The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Opinion

July 30, 2013

Your View: Jobs and the economy

WEBB CITY, Mo. — They tell us the job market is getting better. The job market may be getting better, but the jobs aren’t that good with the hours and pay that people receive.

At least 40 percent of the jobs are part time, and the pay is minimum wage to around $10 an hour. We have thousands on welfare and millions receiving food stamps. Employers won’t hire many full time due to having to pay for their insurance. And if they did, the prices of their products would go up, and we sure don’t want inflation.

The future doesn’t look good for the job market. The Army is going to discharge 60,000 troops plus thousands of civilian workers. That is not counting the people the other services will discharge. The reduction is due to downsizing our combat brigades from 45 to 33. These people will need jobs in the private sector.

We don’t know what will happen when they settle the immigration problem. How many will be eligible to file for employment who haven’t been able to? What about welfare, food stamps, Medicaid and the rest of the benefits that people receive? How many more will come in the country before the border is closed? There are some big questions left to be answered.

So far, people in Washington have only made things worse. We are in a mess.

Most people say, “God bless America.” I say, “Pray for America.”

Clovis Steele

Webb City

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