The Reality of "Job Creation" in America
The first reality check is, "there's no such thing as job creation". A job is the result of need for an individual with the ability to complete a task within a designated time and manner. The task can range from unskilled through super-high tech. For months I have spoken and written on Job Development. In 2012 debates by candidates for federal, state and local; jobs, and the need for them, have been the primary focus for office seekers. I have participated in debates and meetings throughout USA. Jobs are the "key" subject of both political parties and all attendees. Most plans presented are well intentioned. Incentives, modified education, partnering government with businesses, basically- nothing new. As for health care, schools, roads, law enforcement, among so many vital areas; we need more revenue; not taxes or further cuts. The one thing, as yet unmentioned or unknown is- How do we do it?
My first proposal, stimulation and support toward more rapid recovery of the Housing Market, was well received within the industry. Simply put, make the down payment deductible from income tax! The result, increased jobs in sales, renovations, upgrades, support areas and suppliers (jobs nationally projected 500,000), increased spike in local property tax revenue and support. No loss or No costs to IRS, state or local; empty houses produce nothing as to revenue. This proposal was forwarded to several U.S. Senators and Representatives. The response--underwhelming? Realtors, buyers and builders, are you reading this? Next, a return to personal initiative on the part of all citizens. My associates and I called it "Bootstrap Job Development".
Over the past few years, I have had ideas for products and procedures that meet a need or improve a service. One is patented, another ready for trial and presentation, plus one currently under study by manufacturer; others- in design. Projected jobs upon completion, minimum- 200. Under the "Bootstrap Program" we have developed 53 new products, ranging from initial design to those ready for completion and marketing to customers; commercial/retail/health care/ alternative energy, etc. Projected jobs, 4500-conservatively and valid, concepts and innovations are abundant. When 6 individuals in two rural counties can do this, imagine 500 folks in 50 states doing the same and more. Einstein stated "Imagination is more important than knowledge". I believe knowledge is important but, without imagination or application, it's non-productive. Based on the above action and experience, I have no doubt, there are thousands of new products in formative stage throughout United States. This fact has just not been recognized or known to those charged with economic development. Downsized, unemployed and recent graduates can confirm this.
The incentives needed for new inventor/entrepreneurs is basic funding. Local, State and Federal directed foundations, departments and entities, just have not perceived this great potential. Small business centers and support services are in place. Tax credits mean nothing at the new start-up level. Most states continue attempts to recruit existing jobs from other states and offshore. It's simply relocation of unemployment and depressed economy. As to relocation of Chiquita Brands(NC), glad to have them, one-fourth the $20 million cash incentive would have developed and/or completed several hundred products by now. As to jobs developed- do the math. Everyone talks jobs however no one until this writing has explained "how". Though brief, this is a reality based grass-roots program to expand employment in USA from within this country and of the people. It will produce jobs, thus revenue and all other areas in need will benefit. Outsourcing is unlikely. Exports are a probability.
"Buying Jobs" by way of financial, tax and other incentives has become more expensive and time consuming. Additionally, we are the United States; not 50 competitors vying to decrease/increase employment among each other. This is a non-competitive approach. Together, we can succeed in building a strong and secure economy.
Ideas and concepts welcomed.
Arthur J. Rich
Business Research & Tax Consultant