Friday, October 23, 2015

The Real Divide

Bureaucrats with protected job security don't worry about economic growth.   Why should they?  From their point of view, private sector job creation is a nuisance issue.  Bureaucrats and others who live off taxpayers are far more interested in social issues and climate change.  Mundane, routine issues like getting a job are not of much interest to someone basking under the "tenure" positions in public education and higher education.

The private sector is full of folks concerned about profits and about jobs.  How crass?  The bureaucrats, protected from the vagaries of free markets, are able to mull over the big issues of the day like creating safe spaces for transgenders and climate change.  These issues are very appealing discussion topics for people who don't have to worry about how to support their family.  Protected, as they are by taxpayer-provided funds, they are free to mock ordinary citizens who fend for their life in the private sector.

This is the real American divide -- between taxpayers funding all of this and those "five-percenters" sitting loftily in government, non-profit, or education industry luxury.  They can talk all they want about the issues they like, which are mostly irrelevant to poor folks and low income folks, who need jobs and hope.  These "five-percenters" are busy finding ways to impose higher and higher barriers to the hopes of those less fortunate.

So, if your living room is dominated by discussions of climate change, it is likely that the bread winners in your house are bureaucrats or taxpayer-funded clericals who don't face a market test - ever.  If your living room is dominated by discussions of how to find next month's rent or a job, you are likely a participant in the private sector. 

This is the true American divide.  That's why the media and their friends in the bureaucracy are interested in climate change.  They don't need to worry about economic growth and the standard of living of the average family, as long their personal economics is unaffected by any of that.

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