John Ransom

There have been plans for jobs.

There have been appropriations for jobs.

There have been big meetings about jobs.

There has been unprecedented spending to support those without jobs.

There has been preaching about the importance of jobs.

There have been speeches about 21st Century jobs.

There have been green jobs, and snow jobs and…well this is D.C. isn’t it?

But of course, the one thing lacking has been real jobs; jobs that exist outside the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Jobs that pay in wages, benefits and satisfaction… you know the normal value-in-return-for-labor combination that’s just a rumor to those under 35 years old?

Yes, this recovery would be complete were it not for that little pesky part of the economy whereby we go to work, to make things or provide services in exchange for money, of which a portion the government let’s us keep.

It’s that part of the trade that the academics from the Obama administration and the DNC don’t get.

They think that jobs come from the Human Resources Department. Or a website…ergo…ha! That would work out, right?

It would be fine system for the Democrats, say, if it worked the other way: That is that we go to work for the government giving them money in return for whatever products and services they choose to give us, and we take our payment from them in trade.

Yeah, I know: We’re close to that now.

“The bottom line is we’re not broke,’ says Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minnesquito), “there’s plenty of money, it’s just the government doesn’t have it.”

Spoken like a true, bloodsucking, flying insect, with my apologies to the true, bloodsucking, flying insects that have a right to be offended by the comparison.

Maybe that’s why the Senate under Harry Reid (D-Ritz Carlton 2nd Floor) won’t take up any one of a number of bills that would help Americans find work; or rather stop the government from mucking up the opportunity we have in the natural course to work.


John Ransom

John Ransom’s writings on politics and finance have appeared in the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Colorado Statesman, Pajamas Media and Registered Rep Magazine amongst others. Until 9/11, Ransom worked primarily in finance as an investment executive for NYSE member firm Raymond James and Associates, JW Charles and as a new business development executive at Mutual Service Corporation. He lives in San Diego. You can follow him on twitter @bamransom.


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