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Earth Day, 2013. We Need to Clean Up the Economy

The Candidate at Monmouth Battleground State Park

At Monmouth Battleground State Park. Image by Dee Cantalice, Millstone. 

April 22, 2013, Monmouth Battleground State Park, 6:00 AM. On YouTube.

Earth Day, 2013.

On Earth Day, 1970, I was working to clean up a beach.

Today, Earth Day, 2013, I am working to clean up the economy.

[Both require teamwork.]

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A Thriving Economy for the 21st Century

NJ Unemployment Rates, January, 2013, by county. NJ Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

NJ Unemployment Rates, January, 2013, by county. NJ Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

Unemployment is at 9.8% in New Jersey. At the county level, in January, 2013, the unemployment rates were in Middlesex County, 8.5%, in Monmouth, 9.4% in Burlington, 9.5%, and in Ocean, 11.7% (PDF, 1).

In Cambridge, Massachusetts, the unemployment rate is 6.7% (2) and Silicon Valley, the unemployment rate is 7.6% (3), people transform basic research into commercial products! Simply put, they turn ideas into wealth. We’ve done it before – think Bell Labs and Thomas Edison. We can do it again.

The good news is that interest rates are low enough that we can roll up our sleeves, rebuild our infrastructure and build a strong foundation for a thriving economy. This will help all of us: the farmers, teachers, engineers, their families, and everybody else. Continue reading