I wish I had more time to get into the Cato Institute’s policy analysis paper – written 25 years ago – concerning the ineffectiveness of almost 50 different federal “job training” programs managed by multiple government agencies. With President Obama’s reference to even more federal outreach programs this week, Michelle’s Malkin’s column brings the topic – and their total failure – back to the forefront.
President Obama campaigned this week for “new and innovative approaches” to America’s economic crisis. So naturally, the futurist-in-chief filched his fresh, bold ideas straight from … the 1930s. The grand new solution to the jobs deficit, according to the White House, is more FDR-style federal job-training spending.
Sounding every bit like the whiteboard eggheads who keep spinning around the Ivy League-Washington revolving door, Obama announced breathlessly: “If we could match up schools and businesses, we could create pipelines right from the classroom to the office or the factory floor. This would help workers find better jobs, and it would help companies find the highly educated and highly trained people that they need in order to prosper and to remain competitive.”
This is an idea that failed before, continues to fail today and will fail in the future – and Obama thinks it’s some sort of new revelation? At least, that’s how he’s trying to spin it.
The predictable liberal responses – with absolutely zero data to back them up – will be as follows…
- Imagine how bad it would have been if we did not spend the money on these programs!
- We absolutely have to spend more money on training to improve the results!
Same old, same old…