So what job are these people actually qualified for?

Any job?

Any job?

A troll was busy last night (I assume it’s Dollar Bill with a new ip address – there can’t be two of them, surely) with the usual swill, but I was struck by this portion of his screed:

Most young people that are now out of a job [“out of” implies they once had one – ED] thanks to republicans won’t have to worry about health coverage cause under Obamacare they will be covered.

Leave aside the idea that it’s the millions of regulations and laws that are drying up the job machine that was once America – that’s a concept too contradictory to their belief system for them even to consider, and let’s ask what kind of job, precisely, these child-adults think they are capable of? What value could they bring to an employer, and who is that employer?

Corporations are out: they hate corporate America and want nothing to do with it. They could go to North Dakota and earn $100,000 a year in the new oil fields, but we know how they feel about fossil fuels, so that won’t work.

They have no math or science skills, or they’d be employed today. What they do have are college degrees in psychology, victimhood studies and history as taught by Howard Zinn. They have no thinking skills: these children suffer from a group think psychosis that keeps them trapped in a paralytic fear of breaking from the herd; they haven’t had an original thought in their lives, and wouldn’t know what to do with one if it oozed from behind the wax in their ears and they will not, cannot challenge authority as it is expressed by the mainstream media, their professors and the Jon Stewart Show.

So what are they qualified to do and who would pay them to do it? What “job” do they expect and demand be given to them?

I wouldn’t hire them, and not because of their politics but because they’re useless, and offer nothing from which I could derive a profit. And I don’t do charity to unwashed ingrates.


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32 responses to “So what job are these people actually qualified for?

  1. housecat

    Even Dollar Bill has better communication skills than “Neocon”, I think – loath as I am to give him a compliment. This one sounds suspiciously like the anony-troll who told us we should suck eggs on the residency validation issue. (Because the kids are ‘more important than a bunch of a**holes on this blog.’) Dumb as a bag of hammers, this one.

    • D

      agreed… this is a classic college grad who is upset that his history degree has not resulted in the $100K starting salary to which he feels entitled.

  2. Dumb as a bag of hammers, this one.

    housecat: you’re being generous.

  3. Anonymous

    Lockwood and Mead is hiring? Can I interview for head of IT and web design?

  4. Publius

    I often do the “Have I become old and cranky?” test before I comment on my daily observations. Having taken this test multiple times every day for the past several years, I can comment without the old and cranky bias that this Millennial generation is useless.

    Encouraged from youth by neurotic overweening bff’s, nominally parents, we are now witness to the most over praised, under achieved, spoiled, lazy, poorly educated, electronic appliance addicted, empty vessels in the history on mankind.

    Listen to young people today and you will here these common lines

    “It was an AMAZING experience”

    “I want to work for a non profit or government”

    ” I want to give back”

    “It’s my dream school”

    “My dream job…”

    Verbal diarrhea, all of it. And the idiotic parents who raised this generation of useless sack of potatoes, are watching themselves get crushed by this do gooder generation disguised as “fairness”. I am not sure whether to laugh or cry at this point; laugh because the chickens are coming home to roost or cry because I am paying taxes up to my eyeballs to fund all this idiocy.

    I recognize that the job market is difficult because of all the insane policies now in place that crush the free enterprise system, however you can still make it, Having 3 children ranging in age from 15 to 23, I can speak to their circumstances. I simply told them all to suck it up, get in the game, hustle and focus on people skills not texting. Surprisingly those 4 simple mantra’s have produced a plethora of opportunities that supposedly do not exist.

    Useless, absolutely useless.


    I am part of the great unwashed
    I walked to school 20 miles everyday, uphill both ways

  5. Cos Cobber

    Anyone who works in finance, accounting or tech knows that roughly 1/3rd to 1/2 of the qualified candidates for entry level jobs are recent college grads born overseas. These are the hungry people. They haven’t bought in to Howard Zinn, green revolution non-sense and other self-defeating / hate-work ideals. They have graduated on time, have participated in meaningful internships (ie corporate internships, not quasi vacations to central America) and have the degrees businesses want; accounting / finance / hard sciences or tech. Moreover, when they take a job they are more committed and realistic as opposed to unsure and idealistic.

    I often find myself asking how did this happen, when in large numbers you have Americans born with all the advantages of America stuck with mall jobs unable to identify a good career/job if it fell on them while the kids overseas – who have been here 4 years are able to quickly gear up and get in the game.

    I think it has a lot to do with the conflicting messages we have in our media, where predominate themes across all forms of entertainment include mocking hard work, for profit corporations and financial achievement. These kids don’t pay much attention to that.

    Bottomline – much of America has succumb to adopting the values depicted on Portlandia and those people are unemployable.

  6. Publius

    CF, no. But I did occasionally lift the world on my shoulders when the snow got too deep……..

  7. AJ

    Are they hiring caliphs and potentates, where you don’t have to get up before noon?

