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Monday, December 7, 2009

Real Jobs or Real Wishes?

Real Jobs or Real Wishes?
Recently the White House sponsored a PR Summit (officially known as the Jobs Summit).  Other than talking heads, who were there to defend old economy jobs and look good, not much happened other that PR photo ops for those in attendance.    Micheal Malone of Edgelings (a Silicon Valley business writer, and ABC News contributor) summed up the meeting in the following copy:
The White House Jobs Summit is underway.  And in case you have any hope for it actually helping produce real jobs, keep in mind two things.
First, it is billed as a “listening” event by the Administration – and everybody knows what that word really means:  We’ll pretend to listen in order to shut everybody up, then we’ll do exactly what we planned all along.
Second, the invite list is mostly representatives from academia and think tanks, Big Labor and Big Business . . . in other words, three groups of people who know almost nothing about how to actually create, rather than merely preserve, jobs.
In other words, if you’re on line at the employment office right now, and you’re hoping that the Jobs Summit is actually going to help you get, you know, a job, you’d better keep filling out that form in front of you.
Some of the recommendations to create jobs (from Michael Malone’s “Edgelings”, contained in the article:  “PR Summit”, a pithy article to describe the high profile, limited results “Jobs Summit” held on Thursday December 3, 2009 at the White House):
1)    No More Stimulus (a waste of the taxpayers money)
2)    Stop Favoring Unions (20th Century hold over, that needs to compete, not have union favoring rules in a new economy)
3)    De-regulate & cut taxes  (Over regulation & higher taxes saps productivity, discourages business start-ups, impedes creativity and job creation)
4)    Invest in the future, not the past  (best strategy is job creation, not company preservation)
5)    Embrace the revolution (The world is changing. The last practices of big labor, big government, too big to fail, make-work jobs to boost economy aren’t working.  Move on to company creating, job creating & pro-business policies)
For one thing, companies are going to be faster moving and will, thanks to the Web, increasingly compete on a global stage.  And, in part because of this, jobs are going to become more fluid, less-often permanent, and workers themselves will become more like freelancers, contractors and entrepreneurs.  They will need access to vast stores of on-line training and education, portable health insurance, access to business and career support, new sources of capital, and most of all, not be punished (by law or taxes) for their growing independence.

For a decade's worth of Edgelings' editor-in-chief Michael S. Malone's columns on technology, society and culture, please visit is a news and features website founded by a team of prominent Silicon Valley media and technology executives.  Providing constantly updated news, reviews and commentary from technology regions around the globe, Edgelings provides easily accessible views on high tech culture, lifestyles and celebrities, including bleeding-edge profiles of new companies, gadgets and business trends.  

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