President Obama recently admitted he was surprised to discover that shovel ready didn’t mean shovel ready anymore.Posted by Jill Fallon at July 17, 2011 8:32 AM | Permalink
He shouldn’t have been: the essence of blue social policy is to make everything complicated and hard.
We’ve created such an intricate and expensive regulatory environment these days that you can’t put people to work on real projects even if you try.
What we have now are “keyboard ready” projects: contracts that start armies of already-employed white collar bureaucrats pushing proposals and specifications around in dizzy little circles. Not much comes out in the way of jobs — but money is spent, briefs are filed, and emails fly.
That’s the blue model for you: sixty years of non-stop progressive improvements, and we’ve lost the ability to put young people to work.