return to things that worked in a past time seems a poor choice.

    I don't have great answers but I think this letter writers suggestion, while well intended, would be ineffective and create negative and unintended consequences.


  4. It can reasonably be argued what to call 7.8 % unemployment and 2 % GDP growth. It can be called 'good' compared to 2008/2009 for example or 'bad' compared to historic norms.

    The economy is doing better than in the recent past but is still very slow compared to historic norms.


  5. The problem is not creating jobs for the young, the root of the problem is DISPARITY. Taxes have consistently gone down since Ronald Reagan was president. You people ignore the fact that "trickle down economics" never worked. The middle class is shrinking while poverty increases and the "American Dream" is in a coma. All because the wealth of the country has been handed to the already wealthy. Corporations like Walmart are responsible for placing people into food stamp programs because they pay very low wages. Adults are working in low wage earning jobs that at one time teens worked as summer jobs or part time. In this New America you can't possibly maintain a family earning $16,000 annually. When the recession hit it took what little wealth was saved by the working class. To ad insult to injury those people who lost their saving had to bail out the a-holes who scammed them and caused the recession. That is the reality we are dealing with, and once again, not one depression or recession was caused by working class people. It has always been the greed of the wealthy. Until so-called "conservatives" understand that scenario we will always have recessions.

    "There is one rule for the industrialist and that is: Make the best quality of goods possible at the lowest cost possible, paying the highest wages possible." - Henry Ford

  6. El_Lobo,

    Other than cutting defense spending, please tell me where you would get the money to 'raise the minimum wage; put more money into student loans & Pell Grants; and re-build our infrastructure'?

    What is your definition of energy independence? Does it include the Keystone XL pipeline, fracking if it doesn't destroy groundwater, natural gas and oil? Do you favor investment in clean energy research instead of retail clean energy companies?

    You say 'The GOP offers NOTHING to the American voters and until they do, they will remain on the outside, looking in....'

    Just under 50 % of voters voted for the 'other' guy in the recent Presidential election. Republicans hold a substantial majority in the House, are a few seats away from controlling the Senate; and Conservatives are a majority on the Supreme Court.

    I don't like the Republicans or Democrats much at all, but your contention that Republicans offer nothing that Americans want just isn't supported by the facts ot the numbers.

    Now, if you want to claim that Republicans offer nothing that you, people who hold your views and about 50 % of Americans want, I will readily agree. But it is also true that support for the Democrats sits at about 50 %. News Flash.... we are a deeply divided country with approximately 50 % supporting one side or the other.


  7. With one fell swoop we can OPEN UP 7 MILLION JOBS that illegals have stolen from Americans, Blacks, other minorities, kids, college students, young adults, older adults.

  8. NLV-Indep13,

    No, Mr Lumba is not right. In a global economy, we cannot go protectionist unless we are willing to enter a tariff war with the global partners to which we sell goods and services. This would be like me, at 60, trying to go back and re-live my youth. It cannot be done. Too much has changed, and an economy, which is now global, is the biggest reason we cannot go back.

    You say goods would cost more, which is correct, but unless you placed a heavy tariff on all goods imported to the US, low cost suppliers would 'eat the lunch' of higher cost American based producers. We all know Americans, basically, will buy the least expensive product or service unless the quality is completely substandard.

    We've got to start living in the real world of today and stop dreaming of the past. I used to be director of a callcenter. Now most of that business is in India or elsewhere. If it came back here, it could not compete with low cost providers in India. We may not like it, but that's the way it is.


  9. WRONG YET AGAIN, Future! You claim (at: 10:05 a.m.): "Actual 3-4 years ago after the recession was over we had growth in the 5% range

    Now it is much much worst then 3-4 years ago "

    Currently (CY 2012) GDP grew 3.54%. Four years ago (CY 2008) GDP FELL by 1.2%. Three years ago (CY 2009) GDP grew 0.37%.

    Where are we right now today? No particularly good data is available. CY 2013 is not yet half over: we are only now getting estimated data for the first quarter - up about 3.44%. Go back to CY 2006 for the last GDP over 5%. A point of interest: in 6 of the 8 years under Bill Clinton, the GDP grew by more than 6%; it never touched 6% under W.

    Want final data for FY2013? Wait until perhaps April or May 2014.

  10. We note that many of those AGAINST ANOTHER AMNESTY, say that each amnesty has LOWERED WAGES for workers--because the illegals turned "legal" lower the going pay rate.