Stop this Innovation crap.
Listening to On Point, probably the most thoughtful and least idiotically partisan of the news-analysis shows. Today's topic is the 'Jobs Crisis'.
All the Experts agree that we need "more innovation to keep up with globalization."
New innovations = new Chinese products, with no gain of jobs HERE.
Back to this point again.
We have already lost entire NON-INNOVATIVE industries to China. Steel and concrete and wallboard and TVs and incandescent lightbulbs are perfectly good products with no fresh innovations. Americans who had spent their lives learning how to make these things are now useless.
It wasn't a shortage
of innovation that lost those industries.
It was an oversupply
of raw genocidal greed, Satanic evil and murderous treason in the American corporate and political spheres.
Therefore the solution has nothing to do with innovation or education.
Ready for the secret solution?
1. BLOCKADE CHINA.
Nothing goes from here to there, nothing comes from there to here. No people, no badly-made crap, no money. Sink any ship or plane that tries to break the blockade.
And at the same time:
2. Locate all corporations that have sent jobs to China in the last 30 years.
3. Without warning, jail all their top executives, slam them in the hole at Supermax, and freeze all their corporate assets.
4. When the lower levels of the criminal corporations inquire what's going on, inform them: "Hey mutant alien fuckheads. You can have your fucking stolen loot and your fucking evil asshole executives back AFTER you give us our jobs back. Keep the jobs here for 5 years, then you can have your shit. If we even suspect one of you is cheating during those 5 years, you're all dead."
I'm using China here for shorthand, but this should also include Mexico, India, and any other country where production was transferred purely to avoid hiring Americans.
(There may be some foreign production that makes sense because of nearby resources or special talents, but this would have been underway before 1980. Any outsourcing that started after 1980 can be assumed treasonous unless strongly proven otherwise.)