Thursday, July 08, 2010

Here's one idea of how to create jobs

A British reporter traveled to South Carolina to interview the unlikely Democratic nominee for the Senate, Alvin Greene. One thing he uncovered is that Greene, or at least his family, is inspired by the idea of having a black man run for the Senate from South Carolina. His father tried to run for the local city council and was laughed at for daring to think a black man could run for office. Greene was inspired by Jesse Jackson's run for the presidency. There is zero evidence that the guy is a plant from the Republicans or anyone else. His victory in the primary may have been a strange fluke, but it says more about the lack of interest or information among Democratic primary voters than anything else.

But none of that story will make much news. What does stand out from this interview is Greene's rather idiosyncratic ideas about how to create jobs for the troubled South Carolina economy.
"Another thing we can do for jobs is make toys of me, especially for the holidays. Little dolls. Me. Like maybe little action dolls. Me in an army uniform, air force uniform, and me in my suit. They can make toys of me and my vehicle, especially for the holidays and Christmas for the kids. That's something that would create jobs. So you see I think out of the box like that. It's not something a typical person would bring up. That's something that could happen, that makes sense. It's not a joke."
Oh, dear - it's not a joke that his big "outside the box" idea for South Carolina jobs are Alvin Greene action figures. Sadly, I just don't think the market for such dolls is going to be large enough to bring down the unemployment rate. But he, at least the guy has an idea.