Creating the jobs of yesterday, tomorrow

We see this everywhere in NZ politics, the demand by various politicians and parties to create the jobs of yesterday, tomorrow. It’s a great line and one I borrow from David Harsanyi at RealClearPolitics as he discusses Obama’s State of the Union speech.

It was a speech not unlike that which David Shearer would give, or is indeed giving when he talks about manufacturing…but make no mistake it is the sort of speech and ideas that focuses on the past, for our future.

Take Labour’s insistence on building railway wagons in Dunedin….jobs of the yesterday…with demands for them to be there tomorrow.

Does it bother anyone else that the president of the United States seems to believe that our collective future entails assembling battery parts in a government-subsidized factory for $9 an hour? Is that really what Americans envision for their kids — an assembly line? Because when you look past Barack Obama’s mesmerizingly hollow rhetoric, what he’s proposing is a return of jobs that progress and prosperity have left behind.

In his State of the Union speech, the president laid out a vision that we’ve heard countless times. In his world, billionaires and their high-powered accountants are sticking it to the middle class. It’s a place where wealth is static and one person’s success always diminishes another’s fortunes. The president explained that “it’s not a bigger government we need but a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in broad-based growth.” 

The politics of envy gets you nowhere. It never has. Yet Labour, and Obama follow it assiduously.

What are Obama’s priorities, anyway? The president proposes that politicians set up “manufacturing hubs” to assist the private sector in “restoring” and “bringing back” low-paying manufacturing jobs. And who better to create centers of inefficient production and unsustainable boondoggles than an institution that spends $1 trillion more than it brings in every year? Can’t think of anyone.

The president, a man who once lamented the rise of job-killing ATMs, mentioned manufacturing eight times in his speech. But these jobs never “left” (they were phased out), and one hopes they never come back. America is producing about 80 percent more than it did 30 years ago with nearly 8 million fewer workers needed. Technological advances and a boom in productivity have not only made life more tolerable for the average American worker, opening up far better opportunities for them, but also been a godsend to consumers.

The same goes for NZ. The Post Office and the Railways used to employ tens of thousands, but the advent of competition and technology have increased productivity to such a magnitude that to return to those old failed ways will not be tolerated by the population.

It is time New Zealand celebrated the wealth creators, the builders of companies, the risk takers who prefer to deploy their capital into build and making things rather than seek answers from those who would wish to tear all that down.

I am not talking about finance company bosses either. I am talking about those 1000s of business owners who employ tens of thousands of workers. Their livelihoods and those of their employees are at serious risk, especially with the inane and ill conceived “living wage” campaign currently being waged by unions and the countries largest newspaper.

I find it incongruous that a newspaper of record would mount a political campaign, and make no mistake, for that is what they are doing.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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