This is an exchange I had on FB. I am taking out the other person’s name, but I have indicated the break in the two conversations. What a shame it has come to this.
Oh, well, problem solved. We will never get an infrastructure repaired because no-one wanted to follow the jobs. OK.
Are any of you familiar with the movie Serenity? Because there was a bit in it to explain River, and what she learned about Miranda. It was a booming society where people lived in peace, and the government decided to make them happy. So they filtered their air and their food with a combination of Pax (as in Paxil) with another ingredient, and everyone got so happy, and so somnolent, that they laid down and died, starvation and other things, because they had no will to do anything any longer. About ten percent of them, though, turned into Reivers, who would go about attacking ships, raping people to death, skinning them alive, and then eating them. It wasn’t until Mal and his people discovered this that the mistakes of the government that didn’t want to deal with the people that they just let them have to live this way.
In this case, though, the universe was so big that not everyone was affected, and it was repaired.
Unfortunately, it sounds like if this is true, people are not going to get up and do things for themselves – they don’t want any help that requires them to do anything for themselves – they will be happy to see the country die rather than make anything better. So those of us who remember what it was to work and make our own way are going to soon die of old age, and the rest will be killed off by having no health care.
Comment I was reacting to:
Infrastructure would be a fabulous idea, but no one is entertaining it. I think that’s because many Congress members have realized something that has been slowly dawning on me this year:
People don’t want to go to the jobs. They want the jobs to come to them.
My ex’s grandfather, for instance, helped build the 5 Fwy. That required moving from Mexico to Canada as the freeway was constructed, depending on where his particular part of the construction job took him. He left his family behind in Fresno, going to visit them when he could.
My grandfather and father installed lighting in places everywhere from Pershing Square to the Coronado Bridge, at the Hollywood Bowl, in Red Skelton’s studio, in San Francisco and New York and points in between. They were management, so they got to come home to us in L.A. more often than most (and L.A. was booming, so many of the projects were there and they could drive home at night), but they often had to go away for weeks at a time.
My great-grandfather ran out of farming work in the Midwest and moved to Colorado, where my great-grandmother wound up running a boarding house for miners (My great-grandfather died making the trip). My maternal grandfather had his farm fail in Iowa and moved his family to Long Beach and then Pasadena (during the Great Depression!) and wound up becoming an accountant for a dairy. We have a ton of jobs here in California that people who are already here don’t want to do. Planting and harvesting our crops, for example. That’s probably no harder work (and much healthier) than digging coal out of the ground. Yet I don’t see a mass migration from West Virginia to California.
And the people who are going on about the manufacturing plants just need to get a clue. They have been replaced by robots. Their former jobs are as relevant to modern society as a blacksmith who repairs medieval armor. They need to learn how to do something else and move wherever it is those jobs need to be done. For instance, states with a lot of sun are figuring out how to harvest solar power, those with a lot of wind are looking to wind power, those with too much water–maybe they could figure out how to harvest water power or do something else with that water?
Lacking innovation, the willingness to move, and/or the willingness to retrain in another field, things are simply going to remain stuck between a 4-5% unemployment rate. (We were heading down to 3% in L.A. in April, and I think we’re even lower than that now with the entertainment industry booming again. We’d be doing even better if the Federal government would get its nose out of our tourism industry. There are “help wanted” jobs all over the place. They are simply part time and without benefits. Welcome to the Free Market.