A Three Letter Word

Aug 06 2013

Is half a job better than none?...The left keeps waving around studies claiming that the looming, expensive Obamacare mandates aren’t really making employers shift to part time workers, as people like me have been warning for years. Well, those studies came from early in the year. The closer the deadline comes, the more we see the effect. And putting off the mandates until after next year’s elections might not make much difference, since unlike government, businesses have to plan for future obstacles to survive. What we’re seeing now is an undeniable trend toward part time jobs. In July, the economy added 162,000 jobs. That’s disappointing enough. But 60 percent were in low-paying sectors like restaurants and temp firms, and many were part time. In fact, since March, America has added just 187,000 full time jobs, compared to 791,000 part time jobs. There’s nothing wrong with a part time job, and if you do it well, maybe you can be promoted to full time. But first, our politicians have to stop working full time to make full time jobs an endangered species. 

You know, one thing that I think a lot of our leaders, especially on the left, 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 work. God told us to earn our bread by the sweat of our brow. It is 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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  • Robyn Kay Parker

    08/07/2013 09:00 AM

    I read somewhere that a Florida senator is proposing a bill that employers can only hire FT workers so they can't avoid Obamacare. I haven't heard anything else about it since I read that. Do you know anything about it?

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