“Yes, earnings of workers rose in Indiana by 3.4 percent over the same period, yet the nation saw a 4.1 percent increase. That suggests to me,” I said, “Hoosier job gains may have been impressive, but new and existing employees probably were not doing as well as workers in other states.”
“Don’t you get tired of reporting how Indiana is lagging the nation?” Willie asked.
“Yes, I do,” I answered. “I get more tired, however, of state leaders, in and out of government, who refuse to recognize the facts. They neglect reality and refuse to admit that we have been on the wrong path for more than a generation.
“They strut about, talking up their hopes for education reform, but they fail to pursue it. They emote about strong, independent workers, but act against the interest of workers whenever they have a choice,” I concluded.
“Well, Happy Holidays,” Willie said.
“Maybe,” I said, “like the Cubs, Indiana will do better next year.”
Morton Marcus is an independent economist, writer and speaker. Contact him at email@example.com