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John Stossel ~ Jobs But No Workers

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Jobs are out there

I still get calls from the last time I went job hunting about three years ago. I try not to be rude, but it is getting annoying. The company that I work for now had laid me off, but they brought me back in when sales picked back up. I tell recruiters that I will only consider positions that pay 150% of what I make now and are within a half-hour commuting distance of where I live now.

The place I work for now is often looking for welders and fabricators. I don't know what they pay those people, but it must be decent. The fact is that a lot of small manufacturers are in the same position as the one in the video. There is a mismatch between the skills required for the jobs that are available and the skills of the unemployed.

A college education is not really necessary for a lot of the jobs out there, but it can help in certain circumstances. I have found my education to be helpful in my career, but I got a degree in engineering. I often wonder what these people who went for a literature or history degree were thinking. I'm not saying that literature and history are not important, but rather that too many people thought that they could get a tenured position at a university when very few of these positions are actually available.

Drain the swamp!

This Is

Bull. I lost my job a year ago and I look every damn day! Nothing! And I got fired from my job over the dumbest reason. It never made sense and it still won't.

Higher Education

The illusory "need" for higher education by politicians and bureaucrats has been the greatest fraud perpetuated on our youth. And the higher education institutions have been generously rewarded with this fraud. The modern day jobs market is in demand of vocational skills -- not silly debt paper degrees that show employers how intelligent you are.

German Manufacturing Sector Model

Reason they are the #4 economy & #1 exporter per captia with under 100m people: they invest the small to mid sized manufacturers. We killed this sector and destroyed guilds and organized apprenticeship programs.

Many Mittelstand companies are export-oriented. They focus on innovative and high value manufactured products and occupy worldwide niche market leadership positions in numerous B2B segments.

Typically, Mittelstand companies work closely with universities and researchers and cluster themselves around big manufacturers. Mittelstand companies benefit from Germany's apprentice system, which provides skilled workers.

Germany's Mittelstand is heavily concentrated in four main sectors:

-machine tools
-auto parts
-electrical equipment

"One resists the invasion of armies; one does not resist the invasion of ideas" Victor Hugo


heating vetilation air conditioning
or my class.....facility environment quality controll

any who
years ago, i put small evaporative sub coolers on
d/x units with great benefit
know of any available today?

how many here even know what an HVACTech is?

I tried to help people for years, anymore I laugh all the way to the bank.
the other day at a parts house, I saw that they had a "Molecular Transformator" for sale....
how cool is that! boy did I ever have fun with that one! I can see it now, Molecular Transformator fee $75.

it is a desuperheater, plain and simple. but that does not sound near as cool does it. no, I am NOT going to tell how it works or how simple you can make one yourself. unless you are an aspiring tech.

and if you are, specialize in cooling, heat is too easy.

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Why is this 16 year old kid not still in high school?

I hope he got his GED at least. How is a 16 year old making $20/h and now paying a car loan good? He is now plugged into the Fed debt-load slave system. A car is a poor investment, especially for a 16 year old. He should be riding a bike to work, or he should be car pooling with someone else. His body still has five more years of growth left. Imagine what a 16 year old is paying for car insurance in PA? He probably doesn't have much spending money left. He's not my kid, so he can do whatever he wants. If he should ever lose this job, he is done. Sorry for the rant.

Being In High School != Learning To Be Productive Or Virtuous

You should see how some 16 year old boys respond to the classroom, especially if they dislike the classroom setting. The boys react in all kinds of negative ways. Just because a kid gets on the yellow bus in the morning, does not mean he is going to "do something useful" with his day.

I am glad to see a 16 year old treated like an adult and given the same opportunities and respect as an adult.

And this does not mean public school can't have value; but it can't be good for everyone until age 18. Some would benefit other choices once they are 15 or 16.

Yepppers, that kid was me 30

Yepppers, that kid was me 30 years ago. I bought my first car (1960's something Dodge Dart with a 318 and three on the tree) when I was 14 "to learn how to drive it around the 40", didn't take long to figure out the best ways and times to cruise into town without getting caught. You know what they used to call kids like me back then, trouble. Because we were. We didn't do what normal kids did. We did what we wanted to, or could afford to. I think lots of entreprenuers and "trade school types" were rebels growing up. At least most of the kids I hung out with in shop class were. Man, those were some good times! I feel sorry for kids nowadays that don't get to experience that!

