A little political tongue in cheek …
In the US there has been discussion, ad nauseum I might add, about how to fix unemployment and get more people working. An underlying theory has been that immigrants are “taking our jobs.”
I grew up in the US and I can assure you no one is taking your jobs, gentlemen. The employment argument doesn’t hold up. There are ample jobs at Walmart, Burger King, housekeeping at your local hotel, agricultural field work, sanitation, security guards on the night shift, and much more. This idea that someone is taking your job is an excuse to either have the benefits of life handed to you or a subversive way to take what you want for yourself.
That may sound harsh, but we all know it’s true. The idea of entitlement is less about the poor receiving assistance than the privileged looking for an easy ride. For example, after WWII, women were sold on the idea of hearth and home as the modern woman’s place in American society. This took women out of the workforce and let men take those jobs. The jobs they didn’t want were left to the women and others to fill.
I could spend quite a bit of time on my soapbox ranting about who took what from whom in America, but that would be taking us on a path away from my point instead of toward it.
There is an answer to the coal miner lament that would give them work while sparing renewed assault on our the environment and our precious resources. Send them to pick grapes in Napa Valley.
Seriously. the current US president’s position on immigration has industries that rely on immigrant labor (another soapbox I’ll avoid stepping up on) concerned about how they continue without the immigrant workforce they’ve built their business upon. The New York Times reported that Napa and Sonoma valley winemakers are looking toward the coming harvest and are afraid they will not have enough people to pick grapes.
The solution seems very clear to me. Send the coal miners, displaced auto workers, and anyone else who is able-bodied and unemployed out to California for the grape harvest. The winemakers have labor, the unemployed have paid employment, clean energy can continue to move forward, and the environment takes less of a beating. It’s a win-win.