Trickle-down economics is dead

To the editor:

Monday’s Review-Journal editorial, “Creating jobs,” was another tired example of conservative scare tactics. The Review-Journal would have you believe that allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire, a move that raises the highest tax bracket to Reagan-era levels, would be detrimental to job creation. This is, now more than ever, simply untrue.

Allow the wealthy to keep more of their money and they will create jobs, goes the logic, as if to say that out of the goodness of their hearts they will give you a job. But jobs are not created in a vacuum, and in this country, if you have a product to sell you also need someone to buy it.

Therein lies the rub. Business creates jobs to create a product or service that serves a need or desire. Satisfying that need or desire requires a consumer with the money to consume. It is a closed loop. The only way for business to have a product or service to sell without having a consumer to buy would be to have unlimited funds with which to create your product or service. Unfortunately, no one like that exists.

Jobs can be created only to serve a need or desire. Needs are known: food, clothing, shelter, etc. That is our baseline, and the closer we get to it (and we’re getting pretty darn close), the less we have to spend on things we would like to have. You know, the things that make living life fun. It is that discretionary spending and our desire to make living life fun that has fueled our economy and continues to do so.

Can you have a consumer without a product or service to buy? Yes, you can. When the consumer — you and me — satisfies his needs, he looks to his desires, and when those are satisfied he begins to save and invest. It is becoming harder and harder to satisfy our desires, much less save and invest.

Trickle-down economics is dead. Long live trickle-up economics!

Martin Elge

LAS VEGAS

Cut to the bone

To the editor:

I find it amazing that the proposed Clark County School District budget cuts boil down to this: Cuts that affect administration amount to about $67 million while those that affect children amount to about $172 million. So pardon me the next time I hear the School Board trustees and superintendent say “children come first” and don’t believe them.

As a 15-year veteran of the Clark County School District, I used to confidently say that I had seen it all. Until now.

We have teachers and administrators out of schools and classrooms in positions that have no obvious purpose. Why does every region have a business services specialist? Or a data specialist? Or someone in charge of special education? Why do we have special education facilitators in each school and still have one over each region? Why do some regions have a custodial supervisor and assistant custodial supervisor when the night crew at my school is understaffed and overworked? I want to know the difference between CPD and RPDP and how they help children receive a better education.

We need to have transparency in our district. We need to know exactly what each position does, what it costs us and how it directly affects children. If it doesn’t directly benefit the student, it needs to go.

I work with dedicated teachers and administrators every day who make children a priority and who have struggled with the decisions to make cuts that least affect the quality of education we deliver to our students. We fight an uphill battle, though, because the Clark County School District is so top-heavy. It’s time the School Board and highest administration actually walk the walk and cut the fat from their budgets because the schools have already been cut to the bone.

Amy DeVaul

HENDERSON

Subsidized births

To the editor:

Friday’s newspaper had a great story about the prenatal care provided to those in need (“Delivering a healthier baby”). The Baby Your Baby program is successful and rarely gets mentioned for the outstanding work it does. Thank you for shedding light on their hard work.

The article told the short story of a new mom, 18-year-old Raechelle Bellamy. She needed prenatal care and was able to get help from Sunrise Hospital, Nevada Medicaid and WIC, the Women, Infants and Children food and nutrition service program. She had no health insurance, which is a common problem in this city.

It is good news that Ms. Bellamy’s baby was born healthy. However, there was no mention of where Ms. Bellamy was employed and no further mention of whether she has a husband or whether the father of her child had health insurance.

Chris Mazza

LAS VEGAS

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