How to Create High Unemployment in Five Easy Steps

© Hugh A. Thomas  2013  All Rights Reserved

If you want to cripple the economy and make millions of people dependent on government handouts, if you want more political power so you can grow a socialist government and bring a great country and capitalism to its knees, then you need to destroy jobs by government action.  Afterwards, you can blame the free market and gain even more votes from those who meandered through the government run public school system. Five easy steps:

1. Raise the minimum wage.  Doing so will prompt many employers to find alternatives to their employees who have the lowest value to the company.  For example, if Bob makes $8 per hour sweeping the floors at night and the minimum wage is raised to $9, his boss might buy a new power sweeper that can sweep the floors in two hours rather than eight.  Bob will be replaced by a smarter worker who can operate the sweeper more safely.  The new worker might make $14 per hour but will not need to work nights.  This will save the company $36 per day minus the equipment depreciation.  In time, the new arrangement will be more profitable for the company.  Now, Bob is unemployed.  He can’t easily find anyone that will hire him for the new minimum wage.  He collects unemployment.

2. Weaken the incentive to work.  Bob knows he could get a job at the local sewage plant cleaning the holding tanks.  This job pays the new minimum wage and then some.  The problem is that the job is dirty, hot and smelly.  Cleaning sewage tanks is not the way for Bob.  He avoids that job, after all, the employment benefits have been increased and extended recently. Why scrape turds when the government will pay you to watch game shows on TV?

3. Increase regulation and taxes.  Bob’s former boss, Jim, likes Bob and was sorry that he had to let him go.  However, Jim sees a chance to rehire Bob at the new $9 minimum wage.  He needs someone to work the night shift assembling orders.  Bob could do this job with no problem, and the work does have a value to the company that is equal or better than the new minimum wage.  Jim looks into it and finds there is a new law that was just passed, The Night Shift Safety Act.  In this law every employer must provide a supervisor on site for any employee who is not wearing a GPS Vital Signs Monitor. The fine for non-compliance is $10,000 and up to 2 years in jail. The monitor costs $5500 and must be linked to a service that runs $300 per month.  The monitor must be certified by the government and inspected by the government every six months. Jim drops the idea.

4. Raise the minimum working age.  Raise the working age and combine that with numbers one, two and three and you will have created unemployment for millions of young people.  These kids need the work badly, not only because of the money, but because of the experience.  It is embarrassing to watch a twenty year-old man who can’t stock a shelf or use a shovel but that is exactly what is happening in America. Less teenagers are working, they have less practical skills and they are degrading the American workforce and therefore American competitive energy. Most of these teenagers are experts at video games but know nothing about how to chop firewood or plant seed corn.  Many of them are pathetic idiots. This culture of incompetence creates a generalized laziness in the workforce. This imbedded ethos further increases unemployment, in that businesses depending on a competent workforce will be less competitive in world markets.

5. Increase the age for compulsory education.   Keep them in school and out of the workplace. The longer they stay in school, the more government propaganda they can be taught.  This propaganda includes a large amount of false information concerning how government regulations and the minimum wage will create a better world.

Jim has had to comply with many new regulations and new taxes over the years.  The regulations are over 10,000 pages.  Many of them are contradictory and almost unknowable. He knows he is probably breaking hundreds of laws. Many of these laws carry thousands of dollars in fines or prison time. He has also experienced a decline in the quality of his new workers. He asks himself a question that thousands of others like him have asked: Why not have his product manufactured in China and just import it?  He finds a manufacturer in China, signs a contract with them, and closes his plant for good.

Twenty-five more people are then added to the unemployed rolls. Some of these spend a year or more gaming the system for unemployment benefits.  When the benefits expire, and when they have no further chance of employment, some will resort to crime.  They sell drugs or turn to home invasions.  The crime rate goes up, other businesses in the area are impacted, and the unemployment snowball grows. This is how it’s done.

The NRA’s Failure

© Hugh A. Thomas  2013  All Rights Reserved

Open the National Rifle association’s website and you will see a fancy graphic of the American bald eagle superimposed over the flag.  Other NRA symbolic attempts over the years have been images reminiscent of an old and wise grandfather holding his grandson on his lap.  Behind them on the wall is an oil painting of the American flag waving over the fireplace and a stuffed duck on the mantle.  The grandfather is showing his grandson an expensive side-by-side 12 gauge with a burled walnut stock and fine engravings on the metal work.  All of this is of course rendered in a warm hue and soft focus.

This escape by the NRA into corn-ball symbolism is an obvious signature of intellectual bankruptcy. They have nothing.

The NRA has failed in doing anything of essential importance in regards to educating the public on the real reason the Founding Fathers were concerned about an unarmed citizenry:  the tendency of governments to drift towards dictatorship.

The bottom line is that the Founding Fathers wrote the Second Amendment so that the public could shoot back at the government if it resorts to violence against its own citizens.  There is no other significant reason.  The NRA has wasted valuable time and spent hundreds of millions of dollars corrupting the message that the Founders left for us.  What the NRA has created is a soft-focus ideological tapestry void of any meaning.

The NRA is very similar to the Republican party in that neither can formulate a meaningful, thoughtful and essential argument against intrusive government.

Moreover, the NRA opposed the lawsuit Parker v. District of Columbia.  The NRA wanted to derail the suit or dilute its meaning. This suit was eventually settled in favor of gun owners. Cato

In that case, two judges of the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals divisively spelled-out the essentials of the Founders’ intent:

“To summarize, we conclude that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms. That right existed prior to the formation of the new government under the Constitution and was premised on the private use of arms for activities such as hunting and self-defense, the latter being understood as resistance to either private lawlessness or the depredations of a tyrannical government…”

See the decision in total:  decision

Your dictionary will show that the word “depredation,” means “plundering attack.”  The same dictionary will show that tyrannical means:  dictatorial, totalitarian, domineering, etc.

The court is saying the public has the right to bear arms so that when the government attacks, one can shoot back.  It is that clear.

You need to understand this simple fact:  The Founders wrote the Second Amendment so that one could shoot back when the government becomes tyrannical.

Question: Why hasn’t the NRA spent some of its millions in scholarly legal work to tease out the same meaning the DC court concluded and present these founding concepts to the public?

Note that 30 years ago most households concerned about self-defense kept a 12 gauge or a revolver at home.  In the last few decades, police forces around the country have been militarized and carry semi-auto rifles and pistols.  In response, the public has, and quite rightly, armed themselves in a similar fashion.  It is an arms race between the government and the people.  If the police would go back to revolvers, many citizens would feel perfectly safe with revolvers.

Another question:  Why has the NRA not used images of disarmed Jews being shot in the back of the head while kneeling on the edge of a death trench full of bodies? Where are the images of the Cambodian killing fields and the thousands of skulls of the disarmed and murdered victims?  Why do they not have video testimony of some of those who survived and witnessed these murders by government?

Why have they not gotten down to the basics of showing the public needs guns to protect their lives against government violence?

After decades of media saturation with an impotent message by the NRA, the public has been intellectually disarmed.

Many in the government want to take away your guns; the NRA already took away your brain.  I suggest you work on reacquiring it.