Somehow over the course of four years writing about politics, I've managed to build a devoted following. (I just realized 'devoted' may be too strong of a word; maybe adherent is more appropriate). In any case, there remains a steadfast contingent that, for whatever reason, still gets a kick out of my political opinions, something I find laughable due to the fact I've admitted many times I know next to nothing about politics, making my opinions about as worthwhile as the artistic merit of Ashton Kutcher's acting career.
I don't know how else to put it to you without further insulting your intelligence: Continuing to pass myself off as a serious political journalist is a colossal joke; perhaps, you happened to pick up on this notion long before my present divulging of this fact, (confounding as it obviously is), succeeded in listlessly casting more humiliation in my direction. And, in this case, I am not being melodramatic. Honestly, I'm not.
To give you a better understanding of this allow me to shed some insight on my sentiment behind the fluctuation of our topsy-turvy economy. 4,300 jobs! That's a huge local employment boost compared to the national average. In fact, Minnesota's economic boom in the month of July is so confounding to the typical observer that it instills innate skepticism. To the tune of: Are our legislators this clairvoyant? Or is this an economic state of flux as cyclically predictable as our tendency as citizens to non-begrudgingly elect two term leadership from altering political parties...
According to the numbers, the state is now one strong month away from returning to the all-time employment high set in February 2008, before the recession eliminated 160,000 Minnesota jobs. Hence, rendering the call for excitement: tepid. At best. If history has taught us anything. And, yes, this is coming from someone who admittedly follows the political game as closely as Iranians follow ice hockey.
So here's all I'm going to leave you with. I could bore you with charts but that's what CSPAN's for, right? The strongest job sector in July was local government, which added 3,800 jobs, mostly at public schools. Hint, hint: Summer school! Health care and financial activities each added 1,600 jobs on the month; leisure and hospitality: 2,200. Construction, however shed 1,700 jobs, and private (key word: private) education lost 4,200 jobs. Manufacturing, which lost 1,400 jobs, has now shed 4,800 jobs in the past six months.
Troubling. Diminishing the overall value of that magic number of 4,300 like PED's spurned ARod's career attributes with illegitimacy. So allow this political novice passing himself off as an expert to elucidate what I think has to change, in order for our economy to change...in a consistently positive direction.
Start with schools! Maybe we should reassess our entire school system...from kindergarten on up. Why should construction and manufacturing always have to be an economic sore spot? Furthermore, why don't we encourage vocational training in these endeavors at an earlier age? Instead of dumping off these occupations like refuse to the unfortunate souls who couldn't obtain advanced degrees...for whatever reason, like - oh, I don't know - couldn't afford a higher education or - incomprehensibly, either couldn't focus in the classroom or lacked intelligence in a concentrated area.
That's right, folks. You want to permanently correct this economy? You may think it starts with a change of leadership but what it really starts with is a change of ethics. Thank you and good night!