Amazing! Truly no one could have anticipated that if you cut government jobs at the federal, state, and local levels at a time when the private sector has made “keeping a lean and cheap labor force …the norm”, that would mean no new jobs would be created!
Shocking, I know. Could you ever imagine? Especially after all of those tax cuts we just gave the “job creators” — which we’ve been told is the magic fairy dust they need to create jobs. What could possibly have gone wrong?
Okay, I’ll kill the sarcasm.
We got home from vacation today. One thing that really stands out after being gone is how incredibly stupid our discourse is. Every TV at DFW was tuned in to CNN and everyone was talking about the sucky August jobs news. And all anyone was talking about was what the Republicans thought of this news, how they have no faith in President Obama’s policies (another shocker, I know, that the opposition party is opposed to the president’s policies. Whodathunkit?). It was all, “how will this affect the 2012 elections,” blahbbedy blah. All spin, all politics, no facts. Nothing about how many government jobs have been lost, how many teachers have been laid off, about the reasons why the August numbers look the way they do. Just, who’s the winner and who’s the loser?
The news in Canada was not like this. In Canada they actually had fact-based discussions about issues. What a strange thing.
Folks, I don’t really care about an election that’s 14 months away right now. I just don’t. I don’t want people calling me for money or asking me to sit in on a phone call with Joe Biden. It’s too early to swing in to campaign mode for me.
Right now I care about people who are out of work, who can’t buy stuff like back to school clothes for the kids and all of the other things that keep the economy chugging along. I care that we’re creating a society that has no place for people in the prime of their working life, where our “human resource” has been devalued to such a degree that we’re basically telling able-bodied citizens to move along, there is no place for them here. This is a tragedy.
But we aren’t talking about that. God forbid.