Thanks to the policies enacted by our dear leaders in D.C., the economy continues its miraculous resurgence. Unemployment continues to drop, coming in at 7.6 percent for March. The number of long-termed unemployed, those who have gone at least 27 weeks without working, was “little changed” (hooray!), and at 4.6 million they comprise only 40 percent of those unemployed. There were 88,000 new jobs created, while 496,000 people dropped out of the workforce, bringing the labor participation rate to its lowest point since 1979. Those of us old enough can recall soaring energy prices and stagflation with genuine fondness. Relations with Iran certainly have never been better. It seems the golden days have returned!
I hope young people today appreciate how good they have it, particularly those who are college graduates. With the economy humming along, there is no shortage of great jobs available to those who are willing to do a little work to pay off the enormous debt they’ve incurred from student loans. Just yesterday it was reported that a McDonald’s in Massachusetts was seeking a cashier with a bachelor’s degree and two years of experience. If one were looking for a mark of genuine prosperity, this is truly it.
With half of recent college grads unemployed or underemployed, I hope at least one of those lazy bums gets off the couch and gets to work. But I don’t have much hope that American workers will show any initiative (Don’t get me started on those worthless teenagers, or Americans without college degrees, who only want to sit around and collect welfare). We all know, because the U.S. Chamber, the AFL/CIO, and the Gang of Eight tell us so, that there is a chronic shortage of labor in this country because there are two types of jobs in this country: those Americans won’t do and those they can’t do.
Thankfully, McDonald’s doesn’t have to worry. The manager can just hire a J-1 worker. That seems to have worked out well in the past. Or even better, the position could be classified as “data entry” and an H-1B worker brought in to do the job. We all know that these positions afford workers a well-paid career in the fast-food industry, which is why it is so great that these types of jobs have accounted for nearly 60 percent of recent job growth. Just the other day, fast-food workers spontaneously gathered outside a Mickey D’s in Manhattan to serenade their employer.
I keep hearing politicians say the “immigration system” is broken. With all the great news on the economic front, it seems to me the system is going gangbusters. The only thing that would make it better would be to grant amnesty to 12 million illegal aliens people residing in the country without permission. That would free Americans from having to do the jobs they aren’t doing anyway so that they could go to college and get a job as a cashier at McDonald’s.
Call the members of the Gang of Eight today! Tell them how much you appreciate all that they are doing for American workers.