Finding The Jobs of The Future
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  • Jim.

    Mainline Protestants clergy in decline? They should try Missionary work instead, the market for that in this country is certainly ripe.

    They have to have something to offer, though, rather than blowing with the winds of pop culture. I suggest that what they ought to offer is the Word of God, rather than the meaningless pap they’ve been pushing for most of a generation.

  • C. Plummer

    Government, especially but not limited to Democrats, is doing its best to exterminate small business startups through excessive taxation (Obama’s repeated demands for higher taxes on the “rich”, while doing virtually nothing about the deficit, will badly damage small businessmen paying taxes as individuals), excessive bureaucracy, and excessive regulation (just one small part of the total: zoning to keep them from operating out of homes).

  • Jim.

    Apparently for the Episcopalians, things are going to get worse before they get better.

    Funeral rites for pets, “an apology to Native Americans for exposing them to Christianity” … the article doesn’t even mention the new liturgy for gay “marriage”.

    What does the Venerable Mead think of all this?

  • All true, but it doesn’t solve our problem: a good life for average Americans in our democracy. That’s the heart of it. If we fail, the American experiment is a failure.

  • Kevin

    One counterveiling factor to consider is that if you go into business yourself you will almost certainly be breaking some law or regulation (at least as it may be interpreted by some authority). If you are not willing to live with this risk, avoid starting your own business. To take just one example, when the former head of the NY Fed and current Secretary of the Treasury can’t comply with the tax code, the chance some 24 year old will be able to fill out all but the most trivial business taxes and regulations is quite low.

  • Most young people don’t realize how many opportunities are right before them: On the military base where I live, people who need nothing more than a car make a killing by delivering food from sit-down restaurants to soldiers on-post and are tired of ordering pizza, but, from what I can tell, that sort of service hasn’t caught on elsewhere. It’s somewhat strange, considering how many college students own cars and could benefit from work that typically required them to work only in the evenings.

  • Kris

    [email protected]: True enough, though I include the following: if the average American will need to be subsidized in order to live a good life, that also constitutes a failure of sorts of the American experiment to me. Whether this might nonetheless be the best possible solution is not yet knowable.

  • Kris

    [email protected]: “Apparently for the Episcopalians, things are going to get worse before they get better.”

    You don’t say! They have decided to “repudiate” the Doctrine of Discovery. I conclude that all non-AmerInd Episcopalians will be leaving North America.

    Bon voyage. (I’d say “Vaya con Dios”, but I’m not sure that would be deemed acceptable.)

  • Arthur S.

    So the jobs of the future are florist, photographer, cook, food delivery, fitness trainer, performing chores for others, online travel agent, etc.?

    That is weak.

    Those service jobs enhance the good life for the people receiving the services, but those jobs are not jobs of the future or engines driving economic growth into the future.

  • Matt

    Ironically, one of the largest impediments to this sort of entreprenurial spirit is the high cost of private health care insurance for the self-employed, particularly entrepreneurs who are trying to support a family.

    Yet those most inclined to support an entreprenurial vision for the country tend to be the most intractably opposed to reforming the health care system. They fail to see that health care is a huge barrier to entry for many who would like to start their own businesses. For people with some sort of preexisting condition, it has been an impossible barrier to entry to overcome.

    Even if you support the repeal of Obamacare, there should be some honest recognition that some of the reforms contained in the ACA would be a huge help to those starting new businesses.

  • Kris

    [email protected]: “those jobs are not jobs of the future or engines driving economic growth into the future.”

    And what if given increasing productivity and specialization, a minority of the population will be the ones to drive most of the economic growth? (Meaning 1. they’ll be able to do so on their own 2. they’ll be the only ones able to do so.) The minority will see to the economic basis, and all those other “weak” jobs will help us all improve our quality of life. In principle.

  • Americant

    The only job of the future that thinking millennials should jump on now is escaping from America while they still can. Very few of the human sludge born after 1985 or so who carried Imam Zero’s water buckets in 2008 have two brain cells they can rub together for any length of time, but those few who can still think for themselves without cutesy slogans and handouts from others need only look ahead to the next five years and realize the truth: It’s over. It’s time to cut one’s losses and become a migrant worker elsewhere. There is a certain humility to this, but truth is never easy to swallow. Americant is finished. There is no job of the future here unless welfare recipient, drug cook, arsonist or gang member is considered gainful employment now. From the Zero White House, I’m sure it is.

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