Retraining: Reagan's competitiveness plan

Reagan's competitiveness plan

A favorite political buzz word these days is competitiveness. The entrepreneurial spirit. Managements lean and mean. Industries able to compete with foreign producers. But the concept is a nebulous one. Politicians are now labeling a wide array of proposals, from increased funding for education and scientific research to more restrictive trade legislation, as ways to make America more competitive in the world.

In one of the few fresh initiatives in his fiscal 1988 budget proposal Ronald Reagan weighed in with a plan of his own: a $1 billion counseling and retraining program designed to help workers displaced from their jobs and...

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