long-term solutions for the US economy

@ruperto (1552)
Philippines
March 22, 2009 11:23am CST
any ideas?
2 responses
• United States
22 Mar 09
Education is a big part of the solution, I think. Kids need to be taught to be flexible in their career choices and in their spending. We need to lose the greed and proceed with strong character education. If we stop blaming and start working really hard to get past the hurdles, relying on ourselves because we're confident that we can rely on ourselves, things will work out and improve. Seeking targets for blame us counteroproductive. If jobs that suit us aren't available, we need to susit ourselves to jobs. Innovation needs to be encouraged. Maybe such thngs as starting new businesses to fill the gaps could help, as long as they're businesses that don't require a lot of financial backing, because theat's not only not available, but it's too chancy -- what if we fail? We can learn from failure and move on if we've been careful about shoring ourselves up.
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@ruperto (1552)
• Philippines
24 Mar 09
Thanks for the response Cobrateacher. They say there are various hindrances to character education. Would you care to comment on this?
• United States
29 Mar 09
Sorry I took so long. I'm taking a really hard class online, and it eats time at an amazing rate! The imopediments to character education are based in the school systems' fear of lawsuits. Not every parent will agree on what their children should be taught in terms of doing the right thing, so we teachers are just supposed to leave it alone. I admit, I break those rules, and I'm not the least bit sorry about it. In my class, kids learn a lot about character as we study literature, writing, and grammar, etc., but many of them argue strenuously, which shows my how they're taught at home. I hate to hear about how everyone lies, and only a sucker worries about others' feelings, etc. Kids have even told me that's why I'm in a career that leaves me dirt poor - I dont do anything, without exception and no matter who's hurt by it, to get money. It's appalling! Of course, school administrators won't fight for right if the parents threaten.
@Arkie69 (2156)
• United States
22 Mar 09
There is only one thing that will bring us out of this slump. That is jobs and a lot of them in fields that have nothing to do with the production of consumer goods. People not being able to afford the consumer goods now is the problem. Too many people have either lost their income completely or had to go on unemployment. All these trillions that have been wasted on the bail outs should have been put directly into jobs. It doesn't matter what the job is as long as it has nothing to do with the production of consumer goods. The working people are going to have to have money to spend before production of consumer good can restart. The Idea is to get money into the hands of people down here on the bottom where all us poor folks are. That is exactly what was supporting our economy and when that stopped down comes our economy. I am afraid Obama and his gathering of goons have destroyed the Nation as we have known it. Bush and his bunch has a part in it too. Art
@ruperto (1552)
• Philippines
24 Mar 09
Thanks for the response Arkie69. Do you think switching to the manufacture of more affordable consumer goods could help?
@Arkie69 (2156)
• United States
24 Mar 09
Yes I do but it would be a lot more effective if people had more money to spend. This is what I look for out of GM. I figure they will go into chapter 11 and then retool and come out with a line of much cheaper smaller cars. If this crash gets much worse I look for a lot of this. The producers may have to cut into their profits but if that's the only way to stay in business they will do it. This would very slowly bring a lot of the jobs back but it could take many years to do it this way. The tax payers are going to have to pay all this bill anyway so I say spend the money and produce as many public service jobs as possible and let's get on with it. When most of thease bailout go for "Pork" we are not getting anywhere very fast. Art