“Jobs Americans won’t do.” Interesting phrase isn’t it.
Thinking back through my own work life I can’t recall a job I wouldn’t do if it meant a paycheck was the light at the end of the tunnel. I washed dishes. Bagged groceries. Stocked shelves. More than once I worked as a janitor and I guarantee the public restrooms I cleaned were immaculate after I got done with them.
One of the coolest jobs I had was working for a company that did the floors in malls after hours. We’d go in around 11 pm, and we’d strip, wax, and buff the floors inside the mall however long it took, just as long as we were done before the mall opened the next morning. It was kind of cool being in the mall with everything closed and no more than a handful of us working in there.
I worked on loading docks. Drove forklifts. Built and installed fluorescent lighting arrays. Worked as a jack of all trades at a place where I did anything from Mr. Fix It-level carpentry to running a van-sized machine called an autoclave. I worked an assembly line making dashboards for school buses as well as computer monitor housings back when computer monitors were big bulky things and flat screens weren’t even on the drawing board.
I’ve turned wrenches. I’ve placed the red probe and black probe of an electronics test meter on two parts of a circuit and measured various electronics parameters to figure out why gizmos didn’t do what gizmos were supposed to do. I’ve painted – not the artsy kind but the “hey, we need this entire section done before sundown so chop-chop” kind.
By sheer physical strength I’ve hand-carried items off more than 100 pallets into storage warehouses.
There are two houses on Sibley Street in Augusta, Georgia I helped build.
And of course, I’ve done some information technology work too. One of my best friends, a guy that immigrated into the United States from an Asian nation back in the 1980s, started out picking fruit and vegetables for whatever it paid out on the west coast.
If there really are jobs Americans won’t do, it seems to be a generational thing. If we have reached a point where a generation of Americans won’t clean public toilets or pack lettuce in a field, then we’ve got problems.
The most obvious problem? Americans think they are above doing dirty, gross, physically demanding work.
The less obvious problem? If we are to believe that we need DACA and an open southern border so that employers have uninhibited access to cheap labor, we are then just a rung above being a slavery economy; reminiscent of a remittance economy.
You’ve never heard of a remittance economy have you?
There are two sides to remittance economies. Take for example, the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In the UAE, you will never find a UAE citizen doing hard manual labor. They will occupy the professional trades and some of the technical occupations. But if they need to dig up a street in Abu Dhabi to fix the sewage system, it will be a bunch of dudes from India, Pakistan, or the Philippines that do the actual work. They do it because the UAE will house them in dorms while they work under contract in the UAE. They send their paychecks back to their families in their home countries because the money is better in the UAE than the places they come from. They are essentially doing the jobs the Emirs that make it the UAE won’t do.
To borrow from Barack Obama and all his sycophants: “Is this who we are?”. In a lot of ways, it already is.
I’ve worked alongside illegals before and most of them were sending their paychecks back to El Salvador and Guatemala. Interesting that the left wants to turn this into an officially sanctioned government program, not at all unlike what goes on in the remittance world.
If we aren’t a remittance economy maybe we’ve become the United Catholic States of America.
Understand, I have no beef with the Catholic variation of Christianity. I’m a Protestant. I have family members that are Catholic. There are some aspects of Catholic Mass I enjoy. So I’m cool with Catholicism.
I’m perplexed though that Charlie Rose and Dick Durbin seem hung over how Catholicism squares with certain Trump-affiliates.
Maybe I missed something but, did the so-called separation of church and state cease to be a thing and, as a result, Senators and low-rent commentators must now probe the theological mindset of public officials?
There’s a name for this…hmmm, what is it. Oh, I know: Iran.
In the most unreported news as of late, Bill Nye the so-called science guy, is suing Disney. Why? Evidently Disney didn’t give him his cut of earnings reaped from Bill Nye the Science Guy. Disney made almost $30 million off the show. Nye says he only received $500,000 instead of the $9 million he was owed.
Do you notice something really weird about these six, seven, and eight figure dollar amounts?
Bill Nye the Science Guy was a PBS TV show.
As in the same PBS that pulls out all the stops to raise money once or twice a year by asking for your donation.
The same PBS that sells stupid decals and handbags to that progressive in the neighborhood also dumb enough to fork out $3,000 to get a signed copy of Hillary’s new book.
The same PBS that inhales untold millions in taxpayer dollars so that flim-flam operators like Bill Nye can launch extraordinarily lucrative careers preaching the leftist gospel that is climate change and killing old people.
How the @#!% did Disney earn almost $30 million and how does Nye think he’s owed a cut?