reply to post by FlyersFan
Your heart is in the right place, but the problem is a little deeper than jobs. Right now our "debt" is at or near the point where its ratio exceeds
standard lending guidelines when compared to our "income." One has imply to look back to a time when the economy was humming to understand that when
the interest on our debt was 40% of our income, we did fine, but now -- as it approaches 140% of our income, it is inhibiting growth. And growth is
what we desperately need to manage a growing population, especially in a world with few actual units of "work" slotted, to promote efficiency.
We need to somehow get back to a level of interest on debt (remember -- that debt represents your savings interest, your homes real versus perceived
"value," the greater part of 500 million "pensions" and "retirement" accounts (worldwide), and so on) that PROMOTES growth, period. That is how
a capitalist system keeps rising.
And we need to do it while managing the inclinations of the legislative class, who prefer solutions where "winners" and "losers" are picked based
on campaign finances, the need to be "re-elected," etc. Not an easy task, right?
And even then -- the entire paradigm must be changed because the system is still designed to pick fewer winners than losers over time -- while
simultaneously upholding "freedom," "liberty," and the right to have 5 or more children. These purposes will always be crossed, like a big flaming
"X" from the X-Files -- as long as we live inside a closed loop environment.
And none of this even begins to address the very real threats of geopolitical / factional warfare over basic resources like water and energy and other
real, measurable effects to our actual biosphere, as we remove energy from a closed loop, and replace it with pollution.
Serious people have serious issues to work out here, and it needs to be done across the board, or we are all going to meet at the center of that
gigantic "X" and then -- BOOM. And no rational human being wants that, right?