[dropcap]H[/dropcap]ey is it OK to start talking about entrepreneurship and business again — you know, good old American things? Or do we still have to sing paeans to the U.N., the green movement, political correctness, and “social justice?”
I know Obama’s got until January 20 but I’m early-voting for the former. So here’s an excellent way to start: identify the problem (aside from left-wing leadership for the past eight years). This tonic for fuller employment through entrepreneurship is from Carl J. Schramm in today’s Wall Street Journal:
…Merely bringing back factories from overseas will not solve this problem. Technology has made every factory more productive. Fewer workers make more goods no matter where they’re located. At the same time, fewer U.S. businesses are being started. New firms are the country’s principal generator of new jobs. Data from the Kauffman Foundation suggest companies less than five years old create more than 80% of new jobs every year. While the nation seems more enthusiastic than ever about the promise of entrepreneurship, fewer than 500,000 new businesses were started in 2015. That is a disastrous 30% decline from 2008.
In eight years more than a million new companies have “gone missing” from the economy. This absence accounts for an estimated seven to 10 million jobs that, had they existed, could have provided employment for every one of the nation’s discouraged workers. Simply put, the U.S. will never reach full employment without more startups…
What is there to lose by ginning-up entrepreneurship to help it regain its rightful place in America?
Speaking of gin and tonic (I know, nobody was), I wanted to make sure the term “ginning-up” was a real thing since I used it above totally unconsciously. I regularly need to double-check that the words and terms I use aren’t just another one of those ancient expressions my mom passed down to me from the prairie which make people look at me like I’m an alien after I offhandedly use them. So I looked it up and here’s what I found at Dictionary.com: an interesting example of how anti-Republican bias has creeped into even this. They offer these three “contemporary” examples of the use of the term “gin-up.” Look at not just the examples but the articles from which they are derived.
FEAR Plot to Overthrow U.S. Government Part of Rising Domestic Extremism – Jesse Ellison – August 28, 2012
13 Years After 9/11, Anti-Muslim Bigotry Is Worse Than Ever – Dean Obeidallah – September 10, 2014
Michael Tomasky: Stop the Obama ‘Enemies List’ GOP Lies – Michael Tomasky – June 18, 2012
Talk about ginning-up something! What a load of crap that’s been ginned-up here. They’re all from the left-wing Daily Beast, which is a website of little more than progressive, liberal views and anti-conservative rhetoric, and these word-use examples are just that.
So maybe a good entrepreneurial idea for someone out there is to start a new online dictionary which leans right, and uses all sorts of anti-liberal examples of word usage from BoldColors.net.