Wednesday, February 11

"The economy will recover faster if workers are willing to seek out and seize distant opportunities"

I have said this before. People should look at moving to where the work is:
Barack Obama has been caught spouting some of his socialist thoughts. Too bad he is close to the right idea, he just has it backwards. Instead of calling to redistribute wealth to the poor, the poor should be encouraged to move to where the jobs and money are today.

Don't Redistribute wealth. Redistribute the poor.

Think about it. Businesses and their related jobs move all the time. Sure, some go away due to advances in technology and others move out of the country entirely. Still, the United States has more manufacturing jobs than any other country on the planet, including China. (There were reports that China will overtake the US in 2009, but I doubt that now that the credit crisis has struck China.)

The poor are to a degree the victims of local government. Local governments fail to keep businesses, but they manage to keep many local residents from moving away, mainly with promises, handouts and programs such as rent stabilization and rent control.


Even better is using the money to help people move to where the jobs are. And there are many jobs out there. Look at all the immigration raids where they detain hundreds of illegal aliens at a single factory. The poor can relocate to take those jobs.

One group sure to oppose this suggestion is the Democrat politicians. By keeping the poor where they are, they have trapped a very reliable voting block and allowing them to move will put their own careers, and reason for wasteful socialist spending programs at risk.

The rest of us move around the country for work all the time. Migration of the workforce is one reason why the US traditionally has a low unemployment rate. As it states in the quote above, many Ohioans are 'voting with their feet' moving out of the state to greener pastures. The poor should be encouraged to move as well. This would not only help them escape a life of poverty, but would also help them escape high crime areas. That is something much better to assist them with, instead of trying to train them for work that does not exist in their part of the country anymore. - Don't Redistribute wealth. Redistribute the poor
Imagine my surprise when I heard a confirmation of my comments on NPR's Marketplace Morning report on my drive in to work:
Staying busy and socially active is crucial. But nothing compares to quickly getting back to work. Of course, that's easier said than done in this economy. And the best advice for many may be the hardest to swallow: pull up roots and move to where the jobs are.

If you're near a city with lots of opportunity, it can make sense to stay put and search locally for something new. But when the one big employer in your small town shuts down, it's easy to fall into the trap of waiting for something to come around the bend -- of hoping your congressman will wrangle stimulus money for your hometown's shovel-ready salvation. But the longer you wait for a job to come to you, the worse the sting of unemployment can get.

Demographers say Americans are more rooted, less mobile than ever -- despite conventional wisdom. But the economy will recover faster if workers are willing to seek out and seize distant opportunities. And despite the pain of relocation, many of the unemployed will recover lost happiness quicker if they recover a little of that lost spirit of American mobility. Jobward, ho! - Marketplace Org
Eventually, people are going to have to move to where the work is or they will become ever more dependent on Government aid. There is work out there, but it seems that much of it is in areas of the country that people will have to move to, to get those jobs.

And there are jobs out there. Look at all the illegal alien raids at factories in the south and in the west. Factories are hiring thousands of illegal aliens, not because they are cheaper, but because there are no legal aliens in the area to take all the positions. Unfortunately, you are not going to see any Democrats suggesting or even attempting to assist unemployed people move to where the jobs are. This is a shame and this is one reason why you have all the problems that you have in inner cities with high unemployment and crime. The jobs moved away but the people who did those jobs did not. That would have been OK if the jobs were replaced, but they were not. They were replaced with Government aid. (See my posts "Don't Redistribute wealth. Redistribute the poor" and "Don't Redistribute the Wealth - Redistribute the Work!" for more on that.)

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Michael said...

You are absolutely correct. My lifestyle was a bit different in moving because the military told you to.

However, go where the jobs are! In addition to the illegal aliens that are raided and taken out of the job market, what about the foreigners that are taking American jobs. there must be thousands of Filipinos in the American market, among many other nationalities, when Americans can do those jobs.

Just quit being lazy and work.

Mongol said...

Completely agree. Problem occurs though when the whole country succumbs to bad government. Case in point - Great Britain. But i guess the advice is still valid, cause the brits are leaving England in droves to find better lives, and better jobs.

P.S.: Fred if it posted multiple times please delete the duplicates, thanks