Published: Tuesday, Oct. 29 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT
Good. Send 'em to North Dakota. There's good work; hard, cold, windy,
hot. Outside. Physical. Night shift. And it comes with an expectation. Show up.
At your age, you shouldn't need a sick day for 10 or 15 years. There is no
such thing as a smoke break. Americas idle youth need jobs now. Go get one.
Yes, our government should be setting policy to create jobs! Yet,
our beloved law makers are more focused on hurting President Obama and taking
the American economy to the brink to stop ONE law that has passed Congress, was
upheld in the U.S. Supreme Court AND re-affirmed by the American people in the
past election.The GOP has become such a loose canon with its zeal to
stop Obama and ObamaCare, it has created significant instability in the U.E.
economy and businesses are hunkering down, not investing into new innovations or
businesses initiatives -- and not hiring people. What businesses
need is a stable, predictable government and marketplace to make bets on the
future. It can't with a TEA party-GOP minority, ready to create havoc in
the American economy at will.
What a bunch of ideological bunk.
It's good that people are noticing the lack of employment opportunities for
youth, but blaming Obamacare is a superficial grasp for excuses, at best; at
worst, it masks the underlying problem. If companies don't
need employees who are more expensive, who thinks they want to hire additional
less expensive employees? Think this through - if you're
getting the work done with N number of employees, it makes no sense to employ
more workers, just because they're cheaper. That's a prescription for
workers standing around, bored, marginally productive. This is asking for
problems that any manager will tell you are unnecessary.The causes
are much deeper, and they have to do with how technology has enabled much
greater productivity. If you own a business, and can get the work done with 5
employees using heavier amounts of technology, why would you give up that
technology to hire 20 workers?People who want answers beyond the
cheap & repetitive political points to be found on talk radio should look at
the work done by MIT professors McAfee and Brynjolfsson. The solution is
unclear, but the causes are right there in black and white.
"I need to get a job so I can get good health insurance."-said no 18-24 year old ever.Even before the ACA mandated that
children can stay on their parents' insurance until age 26, earning money
to pay for health insurance was not an incentive for anyone in that demographic
to get a job. It's just not on the minds of young adults.The
rest of this In Our Opinion was great, however. What an alarming statistic, 15
percent of young adults unemployed.
...and nary a word in this story about illegal aliens taking low-skilled entry
level jobs cutting grass, busing dishes, making beds, picking fruit...When
will we make the connection between this amnesty nonsense and our native labor
problems?Sure these are jobs Americans won't do...for the amount they
pay in a flooded labor market.
America's idle youth are neither affected by the ACA nor immigrants. They
are affected by expectations of high reward for their lazy efforts. Parents let
them live at home, and don't expect them to get a job. You think the
government is the problem? It starts at home.
Congrats on understanding the harm of the minimum wage. The true minimum wage is
always $0. Setting a higher one just prices people lacking skills out of a job.
Get rid of the minimum wage and OVERNIGHT you'll have many more people
employed. People will be able to enter the workforce and gain skills that will
allow them to improve their wage.
I agree with Moderate and AT - enough said
"People will be able to enter the workforce and gain skills that will allow
them to improve their wage."A common rationalization for paying
Eleven states now have more people on welfare than working? Baloney. This
nonsense comes from a Forbes article that actually said eleven states have more
people dependent on government than private workers. That included local and
federal workers, social security recipients, and Medicaid recipients. The
author of the article said when asked about the email "Baldwin told us in an
interview that what he reported and what the email says “are not the same
thing at all.”.Keep it up though MM you may get something
right at some time.
I am sensing hypocrisy here. Just two days ago the DN published an article by
Marjorie Cortez encouraging more visas for non-seasonal farm and ranch workers.
These are jobs that these young adults could take, but they don't because
of low wages, and hard work. Higher wages would make it easier for these workers
to do the hard work. Not all of them are lazy. Not only agriculture
jobs are being filled by cheap foreign labor, but so also are many of the
unskilled jobs formally held by this age group, creating an over supply of labor
and depressed wages. "Proponents of a minimum wage increase ignore the fact
that the law of supply and demand cannot be repealed." There would be no
need for a minimum wage if there was not an over supply of unskilled labor.There are also proposals to increase the number of skilled foreign
workers, such as the STEM jobs. Rather than allow an increase of wages due to a
shortage of workers, employers turn to foreign labor to depress wages. When the
wages are high enough American students will get the training necessary for
Didn't the DN just have an article saying that the agriculture industry
needs more jobs?We have the labor force, too bad these kids
don't have the humility or work ethics to take those jobs. Their idle
hands could be replaced with productive work that would teach them skills that
would last a lifetime.
Your views are laughably predictable. The biggest single factor in discouraging
employment figures for young workers is the lack of purchasing power in the
middle class. This diminished purchasing power has been caused by the 2008
collapse of course, but also by the shift of wealth to the upper end - a well
known and documented process, to which process you are completely oblivious. As
this drags on and on, and it will, new forms of socialism will become
attractive, but socialists need to step up to the plate (note: we are not
Based on the logic of this article, I guess that GOP-backed corporate America is
doing all it can to support the national economy by refusing to ship jobs
overseas for cheap labor and declining to use exoctic tax shelters to keep
profits off our shores. The hypocricy is astounding.
Put them to work in the fields. Farmers are always talking about how few
workers they have to harvest and that we need to allow more immigration or
workers from other countries. Put the youth to work.
what idle youth??? Not according to Jay Carney and his boss. The economy is
So nice that the Deseret News would recognize this problem. I'd fully
support a 21st-century "New Deal" for our "Great Recession."
Let's get our idle young people to work!
The editors might do their homework instead of repeating ideological positions.
The sad reality is that a significant percentage of "youth" today have
absorbed the lessons of their parent(s) and have no desire to bother to work, or
skills to be employable because they find life on the liberal welfare plantation
to be entirely satisfactory.Most of the people who truly want to
"work," and who grasp the concept of bettering their condition as a
result of working hard and improving their job skills are actually doing so.
But, the percentage of Americans in this category is steadily shrinking.Meanwhile, we blame those who ARE working of not "paying their fair
share" to subsidize those who too often simply will not work.
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