Have you noticed that some products that you could previously buy in-store have disappeared from the shelves?
Have you also noticed that every employer in the country seems to have a large “HELP WANTED ALL Shifts” sign hanging on the front window?
Could there be a link between these two dismal phenomena?
Supposedly, some relief should be on the way, as the federal distribution of $ 300 a week to millions of lazy people because of the panic is now over.
So, theoretically at least, some of those 10.1 million unfilled jobs in the United States should be filled by the 8.7 million “unemployed” Americans.
May be. The problem is, most states are still sitting on billions of free federal money. And Dementia Joe Biden, who has had great sympathy for the unemployed since being one of them his entire life, urges states to keep handouts to his Democratic voters relentlessly.
Businesses are hoping that now that the allowance is somehow, maybe, maybe, ending, even the most loyal Democrats will have no choice but to return to work.
I have my doubts.
See, I worked at Boston City Hall (as a reporter) during Jimmy Carter’s malaise. At the time, the federal government had a similar scam, albeit much smaller.
This was the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA). It should have been called ACTU, because in fact it was promoting overall unemployment rather than employment.
In Boston, some of the CETA grant money was used to set up what is known as the Youth Activities Commission. Another acronym – YAC. It became a recruiting ground, a training camp, for the political organization of then-mayor Kevin White.
YAC was supposed to train them for jobs, but all it did was make the yutes permanently unemployable. We called them YAC hacks.
The point is, most YAC hacks never got a real job again. Because once you hack, you never go back.
Very early on, they got used to… gainful unemployment. Most YAC hacks never worked another day in their life. Oh sure, they got “jobs” – maybe they bought one from the MBTA (where at the time you could retire after just 22 years). Or they took “early retirement” as part of a business takeover (as if they had not already retired when they first entered the public payroll in 1979).
Or better yet, there have been some YAC hacks launched on… disability (tax free!).
I get the same YAC hack vibe from the millions of 2020-21 vacationers who now have to return to work after 18 months on the couch, enjoying free money, free rent, and no student loan repayments, with no talk about “child tax credits.”
The stories of sobs have already started. What about their… fears of COVID? Child care? What will they do for lunch? Who will sign up for their afternoon weed deliveries?
Remember the new puppies they bought during the panic to keep them company – who will now be pulling out their adorable little golden scribbles for their midday walks?
Why can’t they just… telecommute? Come to think of it, YAC hacks are way ahead of their time in this regard. They loved telecommuting. Especially on Fridays and Mondays. But YAC hacks had to show up at town hall at least one day a week – payday.
Direct deposit was the biggest boon for hackerama no-shows. Until panic, of course.
A typical tear-up story last week in The Globe cited local picnics worried about losing their $ 300-a-week donations. Three of them came from Morocco, Guatemala and Nepal respectively. They were, as you can imagine, terribly disappointed that Uncle Sam could now ask them to work for a living.
You could say they are assimilated. They expect to be taken care of, from the cradle to the grave. So are the Americanos – not to mention the hundreds of illegal immigrants swarming across the Rio Grande, none of whom seem to have found work since Biden reopened the United States as a Third World flophouse last January.
The problem is, once you get used to the scam, it’s hard to break the habit. Planning becomes your job. If you can no longer get the $ 300 per week, you may be able to move on to “job training.”
God forbid you get a real job, you just want to get that “training”.
The vocational training scam has been going on since the war on poverty. (Spoiler alert: poverty won.) Tom Wolfe wrote a famous essay on vocational training in San Francisco – Mau-mauing the Flak Catchers.
Gov. Mike Dukakis’ much-vaunted national model of “job training” program became a minor scandal during the 1988 presidential campaign – around 10,000 deadbeats continued to train for perhaps 50,000 “jobs”, again. and even.
The beauty is that as long as you’re training for a job, you don’t have to find one. You can remain unemployed.
Vocational training is therefore an option to keep loyal Democratic voters during this glorious and permanent vacation that began last year. The other alternative is to shut down the economy again, under the guise of a new COVID emergency. Maybe that’s what Dementia Joe has in mind for his next big speech.
As for the rest of us, we’ll just have to keep working. Millions of 21st century YAC hacks depend on us. Once you hack, you never go back.
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