The editors of the New York Times warn that the skills of American workers are looking worse and worse when compared with the countries with whom we’re in competition:
Researchers have been warning for more than a decade that the United States was losing ground to its economic competitors abroad and would eventually fall behind them unless it provided more of its citizens with the high-level math, science and literacy skills necessary for the new economy.
Let me suggest a simple model that explains this:
- Don’t create enough jobs for skilled workers in the United States.
- Do import large numbers of unskilled or semi-skilled wokers into the United States.
I’d certainly like to see the Times’s prescription for solving the problem. They should take into account that
- About a third of American young people are neither working nor attending school.
- About half of young people in America’s big cities graduate from high school on time.
- About an eighth of the people in America are immigrants, most of whom came here as adults without notable skills.
I’ve been searching for a good word that means the opposite of synergy, i.e. a situation in which the whole is less than the sum of the parts. The best I’ve come up with is “incoherent”.
IIRC the Times is in favor of instant legalization of the present illegal immigrant population and they think we should do something about U. S. workers “falling behind” our international competitors. Whatever merit those positions have individually, they’re incompatible. The Times is incoherent.
The only way I can see to square the circle is to redefine who our competitors are.