Brian Gongol Show on WHO Radio - September 29, 2013
Brian Gongol

The Brian Gongol Show can be heard on WHO Radio in Des Moines, Iowa on 1040 AM or streaming online at The show airs from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Central Time on Saturday afternoons. Podcasts of show highlights are also available.

A little less fantasy about jobs is in order
We tend to talk about manufacturing jobs like they're some kind of fantasy fiction. The truth is that there are excellent, stable, high-pay opportunities in manufacturing, but only if people are realistic about one fact: They're not for dummies.

It's a fact of economic nature that you can only make really good money if you do what other people can't or won't. So if you don't want to do the jobs that other people don't want to do, then you have to do the jobs that, for some reason, other people can't do.

Businesses generally, but especially American manufacturers, are doing some very rational things: Workers who can't help them do those things don't really have a place in the economy as it grows and progresses. Nobody has a right to a job just because they're upright and breathing.

If we can recognize these realities and deal with them as the facts that they are, rather than the fictions we might want them to be, then we can have a thoughtful, rational, and functional set of political policies that will get us what we want. Post-secondary education doesn't need to be compulsory for it to still be enormously important and almost always necessary. And it needs to include trades and technical skills, as well as the liberal arts and business. If we want to avoid creating a permanent underclass or a titanic welfare state, we have to make the deliberate decision to teach ourselves to fish (as the old saying suggests).

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