The Democrat’s Awful Work Ethos

by Ryan on February 9, 2014

in Anything Else,Culture,Economy,Health Care,History,Politics

In the midst of a CBO report indicating that Obamacare will be the direct cause for the loss of at least 2 million full-time jobs moving forward (that’s a low-ball number in my opinion), the spin from the left this week was outrageous!  To quote Nancy Pelosi, “this was one of [Obamacare's] goals: to give people life, a healthy life, liberty to pursue their happiness. And that liberty is to not be job-locked, but to follow their passion.”

So, it’s a good thing that Obamacare “gives you the choice” of working less hours and creating a generation of hipster armchair poets too cool to work?  “Job lock” is the latest newspeak term for those working as many hours as they can to pay the bills.  It’s apparently a bad thing that you can work to pay your bills — you should be at home in the comfortable arms of Uncle Sam, finding yourself on the couch of the left’s welfare state plantation.

The New York Post‘s Michael Goodwin articulates the problem this exposes:

This anti-job, pro-dependency tilt is the crux of the nation’s polarization. In essence, it pits those who believe in the sanctity of work against those who believe in penalizing wealth and redistributing its fruits…. As such, [the Democrat Party] has broken with the heritage celebrated on the postage stamps and in the hearts and minds of generations. In that America, work, any work, was honorable while being on the dole was cause for shame.

I have faith that Americans still value work, but they also understand math.  The easier it is to live a taxpayer-financed lifestyle in poverty, the more people will do it.  The Dems can do math too — the larger the dependency class, the more votes have been bought.  This crisis echoes a warning from Tocqueville in the 1830s: “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.”

Uh oh.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

rightonoz February 10, 2014 at 4:04 pm

Being on the dole should NOT be a cause for shame. (Provided you’re not a professional bludger)

Regardless of how good it sounds in political sounds bites, the VAST majority of those on the dole in both Australia and the US are there for no fault of their own.

Punishing the majority for the minority of bludgers is not good economic or moral sense.

I speak from experience. in 1990 I was made redundant during an industry downturn. For almost 12 months I could not get meaningful work. As I discovered later due to my ex boss giving carefully worded references that saw job offers withdrawn at the last moment. He re-hired me as soon as there was an upturn and over a drunken dinner admitted he had kept me from getting jobs as he wanted me back as soon as he could get board approval for a new division he wanted me to lead.

In my case, I had the skill to get a couple of short term consulting jobs, and to fill in the gaps drove taxis non-stop Friday night to Sunday every weekend (after investing $500 to pass the taxi licence). I refused to go on the dole, because I could ‘muck through’ (after renegotiating my mortgage payments) though some of my co-workers could not and did go on the dole, one at 45 for almost 2 years until I could offer him a position. He was considered too old by most prospective employers.

I will slag professional bludgers, but having been there, I know what it’s like to want to work and not be able to. Believe me it really f…s (Aussie bluntness – it really does!) your self esteem! (and I have 2 Masters and an MBA)

On another front, the sale of my largest Australian business goes final this Friday. Perhaps more time in the US building that business and adding staff, after 6 weeks in the motorhome visiting the vineyards of South Australia (NAPA eat your heart out!)


Mike February 11, 2014 at 10:03 pm

Ha ha! Those are fighting words Oz (of course, I’ve never been to Nappa so I’ll consider myself lucky). Congrats on the business deal! More Oz in the US will be our pleasure.

I actually don’t see a disagreement though. I think Ryan’s point was that Obamacare is incentivizing and even forcing people to work less; there is no shame in that at all. What we oppose, like you, is those who make a lifetime out of it. That’s why the GOP (back when it was worth something), supported time limits in the 1990s. It worked well when it was tried; former welfare recipients appreciated the program more than anyone because it recognized their dignity.


rightonoz February 12, 2014 at 2:26 am

Hey Mike,
I couldn’t resist a dig, though I have spent some (enjoyable) time in Napa, Russian River, Sonoma and Monterey (get the hint – I like my wine). Love a good Zinfandel – only one winery makes it here.

Off to New Zealand for a week next month to the Martinborough vineyards, home of the worlds best Pinot’s (I’m actually visiting one of my daughters who lives in the region) before the motorhome trip.

Looking forward to more time in the US, though the team in GA tell me the weather is lousy at present.



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