Mitt Romney/ latter day Henry Ford?

Henry Ford in 1888.

Henry Ford in 1888. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How many jobs could a job creator create
If a job creator could create jobs?
How many jobs would a job creator create
If a job creator would create jobs?

A job creator will create jobs if and only if he/she can sell the manufactured goods/services for a profit. If there are no buyers who can afford to buy, there is no reason to hire anyone to produce the goods/services, no matter how low the tax rate.

Henry Ford was a famous job creator. Most people have heard how he paid his workers $5 per day so that they could afford to purchase the cars they built and that Ford sold. Most people have not heard the rest of the story. Ford hired most of the skilled workmen in the Detroit area, creating a labor shortage for other employers in the area who could not or would not match his high wages. Once the other employers in the area went out of business, Ford was able to lower the wages he paid, since his employees could not find other jobs in the area. It is employer abuses like that that lead to the formation of unions.

We want job creators to create jobs here in America for American workers. Those jobs must be jobs that pay well enough that American workers can afford to be consumers of American produced goods and services. Jobs are not good jobs if the workers can afford to buy only goods/services produced outside the US.

In her book Nickle and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich described working at Wal-Mart. Her wages were so little that she could not afford to shop there even with an employee discount. Those are not the jobs we need job creators to create. If wages were low enough, we could put everyone to work, but what would be the point? If the wages were so low that workers could not feed, clothe or house themselves without government assistance, then those jobs have little value to the workers or to society. Those jobs would represent a government subsidy to the employers, enabling them to pay lower wages.

The Mitt Romney Hour

Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts,...

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The Saturday night GOP debate lasted 90 minutes, but it was devoted mostly to Mitt Romney. I watched the game between Detroit and New Orleans and switched to the debate during commercials and between plays. Whenever I tuned to the debate, Mitt was speaking, or had just spoken or was about to speak. I think that the networks should position the candidates on stage according to a draw, rather than follow the polls and position the leaders in center stage, giving the polls additional importance that they do not deserve. This time it was obvious to me that there are two serious candidates, Jon and Ron, and four phonies, Mitt, Rick, Rick and Newt.

It’s a small world

Albert Einstein

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No, I am not referring to the movie or the song or the Disney attraction. I am referring to the fact that there are more connections among the six billion human inhabitants of earth than many of us are aware of. It is possible to learn how we are connected together by using our eyes and our ears, our learning organs, to listen to each other and read what they have written. We use our mouths to communicate with each other, but we learn with our eyes and ears, which are physically closer to our brains than our mouths are.

When I worked at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California, I liked to describe Santa Barbara as the crossroads of the world and Cottage Hospital as the crossroads of Santa Barbara. That was true to a degree, but it is possible to find connections throughout the world through other people no matter where you live; just ask questions and be willing to listen.

Albert Einstein is a personal hero of mine. While working at the Hospital, I met a man who had shared an office with Einstein at Princeton University. It was a thrill. In 1991, while studying to become an x-ray tech, I met a retired doctor who had met Wilhelm Rontgen, the discoverer of the x-ray. One of my x-ray instructors was from Detroit. As a child, she had met Henry Ford at Greenfield Village and of course he had been a close friend of Thomas Edison. During my life, I have met many rich and famous people and many more who were not. Most all of them had an interesting story to tell if I had the time and patience to listen. All of us share a joint humanity. Please don’t ignore those who may be different. You will be surprised at the links that connect us to each other if you will open your heart and mind.
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