His "solution" to the WIF narrative is REALLY grating. And, frankly we're tired of hearing that folks either need to educate themselves into the top five-percent (and still risk replacement by nanobots); OR, become "artisans" (not sure how that really works when such work is the easiest to outsource to low-cost nations or immigrants—and not likely to come with health care or a pension); OR, rush into such growing occupations as home health care worker (not even a middle-fifty occupation and it's doubtful anyone but the top one-percent will be able to afford such care in the future). COME ON, TOM!
Well, writing as the "Angry American," we took him to task, commenting on his latest New York Times screed, thus:
PLEASE. Tom, Simpson-Bowles won't create the millions of jobs America needs any more than some third-party candidate (who will just hand the election to the Republicans). Frankly, a lot of us are getting really tired of hearing your nonsense about how "The world is flat. But, don't worry, we'll still need people who can put a smile on grandma's face while they change her diapers!" Balderdash.Take that, Tom. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. Third party candidates won't save us—although, Blue State secession is looking more attractive by the moment.....
MANUFACTURING IS NOT DEAD. We still have bridges to be built, roads to be paved, high-speed rail to lay. AND, there is no reason we can't reclaim global leadership in precision manufacturing (from Germany) and alternative energy (from China) and electronics and robotics (from Japan) and computers (from China).
To create jobs, we need to get the "job creators" out of the social safety net businesses of health care and pensions by building the same kinds of social infrastructures that modern, non-bankrupt nations such as Germany have. We need to ensure that public education includes the arts and athletics as well as world-class instruction in math, science, technology, the humanities, and social sciences by forcing the 1% to ante up—as, they have benefited most from an educated, creative workforce.
Finally, we need to elect leaders who believe in SCIENCE, including evolution (the foundation of biology, biochemistry, and medicine) and CLIMATE CHANGE (so that we can defend ourselves from the social, economic and military upheaval in store for our world in the very near future.