Real jobs versus snow jobs

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Conservative views

In the early ‘70s, the snow job called global warming had not been invented so weather was nonpartisan and just viewed as weather. For example, winter blizzards rendering roads too hazardous for school busses were good as they allowed my brothers and I to stay home and hunt coyotes using snow machines. Today’s snowflakers do not realize how much government school activists have ruined the fringe benefits of being a country kid with a 30-30 and a snowmobile.

During one blizzard, after we etched the countryside with snow machine tracks, a phone service repairman drove into our barnyard. There was a down line across the creek and rather than lugging his equipment a mile through the knee-deep snow, he asked if we could snow machine him to the damaged wire. “Mountain Bell will pay you for your off my Ski-Doo. He choked and gagged but it didn’t kill him. Eventually, he gathered his scattered equipment, went to work and accomplished his mission. One month later, I received a check for $5.85 - far above the $1.60 minimum wage of 1971. With the ranch standing operating costs, this 14-year-old was cutting the fattest of hogs, which brings me to my point.

My brief stint as a repairman’s assistant was a freemarket transaction where someone needed a service, I delivered said service and was compensated accordingly. Nearly decapitating services,” he offered. I shot to my feet, stuck out my hand and was hired on the spot.

The repairman plopped on the back of my Skidoo Doubletrack and cradled his equipment in his lap. With the winter daylight fading fast, I mashed the throttle figuring the speed at which I reached the jobsite might earn me a promotion. We zoomed across the meadow, but in the dim twilight I failed to notice the sagging telephone wire. At coyotechasing speed, the wire ricocheted off my windshield before snapping down and clotheslining the repairman my supervisor is beside the point. Contrast this job with socialist Senator Bernie Sanders promoting guaranteed government jobs for all; a snow job second only to climate change in absurdity. Sadly, a recent Rasmussen poll of likely voters showed 46 percent think guaranteed jobs are a good idea and even though logic will never convince them otherwise, I will try. When government bequeaths you an imaginary job, it traps the little people in dependency and empowers the ruling class, exactly as it is designed. If you cannot see the difference between real jobs and snow jobs, you are trapped precisely where the ruling class wants you. Think about it.

Krayton Kerns is veterinarian in Laurel, Mont., and a former Republican representative in the Montana State Legislature. He can be reached at drkerns@rbbmt.org .

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