Saturday, May 2, 2015

The Futility of Jobs Programs

"Given America’s experience with hundreds of urban riots and the ensuing calls for “domestic Marshall Plans” to heal the wounds, recent events in Baltimore are, as Yogi Berra, once said, déjà vu all over again. The president himself kicked off this rerun with his condemnation of community neglect, disinvestment, joblessness, the need for better funded early education and additional job training, plus updating the city’s infrastructure (also here). That hundreds of billions have already been squandered on similar Great Society-like nostrums to no avail is irrelevant -- we have to do something and even if these programs fail, and they will.

Government work-related programs are designed to teach specific skills, not impart character traits such as showing up when you’d rather stay home. How do you transform a youngster who has drifted through life with minimal self-control to one who without protest follows all instructions and otherwise performs as a valued employee?

The future looks bleak. Cities like Baltimore and Philadelphia may eventually reverse their economic decline but their indigenous underclasses are unlikely to participate in that revival other than by enjoying increased no-work entitlements generated by enhanced tax revenue. At best, as has occurred since the 1960s, only government functionaries will profit from creating a doomed-to-fail program to find jobs for Baltimore’s troubled youth."
[American Thinker]

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