But it would take a long time

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In “Meet the Unemployable Man” David Wessel writes

One way to resist these market forces is to reduce the supply of workers who aren’t in demand and increase the supply of workers who are. That is, educate more and better: Fix K-12 schools, improve worker-training programs, strengthen community colleges, give more aid to college students. All this is wise, but most of it will take a long time.

I don’t even believe it would necessarily take a long time, if society really wanted it done. But even if it would, isn’t that all the more reason to start as soon as possible?

In America, the mere fact that something might take a long time is reason enough not to do it. If it would also take a lot of hard work, just forget about it — there’s important TV to watch.

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