The Nation recently published a piece titled “Your Government Owes You a Job,” written by one Raul Carrillo whose bio says he is a student at Columbia Law and a graduate at Harvard. Those qualifying statements measured after one reads the article can only lead to a couple of conclusions. Either a) any idiot with enough money can purchase an Ivy League degree, b) Ivy league schools only teach using pop-up books, or c) only leftists toeing the party lines come out of the Ivy League schools nowadays. I am leaning towards an amalgam of the three, but let us focus on the article a bit and see if we can’t pick out the stupid.
The article basically says, “…the US government can easily afford a Job guarantee program, becoming our employer of last resort.” Excuse me? The writer goes on to suggest that a job guarantee from the government isn’t radical as it was proposed by Thomas Paine, FDR, deliberated by LBJ and demanded by MLK. It even says that the Senate proposed it in the Humphrey-Hawkins Act, which never made it to the final legislation. He goes on to pontificate and bloviate for several hundred useless words giving pointless examples of other countries, our job works programs that built up most of the country in the 1940’s and some bogus economic voo-doo. He then closes with the fact he believes that a job guarantee is common sense and calls it “justice.” Here is where Raul effed up.
First, you don’t have a right to a job. You have a right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. No one said they were going to leash happiness for you and hand it over so that you could live the American dream without one iota of hard work. Hard work made the American dream come true for people. Secondly, recommending jobs for all would surely do away with the approximately 92 million people that aren’t in the work force and drop that unemployment number to zero.
But who is going to pay for all that? We already have a catch all in place, it is called welfare and we let entirely too many people suckle at that teat, doing nothing. Are we just going to change what we call welfare to a pay check and tell all these people to show up at their appointed jobs, and then tax it? Oh and since you work for the government, you’re going to need to pass that drug test too. It’ll never happen. Much like voter identification, it just isn’t conducive to good ol’ leftists.
Many countries use a mandatory; I mean a guaranteed job function in their society. Just look at this example: “Citizens have the right to work (that is, to guaranteed employment and pay in accordance with the quantity and quality of their work, and not below the state-established minimum), including the right to choose their trade or profession, type of job and work in accordance with their inclinations, abilities, training and education, with due account of the needs of society.” Now where is that from? Oh Yes, the Constitution of the USSR, Article 40.
So if we change our capitalist society to one of socialism, we can do to work what Obamacare is going to do to medicine; force everyone out of the private sector and on to a government program. So they can completely and totally divorce economic conditions and hire the entire United States population to work for the state government.
American Exceptionalism built this country out of many different people all working to better themselves and strive for a dream bigger and better than what they could attain in their homelands. If we adopt a socialist governmental program to give everyone a job and call it justice how well would we fare. I guess we would have the same economic super power prowess that the Soviet Union enjoyed. That is to say, we’d collapse…and we’d deserve it for embracing stupid socialism instead of letting people thrive and pursue happiness on their own, through their own hard work and determination.