There is an entire gang of Kerry supporters who continue to stand on their shaky soapboxes, yelling collectively in hoarse high-pitched voices about how Bush has left this country without any viable jobs. To put it bluntly, they make me sick. What's worse are the pathetic and sappy Kerry "A stronger America" commercials with the poor, sad, blonde-haired woman whining about how the only jobs available are paying $8 an hour and "who can live and raise a family off of $8 an hour?". More nauseating are those with the "horror music" playing in the background, damning Bush for his lies about creating jobs in this country. Meanwhile, John Kerry plays the emotional strings of those displaced by outsourcing and the other unemployed like a harp, promising to cut health care costs to benefit small business, and convincing others that his leadership will increase entrepreneurship in America. But most importantly, reminding us all that the evil rich-boy Bush lied.
*Whatever. I could very easily throw around statistics about how evensome sensible Democrats have argued that Kerry simply does not have Bush beat in the area of the economy and jobs. In actuality, America's rebound economically from the events of 9/11 have tremendously exceeded everyone's expectations. Meanwhile, manufacturing is up and unemployment is down. I could discuss how both sides (Democrat and Republican) manipulate statistics to their own benefit, or how the unemployment rate under the Bush administration is 5.4% (point two percent lower than Clinton) and further surmise that that statistic really means nothing since Americans are lazy, and the perceived "lack of jobs" should be examined in light of the fact that the average American lives beyond their means, refuses to take the work that is available, and the middle-class only thinks it needs to make more money because of the burden of consumer debt. I could argue a lot of things, but instead, I'd rather just say, "Tough cookies".
I do not believe it is the government's job to ensure that every American citizen has a means of earning income. In fact, I don't believe that the government is responsible for ensuring that anyone has a job. Earning our keep and being productive on the Earth is our responsibility, and the earth is aplenty with ways to do it.
The biggest problem with the mentality of Americans is they have bought into the "job" mentality. Why do most people get an education? So that they can eventually get a job. We center our profitability as workers around the availability of viable employment. We define "viable employment" as reporting in to a company who will pay us according to our labor or area of expertise. As it goes in America, when there is nothing available that fits the aforementioned description, we determine there to be no work available, file for unemployment and hit the classifieds with an attitude. How incredibly lame and sad.
This is America, the "land of opportunity". Foreigners risk their lives and the lives of their children, running across the highway stretch of 10-lanes of 70 miles per hour traffic with the hopes of gaining entrance into a country that promises them economic success. Others are drowning in large bodies of water because they were convinced that "making it to America" would be a better life for them. Thousands are dying enroute to come and become prosperous in a country who has citizens that haughtily declare "there simply are no jobs". The sad thing is, many of the immigrants here have more work ethic than the average ninny, city-bred American. It always amazes me how people who came here with "nothing" can establish more wealth in 20 years than many Americans can in their whole lifetime.
Here, we live in a completely free market society where people will pay for anything. The market for ideas, ingenuity and prosperity is unmatched. Do you have a unique product idea? Someone is bound to buy it. Do you have a special talent or skill? Someone is bound to pay for it. In fact, you can even stand out on the street singing very badly and put a hat out and people will quite simply give you money. You could write a book in jibberish, and there is a market of individuals who will buy it. In America, we package and sell dirt, water, and rocks. Tell me that's not genius! Someone made millions of dollars because they patented the concept of a doll whose head wiggles back and forth. The success of "bobble-head dolls" is astounding. The growth of the internet leaves endless possibilities for cashflow. Every day, regular nobodies who are dissatisfied with their financial situation are taking advantage of a country that will essentially allow you to do anything for the sake of a dollar. Yet, people continue to contend that there are "no jobs".
As a vivid example of the reality of creating your own market, in theUnited States alone, the Vietnamese community has the entire nail industry on lock--fingernails that is. I don't care what city you go to and what part of town you're in, chances are, you will find a nail salon, and therein will be an entire Vietnamese family, giving pedicures and manicures, and probably making more money than you. I'm not sure when the women of America decided that getting their nails done was more important than paying the light bill, but many Vietnamese families have tapped into a never-fading market: vanity.
Illegal aliens aside, the reality is the immigrant population of America realizes a principle for survival that natives are either too dense, too lazy, too arrogant, too spoiled, or too forgetful to understand: if you don't work, you don't eat. Work can be defined a number of ways. Work does not equal "a job". Anyone can create their own work if they are hungry enough (literally and figuratively). Which often leads me to believe many Americans aren't really hungry. Of course not, we're overweight.
The reality is, most Americans would rather have society hand them the perfect job on a silver platter. That is an unrealistic expectation. The cry of "unemployment" is whiny to me. Considering the country we live in and the opportunities available, there should be no excuses as to why we cannot become independently profitable one way or another, jobs or not. If people can get paid to walk the streets of Manhattan, telling me why I should vote for John Kerry, surely (MOST surely), there is opportunity for all.
*People who believe this are dense and silly.