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Capitalism,  The Way to a World of Peace and Plenty

Jobs for everyone when these dots are connected

Jobs for everyone when these dots are connected 

• 24 million working-age Americans jobless. 
• Idle cash in corporate surplus over $ 2 trillion.
• Overdue infrastructure repair over $ 2 trillion.

Most of the 24 million would have jobs if corporate surplus cash were to be invested in growth and infrastructure repair. 

The Administration brags that 288,000 jobs were created in June but full- time jobs declined 523,000. Economic growth dropped 2.9% in the first quarter of 2014. We are in the slowest recovery on record.

The recession was caused when the trader-speculators kept raising their bets by borrowing more money until the bubble--inevitably--popped. The market then switched from greed to fear from buying to selling.

For a quarter-century, shareholder capitalism “downsized” (read “fired”) to raise short-term profits, share price, and the value of options. Instead of investment in growth over two trillion dollars in cash ended up sitting idle in corporations. Some of it was wasted on stock buy backs to hype the stock price and value of options.

At one time, America led the world in the quality of roads, bridges and schools. Now bridges are falling down, the roads are full of holes, and school buildings badly need repair. Besides investment in job growth a massive repair effort would put people to work. Both growth investment and repairs would pay for themselves in time.

During the 1930’s depression, John Maynard Keynes argued that economic recovery required adding taxes to increase consumer spending. Recently the same argument grid-locked Congress. Adding taxes is not necessary if spare corporate cash is used. Taxes would actually be reduced by lower unemployment benefits and through additional income from more people working.

In 1776, Adam Smith proposed that free-market capitalism needs little from government except control of the speculators, “prodigals and projectors,” as he called them, from deflecting capital away from the job-growth economy.

In 1998, famous speculator George Soros warned that instabilities inherent in finance capitalism posed a great threat to society and required regulation. The Clinton administration ignored both warnings, deregulated finance capitalism, and caused the greatest deflection of capital away from job-growth in history.

The solution is simple—connect the dots!

Ray CareyRay Carey

Ray Carey learned through managing companies for 33 years how to change the work culture to provide employees with their best opportunities to develop and contribute. This experience began as a 28 year old plant manager and later president of an electric motor company, and concluded with eighteen years as president , chairman, and CEO of ADT, Inc.

See Carey's autobiography of his work career in chapter two of his first book,

Democratic Capitalism, The Way to a World of Peace and Plenty.

For more information about Ray Carey and his advocacy of democratic capitalism, visit the pages of this website.