posted on Oct, 10 2008 @ 01:49 AM
At a dinner party I overheard a pin-brain employer loudmouthing as he stuffed grease into his ignorant face.
He said: ' People don't want to work these days. That's the problem. I'm always looking for workers. Can't get anyone. And when I do,
they quit. They just don't want to work.' Ended with self-satisfied gloating grin as if expecting applause.
The other numb-nuts sat there, big adult-bibs tied around their necks, stuffing their faces, already at least half drunk. They nodded to the
loud-mouth with equally self-satisfied smirks. They were his mother, his wife, one of his sons and his wife and assorted small-businessmen and
I'd been listening to this sort of garbage for years. I owned and operated a couple of businesses. My staff, in the majority of cases, had been
with me for years. I'd had NO problem gaining applicants. More than I could handle. They'd all wanted a job.
So, I'd had enough of the ' back in MY day' bores and said to the loud-mouth: ' What qualifications do you have, Glenn ?'
He said he was a qualified electrician.
' When and how did you gain your qualifications, Glenn ? '
He smirked (maybe he just has a punchable face ?) .. ' Left school at 15 and went straight into an apprenticeship for my dad. Took over the business
I nodded. ' Uh huh. Dad gave you an apprenticeship. Taught you all he knew. Then handed you his business. Not bad. Since then, you've moved
into an electrical retail business, selling washing machines, fridges, teevees. Well .. your employees work your business and you sit in your little
office all day, reading the paper and playing big-shot. That's more the truth, isn't it ? Because you could no more climb in a roof space or under
a house or wire up a new house these days than you could run 50 yards .. right ? '
It was right and we all knew it.
' And what do you pay your workers ? ' I asked him .. ' Award wage ? Contract ? And for that, they have to work weekends and public holidays.
And you treat them like garbage to their faces and humiliate them in front of customers. YOU .. YOU do that. YOU, who have never SEEN a resume or
CV, let alone know how to compile one or even spell it.
YOU, with your basic education and average-at-best IQ. YOU .. who was handed an apprenticeship 'back in the day' when average-IQ types were taught
' Do you see many apprenticeships on offer these days?' I asked him.
' When was the last time YOU put on an apprentice ? Do you know how much the world has changed since your day ? Back in YOUR day, you could quit a
job at 11 am and have another by 1pm. Full employment back in YOUR day. Not any more. Look around. If jobs were so easy to get ... WHY did you pay
so your own children could have a university education ? And yet two of your children STILL aren't working ! Why IS that, Glenn ? Is it because
they 'don't want to work ' ? Is it because they're finding a lot of employers are just like good old Dad and pay peanuts .. and abuse their
staff and threaten them with the sack at least once a week ? Old power-freaks like you ? '
Then I dumped my napkin on the table and walked away.
Employment used to be taken for granted, most often. Ok .. people were guilty of assuming that if they were prepared to work hard and be honest, then
they could earn their daily bread. So sorry. It's just that back then, most of what a nation consumed was produced BY that nation's population.
So their bad, huh, for believing there were jobs out there .. for never expecting they'd ever have to join the dole queue .. for expecting they could
marry, have children, pay their mortgage and have a bit left over for their retirement.
It's been my experience that most people DO want to work and earn their own living .. even those in their 60s. Given the opportunity AND a job, most
people WOULD work to at least retirement age.
Now all we need are the jobs, huh ?
Think Obama or McCain will put an end to all that lucrative oursourcing ?
Think they'll have the guts to buck Big Business ?
Think they'll take care of their voters instead of their Big Business buddies ?