Re: ECON: Lack of skilled people in the USA

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Wed Jan 31 2001 - 02:04:36 MST

Randy Smith wrote:
> >Why would you think libertarians should be utterly unconcerned with
> >people's education and skills? We're not all heartless SOBs you know.
> >Besides, on a purely selfish and pragmatic basis it matters a great deal to
> >me that people are skilled enough to power the economy forward. Who
> Sorry, but that sounds like an empty catchphrase to me.

How so? Are you actually comprehending what was intended?

> BTW< I don't find anything selfish about not caring whether X% of the
> populace cannot pass some meaningless math test; if they need to know it,
> they'll learn it. Most science PhD's have a problem finding a job.

I see. Do you think it is a problem if you can't find a dozen
moderately skilled workers to actually get your wonderful idea off the
ground? Do you think it is a problem when this pattern repeats across
all companies? Don't you think that might slow down your own growth and

> be successfully trained as a teller";
> Guess all those tellers are going to make these scientific breakthroughs--if
> only they could learn their kitchen math, and pass a reading comp test!
> To put it bluntly, I think the "studies" quoted in the article are
> massaged/made-up to make a point and thereby further
> corporate/political/interest-group agendas. Propaganda, bought and paid for.
> A media cliche, meaningless.

I see. And on what do you base your conclusion and why should we
believe it enough to be comforted? To put it bluntly, I don't see any
signs that you are bright and clear-eyed enough to see through purported
error so easily.

- samantha

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