ROSE NOLEN: Create jobs, not war

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Most of us can’t think of anything more exciting than a big get-together with our friends from around the country. But when it comes to getting together to plan the country’s future, I’m not sure I’d be prepared for that. The country’s politicians, however, don’t have any problem taking charge of that.

Frankly, I don’t have a clue as to what is going to happen 15 minutes from now. So trying to make up my mind on every subject facing the United States of America wouldn’t be a matter I would want to tackle in the next 24 hours. I’m glad we have the kind of politicians who feel qualified to make decisions for the rest of us. They, of course, understand that if we don’t like their ideas we’ll simply throw them out and choose someone else.

Actually, I enjoy the national conventions. I like to hear both sides make their points. I don’t have to agree with either side, but I like hearing their points of view. I wish we had more political parties so that we could break free from the stalemates which we so often endure. More often than not, I prefer the parliamentary process for making decisions. I think the two-party system offers too great an opportunity for individuals to amass personal power.

For most people, I suppose, this is a class war. It’s a case of the haves versus the have-nots. And that makes it pretty clear-cut, at least for those who are have-nots. I really don’t think there has to be a war, though. I think most of us would settle for a fair tax code. The same people who are screaming about the deficit are the ones who are paying a dollar on a million in taxes. And they, of course, want people who are living hand-to-mouth to pay off the deficit. These are the people who forget that when Bill Clinton was president and we had full employment, we had a surplus in our budget. They are also the people who forget the two wars that drained us dry.

Now, superheroes such as John McCain are ready to engage in more wars again, while paying off the deficit. That’s easy, I suppose, since only poor people will be fighting that war. Most Americans, I believe, are tired of wars. They understand that they cannot save people from themselves. Plus, wars cost a lot of money and Americans with money don’t want to spend any.

This week, there will be another national convention. And we will hear more ideas about how we can run the country. Nobody seems to have any good ideas, however, about creating  jobs so that people can get to work. Although I would think if somebody had ideas, they wouldn’t wait until there was a big convention to share the news. People need jobs now. It would seem to me, surely, that someone who understands the economy would have ideas about getting it geared up. There must be thousands of economists who could at least tell us how to get the ball rolling.

At some point, when people were taking the jobs out of the country, somebody should have known where we were headed. I’ll always be disappointed that somebody in or out of our government didn’t care enough to try to put a stop to it. This is the country where most of us were born and where most of us will live all our lives.

It would be like selling all of our water. Is there no end in sight? How much money is enough money? And will anybody be alive when it’s finally all counted?

In the meantime, is there a job in the house?

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Bob Brandon September 4, 2012 | 1:23 p.m.

Any time now would be a good time for an American Salt Satyagraha.

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Michael Williams September 4, 2012 | 2:19 p.m.


Already been done, only with tea.

You could join the Tea Party???

PS: Brittannia sure caused a lot of rebellion with their taxes, didn't they? And history has a habit of repeating itself. Both sides.

PSS: Talked to a newly arrived Brit yesterday. Migrating here with his pregnant bride because, in their opinion, raising kids "over there" isn't a good thing to do for a very long time (He mentioned >decade). He's into investment banking which makes his words a bit more financially credible. Interestingly, I'm hearing lots of Spaniards are exiting Spain for England and either taking their money with them or shipping it to Asia....jumping from frying pan into fire?

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Bob Brandon September 4, 2012 | 7:27 p.m.

"You could join the Tea Party???"

Thinking more along the lines of Pettus Bridge.

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Michael Williams September 4, 2012 | 8:26 p.m.

Yes, I can see the Tea Party doing the Pettus Bridge thingie in protest.

That's a good idea.

Have you put your truth-o-meter on for the DNC? Be sure an put in new batteries....I'd hate for you to run out.

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Michael Williams September 4, 2012 | 8:31 p.m.

Rose cries for more jobs, not understanding that new jobs requires stability.

Entrepreneurial perception of business risk levels is everything. Instability creates risk. Methinks Rose does not understand this.

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Corey Parks September 4, 2012 | 10:25 p.m.

Is there anywhere one could look up a bio on Rose? I would be curious to check out her working history.

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