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Society, as we understand it, has developed what can only be compared to an incurable disease. Cancer takes many forms, is insidious and left alone is virtually 100% fatal. The same description can be tied to society’s penchant for blame. I am hard pressed to understand why the President of the United States is to blame for my having lost my job. Or in what way he is responsible for my being unable to find a new job at more than minimum wage if I could find one at all. My disease and death are not to be laid at his door.

It suddenly but most certainly has occurred to society that my opinion has some merit at least because current vogue has laid the blame at the door of the financial institutions, principally the banks, of any country. While I am not defending the role of the banks in certain aspects of the 2008 recession nor the slow pace of job creation and recovery since that time, I recognize that the role of culprit has one roost that is ignored.

All who are dismayed by an inability to get a job that has a remote chance of paying the bills need look no farther than the mirror in their search for someone to chastise. If it is somewhat more comfortable, aim your wrath at your neighbors, fellow citizens and in broad terms your fellow consumers. For as a society we years ago chose cheap more plenteous goods over maintaining a stock of good jobs. We traded technological advance for any chance that even the shrunken manufacturing sector would have jobs in need of our skills. We refuse in some jurisdictions or have empowered politicians who refuse to let the government help in retraining us to fill the good jobs of the 21st century.

I could go on and on elaborating the same theme but to do so would serve no purpose. What is painted as ‘ a debt problem’ or ‘a spending problem’ in the United States or as ‘a non-domestic problem’ in Canada is simply a manifestation of consumer greed. The challenge remains finding a way to correct it! Creation of “worthwhile” jobs will not happen if we continue down the bickering path. The time has passed for standing on principle. We the consumers and those we employ to guide the ship(s) of government as well as the corporate moguls whose profit motive overshadows all reason must just decide to invest whatever it takes to retrain. Reward where warranted. Penalize where necessary. Invest without a 100% sure business plan. Help each other without criticism or expectation to get through a crisis none of us wanted and from which none of us will emerge unscathed.

If a business you are aware of takes a chance, buy its products in order to support the jobs it created. The lowest tax rate ought to be accorded that company as well. Yet if a country to which jobs were exported due to cheap labor is resulting in huge profit for a company here, the government here should tax that profit at a rate intended to compensate the price disparity. That government would then have the funds needed for retraining by the way. And if we help each other we minimize the pressure on corporations and governments to solve a problem we ourselves caused. And guess what? No blame is necessary! The cancer was treated!


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