Being Smart Means Nothing Anymore

By Larry Teren

Danny called the other day after he saw my name on his cellphone’s missed calls list.

Danny: “So, you need a painter?”

Me: “Ha, ha. What else you doing?”

I had tried calling him a few days earlier to see what was shaking. Like everyone else nowadays I felt there was no need to leave a voice mail as he’d eventually notice the missed call. Anyway, I also knew Danny had nothing good to say which is why he waited a few days to return the call.

Danny: “Not much. Finished painting the house myself. Getting it ready for sale this summer. Now that the kids are out , we don’t need so much space and gotta get out of here and into a smaller one in a suburb that has lower property taxes.”

Me: “Yeah, good luck.”                          Continue reading “Being Smart Means Nothing Anymore”

Baby Boomers Should Move to Arkansas

By Larry Teren

Maybe baby boomers should move to Arkansas. As of the 2010 census, in Arkansas those over the age of fifty had a 5.6% unemployment rate. Compare that to Arkansas’ general population unemployment rate of 7.3% as of August 2012. For the nation as a whole, the rate was 8.3%. Arkansas seems to be the land of relative opportunity. Continue reading “Baby Boomers Should Move to Arkansas”

Why is There No WPA Today?

By Larry Teren

The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was enacted by the Roosevelt Administration in 1935 and stayed in business providing work for a few million otherwise unemployed people until it was disbanded in 1943. The main reason that the Federal Government closed down the WPA was that millions of young, able-bodied men were being sent overseas to fight for this country during World War II. Even with a good number of US soldiers today fighting overseas we have major unemployment problems. Continue reading “Why is There No WPA Today?”

Why There Are No Jobs

By Larry Teren

 

We already know that the world isn’t coming to an end but what some of us find hard to accept is that there is no longer a need for the same percentage of people in the workforce as there was during the height of the Industrial Revolution. Face it- computers have done what the experts promised years ago would happen. Data processing makes us more efficient and requires less people to do the tasks than were used to by humans manually. Continue reading “Why There Are No Jobs”