Monday, February 11, 2008

“It’s Not My Job!”

Ultimately, government has to do more than just create high-paying jobs for government employees; they have to create some kind of tangible benefit to society, and not just fuel the high cost of living by inflating the value of “jobs” -- that erodes the value of every exchange and relation of that society. When society’s highest value is getting “something for nothing,” very few will get a fair exchange, when it is that fairness, that defines every society.

A fair exchange, is the feeling that one gets far more in the exchange than they give up, or they would never enter such an agreement, but would only do so under false pretenses and tricked into doing so. Often, it is the advertising, or “professional” manner, that leads one to believe they are getting the absolute best deal -- rather than that they are on the wrong end of something for nothing.

So it came as a shock out of the blue that the newspapers broke their silence and revealed for the first time the obvious truth that the proposed rail system solution is no solution at all but merely one of the innumerable pork barrel projects to create high-paying jobs on the promise they will do something they cannot possibly do.

Meanwhile, there is no government plan to do anything that really will solve the problem -- because all the money would be diverted to such a grand purpose -- in a time when all the economics and demographics indicate the urgency for real solutions. Public mass transit solutions were a wonderful idea for its time -- one hundred years ago! They were supplanted by personal transportation models -- and obviously, the solution is even better, more efficient personalized transportation devices, rather than leapfrogging back into the past of mass anything solutions.

The world is increasingly personalized and customized -- and no longer forcing everyone into a one-size fits all, no matter how badly and ill-suited. It doesn’t make more sense just to drive to the centralized transit station -- instead of to one’s actual desired destination. And that would be the logical step forward -- and not backward, farther away from our ultimate destination -- and then proclaiming, one has built a better mousetrap because it can now catch the family pet.

And then there is the admission that pretty much the entirety of the recent economic boom was caused by that which is unsustainable -- even if it could be, which is rampant real estate speculation. Eventually though, the music stops and there are no greater pockets to drive prices even higher -- and the “smart money” goes where they can get a real deal and live like a king, in a life of ease and contentment that is now possible to the average intelligent wage earner and consumer.

Although many insist that this place (Hawaii) is paradise, it seems that every conversation and discussion, is about everything that is wrong and needs to be solved, often with a simple, commonsense solution -- that cannot be discussed because it would immediately eliminate many high paying government jobs -- and so government, has become (in)vested in the problem rather than its elimination -- and hence, progress and evolution. And so these problems are repeated, perpetuated and transmitted as its heritage and culture -- of endless problems that create more high paying jobs for the problem-solvers -- as long as they promise never to solve the problem.

But the prosperity and success of any culture is not in how many high-paying jobs are created for government bureaucrats but the actual success they have at solving these problems so that every discussion in society is not about how bad things are and how they could easily be solved -- but cannot, as the job of the lawmakers and politicians to impede and prevent.

3 Comments:

At February 11, 2008 6:25 PM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

Teaching should be the most joyful and rewarding of experiences but those in the government schools are obsessed and convinced that it is the most unfulfilling of occupations in society now -- and those who want such satisfaction, do so for less pay at the private schools which have no centralized school boards.

A large part of the joy of teaching, is doing it one’s own way (and the way required by the student) -- instead of in the one size-fits-all demanded by the government that has made public schools the bureaucratic torments of the teachers. It is quite sad to talk to the government teachers who have opted for more money instead of more satisfaction and fulfillment at their jobs.

I think that is the major difference between the government schools and the private schools -- more than competence. The private school teachers are a happier lot -- despite and probably because of their lesser pay, but greater job satisfaction and freedom from arbitrary regulation. The problem is caused by collective bargaining -- in which one person is designated and only permitted to speak for everyone, and the rest have surrendered this right -- to gain a stronger negotiating voice for those things that should matter least.

The major problem of teachers is not that they make less than any other “profession,” but that they have less freedom than any other profession -- in choosing to bargain and speak collectively -- instead of for themselves -- which would be much more empowering and rewarding for such professionals, and worthy of professionals.

If teachers cannot speak for themselves, then who can in society? -- and what are the techers teaching, or have of value to teach?

 
At February 18, 2008 1:28 PM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

Newspapers are not just competing against other newspapers anymore -- as information sources, while old journalism is today's buggy whip manufacturers.

People actually prefer citzen-journalism over "professional"-journ alism, with their limitations of the understanding of the original content the citizens (reporters) at large are actually creating.

It's the elimination of the information middleman -- so one gets it directly and as freshly from the source as possible. The old journalism was a wonderful creation -- in its time, but progress marches on, and new innovations, forms and forums come into being.

That doesn't mean the old journalists can't compete in the exciting new forums manifesting as we write them, but the journalism of old, is an imploding structure that no amount of collective bargaining is going to prop up and deny.

 
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