I read a significant chunk of Newt Gingrich's Real Change, but I don't want to comment on every single chapter and Appendix that I read. Rather, I'll highlight two things that stood out to me in my latest reading.
1. In "Chapter Eighteen: The Next Generation of
Air and Rail Transportation", Newt argues that unions are impeding
progress in terms of air transportation. In essence, the unions are
seeking to preserve jobs that would be made obsolete through
technological advancements, and the result is inefficiency. Newt
believes that these workers should be trained for other lines of work.
has been a debate that has existed throughout history. Which is more
important: Workers or progress? Many have said that we don't have to
choose. Defenders of unions maintain that unions bring productivity to
companies. Opponents of unions or believers in progress hold that a
free economy would take care of workers who are laid off due to
progress. I am not an expert on this issue, but I guess where I fall is
here: I think that unions may very well impede progress, but, if
workers were fired, I'm not optimistic about them being able to find
other jobs, or at least jobs as good as what they have in the airline
industry. I tend to side with the workers, for, if we are
technologically advanced, and yet there are people who can't support
themselves and their families, what have we gained? But I'm sure my
position has its share of downsides.
2. Newt is a big advocate of
offering financial prizes for people who develop technological
breakthroughs----such as breakthroughs in space technology, green
technology, etc. He believes that this approach bypasses inefficient
bureaucracies and encourages the next Wilbur and Orville
Wright----people who were not part of the academic elite yet brought
about flight when the academic elite was still struggling to do so.
I think this is a good idea. So now I'm for progress, whereas in my last item I was against it? Well, progress can create jobs! Hopefully, there could be enough progress creating jobs to take care of those who lose their jobs due to progress!