Sep 03 2013

There’s an old joke that Labor Day is when we celebrate the American worker by taking the day off. But these days, if you have any job, it’s no laughing matter. The staffing company Express Employment Professionals reports that the Labor Force Participation Rate – the percentage of Americans who have a job or are trying to find one - has plunged to a 34-year low. Nearly 90 million Americans have given up and dropped out of the work force. The job picture is even worse for teenagers. In 1999, over 52 percent of Americans age 16 to 19 had summer jobs. This year, it was less than a third. One expert said it’s like a Great Depression for teenagers. In an unprecedented reversal, whether it’s because of Obamacare, uncertainly, taxes or whatever, the economy is creating four part time jobs for every full time job. So maybe, if we want good-paying, full time jobs, our political leaders need to stop working overtime to kill them. And this is the HR

You know, one thing that I think a lot of politicians don’t seem to understand is that a job is more than just a way to put bread on the table. From man’s beginnings as recorded in the book of Genesis, we were hard-wired for labor. God told us to earn our bread by the sweat of our brow. It’s natural for us to want to prove our value by producing. From the time we are children, we imitate our parents in their work. It’s part of our DNA to want to be grown up, and one sure way to feel grown up is to work. That’s why the loss of a job is far, far more than an economic setback. It’s de-humanizing to want to be productive and not be able to. There is pride and dignity in being able to eat a meal that your work provided. In our current economy, a record number of Americans are either unemployed or underemployed—meaning that the job they have is part time or it pays less than is required to meet basic necessities. The CDC studied suicide rates since 1928 and found that they mirrored the economy. Suicides took a big uptick during the Great Depression. They plunged during World War II, and spiked again in the recessions of the mid-70’s and early 80’s. Suicides dropped to their lowest levels ever in the year 2000, when the tech boom dropped unemployment to just 4 percent. But since the dot-com balloon burst, America's suicide rate has been steadily climbing. It’s a stark reminder that employment is more than an economic issue.

Both parties claim to be about jobs. Truth is, jobs aren’t created so much when the government does something as they are when the government stops doing things that put an anchor instead of a life vest around the necks of entrepreneurs. We hear talk about values…but do we value work and the people who do it? Companies should pay employees as generously as they can, because good workers have worth. When taxes are high, it’s a sign that the government disrespects the worker by believing that what it will do with their salary is better than what the person who earned will do. When we see employees as having worth, we will see their work as valuable. That’s the value of work. I believe YOU are valuable and therefore what you DO has value. The President has spent time pushing job-killing Obamacare, money-wasting crony capital investment boondoggles like Solyndra, and side show issues like free birth control, same sex marriage, and late term abortion. Joe Biden might not be able to count very well, but he was right when he said leaders ought to be focused on a simple, three letter word: “Jobs.”

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    09/05/2013 03:09 PM

    great posts from JIM and LORRI !HOW COME regular citizens can recognize these facts but our genius's in charge , who get paid ( and payed well ) to take care of these problems are so BLIND...DEAF AND DUMB ??and MICHAEL, isn't it the truth ! i myself retired early because my job was killing me mentally and physically. i tried to find other employmentbut to no avail ( don't beleive the age discrimination law baloney )! i did lock up ( so i thought) one job as a janitor in our local school system ,only because the administrator liked hockey and finding that out, i kind of let him know i played ( which also proves i am not a whoos), but he quit to move on before the jobs for me and four others went into affect, with the politics in school jobs we were done when he left( un-notified i might add )! AND NOW , after years of paying into SOC. SEC. ( not by choice, but more forced by law ) i am thrown a bone called an ENTITLEMENT !! better than being turned into SOILET GREEN ( remember the HESTON MOVIE )i suppose !

  • Lori Goettsche

    09/05/2013 02:59 AM

    I have been thinking about the jobs situation for some time, and have come to a conclusion that we can solve much of our employment policies by implementing two key pieces of legislation. 1) we have chosen to outlaw slavery in this country, but encourage a form of it in other nations by importing from places where there are basically no standards for safety, wages, or humane treatment. We should not allow goods to be imported into our country that are not produced under the same specifications as they would be here. This would force many manufacturing plants to either move back to the US, or to at least provide humane and safe conditions outside the US. No tariffs, no haggling, just being fair. This would also force us to accept that some of our laws are impractical and prohibitive to successful businesses. 2) Because we have had an outbreak of greed in corporate CEOs, board members, etc, we need to cap their total compensation package to be no more than a specified percentage of the lowest paid individual of that corporation based on what they would make if full-time employed. By tying the two together, the company is free to succeed, but not free to plunder their employees while slathering their upper echelon with golden parachutes and rediculous lifestyles. It would also bring up the wages of the lowest-paid people. The percentage is something that would have to be heavily debated and researched to make it fair and to create motives for those executives to perform well. I am perfectly comfortable with a generous salary for hard-working execs. They deserve to benefit from good management decisions, but they should not benefit from bad ones as has been seen more in the past decade. I share these ideas to perhaps start a grassroots movement, please feels free to pass them along.

  • Michael Demoret

    09/04/2013 11:35 AM

    Mike, I am sad to say I am one who dropped out and decided I could earn more by taking early Social Security, which is earned income on my part, but the feds have turned it into un-earned. I decided to take this option as I can work a part time job at $10.00 to my max level and earn more than full time jobs I have been able to find the past few yrs of a man my age. Make no mistake I am comfortable at my current rate of pay but I certainly would have liked to have been able to put about 4 more years in of a decent wage to boost my SS income at 66. Now I am faced with 80k of student loans to pay of sending my children to college and an income of 32k a yr. This is not a whining blog but rather, hopefully an educational one to many out there.


    09/03/2013 08:29 PM

    sadly, you hear more and more people say " as long as i can collect unemployment , i cant afford to take one of the jobs available " ! WE , as a country , should have known where the USA was heading when the recreation industry became one of the " BIG THREE " years ago!when the UNITED STATES shifted from a MANUFACTURING country to a SERVICE country, employment doom was on the horizon ! did the bigwigs in charge think for a moment that the rest of the world was going to be satisfied doing the dirty hard work, while we sat at a desk in a soft chair doing the glory stuff for the big money ? and then when we (US), started to teach students from everywhere else at our colleges, did we not suspect we were putting a noose around our own necks? years ago there was a underground type paper called " THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE ". a coworker at that time recieved it and shared it with me on occasion. i remember an issue from a ( not so long period...a year at most ) time after the NAFTA TREATY went into force. there were 4 large pages of fine print listings of companies that left the USA for MEXICO !it was scary ,to say the least, to look at. and this was long before the poop really hit the question always haunts my mind these days....WHY DO SO MANY ILLEGALS COME HERE , WHEN SO MANY JOBS WENT THERE ?

  • Jim Burns

    09/03/2013 06:58 PM

    Good Evening Governor Huckabee: I enjoyed your Fox network show last Sunday night about jobs. However, I think you left out an important topic that is blocking people from getting a job. That,sir, is affirmative action. Many companies now have to hire according to quotas and the white male is always the last on anybodys list to be hired. A black female can walk in the door nowadays and get a job right off the bat. Affirmative action has seen to it that the first to be considered are black females, then a black male, then hispanic, then asia-pacific. Racism and sexism in America thanks to affirmative action has not been eradicated, it has been institutionalized. Race and sex now decides who gets a job. I think you should do a program about that. One good guest would be former Reagan Attorney General Ed Meese who has written extensively about the harm that affirmative action has done to American society. I could go on Governor but I know you have other comments to read. Thanks for your time..Take care..Jim Burns

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