  8. Grumpy & Glass Half Empty

    Publius: well said. I happen to be in finance, and spent many years working my ass off during 80-100 hour weeks at a couple of big banks, as did nearly all of my colleagues/compatriots at bulge bracket firms of my generation (I’m in my late 40’s). We took home maybe $30-35k or so (this was early 90’s) in our early analyst days, not the glamorous banker pay everyone seems to think it is/was. Pay didn’t meaningfully lift (relatively speaking, meaning we started to average more than $40-50/hr!) until we made it through to midlevel associate and then perhaps VP. In the early-mid 00’s, when banks started raising all-in comp for 1st year analysts to $80k or so (an astonishing figure to me at the time), I started seeing a seismic shift in attitudes and demands of interviewees and new employees. Hit the 50 hour mark in work week, and oh gotta go. Handheld devices and phones running in parallel to computer work. Arguing with superiors while getting chewed out for screwing something up, as if they weren’t culpable or allowed to be yelled at. Raising holy HR hell for being called a f&%^!$! idiot or other non-PC term (looking back, good lord the stuff that used to get said and went on in the “old days;” it’d make today’s PC corporate culture blush). I’m talkin’ graduates from “prestigious” universities, raised by iphones and nannies and parents who clearly didn’t deservedly whack ’em upside the head now & then, and instead gave participation trophies for making it to the dinner table. Entitled, spoiled, and just as lazy as the cliche underclass discussed here & elsewhere. Same attitude, different financial base.

    I’m thankfully outta that game nowadays, and I don’t know what the culture is inside the walls anymore. As a client now, I know that my phone doesn’t get answered at midnight like we did when a client called, when we were chained to our desks and working our ass off. Instead, I’m lucky to get an email response with the stupid tag line “sent from my iWhatever” and that they’ll get back to me in the morning. It’s likely that they’re out & about facebooking or whatever the hell it is that goes on after hours.

    Some things that give me hope are the college-age kids of friends, who were raised right, are hungry and smart and full of chutzpah. Hopefully today’s biz and gov’t environment doesn’t quickly suck the life out of them.

  9. Riverslide

    Wouldn’t all of the above be a self-portrait if you hadn’t recently discovered blogging-enhanced real estate brokering in big-spending Greenwich?

    I mean, haven’t you been a bounce-between-careers, hitch-hiking, dope-smoking, flower-child most of your life?

    Though your views today are pretty much on-target, it is a little off-putting when you indict all sub-30’s, even though (a.) there is a valiant portion of them swimming hard against the tide you describe, and (b) the majority probably closely resemble the pre-real estate version of you!

    (Apologies for so many hyphens.)

    • The post was directed at the Occupy Wall Street crowd who consider a “job” as their right, not something to be earned, not something that is part of a voluntary exchange between consenting adults.

      Bouncing among careers was a brilliant choice for me – I’m easily bored and can’t stand the constraints of corporate structure. How’s your life going?

  10. Today’s Journal explodes some of $ Bill’s firmly-held and utterly false ideas about the tea party: “Many frustrated liberals, and not a few pundits, think that [the tea party people]… must be downscale and poorly educated. The New York Times survey found the opposite. Only 26% of tea-party supporters regard themselves as working class, versus 34% of the general population; 50% identify as middle class (versus 40% nationally); and 15% consider themselves upper-middle class (versus 10% nationally). Twenty-three percent are college graduates, and an additional 14% have postgraduate training, versus 15% and 10%, respectively, for the overall population. Conversely, only 29% of tea-party supporters have just a high-school education or less, versus 47% for all adults.”


    Higher class of morons in hock to the Wall St. agenda. That’s what the Tea Party is. I think we knew that, Balzac. And yes, they haven’t the faintest understanding of nor devotion to how democracy functions. As Ive said before, they are a blight on our country’s politics.

    • Got an answer to my question, Bill? What sort of jobs do your disciples want, and what are their qualifications? Answer that; any way you like, but answer it, and you can come back on these pages. Otherwise, you’re just getting awfully boring.

      • Cos Cobber

        Did anyone watch the mayoral debates last night? De Blasio made it abundantly clear, his plan for jobs means advancing SF style “living wage” agendas and unionizing all construction and housing admin jobs. Other than that, he has no ideas what-so-ever. De Blasio makes one very happy to have Danel Malloy.

        • I didn’t watch, but I heard that in addition to the punitive taxes and union give-aways you mention, he also promises to get rid of the police commissioner Kelly. More crime and higher taxes, the usual Democratic platform. He supposedly enjoys a 50% lead over the Republican alternative so once again, democracy seems poised to give the voters what they deserve, good and hard.

        • hmmm

          I welcome deblasio I hope he wins and succeeds in his entire agenda, they all deserve to get it good and hard.

      • Anonymous

        I’d like to take a stab at the answer to this quandary. Based on the thing already in the WH, community organizer and then a hop, skip and a jump to POTUS. Sad, but true. My second guess would be that the posted picture holds the clue to what they are qualified for…Quiznos probably needs some sign danglers.

  12. Grumpy & Glass Half Empty

    nonviolent crime up 40% in city parks already. was on channel 2 news last night, one of the city councilmen was speaking to it directly, said there’s something like 80 cops citywide who are assigned to patrol all parks. that’s ALL parks in the boroughs. that is absurdly comical if true.

    cretins are out there who stalk runners, joggers, elderly and even moms pushing strollers on west side riverwalk. lot of cyclists have been beaten and bikes taken in the past few months.

    between deblasio and crime stats, it’s becoming 1980 all over again, sadly. and it will continue to degrade so long as nobody’s got the cops’ back. i give it another 5 years before things start seriously going sideways. hope i’m wrong.

  13. AJ Nock

    While I am on the opposite side of the political spectrum from him, Howard Zinn at least was consistent and true to his principles.

  14. kc

    I don’t think it’s really that most of them are basically useless but they choose to make themselves so by constantly reaching for some empty political maxim or truism at any point where they might find themselves unhappy with the simple nature of following instructions and performing basic tasks. Somehow, we have created an adversarial system out of the rather prosaic relationship of employer and employee.

    • hmmm

      fuck them they are losers and I’d rather pay for them to have nothing than to see their sorry asses on vacation.