Donald Trump, Andrea X and Election 2018

by Datechguy | November 3rd, 2018

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Donald Trump, Andrea X and Election 2018

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 20132016 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

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

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