Can We Still Roll Up Our Sleeves?
I was disheartened by the lack of any relevant responses to my proposal to impose a national sales tax to fund subsidizing the establishment of manufacturing businesses in inner cities – to be coupled with the elimination of all of the failed, anti-poverty programs in existence now (The Change America Really Needs).
Certainly there is much to fault in my proposal, but my opinion is that we have to think ‘outside the box’ in order to get a handle on the most pressing domestic issue that faces us – what to do about our rapidly disintegrating cities and the criminal element that is taking them over. In city after city, police departments have ruled out entering certain areas because the situation is out of control and their lives are so much at risk there.
Although liberals will be kicking and screaming in denial, there is no question that every anti-poverty program, from AFDC (even after reform) to Section 8 housing grants has not only failed, but has created a class of people and a way of life that is a spreading cancer on our society. The lessons of Katrina should not be ignored or lost.
At the same time, manufacturing resources and skills, vital to our economy and to our national security are being lost. For every few machinist jobs lost there is also the loss of the tool designing and tool making skills that support them, and now our remaining automobile factories, supporting thousands of critical skills needed to produce weapons, vehicles and armaments, are also in danger of being lost forever.
To the head of a household in an inner city neighborhood, as everywhere else, a real job, paying a wage and benefits that will support a family, is crucial, but those jobs are almost all gone for unskilled and semi-skilled labor. We must find a way to get them back.
Has America lost its ability to roll up its sleeves and get the job done? I feel we will find out shortly as we confront the disastrous energy situation in which we also find ourselves. We must also confront our crumbling society.
Labels: Society in General