Archive for the ‘Work Ethic’ Category

Salute: High praise for garbagemen … really!

May 24, 2017

Remember when Nancy Pelosi was lauding how ObamaCare was “liberating millions of Americans from the burden of working at jobs they don’t like.”

Simple thesis: just hang on the couch and let taxpayers foot the bill for your food, phone and, now, health insurance.

Why work?

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The issue is front & center again.

According to the Washington Post:

“Making (able-bodied) low-income Americans work to qualify for so-called welfare programs is a key theme of the Trump budget proposal … imposing more stringent work requirements — similar to those in effect in Maine and other states.”

Of course, WaPo thinks that’s a bad thing.

Evidence: a couple of heart-wrenching anecdotes of genuinely destitute folks who the Post asserts (wrongly) would be thrown out in the cold.

Memo to WaPo: The plural of “anecdotes” in not “data”.

Right when I  was about to get terminally discouraged (again), I headed out to run some errands.

On the road, my faith in the American spirit was refreshed.

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It takes more than a swig of ‘tussin …

August 13, 2014

Chris Rock is a very funny guy.

His routine on the many uses of Robitussin (‘tussin, for short) is a comedy classic.

The ‘tussin skit sets the context for the rest of this post.

If you haven’t seen it – or want a refresher — click to view it now.

 

 

I always assumed that Rock was a naturally funny guy who just stoked up and unleashed a stream of top-of-mind consciousness on stage.

I was surprised to learn that Rock takes his craft very seriously and toils long and hard to test and fine-tune his material.

Here’s a glimpse at his recipe for success …

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The “Dirty Jobs” guy nails it …

February 24, 2014

Following up on our salute to garbage men last week …

Mike Rowe is the host of “Dirty Jobs” … a series on the Discovery Channel that reports on jobs that many (most?) people wouldn’t touch.

He’s not an economist, but he certainly has a perspective on jobs.

His: view: “employers are desperate for people willing to learn a “useful skill” and work hard.

But, many unskilled unemployeds shun jobs that are “Beneath them” … even if the jobs pay the rent and are stepping stones to better jobs.

It’s a great country that liberates them from jobs they might not like, right?

Video clip is worth watching …

click to view 90 second video

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Back to the garbage men: a reader forwarded an interesting link

Triumph of the trashmen: Landing a gig on D.C. truck is hard to do and they stay on the job a long time

Nutshell: Though wages are modest (~$35,000) and the job is dirty, job security is high, benefits are good … including (for gov’t trash guys) a short work day.

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Salute: High praise for garbagemen … really!

February 20, 2014

Last week, Pelosi. et. al., were lauding how ObamaCare was “liberating millions of Americans from the burden of working at jobs they don’t like.”

Simple thesis: just hang on the couch and let taxpayers foot the bill for your food, phone and, now, health insurance.

Why work?

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Right when I  was about to get terminally discouraged, I decided to go fetch our mail … on one of those windy, below-zero days.

At the mailbox, my faith in the American spirit was refreshed.

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Bentley bumper sticker …

November 29, 2013

Gone viral on the net …

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Thanks to KZ for feeding the lead

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