The LuLac Edition #1742, September 5th, 2011
PHOTO INDEX: LABOR DAY AND JOBS.
LABOR DAY AND JOBS
This Labor Day will be punctuated by a great deal of political rhetoric. The GOP will deride President Obama for not creating enough jobs and the Democrats will say that the rich are sitting on the money to create jobs because they are waiting for a Republican President that will end regulations people say are thwarting job creation. You’ll hear that businesses don’t want to hire people because they are afraid of Obama Health Care mandates and need the regulatory shackles loosened.
Here’s my question to American business. And especially businesses here in Luzerne and Lackawanna County. When these shackles or off and you get your “confidence” back, what type of jobs are you going to offer?
Are they going to be the same jobs that were here in the late 90s and into the last decade? Remember those “service” oriented jobs that paid under ten bucks an hour? Or how about Lowe's coming in bragging about the hundred or so jobs at their warehouse facility? They give people 90 day “try outs” (these are young college grads mind you) then on the 89th day say goodbye and then hire a new batch they don’t have to pay benefits for. Are those the jobs the sainted entrepreneurs and business people bring us? How about the Supermarket chain that hires a ton of people but work them just under 26 hours so they can be considered part time? Are those the jobs we are waiting with baited breath for? State Representative Eddie Day Pashinski is fond of saying that people need a living wage. Businesses here have a different definition of "living". From what I’m seeing, when the regulations were off in the Bush years the only jobs created were those that seriously eroded the standard of living in terms of wages for the middle class. And for those workers who were lucky enough to stay and not be fired, their quality of life has suffered because they are slaves to the “having to do more with less” philosophy of the new workplace. So on this Labor Day, don’t tell me American business is not confident, that they have their hands tied and would create more jobs if only they could! American business just wants more and more profits and could give a rat’s ass about the people they employ. I dare people to prove me wrong on this but think back, in the last 15 years what types of jobs did we have in this area when “things were good?” How many $35,000 a year jobs were created when things were booming?
I thought so.