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08 August 2010 @ 05:04 pm
Grumbling about money...not mine.  
Lately it seems like every time I pick up the newspaper (because I am one of those old-fashioned souls who still gets the newspaper delivered to my doorstep every morning) there's an article about the economy and how it isn't recovering as quickly as it should, or how it isn't recovering at all, only stagnating, etc. etc. and the economists quoted always seem to come to the same conclusion: America's economy is not recovering because American consumers are not spending enough money. American's unemployment is stuck at 10% because companies won't hire until Americans spend more money, and Americans won't spend money until they feel they have greater job security.

Friggin' peachy is what that is.

Since the federal government is just throwing money at the problem left and right *anyway*, why don't they create a bunch of jobs building trails and renovating old displays and buildings in national parks, like they did during the Great Depression? The manual labor jobs - clearing old trails, re-routing unsafe ones, building new ones where needed - would give work to all those construction workers currently out of a job. Museum displays could be updated and revised. Law enforcement could be beefed up so that maybe we could kick out some of those illegal pot farmers in the wilderness areas of national and state parks.
(I just like this idea because I love the National Park System. I think it's one of the best ideas America ever came up with.)

Bah. I could never be an economist. I mean, it seems like the message they're spreading this days is Spend! Spend! Spend!, but to me it seems that if I spent every penny I had, all that would do is send my money up from the sales associate at the retail store to the wealthy owner of a corporation, who *might* turn around and create more jobs with the cash but they might also just sit on it. After all, another article I read recently (somewhere random on the Internet, sorry I can't cite it but I don't remember the source for the life of me) mentioned that money just gets more and more concentrated with the wealthiest 3% in America.

Recently a bunch of the wealthiest people in America agreed to give half of their holdings into charity, which is pretty cool. I can't wait to see what comes of that, when the coffers are thrown open and the cash starts flowing. I expect most of that money will end up going to
A/ Medical research
B/ Third world country assistance programs
C/ Education
All noble causes, to be sure, but not the sort that necessarily results in immediate, visible results.

Oh well. I have faith that America's economy will bounce back eventually. I'm just not sure that I believe America will remain the #1 dominant world leader like it was for much of the 20th century.
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