September 7, 2020

We hear a lot of talk from politicians about values…but do we truly value work and the people who do it?

Companies should pay employees as generously as they can, because good workers have worth. This is why you should always be skeptical of any politician who claims to “care” about workers, but also wants to raise taxes, both on workers and businesses. 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 it will do. When we see employees as having worth, we see their work as valuable. That’s the value of work. I believe YOU are valuable and therefore what you DO has value.

I think a lot of politicians don’t understand 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. There is pride and dignity in sitting down to a meal that your work provided.

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 after the dot-com bubble burst, America's suicide rate began steadily climbing. Recently, because of the endless shutdowns forcing people not to be able to go back to work, we’re seeing a new spike in suicides.

It’s a stark reminder that employment is more than an economic issue. Good jobs and rewarding labor save lives by making us feel that we're valued and needed. A government handout might provide bare sustenance, but it doesn’t feed the soul. It only demoralizes us.

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  • Carl T Smith

    09/10/2020 08:32 PM

    This is what the Communist Manifesto pushed as necessary to win! The Problem is Radical Islam is much Larger and makes 'Disappearing' look like Child Play! Are there enough UN-Indoctrinated American Patriots to Salvage the Republic?

  • Kenneth Brack

    09/08/2020 06:10 AM

    I lost my job as a software developer during the Great Recession. For 2 1/2 years I had no income from work. We had enough money saved to meet our needs during that time. It was the feeling of uselessness that was crushing. I tried to start my own business and although it got nowhere, it sustained my spirit for a year. A volunteer job that took just 4 hours a week was a God send. It gave me a feeling of worth that nothing else could. Thanks, Mike, for your very accurate insights on work.

  • Carol Mathews

    09/08/2020 12:54 AM

    you do not appreciate or value that which you have not invested in. When you put yourself into something, give it your all, then you have "skin" in the game. Government handouts never raise the spirit or feeds the soul like working and seeing something you have accomplished. Employment is rising because we are not paying people to stay home like the $600 a week. The Republicans are right in cutting to a more reasonable rate and even at that, for many parts of the country, $400 is more than they were getting working. Not saying that is right or low pay, you work your way to better but you can't walk out your parents home they worked for for 30 years and expect to walk into your own the same and go up from there. You will not respect or value what you have not worked for yourself as much as a handout.

  • Judith Zohn

    09/07/2020 07:24 PM

    I am 78 years old and recently lost my job. Florida is 12 weeks and 275 max compensation. Governor Desantis declined to put in his $100 share on President Trumps Executive Order for an additional $300 and then restricted the compensation to only those job losses due to Covid. I am among many who cannot survive on the pathetic compensation Florida offers. President Trump meant for all who are unemployed to receive the assistance. I am so disappointed.

  • Dianne Kirkpatrick

    09/07/2020 04:00 PM

    I’d rather earn a living than live off others. But I don’t want the government taking my hard earn money out of my hands to give to those who refuse to work. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe in helping others... but ‘feed a man a fish you’ve fed him for the day, teach a man to fish you’ve fed him for life.’ Is more how I believe in helping others.

  • Sheryl Titone

    09/07/2020 03:58 PM

    Thank you Mr. Huckabee! Everything you said here is very well said!! I mostly attribute our work ethics to our generation, the Baby Boomer generation. We rock, don't we?!

  • Susan Claire Hammer

    09/07/2020 03:03 PM

    I’m an owner of an Aerospace Hardware Company. We employ about 20 people, several are students at ASU West campus studying to be engineers. We have 2 that are studying to be a medical doctors. We employ based on ability and work ethic, regardless of color, gender or ethnicity. The PPP Grant allowed us to pay all our employees and allowed us to remain open. The past 2 Quarters we have lost revenue as our business is dependent on the airline industry and we don’t expect a turnaround for the next 3 years as our hardware is on new aircraft from Boeing and Airbus. Still we remain optimistic and pray daily for our President to continue to lead us and revitalize our economy. TRUMP2020!

  • Shirley Roberts

    09/07/2020 02:49 PM

    Happy Labor Day to you, Sir. I hope you enjoy a day of rest and spend NO time thinking of the ding a lings in our nation. BUT a great big thanks for all you do to help enlighten the citizens in a clear-worded treatise each day. I am grateful to have your message....also many thanks for your scripture of the day...I figure you ar4e one of the Lord's angels, saints, emissaries, warriors who can help our nation. Thanks again. Sending sterile, cyberspace hugs...

  • Wayne C Ortner

    09/07/2020 10:01 AM

    Mike Henry Ford actually started unions so that his workers could have fair hearing and ideas to make his company better, unfortunately like government greed took over with big union bosses wanting more. corruption snuck in and the ideas of fair employment was lost. Wages and health care came with a "condition" . many strikes in early days were over wages. We would not have "40 hour work weeks, vacations and decent retirement with out them. But even now we see they (Union Bosses) apparently backing the communist party instead of their workers opinions.

  • Jeff Felter

    09/07/2020 10:01 AM

    Your words are almost right out of the Anglican Prayer Book!
    We need you in the Episcopal Church!
    Thanks for making the loud and clear argument for honest labor.