Our View: Communities can boost economy

Friday , September 27, 2013 - 3:55 PM

Editorial Board, Standard-Examiner

If we are going to boost the economy, get new jobs and boost the nation’s self esteem, it needs to be done in the communities. We need local social service organizations — such as Your Community Connection, or the Family Connection Center in Clearfield, and other groups — to be supported locally. These groups do wonderful jobs alleviating the struggles of so many. But they have funding deficits, and it’s imperative that those who are better off help these groups.

We have many families locally with parents and others working multiple jobs. Nevertheless, they can’t earn enough for a living wage. The responsibility for boosting the economy ultimately lands at the feet of Main Street, with local businesses having the faith to invest in the community by hiring more workers. When more of us are receiving a paycheck, more of us are spending. That boosts tax revenues and revenues in local businesses.

Financial stress is a terrible thing to endure. It can lead to depression and even abuse. It splits families. The American people are pretty smart. They know the economy is pretty poor, and they’re not buying Hoover-ish claims from pols that things are improving.

In fact, about the only place the economy looks good is Washington D.C., and even that “growth” is limited to pols’ salaries, lobbyist’s big bucks, and the ever-expanding government. It’s crony-capitalism in our nation’s capital.

According to a Bloomberg News poll on the economy, 44 percent of Americans expect the economy to stay mediocre, 28 percent see it weakening more, and 27 percent say it will grow. Frankly, there’s been no economic rebound for most Americans, and 68 percent of Americans — according to the Bloomberg poll — don’t have faith that Washington can do much to help them.

They are right. It’s at home where money — whether federal, charitable, or state revenues — can help persons in need to better their lives. We need a community spirit in which residents give both money and time to assist those in need, and our business leaders do all they can to get more Top of Utahns into the workforce.

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