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Originally Posted by FeelTheLove
Lack of free Junior College and Tech School level academics? We have free Tech Schools here and they're canceling the programs for lack of interest. Sheet Metal, Auto Body, Cabinet Making/Carpentry and Brick Masons closed due to lack of interest. Welding has consolidated into one class and enrollment in the county schools is much more than it was when I graduated 20 years ago and these programs were available.
GOP War against labor unions? Give me a BREAK! Labor unions have themselves to blame for their problems. I was a union member once and I know what I'm talking about. The widespread corruption was enough to turn me against the one I was in.
Mexicans see the opprtunity and take advantage of it. Not the other way around, as you claim. I do agree that we need more border control but if the need for these jobs to be filled wasn't an issue, then they wouldn't be here.
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Originally Posted by cmitchprint
Certainly they would love to find people who are already skilled in these trades, but due to a variety of factors not associated with Republicans or Democrats, anyone who is still skilled in these trades is ALREADY EMPLOYED.
This is a simple problem with a simple solution. Employer "A" needs people - any people - to become skilled laborers. Person "B" needs a job - any job - to combat hunger, homelessness, destitution, etc. Put tab "B" in slot "A", and viola! Long-term unemployment looks less like an accident and more like a lifestyle choice!
Of course, there will probably be people who take this route - they'll be called "exceptional" individuals, and elevated into a class of success stories so amazing and inspirational as to be impossible for the average person to reproduce and experience for themselves.
It's simple demographics, Boom then bust, the problem being that the boomers appetites are proving insatiable and the "bust" group won't work for free. Employers I consult for want good people, I tell them to expect to pay high or train well! Government can't be expected to compensate for its natural limitations, but they are right to warn employers of trouble ahead. Market forces will fillvoids quickly enough if the limits are removed. Are you willing to live with no limits?
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Originally Posted by FeelTheLove
People in the oil industry (or any other industry) can't get a job unless the government trains them?
I worked in the oil industry for 12 years, starting as a common laborer, and have lived in the oil patch for about 40. If a man or woman wants a job, just show-up sober. There is always an opening, even in hard times for the oil industry. The industry pays for training when they need workers. It's mostly O.J.T.. To people who show initiative you can go wherever you want to go. It's one of the few major industries that is open to advancement on merit and audacity.
(Is this a chance to zing a political party? Why not? If the Democrats succeed in squeezing-down the oil industry we wont need to worry about training people for oil field jobs in the USA. We can send all the money to oil sheiks. Great idea. In other words, it is a freaking silly-assed waste of electrons to squirt them on the screen every time there's an opportunity to take a party hack position and diss the other side. What a dumb, short-sighted, hateful way to live.)
Let the federal government regulate trade and provide for defense. Why burden the fed with local issues? If the various states' school systems want to get into trades training, let them. We have lots of them in my state. Some companies kick-in money to the community system specifically to train their workers. That way the companies get exactly what they want instead of what some bureaucrat in Washington tells them they want.
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