Mike Huckabee News
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.”