“There are some structural issues with our economy where a lot of businesses have learned to become much more efficient with a lot fewer workers,” lectured Obama in an interview with NBC’s Ann Curry. “You see it when you go to a bank and you use an ATM, you don’t go to a bank teller, or you go to the airport and you’re using a kiosk instead of checking in at the gate.”
President Obama, meet Ned Ludd. Maybe you can find some looms to break.
So, let’s come up with a plan that fits your economic philosophy. Maybe you should ban ATM machines, or, as is the M.O. of anti-progress progressives, pass regulations on industry that force corporations to make ATM machines difficult or expensive to use. Do this in conjunction with labor unions to organize bank tellers with the promise of more jobs. Bank teller jobs! Banking customers will just have to wait for their cash and other transactions instead of enjoying the convenience of ATMs. Yeah, we’ll endure the hassle of waiting in lines to conduct routine banking transactions, through hot weather cold weather, snow, rain, hurricanes, tornadoes, whatever — as long as those bank teller jobs come back and the tellers are unionized.
While you’re at it, maybe you should do the same with the Information Technology industry in general. Yeah, that’s the ticket — let’s get rid of those spreadsheets and personal finance programs that put so many accountants out of work. Never mind the programmers who developed the programs and the engineers who crafted the machines and software. They’ll be happy with pencil and paper. Anyway, they’re the real destructive force of good manufacturing jobs. Those pinheads, er, propeller heads, what-ever. They just make the banks and the big corporations more profits. Off with their heads! Just shut up and eat your peas.