There are certain discrepancies on the list. For instance, criminals are mentioned but cops aren’t. Neither, for that matter, are lawyers and judges. Is it possible that the next generation will still have crime, which we’ve all come to accept as a regrettable part of life, but will be spared a legal system that makes a mockery of truth and justice and gives all of us heartburn on a daily basis?
Death and the IRS, it seems, are here to stay, inasmuch as morticians and tax collectors both made the cut. Speaking of that bunch of weasels who devote their lives to squeezing every last drop of blood out of us—and I’m not referring to the folks down at the mortuary—I’d like to know the wise guy who named that outfit the Internal Revenue Service. Service is what I get from a waitress. How dare these bottom-feeding guttersnipes claim to be providing a service? Robin Hood and his merry men had the right idea. They pantsed the tax collectors every chance they got. That’s why they were so darn merry.
Apparently, religious leaders will still find work, but neither doctors nor dentists were mentioned. The mind reels. Does that mean that everyone’s going to join the Christian Science Church?
Barbers and soldiers will be sticking around, which suggests that for the foreseeable future, G.I.s will continue getting those funny haircuts.
Artists, by which I assume they’re stretching the definition to include rap singers, blue comics and mimes will still be with us—whether all us barbers and morticians want them to or not.
Rounding out the list are prostitutes and politicians. But, alas, I repeat myself.