Brad, I agree - we will have to agree to disagree : )
Yes economy is bad so you can't claim based on that evidence that either deficit or tax cuts help the economy
"See that is the mentality of the public sector. They don't hire people because a job needs to get done, they hire to just put people on the payroll."
Having a one time federal program to send (borrowed) money to keep teachers, firefighters, and police will prevent those people from being layed off which will improve the unemployment statistic. If they receive pay, they'll spend it, some of it with you, the small businessman, which will improve the economy. These jobs need to be done, not just "make work".
"We are starving for engineers, scientist, technology, etc. I would hire 3 or 4 more people tomorrow if I could find the right people."
I have heard the same thing from other engineers - plenty of jobs for trained people.
If it didn't cost so much, I bet more people would get technical degrees - free market. And we need more talking about it like when President Kennedy talked about people getting jobs in science.
"How much more would you like the taxpayers to subsidize education? You have to cut the cost of education and not look to the govt to subsidize. Where is that money going to come from? Spend, spend, spend."
In the 1970s I got engineer degree. Heavily subsidized by the government. I had to borrow total of $3000 which is $6000 in today dollars. My dad's was free with the GI bill after WWII. People like us are responsible for the high tech boom that followed.
If we subsidized education like that today, we could create another boom that is hard to imagine what it would be today.
Where does the money come from? Make everyone pay their fair share. Quit spending so much on the military which makes our security worse. Quit subsidizing big industries like oil, coal, agriculture,... Control medical costs which is screwing up everything - quit paying huge amount for ineffective care. No "silver bullet" solution.
I just hate that the Republicans told us they were going to lower our taxes, but they lowered taxes on super-rich and big corporation but only gave us a token decrease. Do you remember that check George Bush sent to all of us with a small, one time tax rebate?
Now they're saying they're going to lower taxes on the "job creators" (focus group tested phrase for super-rich and big corporations) and you're falling for it again - they're not going to lower your taxes.