This is a late day news alert on a Friday night. In about 12 hours, I’m going to be visiting with Republican Vice Presidential Nominee Paul Ryan.
That’s right – Paul Ryan is coming to my town in Danville, California.
It’s going to be an early morning breakfast so I won’t be staying up too late tonight.
Earlier today, the GOP Vice Presidential nominee visited Sparks, Nevada to present the Romney-Ryan “Five Point Plan” to turn around the economy. You’ll recall that I gave readers a glimpse of this plan a few weeks ago so if you’ve been following our posts at Thoughtful Women, you’re in the loop.
For those just joining the conversation, I served as the Labor representative for Western States during the previous Presidential Administration.
One of the things that happened on President Bush’s watch that is relevant to today’s economic woes was our focus on job training for high growth jobs. That was four years ago when we understood that we were in a knowledge economy – a place where even the most seasoned workers needed to think about pursuing other careers in high growth industries.
As a baby boomer, I took this to heart. That’s why I’m doing what I’m doing today.
Four years ago, we were completely focused on providing a a forward path to job creation. One of the great examples was promoting a focus on high growth jobs by retraining airline workers for engineering positions in biotechnology.
It happened right here in Alameda County, California. We were at the forefront of private-public partnerships with Genentech, Amgen, Novartis, and other innovators in life sciences.
We focused on results and guess what? It worked. We were able to retrain airline engineers whose industry changed after the terrorist attacks of 9-11. Many ended up in high paying jobs in the life science industry.
I expect that Paul Ryan will talk tomorrow about what we can do to further focus on good jobs in high growth fields. I suspect he will focus on increasing exports by manufacturing more goods in the United States. He will focus on what they say here as “America’s Comeback Team” on tightening the budget and stopping deficit spending.
For those of you who may have missed it, the deficit climbed above $16,000,000,000,000 (that’s trillion with a “t”) during the DNC Convention.
Here are Paul Ryan’s comments just a few hours ago in nearby Nevada:
“In this state (Nevada) and across the country we have lots of energy and lots of minerals. Let’s use that energy and create jobs,” Ryan said.
You can see the video and full news report from Sparks, Nevada here.
Stay tuned – I’ll report on what Congressman Ryan has to say about Romney, Medicare, and the Obama “arithmetic” tomorrow.