Spending Denialists and the Fiscal Illusion
In “Spending Denialists and the Fiscal Illusion” (March) Matt Welch takes on Republican House Speaker John Boehner (Ohio) and the fiscal cliff deal. Speaker Boehner’s follow-up extension of the debt limit for three more months is just kicking the can down the road. Everyone needs to do their fair share in bringing the budget deficit under control. It is time for government to destroy its own credit cards.
Mismanagement of our economy may also end our reign as the world’s superpower as we become the world’s super debtor nation. Republicans must offer a choice not an echo to President Barack Obama and the Democrats’ status quo of trillions in additional debt and uncontrolled spending.
Great Neck, NY
Moneyball in the Workplace
Greg Beato’s article “Moneyball in the Workplace” (March) says: “as the Moneyballization of the workplace proceeds…we’ll no longer be able to hide our career .290 on-base percentage with an artfully worded resume.”
Baseball is a game with fixed rules that readily lends itself to statistical analysis. But many jobs are nothing like that. I’m a computer programmer in a small company; for me, things are always changing and unique. I can’t compare my performance on “project X” to the league average, because I’m the only person in the world who’s worked on “project X.”
I predict hiring managers will embrace worker statistics like an all-candy diet, to the frustration of those who don’t fit the mold. Transparency is good. Oversimplification is bad.
San Jose, CA
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