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Forum Post: Proposal 14

Posted 12 years ago on Oct. 30, 2011, 5:07 p.m. EST by puff6962 (4052)
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  1. We must once again be a nation of builders. Following the end of World War II, returning GI’s were faced with a bleak jobs market. Our federal government anticipated their plight and, in order to shrink number of excess workers, offered the GI bill. This insight allowed millions, who otherwise would lack adequate financial resources, to attend college. This investment bred a generation of entrepreneurs, engineers, intellectuals, and scientists. The investment was returned tenfold. We are once again faced with a crisis that has left millions of Americans without work and unqualified for a transitioning economy. Our federal government should again take measures to shrink the surplus of workers in our economy. A national endowment should be created that invests in what our country needs most; engineers, entrepreneurs, and experts (“the three ‘E’s’”). Scholarships, grants, and generous financial aid should be granted to students participating in approved programs advancing "the three E’s.” The effect would be a new generation of professionals proficient in science and the business opportunities of the future. A wise investment in our future will occur while abating, somewhat, the current plight of the unemployed.



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[-] 1 points by Banjarama (242) from Little Elm, TX 12 years ago

I'm super down. Thanks puff

[-] 0 points by puff6962 (4052) 12 years ago

We should enact something like this if for no other reason than to take people out of the work force for a few years. We have a lot of deflation in our economy to absorb and, no matter the fiscal or monetary stimulus, it will require time to nurse the economy back to health.

Another arm of this approach would be to include tax incentives for companies who offer early retirements to workers. In this fashion, someone 58....who wants to retire anyway.....could and that position might be filled by someone currently unemployed. I'm not advocating layoffs...but voluntary retirements at a younger than standard age.