Thursday, January 31, 2008

The Jobs that Americans Won't Do (Part II)

Kevin, a long-time friend of ours owns a successful American company that sells metal fabrication equipment. His brother Jeff's comments were the subject of my previous post on the topic.

He adds: Plenty of decent paying manufacturing jobs for people willing to learn a few skills. But it's easier for politicians to place the blame on any unemployment on everything except personal responsibility. This article on AOL today is exactly what you were talking about.

Kevin weighs in...

It’s interesting. We see this everyday, but our high schools are dropping their shop and metals programs. Tech schools are full of classes for computers and dental assistants. High School counselors never discuss tech programs with students. Parents don’t want their kids to get “dirty” manufacturing jobs. Yet wages for these people are substantially higher than the fields these kids are being steered into. Jeff, you are right (boy did that hurt to say), we as a society like to blame everyone else.

Many liberal politicians conspire in this effort as well as continued promises of wealth transfer and personal bailouts from our federal government in exchange for votes has undermined the very people the liberals call their constituents while at the same time bankrupting our federal government.

HT Nate K

1 comment:

redBeard said...

The lack of skilled n professional workers is a huge problem in this country, and not just limited to manufacturing or 'dirty' jobs.

Two anecdotes:

1) my brother still runs the ol' family farm. But it's not a family farm anymore -- 400 milking cows, another 200 younger stock, 1400 acres of crops, etc. He is always continually struggling to find help and is always trying to hire someone who will stay working for more than a few months.

2) I, as an aging software engineer, still get calls from head-hunters I worked with years ago (they placed workers with me). They are trying to place me (still) in large organizations. They say I'm one of the few remaining 'engineers' in this market. The coursework in current high schools n universities doesn't prepare programmers/engineers for the complex nature of many projects.