This editorial is absolutely correct that unemployment amongst America's
youth poses a serious threat to national well-being. Something must change.What must change, and change now, is the current left wing government.
Left wing policies have destroyed the economy. This fact, combined with the
left's discouraging of a strong work ethic amongst youth, has made it much
harder for youth who want to work to find a job.As a result of
leftist policies, society is confronted by vast hordes of unemployed youth who
do little more than play video games and listen to vulgar music on Ipods. If
this does not change immediately, America will be faced with an epidemic of
crime, addiction, and immorality never before seen.
This was predictable. Darn that min. wage! It's ruining
everything! How dare these kids want workers comp! they should be
paid pennies with more benefits and be happy with it! I wish we
could go to the good'ol days when kids worked for 16 hours without breaks
and were paid pennies. Ahhhhhhh how much better they were than today... It would
keep kids off video games and from acting promiscuous. Kids would be too tired
to do those things or play their music up loud! We could drastically
cut education funding, since kids working in factories all day wouldn't
have time or energy to be in a classroom.
The biggest threat to teenager employment is senior citizen employment.People are living longer and working longer.There was a time when
you could count on old people to retire and open up jobs for others - now those
old people just keep working.You can blame the lack of job openings
for teenagers on minimum wage all you want, but the truth of the matter is, no
matter what the pay rate - $0.09 or $9.00 an hour - most companies are going to
hire the most qualified person they can get, which is usually going to be the
senior citizen.Additionally, companies are not going to hire
employees they don't need - and half the time companies are more concerned
with the bottom line and aren't going to hire all the employees they do
need, regardless of the pay rate. Companies have found that they can get by
with a minimum of employees and the crappy customer service that goes along with
that - they are not going to hire more employees and take an unnecessary hit on
their bottom line. Changes to minimum wage will not affect any of
Our no reg. capitalist economomy is structurally loused up with wealth being
transfered from workers to owners. Jobs are decline and the wealth a job brings
decline. It is going to take a structural change to fix, either a new deal
solution from the left or alternativly a redistribution of private ownership so
that more of us make our money from owning stocks, investments or property.
Maybe this unemployment problem can be solved by bringing in more illegals.
Obviously there is not enough competition for unskilled labor.
The economic recovery. Just what do you think we are recovering from?? George
Bush and the dissasterous 8 years of the biggest mistake in american history.
Tracking Spain will likely give us the path we're likely to head on this
issue. Hint: it doesn't look pretty.
Although not mentioned, one of the biggest contributors to youth unemployment is
illegal immigration. Our leaders refuse to clamp down on illegal immigration
while most of the lower paying entry jobs are being taken by illegal adults and
youth who have acquired fraudulent identifications. Many don't even need
to get the fake ID because some citizens and employers hire them on day jobs and
pay cash under the table.It makes one wonder about the the extent of
damage we are unknowingly doing to our society and our citizens by continuing to
be 'compassionate' with our illegal guests.
@JCSIt seems that your answer to everything gone wrong in this
country is the "leftist policies of the current administration." Need I
remind you that the economy crashed and a recession set in at the end of a
Republican administration, not because of the current administration. While I
do believe that the current administration has not done enough to kickstart the
economy, I find your constant whining about President Obama and his
"socialist" policies both irritating and old.Economies are
cyclical, they rise and fall. There are fundamentals in the economy that
neither Democrats or Republicans administrations or Congress and Legislatures
can control, such as personal debt. Such as what employers are willing to pay
employees. Such as a dozen or more other things. I also find your
comment that "vast hordes" of youth do "little more than play video
games and listen to vulgar music on iPods" rather insulting. I see that
comment as being quite out of touch. Youth in my day played Atari and listened
to Walkmans and society still suprisingly continued to function. I see a lot of
youth today working and others who are looking hard for jobs.
Youth are very creative when given a challenge. The traditional jobs may not be
there, but they are adaptable enough that if many parents would stop giving
teens everything they want I bet they could find employment. My own
kids have raised chicken and sold organic brown eggs, one of my sons worked as a
"fiber technician" (our term for his job)- measuring and cutting fabric
at a local fabric store. Our kids have made and sold clay nativities and wood
toys at local festivals, etc. Find out what your kids are good at and
figure out a way they can make money doing it. Determination,
encouragement and creativity will reap more success. Blame does no good -
minimum wage, illegals, senior citizens - whatever!