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I recently observed a pleasant young waitress doing an excellent job at a rural diner. With nothing to do while awaiting my meal, my mind wandered: “She’s doing her very best at a job she won’t have very long.“

More mental wandering. I considered the impact of paying people in her position a vastly higher hourly wage.

That brought on thoughts of all I hear about importing workers: “Because we don’t have qualified workers to fill jobs.”

Didn’t citizens of the United States envision, create, and implement most of the technology that the world uses?

As a teenager, I was happy to bale hay for about $10 (per 12-hour day) doing hard work in the heat of the summer. When I went to work at a fast food restaurant (90 cents an hour), I thought I was rich.

But I knew it wouldn’t last. I couldn’t make a life of flipping burgers. So I learned to program computers, and made a career from that.

If I’d received a lot of pay for a job which nearly anyone could have done as well or better than I, would I have had the incentive to improve myself?

Can someone explain to me why we don’t have skilled workers when we spend billions on education? Are our schools failing us? Or is the government? Or . . . ?

Can someone explain to me why we can’t get teens to do entry level jobs? Have they been handed too much for ‘participating’ instead of learning to work?

By the way, India spends an average of $5 per person per year on welfare programs. The United States spends over $4,000. Guess who has the incentive to learn?

Immigrants aren’t taking jobs from us. We’re giving the jobs away. 

Kevin Brobst, Oreana


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