The government claims they want to create jobs. They scream it out from the mountain tops, “We want more jobs!” They even get up on their tippy toes, hold the bullhorn up high, and bellow out, “We not only want jobs, but we want high paying jobs!”
So, if this is what the government says, then how come their actions say otherwise? It’s very confusing; like someone looking you in the eye and saying “YES!” all the while shaking their head from side to side as if to say “NO!”
You see, on the one hand the government says they want to create jobs, but on the other had the government imposes rules and regulations that tells every employer to stop hiring. Since private – profit driven – businesses live in the real world, they can’t go by what the government says, they can only go by what the government does. If the government imposes job crushing rules, regulations and red tape, then business has to adjust.
And, the adjustments available are limited. Here are a few as follows:
BUT, WHAT IF HOUSE PRICES KEEP DROPPING?
Here’s a BUT question I encountered a lot while searching for property in Florida in late 2010. Seemed like the conventional thinking was property prices were going to drop to zero. I remember a particular encounter when this question popped up. It was during a bank visit to see about getting a loan. They wouldn’t talk to me about a loan but they did talk to me about setting up a wire transfer service. I’d be using the service to pay for houses I wanted to buy. I’d be paying cash; no need to bother the bank about a loan anyway.
As I started filling out the forms to set up the wire transfer service, the young lady at the desk started up a conversation, “What brings you to Florida?”
“Oh, I’m looking at houses. I’ve never seen such good bargains. I was afraid of missing the window of opportunity but it still looks like there’s plenty of good buys out there.” I answered like an excited kid on his way to Disney World.
I wasn’t expecting her excitement dampening reply.
” … find something else to produce.” That’s the message from an article in the International Business Times about the United Kingdom (UK) steel industry.
And, the message is ridiculous; makes no sense; shows the author hasn’t thought things through; doesn’t have a true understanding of the problem.
Well, I think it’s best explained with a simple analogy as follows:
Let’s say the UK national soccer team took to the field in shackles; every player in leg irons. They’re playing the Spanish national team yet the Spaniards are not wearing leg irons. When the final whistle blows the scoreboard reads Spain 100, UK 0. The UK team got blown out; got massacred; got slaughtered.
Are you surprised at such an outcome?
I didn’t think so.
What if you read in the newspaper the next day, “UK Soccer is finished! We need to find some other sport to play!”
Yes, the team got crushed but is it because the UK soccer players are no good? Is it because they can’t play soccer?
Of course not. A two year old can assess the problem. Take off the damn leg irons! Let the players players run! Set them free!
And there, my friends is the problem with the UK steel industry – and every single business in the UK – they’re shackled with leg irons. So, it doesn’t matter what they produce, they’re going to get slaughtered … until they get rid of the leg irons.
To say to the British people, ‘… the answer to the unprofitable UK steel industry is to let some other country produce steel and we’ll start producing something else …,’ is ridiculous – it’s arrogance at a supreme level. How can UK business compete – in any industry – when they’re required to play wearing “leg irons.”
You see, the problem isn’t with the steel industry. The problem is outside the steel industry. Therefore, when the steel industry goes away, the problem still remains. Whatever new business opens up – to produce anything – will have the same problem.
What’s the problem?
Glad you asked.
And, here’s the answer.
Many years ago, while stationed at Woomera, South Australia, as a member of the US Air Force, I wrote an article about ANZAC Day and it appeared in the local paper.
With ANZAC Day 2016 fast approaching, I thought it may be appropriate to dust it off and share it with any folks out there interested in the origin of one of the most important holidays on the Australian calendar.
Australian and New Zealanders celebrate ANZAC Day on April 25 to mark the anniversary of the Dardanelles or Gallipoli Campaign.
I remember many years ago while working in the Aero-Propulsion Laboratory at Wright-Patterson, Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio listening to a man telling war stories; real war stories – sit up in your chair and hang onto every word – war stories.
It was in the early 1990s. The audience was packed in like New York commuters on the Long Island Expressway. All the seats in the Air Force Museum Auditorium – that holds maybe 500 people- were filled. The back area was also filled; filled with standing onlookers; folks who arrived too late to get a seat.
The speaker had the audience in the palm of his hand. No he wasn’t a professional motivational speaker. No he wasn’t jumping up and down and modulating his voice like a Ginsu knife salesman. But, he had something a lot of speaker don’t have … he had something to say; he had a story to tell; he had a story that everyone in the packed auditorium wanted to hear.
You see, our speaker was a former pilot in an organization called “The Flying Tigers.” This is the group of american fighter pilots flying missions in China against he Japanese even before the United States entered World War Two.
I’ve forgotten his name. I’ve forgotten a lot of what he said. But, I remember enough to want to write about it. I remember enough to tell a lot of his story. And it’s a story worth retelling.
So, here’s my attempt to retell what I heard that wonderful evening at the Air Force Museum Auditorium from a real live “Flying Tiger.”