A few days ago:
The Los Angeles Times says retail work and selling cell phones are considered low-skill jobs. Having spent a few of my working years in retail work, I can say fairly that there is nothing low-skill about it. And even after 47 years in the workforce, including some “highly-skilled” jobs, I couldn’t sell a cell-phone even today. Or a computer. When I go to buy a computer this year, I want a “highly-skilled” retail employee to help me get what I want, and need.
Maybe a retail worker isn’t the highest paid employee, but I am going to need that person a lot more than any CEO, CFO, or other highly-paid top-of-the-company suit.
One thought I’ve had listening to all the speeches about entrepreneurship and success is that if every single person opens a business, who are their customers. I think that having a job that can support you and your family, and you enjoy it, is worth having.
Do you like retail work? Do it well. Can’t afford college? We still need manufacturing jobs, and people to do them. We still need men and women willing to build roads and bridges, to paint houses, to plant gardens, to build houses and buildings, to repair appliances, even to cook and to be waiters and bartenders, and to clean houses. No job is trivial as long as you do your best for it, get paid decently so you can support yourself and your family, and will supply you with dignity. And every customer you have should recognize that and treat you with respect, no matter what their station is in life.
Barack Obama has indeed presided over a nation where private enterprises have added 4.5 million jobs to the economy. He even saved jobs with the motor industry when he saved several car companies from failing with loans. Last night, after the first day of the DNC was over, I heard pundits saying it was true about the jobs made, but pointed out that 5 million jobs were lost. Well, I want to point out that the majority of those jobs were in government, in education, and in needed jobs like police departments and fire fighters. Those jobs were pretty much taken out by governors, pretty much most of them Republican Governors, by state, in an effort to limit President Barack Obama to one term – to try and make people mad at him over the economy.
Had Barack Obama been supported by the Congress of these past four years, there would have been lots of jobs available in infrastructure, which would help suppliers, which would help people pay their mortgages and buy food for their families, and get off of unemployment. So don’t blame Obama if you haven’t got a job. Blame Congress, who sat on their hands in their effort to make Obama a one-term president – people like Mitch McConnell and John Boehner and Eric Cantor, who I think are treasonous for putting their own personal agendas ahead of the American people.
I hope there are not too many people who are too “proud” to take less than prestigious jobs, read CEOs and power-suited men and women who don’t really work, but pay employees to make all the money in the world they can for them. Who probably don’t pay the best wages either, while they are getting rich.
There will be plenty of jobs available with Obama re-elected. Or do you think Mitt Romney, while claiming he will provide 2 million jobs (or was that 200 million jobs), plans to do it by proposing infrastructure jobs, which he would expect Congress to give him, even while denying Obama.
There is something wrong with a Congress that would defeat Obama at every turn, while sitting by and planning to pass the exact same things, as long as he doesn’t get the credit.
Think about it.
Carol Stepp, Austin, TX