Letter: Storming the Bastille

December 3, 2011

To the editor:

I am very respectful of the courage and tenacity of the several “Occupy Movements” to energize analysis and discussion of the most fundamental issues of our time — particularly how the wealthiest who are managing the global economy do not have to bear the responsibility of shipping so many of our manufacturing jobs overseas.

Admittedly, they were following basic economic principles that money, like water, will flow downhill to the point of lowest cost. But we are now painfully feeling the effects of the hidden costs of so many now unable to find work.

Solutions are difficult, but meeting challenges is the ethos of this country. Storming the Bastille did not bring prosperity to France. They still had to make an economy work with sound currency, financial and governmental systems. This will take much homework on all our parts.

Bringing back the WPA will not a recovery make, though. Jobs will be created by new Steve Jobs and Bill Cooks working in their garages developing new products and services for the planet. Here the Ivy Tech-Cook Entrepreneur Center is much appreciated.

But underlying this whole issue are the intellectual and moral fibers of what is most important — wealth accumulation or philanthropy?

Dan Enslow, Bloomington

Copyright: HeraldTimesOnline.com 2011

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