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Offline rangerrebew

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Why Are So Many Young Adults Not Looking for Jobs?
« on: June 21, 2014, 03:41:27 PM »
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Re: Why Are So Many Young Adults Not Looking for Jobs?
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2014, 04:20:12 PM »
That's because a large number of young adults engage in a vast underground economy where you can buy and sell drugs for cash and live off the proceeds in relative comfort.  I read an article recently expounding on how many people there are out there who are "un-banked", in that they do not have any kind of checking, savings, or even a debit or credit card.  They live on cash, and any work they do they are paid in cash, or take a check to a check cashing facility and get cash for a fee.

Add in the wide availability of "food stamps" or Electronic Benefit Cards, food banks, and a wide variety of "free" services provided by local County and City Governments (and paid for by local taxpayers), it is no wonder there are so many people who are not looking for an actual job.  Someone recently did a study here locally and showed how panhandling for spare change on a freeway off ramp paid several times the minimum wage, tax free and in hard cash.

And don't get me started on why a 22 year old needs a medical marijuana card that entitles him to constant marijuana use....

Too easy to be sick, lame or lazy any more.....

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Re: Why Are So Many Young Adults Not Looking for Jobs?
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2014, 05:03:20 PM »
The teens are losing a lot by not working early. And so is society losing. It's often those early jobs that give the teens focus on what they want to do in life, and what it takes to prepare for that. They also gain respect for what it takes to earn an honest dollar.
Teens who don't work and borrow (sometimes huge sums) for a pleasant college experience are in for a rude awakening when they have to find out what being self-sufficient really means.
The ones who wake up in their late 20's with a mountain of debt and education that's useless in the job market have poor chances of ever becoming really successful. That's a loss for all of society.

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Re: Why Are So Many Young Adults Not Looking for Jobs?
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2014, 06:34:18 PM »
That's because a large number of young adults engage in a vast underground economy where you can buy and sell drugs for cash and live off the proceeds in relative comfort.  I read an article recently expounding on how many people there are out there who are "un-banked", in that they do not have any kind of checking, savings, or even a debit or credit card.  They live on cash, and any work they do they are paid in cash, or take a check to a check cashing facility and get cash for a fee.

Add in the wide availability of "food stamps" or Electronic Benefit Cards, food banks, and a wide variety of "free" services provided by local County and City Governments (and paid for by local taxpayers), it is no wonder there are so many people who are not looking for an actual job.  Someone recently did a study here locally and showed how panhandling for spare change on a freeway off ramp paid several times the minimum wage, tax free and in hard cash.

And don't get me started on why a 22 year old needs a medical marijuana card that entitles him to constant marijuana use....

Too easy to be sick, lame or lazy any more.....

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You have it about right.  More and more young people are coming to the conclusion that milking the system for what you can, and getting the rest from the underground economy, is a much more pleasant life than chasing the American Dream.  The sad part is, they may be right.  The system puts so many obstacles before those who try to pull themselves up by their bootstraps that the smart play may well be to just go surfing or live in cyberspace, and let Democrats pay you for voting for them every few years, along with whatever other scams you can come up with. 
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Re: Why Are So Many Young Adults Not Looking for Jobs?
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2014, 07:20:24 AM »
Why?

Well, one, the few career jobs that are out there have such stringent requirements that almost nobody actually qualifies for them, especially at the almost nonexistent anymore "entry level." Companies don't want to train their employees anymore so they demand "internships" where the workers have to work for nothing, a completely unfeasible prospect for those who live more than a few miles away, and even those aren't open to those who have already graduated college in most places. Good luck (you'll need a LOT of it) if your first career never panned out and you want to find a different path without going back to college AGAIN.

The massive push to send as many people to college as possible has created a glut of white-collar workers that turns the job application process into an agonizing lottery. There are a few blue-collar jobs left, but the skills aren't always transferable.


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