Human assets of America getting rusty

February 9, 2014

Notably missing from much of the heard on the streets political trite, is the value of the American worker in the USA. We talk about the railroad system valued at $363 billion, our aging sewer system valued at $586 billion, and how to trim back our $32 trillion military.

Congress should remember that each asset that interconnects our $280 trillion worth (albeit a $12-15 trillion debt), pales in comparison to what our American workers can do, if left to their entrepreneurial selves. If the most profitable part of our country is its workers, then please loosen the grip on spending; invest in matching private funding for growth, and get out of the way. Watch how fast we grow.

Our collective goals should never be who to blame for where we are, but instead what are the goals, and how to achieve them? Both sides are right, we need to spend to succeed, but we also need to be mindful that most of the current expenses are not being replenished (diminishing returns anyone?). One suggestion to our government is to have EVERYONE pay into Social Security, as currently only one in four government workers contribute, and that would help replenish those dwindling funds.

Then, as we used to do, give help to those who need help, but it should not be a blank check, but instead, a short term fix, with a repayment plan. People respect that, as long as they know up front what the rules are going to be. Also, stop arguing about spending on our infrastructure; just figure out how to involve more of the decision makers, and they will gladly advise as the best way to reinvest and actually get paid back over the long term.

Our American workers are getting rusty waiting for people to make important decisions, sustainable, realistic spending ones that will contribute to the greater good, and of course, invest in our human capital.


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