I’m not a teacher, fireman or police officer, but I’m out of work. I’m a guy who used to work in the lending division of a local bank. I scored credit reports. It was a good job with promise of advancement, but I was let go because there’s so little business. There’s so little business because your policies and their sanctioning by your Democrat colleagues have crushed the life out of private enterprise in America.
In my neighborhood there are two firemen, one cop and four teachers. They all have jobs. None was laid off for any reason during the last four years. The firemen make between $80,000 and $120,000 a year plus overtime and their pensions. The cops do about the same with overtime. The teachers don’t do so well, but they only work nine months out of the year. Like I say, they all have their jobs and none has ever been threatened with losing them.
I don’t begrudge them what they have except that a lot of what I used to earn went to pay them and fund their pensions. It’s just that every time I hear you talking about more public sector jobs, including teachers, firemen and police, I wonder what you’re thinking when so few of us unemployed are firemen, cops and teachers. I guess I want to know: What about the rest of us?
What about the office worker?
What about the junior accountant?
What about the factory worker?
What about the people in those jobs you just don’t hear about every day, the ones who work for small companies that turn out products as obscure as aglets and services as arcane as palliative care? Why is it you never mention those people? Is it because they are in the private sector, a part of the economy you think is “doing just fine”? Well, we’re not doing “just fine.” We’re doing very poorly. All the hiding of your head in the sand and declarative statements to the contrary won’t make that truth any less true.
Either you are wholly removed from the reality of our plight, or you are as cynical a human being as could possibly exist. There are no jobs where we need them, and that is a fact of life, a life you have encouraged at the same time as you’ve ladened us with debt we cannot pay. It is as if you stole our credit cards and ran them out just at the time we could least afford to pay them off.
When your surrogate, David Axelrod tried to explain how hiring more teachers, firemen and cops would help the economy, I understood where he was going. It was the same place as Nancy Pelosi when she said unemployment would help the economy as would food stamps. What I couldn’t understand was how they could actually make such ridiculously stupid statements and get away with it. Policemen, firemen, teachers, food stamps, unemployment…it all comes out of one pocket, the private sector’s. If the private sector does not have the money to pay those people and fund those programs there is no possibility of stimulating the economy even as indirectly as brain-dead hippies like you, Axelrod and Pelosi might be suggesting. The entire concept is so crazy it makes us all wonder how long we might last as a viable nation with people like you in charge. I mean, if you can’t see how what you are suggesting simply won’t work, then you and your minions are as dumb as you all think you’re smart.
The public sector is a cancer, pure and simple. In its rightful form, it is a manageable cancer, but let it grow and it will devour its host…which is precisely what you are advocating. We do not need more public sector employees for two very good reasons, there are 20 million already and not enough money coming from taxpayers to subsidize their jobs…because there’s NO MORE MONEY at all. Do you get that?
Some people hate you. I pity you for your lack of value. All your life the system has been there to prop you up and push you along. And yet, ironically, it was the private sector that financed your life, education and community organizing. But you’ve convinced yourself you got where you are by dint of your intelligence, when the truth is you’re just another mediocre product of a liberal government, and that is why no other conclusion can be made about the level of your intelligence for there are none so stupid as those who will not understand, especially that which is put before them in unequivocal fashion such that no one, not the dullest of wit could misunderstand.
We need jobs in the private sector, and only the private sector, but you just can’t seem to see that. In the end it comes down to this: You are a failure, not because you tried, but because you didn’t, and you didn’t because you just don’t know how.
Unemployed in Upstate, NY