Older enterprises such as Ford and younger ones such as Google that form the manufacturing and technology economy of the 21st century need more tech-savvy workers than universities and community colleges provide.
However, even if enough liberal arts and business programs could retool to produce all the science, math, technology and engineering graduates needed, the remaining programs would still produce many more non-STEM graduates than the economy could absorb.
Similarly innovators often don't need a lot of money to create valuable new enterprises or expand established businesses.
Consider that many young people create profitable apps and marketing platforms on their laptops, and major corporations are flush with billions in cash and too few opportunities to deploy it.Consequently, established companies and individual investors bid up prices for young enterprises, whose owners wish to cash in on their initial success, and pay astronomical sums for the IPOs of companies such as Facebook (FB). They bid up prices for stocks and bonds, and drive down yields on dividend-paying stocks and interest rates on bonds and CDs. To generate enough jobs, the economy must create lots of service businesses beyond the ecosystems of manufacturing and technology -- everything from restaurants to retirement homes, but government regulations dictating wages, sick leave and health benefits drive many services offshore. That's why credit-card call centers and even some back office legal services are in Asia. Those centers throw millions of less-skilled Americans out of work, slow economic growth and further reduce college graduates' wages and returns on savings and investments. Too many subsidized loans to send 60% of high school graduates to college merely drives up tuition and worsens the glut of graduates and leave young people saddled with debt. Since 2008, the Federal Reserve has pumped more than $3 trillion into the economy with too few good results. It's not responding to a shortage of capital, but it is further driving up asset prices and pushing down the returns on saving and investing. What most Americans won't accept -- and politicians lack courage to admit -- is the government can't broadly raise wages or spur growth by regulating prices, mandating health care benefits, over-subsidizing education and printing money, but it can make most folks a lot worse off by trying. At the time of publication, the author had no position in any of the stocks mentioned. Follow @pmorici1 This article represents the opinion of a contributor and not necessarily that of TheStreet or its editorial staff.
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