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Should have been titled The US Says I Got Mine Jack And Nothing Else Matters
on April 7, 2016
It's a tiny bit dated at this point. It also starts from an anti-Keynesian bias, although of course it doesn't say so outright. It is pretty stingy in its citing of data (presumably because it's trying not to be dry, as Gallup has a wealth of data). The best things about it are 1) its good old fashioned concern for the nation - economic American patriotism - as opposed to nationless, winner take all, multinational capitalism, and 2) its wide ranging coverage of topics (employee motivation, customer science, health care policy, education). The worst of it is 1) the jumping around from topic to topic, and 2) since it begins with a certain anti-government viewpoint, the pretzels it loops in to try to avoid internal contradiction. Take this paragraph: "...but most new businesses fail. It's not for lack of passion, but lack of customers. There are millions of new businesses launched every year, each creating a handful of jobs, but only a few of them take off because most didn't have unstoppable determination and optimism needed to win." So which is it? Do they need passion (which encompasses determination and optimism) or just simply customers. There is a lot of cheerleading of entrepreneurs (innovation is practically worthless - you just need a crappy idea and a lot of gumption), and some charming contradictory prescriptions (evaluate students with our test 2x per year from 5th thru 12th grade but don't for heaven's sake spend any more government money on the problem of high school graduation rates). So it has a good point - the world has way more people than jobs - but pretty narrow solutions: America should grab as many jobs as possible, no need to worry about global overpopulation, automation, wars, immigration, pollution, climate change - just create and reserve whatever pitiful numbers of jobs you can for the US. Alright then. Got it. Hey, at least someone is thinking about jobs for those who can't make a living as life coaches, software producers, or wet leisure attendants.