Sunday, December 2, 2012

Where Can Our Children Go?

If there are not enough jobs in Texas for our children, where can they go to find employment?  If the rest of America is in no better shape than Texas, do they have to leave America?  The economy all around the world is in bad shape, so if our children have to leave America to find employment, where can they go?

I have read that engineers from Spain are finding work in Germany.  Perhaps our children who are trained in engineering and computers can find work in Europe.  I have heard that in America McDonald's pays higher wages to their managers than trained machinists can make running numerically controlled machines.  American companies have given up on manufacturing, but some of the European countries have not.  Where in Europe can our children go?  Certainly not Greece or Spain.  Maybe Germany, or maybe the Scandinavian countries:  Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland.

Norway is prosperous according to the Wall Street Journal article, They All Scream for Edvard Munch, but Oslo Can't Satisfy Demand by Saleha Mohsin, November 28, 2012, page A1.  Yet it seems that Norway is the most expensive country to live in  amongst the Scandinavians.  Sweden is much more affordable according to  Scandinavian On $125 a Day by Seth Kugel, New York Times, Sunday December 2, 2012.  Unfortunately, there is a lot of unemployment in Sweden, as described in the Wall Street Journal, Saturday December 22, 2012, p. A10, Jobless Swedes Heed Call From Booming Norway by Charles Duxbury and Kjetil Malkenes Hovland.

England is not a place for our children.  The English are moving out, as described in the book Time to Emigrate? by George Walden, one of whose children left Great Britain for Canada.  Australia and New Zealand might have opportunities for our children if they have the skills that are sought.  I did read of a skilled welder who left America and did well in Australia, although it did take years to get the paperwork approved to emigrate to Australia.

Technically, the American welder is a boilermaker.  You can read about his experiences by googling for this Wall Street Journal article: American Fills a Jobs Shortage in the Aussie Outback by JOHN W. MILLER, October 23, 2012

Of course, the best recourse is to provide good opportunities here in Texas for our children, which is why I have started the Texas Ascendant Campaign.  We need to work together to help our children have a prosperous future in America, in Texas.

Robert Canright

The December 8, 2013 Wall Street Journal ran an article called, "A Move to New Zealand" by Susanne Ames (p. R7).  The on-line version is entitled "A New Life in New Zealand."  You can read the article by Googling on the title an author..  Don't ask my why the same article has two titles (print and on-line).  Ms. Susanne Ames moved to New Zealand from Washington state and enjoys life in Wellington, New Zealand.

The Tuesday February 11, 2014  Wall Street Journal ran an article called, "Badly Raised Kids? Sweden has a Word for That" by Jens Hansegard.  You can read it by using Google to find it.  The online edition of WSJ has a slightly different title:  "Is Sweden Raising a Generation of Brats?" by Jens Hansegard.  This article says that Sweden is a bad country to raise a family because the government has undermined the authority of parents and teachers.  So Sweden might be a fine country to work in, but you would not want to settle there to raise a family.

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