I need to mull over Canadian Conrad Black’s op-ed in the National Post. In particular, I think this advice is worthy of consideration, not just for Canada but for the United States:
Primary industry (resource extraction) will require more jobs, secondary industry (manufacturing) will grow only marginally in employment terms, and if we must expand the service sector, and we will have to, let us just pay the proverbial hamburger-flippers and pizza delivery people better; at least they add value, unlike many office workers. (They all dress the same now anyway.) As a society, we have egotistically rejected value-adding work. The way to address wealth disparity, and it is indeed an issue, is to tax the velocity of money and distribute unstigmatizing income supplements to lower-income, employed people.
Discouraging primary and secondary industry while subsidizing work that adds little or no value doesn’t sound like a prudent policy to me but that’s what we’ve been doing.