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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Job promises



Anyone else sick and tired of politicians promising jobs, jobs, jobs?

Democrats and Republicans have both worked to send all the good jobs to other countries. Labor has been a race to the bottom. Even China has to do currency tricks to keep costs low enough to attract the bottom feeders. “Free Trade” isn’t free. It’s not just for the low wages. Companies love being able to treat workers like slaves. Health, safety and the environment are ignored.

The jobs that are left are the ones that cannot be shipped away. Most are McJobs -poorly paid service work. Even local government and state jobs are being whacked. With fewer people earning decent wages, the tax base suffers. No tax base, no city and state services. Unlike the Federal government, city and state governments cannot print money.

Pandora’s box has been opened, and woes of the world are loose. There is no stuffing the genie back in the lamp. It’s never going back the way it was. Until our leaders can admit that, they can’t move forward on real solutions. We aren’t going to grow the economy -not the real economy where fields are harvested and things are made. Growing the financial services market only grows the make pretend economy -the one not tied down to real world limits.

No, we don’t want jobs. We want a living. People want to know they are contributing to a better world, if even in a small way. They want to take care of their families. Workers want more than work. Life is so full of great and interesting things that it would be a shame not to be able to enjoy at least some of them. Imagine a life where you can’t wait to get out of bed in the morning to experience the day. Some people have livings. More of us could. There are plenty of worthwhile things that need doing. Sure beats the heck out of having a job.

Of course, what do politicians know about jobs? Few have actually had to work at a job. They’ve had careers, positions, appointments, and situations. They’ve sat on corporate boards. Money flows to them from investments, rents, trust funds, and lobbyists. If they thought jobs were so wonderful, they’d be flipping burgers for the pure joy of it.

How about we vote against every politician who promises us jobs. Maybe that way he can leave the sheltered halls of government and find a job his own self.

-Sixbears

16 comments:

  1. Interesting idea. We can't give politicians ALL the blame, though, as long as folks will buy Chinese over American to save five cents.

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    1. Have you tried to buy American? I do when I can, but less and less stuff is made here.

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  2. I've said this before.
    I like what you say and how you say it.
    Keep doing it...

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  3. Phyllis (N/W Jersey)October 2, 2012 at 6:33 AM

    So true! If the idiots in Washington had to live on what most Americans survive on, we would see a whopping big change in this country.
    I don't think an official's wife has ever spent days peeling apples & peaches for canning just so their family can have fruit in the winter. I say vote 'em all out and start over.

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  4. There was a time when we as Americans did not buy if we could not find or afford it. We did the unheard of thing called building our own.
    A huge problem in todays society is the lack of all round skills. They say that most cannot even read !
    Perhaps an EMP might well be the only cure for our ills. Not likely the folks out there are going to give up their electronic mind draining widgets any other way. Hard to be inventive when one never is required to think.

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    1. The lack of real world skills is amazing. Being able to build your own effectively raised your standard of living.

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  5. That last sentence right there makes a lot of sense - let them grow the economy THAT way.

    I'm learning that turning off the TV and doing small tasks about the house rather than 'buying the fix' makes for interesting times. Frustrating but learning at the same time - kinda cool. And you show something at the end of the day.

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    1. It's a real pleasure to see the fruits of your labor at the end of the day -even if the fruits are slightly bruised.

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  6. No politician has ever "created" a job, but they sure do destroy them at a pretty good pace. They would "create" millions of jobs if they would just get the hell out of the way...

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    1. Congress has done a pretty good job destroying jobs these last few years.

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  7. Well said. It applies here too. Sixbears for President, or Prime Minister...please!

    Seriously, I wish they would actually recognise it, and actually say so. Mind you, so few people seem to be able or willing, to make or fix anything these days. Couple of hours ago, I saw a guy who had put the "wrong" petrol (gas) in his car...he had to get a "specialist" to come and drain his tank for him. Last time my wife did that, I did the job myself.

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    1. Oh no . . . not President! Do I sound too happy?

      Skills are good to have; saves you all kinds of expense and grief.

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  8. Hard to trust a man that has never held a real job!

    I don't think that I have much in common with any of these guys, sad to say!

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    1. Real people don't, as they have to live in the real world.

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