When Jobs Aren't 'Real' Jobs

I was raised with the understanding that a job is a job. As long as you’re doing work for a paycheck, it’s technically a job. If you can manage to earn enough money to pay for nice things, it’s a really good job. You could be working in a mall or in a school or for the government — which my Dad did for 30 years.

But government work isn’t a real job, evidently. Because somehow if the government creates a position — a job — they’re not creating jobs.

Here’s Florida governor Rick Scott to explain:

In Florida, unemployment rate’s gone from 12 percent down to 10.7. We’re still above the national average, but we’ve generated 87,200 private sector jobs — private sector! And we have 15,000 less government jobs in the state of Florida. [Applause] Government doesn’t create jobs.

So unemployment is bad. Check. And in order to remedy this, he fired 15,000 people? People in government jobs that the government didn’t create somehow?

Rick Scott is clearly living in another dimension of reality in which jobs that are created and then taken away weren’t created by the entity that created them.

My brain hurts.

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  • http://twitter.com/bubblegenius Bubble Genius

    I wonder how many of those private sector jobs were created in his drug-testing business. Sorry, his WIFE’S drug-testing business.

  • agrazingmoose

    Try to imagine what Scott’s brain feels like. It must be agony.

  • http://www.politicalruminations.com/ nicole

    Scott isn’t living in another dimension of reality. He’s a f-king crook! He ran for governor so he could turn the state in to a corporate crook’s freaking paradise, and profit from it himself. The jerk has NO conscience, no sense of decency, no concern for the people he governs unless they’re rich white folks.

    • JMAshby

      I’m beginning to view the relationship between republican executives and rich voters to be not unlike the relationship between corporate CEOs, their colleagues, and their board of directors.

      See — in the world of corporate CEOs, you can be a complete failure and still find another job as a CEO for another company because everyone within the CEO Club (or potential future CEO) look out for each other. They scratch each other’s backs and ensure that the cycle is perpetuated.

      Seeing as how Republicans think government should be run like a business, perhaps that is what they’re really referring to. It’s not about a business model. It’s about a maintaining a self-perpetuating, circular power structure. One which is always occupied by the next shitkicker to come along.

      • http://www.politicalruminations.com/ nicole

        Boy, I think you nailed that, Ashby!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1128441487 Ferris J. Anderson Jr

    This state is falling apart under Rick Scott. Cutting 15k well paying jobs to “create” 87k McJobs should not count as a success.

    The leisure and hospitality industry led the way by adding 45,100 jobs, an increase of 4.9 percent, since May 2010. (this is like oil in Texas, there is no way Scott can conceivably believe his policies are the result of growth in this sector. I worked shortly in the leisure and hospitality sector, these are not good jobs, and they pay no benefits.)