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Those lazy bums

By January 24, 2011

EDITOR:

Millions of Americans are out of work — I hear in the media they are bums who don’t want to work and are parasites living on the dole.

Could it be they just can’t find work? I remember back in the 1980s when apparently unemployment was a problem (I say apparently because I was in the Army and had Special Operations concerns so I didn’t think much about unemployment rates). I did read that President Reagan said there were plenty of jobs in the want ads, so I picked up a paper and turned to the ads. There were jobs, but the vast majority were for people with advanced degrees and minimum of 10 years experience.

Somewhat akin to today and not much help for the common man who lacks degrees and extensive experience. While there may be parasites, I believe the vast majority are desperate for work.

Americans seem to have other interests if they have jobs. Let’s consider
entertainment? Justin Bieber, 16 years old with a serious hair problem. He sings, he dances. He has published a memoir (short because he’s only 16 and has few printable memories before the age of 5). He’s not out of work and made $100 million last year. The argument could be made that he sings and dances and his talent is worth $100 million a year.

My counter argument is that he can’t sing or dance, as he only makes noise and hops around the stage. But, free market, right?

But this is America. Fluff makes $100 million a year while we have millions unable to find employment.

JAMES E. LONGHOFER

Placerville

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