Carol Steinfeld says:
Do you mean highly paid high-tech job holders?
Even those are diverse---unless you mean non-white, non-Asian, non-European non-middle class non-males.
Bringing back manufacturing to SV would go a long way to reviving the true middle of the middle class in the Valley. Very likely, SV will continue to suffer from lack of gene pool as families find the greater SF Bay area too expensive and transient, and companies can't attract anyone other than young people willing to pay high rents.
Andy Byrne says:
When it's as simple as this, why is it acceptable to keep families on the breadline, just out of reach of financial stability and independence? Almost seems as if there is a purpose to this madness, to keep people on benefits, to prove an irrational point that the people 'need' the government. That the people 'simply cannot make it on their own', because they clearly know what's best.. wouldn't want people doing something crazy like spending their excess income on the things they love. Or perhaps being able to give up that second job and spend more time with their kids, allowing parents the time and energy to fully show their kids the love and support that every child needs.
This would also free up jobs, have an indirect, but huge impact on the current US unemployment rate. (claimed 6.7%, Federal Reserve) ((David John Marotta claims this figure is actually closer to 32.7%, based on actual number of people without a job))
I think the government needs to push for big supermarkets like Walmart to raise the minimum wage. They could even entice them with subsidies, using the money saved on food stamps, if they are not so willing to change.
Some food for thought, with sauce.. http://rt.com/business/us-unemployment-economy-crisis-assistance-006/
Cheers for reading :)
frank patton says:
Economic externalities are one of the root causes of climate change and no one is talking about them - it's time the conversation begins. Mr. Jones should be at the vanguard of explaining the problems economic externalities have on social and ecosystem systems.