George Bailey: Joe, you had one of those Potter houses, didn’t you? Well, have you forgotten? Have you forgotten what he charged for that broken-down shack? Here, Ed. You know, you remember last year when things weren’t going so well, you couldn’t make your payments. You didn’t lose your house, did you?
It’s a Wonderful Life 1946
Last week I was talking to the head of the Fitchburg Republican Committee after mass and the conversation turned to the amazing amount of jobs available in the area compared to just a few years ago.
I instantly thought of a post from 2013 and a woman first brought to my attention by Robert Stacy McCain, Andrea X and her crisis of employment
That a graduate student would be using that kind of logic is pretty scary but not as scary as her job prospects.
“I have a honors BA and I’m defending my MA thesis in two weeks. I am also apply for jobs and I can only find stuff in theservice industry. I applied for a Hotel Front Desk Clerk job today. My degrees mean NOTHING. I am at the end of my rope.“
At the time I offered the following advice:
you can still succeed.
Get that Hotel clerk job. Work that front desk, be the best hotel clerk in the hotel you are in. Learn the business, and learn about people. All kinds pass though a hotel, you’ll learn more about the actual human condition simply watching people every day than anything you picked up in school.
If you find you like that job, go for promotion and advance in that field. If not, do it so well that when you apply for another elsewhere you’ll have the confidence and drive to get it.
That was written Sept 1st 2013 and at that time Andrea X and a lot of college students like her had no prospects at all, thus that hotel clerk job was the best she thought she could do.
Fast forward five years later and consider the Trump economy in America. If you are graduating from college this year you are finding a plethora of jobs available, particularly if you avoided useless degrees like gender studies. If you are Hispanic you are seeing the lowest unemployment rate ever. In fact it is almost impossible for a person who wants to find a job and is willing to work to fail to get one.
Furthermore because of the vast number of workers there is the need for a vast number of managers and supervisors which means a person with a college degree (even a useless one) might have a better shot at getting.
I have a feeling that a kid graduating high school or college this year with more job prospects and choices than they can choose from who watching an older brother or sister who couldn’t find a job to save their life in the Obama years and now are employed might, just might figure out what the difference is between the economy circa 2013-2016 and the economy today and think twice before throwing that away.
Barbara Streisand and company might still be talking about moving to Canada but if Andrea XX moved to the US at the start of the Trump years I’d wager she’s have a lot more hope than she did back in 2013.
That’s why as I’ve been saying for a long time, I can’t wait for election day!
Update: If you won’t believe me will you believe the NYT?
On Friday, The Wall Street Journal reported the fastest rate of annual wage hikes in almost a decade, depriving Democrats of one of their few strong arguments about the true state of the economy. Unemployment is at its lowest rate since Vince Lombardi coached his last game in December 1969. The North American Free Trade Agreement has been saved with minor modifications and a new name.
Must have killed Bert Stephens to write that