The summer training from Arizona Interfaith Network informed us that two economists recently spoke to business and education leaders in Phoenix and told them that ‘yes...we do underfund schools and our children, but no one wants to pay more taxes. So quit whining.’ It is also the same message you can expect to hear in the next political cycle.
At the same meeting, Barry Broom, in charge of trying to bring big business to the greater Phoenix area, said that Arizona was at it's healthiest economically when we invested in areas like public schools and workforce development. Since we have quit investing in the good of the community we are no longer able to attract new business that pay higher wages to our area. Most new jobs in Arizona now pay low wages; it's why we are lagging behind other states in rebounding from the recent recession.
One is a story of scarcity.The other is the story of abundance. One story creates a scenario of winners and losers. The other creates all winners.
Where does the myth of scarcity come from and why is it out there? You can find out at the next training from Arizona Interfaith Network on July 17th.”