Now the Election's over, Focus on Local Jobs

Kate Maeder's picture

http://www.sfexaminer.com/opinion/columns/oped_contributors/Now-that-the-election-is-over-lets-get-serious-on-local-jobs-106856288.htm

Marc Intermaggio outlines a 3-step plan for job creation in SF:

"First, The City needs to become realistic about the multitude of services it provides, as well as the amount of money it spends on public employee salaries and benefits.

Second, as a city we must come together to develop an equitable tax system that rewards private sector job creation. Any new tax system must be revenue neutral and not pit one group of employers against another.

Third, we must stop creating undue and burdensome regulations on employers."

What do you think?

John Popescu's picture

I think it's a good start

I think it's a good start however I think the problems are much deeper.

 

Over the last thirty years the biggest export commodity of the USA is jobs.  

It started with auto manufacturing leaving the City of Flint, Michigan.  Then skilled manufacturing left the USA .

Now what we have is jobs where information is the job commodity leaving the USA.  this is everything from credit card processing, customer service, information technology, and call center jobs.

I think what needs to happen is a fundamental shift in mindset amongst both business and government.

Business can't maintain the attitude of workers as some kind of disposable commodity and budget item in need of reduction and the idea of shipping jobs overseas or insourcing guest workers to the end of cheap labor is just repugnant.

The 400# gorilla in the room is jobs.  When jobs leave the USA this spells less tax revenues for local, state, and federal governments and the thought such revenue loss can be overcome be reducing services, enacting "fees" and accounting sleight of hand and trickery is just completely ridiculous.

In my opinion the problems will be solved only when government stops being a special interest legislative whore and when business gets out of the entitlement mindset that cheap, young, pliant on demand labor is a right on par with sunlight and oxygen.

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