Three more years in neutral

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Government support programs cannot provide a substitute for creating new jobs that are necessary for new tax revenue and development of our community economies. Jobs must be created by the private sector so that more taxes are generated while unemployment is decreased -- especially by the long term unemployed -- for the whole economy to expand.

Even Pope Francis seems to understand that simple fact. “The rich must help, respect and promote the poor,” he recently said. “I exhort you to generous solidarity.” Clearly His Holiness understands that we need greater generosity from those who can give and not more mandatory income redistribution brought about by government intervention. Charities not only perform better than governments when offering assistance, but their efforts are focused appropriately based on their specific purpose and community.

The simple thought that workforce development is not one of our nation’s highest priorities and instead is a topic to be bantered about in the next presidential election is a serious waste of time and great loss of opportunity. “It’s the economy, stupid” shouldn’t just be a great political one-liner when seeking office but must be one of the three top priorities of all elected officials.

The only way to get our economic engine running at full throttle is to unleash the American entrepreneurial spirit and ensure that we are preparing our children, the underemployed and the unemployed worker to meet workplace demands. This is what the Workforce Investment Act was created to address. Leaving that valuable resource on the sidelines during the next few years, seems a terrible waste of time and money to me.

Dan Alexander is associate publisher of New Market Press and publisher and CEO of Denton Publications. He may be reached at dan@newmarketpressvt.com or dan@denpubs.com.

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