Jobs and the work ethic


In an article written by Dan Paul in the Daily Press Lifestyles section on July 2, 2014, called Work Ethic, Mr. Paul suggests employers are doing you a favor by hiring you (last paragraph). Stop the myth, I disagree. An old adage was expressed in the John Wayne movie McClintock (1963) that went something like this, “a fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay, no one is doing anyone a favor, everyone holds their head high.” This is an agreement between two parties; the employer who needs a job done or service provided and the future employee who is looking for the work. Today though there is a third party to this agreement, the government. They are not present when the negotiation occurs; but they dictate and take from both sides whether either side like it or not. Ayn Rand some 60 years or more ago wrote, “when those that produce have to get permission from those that don’t, our society is doomed.” How true this is becoming?

I’m surprised that a past school administrator would suggest “hiring as a favor” to our young people. Beyond that, the workplace is far different today and what’s required may be prohibitive for some young people to “just take a job” (based on the society we created by our vote or lack there of). Today our young people have to deal with many concerns we did not have and should be taught to consider the mandates the government has in this agreement; such as the Social Security tax (6.2 percent), Medicaid tax (1.45 percent), income tax (8 percent or more), student loans (based on societies need for a more highly educated workforce), and now the Affordable Care Act that will take from their wage before they receive even the first penny for the effort they have put forth. Is this what you call freedom Mr. Paul? Don’t you see their current and future sacrifice? Did they create the debt and burden on our society today? What’s the future for them look like?

Our country has never guaranteed jobs Mr. Paul; they came about by those that chose to invest and create business and by individuals who stood-up for their rights, in a country where law and individual freedoms were held sacred.

They came about because of the foresight and vision of many and the risk they chose to take to succeed.

Our young people have an uphill battle to overcome in order to exist in today’s world, a hill created by societies past demands, government and politicians whose concern was not the people, and over the last 20 or so years a debt that’s not been paid. We should be teaching and helping them in this battle, not belittling them. When I was young it was my parents who taught us ethics, manners and the importance of dress. Society and government seemed more responsible and accountable for their actions back then.

We live in a different world today and generations think differently. Instead of belittling these young people let’s start communicating with them and let’s remove the laws and government that stand in the way of their future and ours. As the adults, let’s take responsibility for what they will inherit because of us (deep debt), do something to clean up the mess we created and as families, let’s teach them what they need to know to get by in this society. In my opinion, this will require change.

Do you Mr. Paul believe this can occur today in the polarized world that has been created by us? Where will their future jobs come from in this age of technology?”

Past small business owner, small business manager, current student, and senior citizen.

Peter Mark