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown

He paid cash for the vehicle.

He paid cash for the vehicle. Is saving to pay cash for a house now. Probably will retire when he's 55 like me.

College students should be taking Manufacturing Engineering degrees. After the default of the USA, those will be the highest paid positions.

How do they go through this and not mention the actual jobs?

Uh yeah "trade school" where you know....learn how to eat from a lunch box and wear sloppy clothes or something.

Most of those who think so actually don't and most people who think sew actually rip.

I know this is irrelevant but

I know this is irrelevant but that Sandra Smith is quite attractive.


i google-imaged her even before watching the clip.

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It's a cruel world out there.

Her saying the word "unfulfilled" twice just added salt to the wound. (A little levity for this Thursday night)



It's time! Rand Paul 2016!

"Truth, Justice, and the American Way!"

Public Schools

Are BORING STUDENTS TO DEATH by strapping the kids into desks until they are 18. These kids are capable of becoming skilled around the age of 14 or 15. But when all the kids have to look forward to is a mind numbing classroom... the kids appropriately respond by NOT CARING about their education; because it is not relevant, and does not give the kids a choice.

In most public schools, ALMOST ALL VOCATIONAL options have been eliminated in favor of MORE MATH, MORE ENGLISH, MORE SCIENCE; just more textbook, paper and pencil style textbook subjects that have been watered down and made painful to swallow.

Where is shop class? Where is automotive class?

I am a high school teacher, and NOT ONE of the schools that I have worked at has offered these classes. These vocational classes have been moved to a single campus; and we only suggest that you attend the vocational campus "if you are some kind of loser." We consider the vocational path a "lesser path."

It's a shame.

The result is that as a math teacher, I see students that ARE NOT MATHEMATICALLY (or even academically) inclined TAKING 3 hours to 4.5 hours of math classes PER DAY, and still sucking at math!

This is how wasteful, inefficient, and irrelevant the public school system has become. It is truly a shame.

It's the; "Everyone can be a

It's the; "Everyone can be a Chief", mentality. Who needs Indians? That way everyone loses. A Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion concept.

Thanks. Finally someone says

Thanks. Finally someone says what I have been saying for some time now, especially how we suck at math. I once met a great American from Chicago name Marva Collins who said the exact same thing you just did. Freedom is the answer, no matter the question!

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown

This story is a bit

This story is a bit misleading. Yes there are pockets of manufacturing jobs, but nationwide this is not the case. Most of the consumer manufacturing jobs that pay mid level wages have been removed from the US by NAFTA, CAFTA, GATT/WTO and we can't compete with Chinese wages. We make virtually zero TV's, Cell Phones, appliances, shoes, clothing or virtually any other consumer manufactured item in the USA. Until this changes, people will continue complaining about minimum wage fast food jobs.

I've argued this point

For years now. Mostly in arguments regarding immigration. There are jobs out there... people just think they are above holding entry level positions.

Everyone uses the unemployment rate as an argument against immigrants holding jobs here but the truth is that when my state passed some of the most draconian immigration laws in the country a few years ago we had certain plants shut down for weeks (think poultry processing and the like), as well as farmers who had acres of crops rotting on the vine. Where were all the unemployed who needed those jobs being held by "greedy immigrants?" Sitting on their couches waiting on their government benefit checks.

Ron Paul convert from the Heart of Dixie

i asked to apprentice for a

i asked to apprentice for a machinist who makes driveshafts for automobiles; he told me to come back and talk to the boss. there were legal issues / workers comp. issues possibly involved that would prevent me from learning this stuff.

i offered to work for free, just so i could learn how things work. he was a nice man.

but the legal framework prevents me from doing this, as i've asked a couple places before, a few years ago. at least, i think i did, i can't remember. did i ever ask anyone ? i'm sure i did.

anyways, people could just show up and offer themselves to apprentice, and they could sign their own contract agreeing not to sue if they got hurt. as far as if i might hurt someone else on accident, that would be too horrible to think of.




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