The Wizards of
Washington continue to mangle the American economy for one of two reasons;
either they are intent on doing harm or, they are ignorant buffoons determined
on do-goodism for the sake of their own feelings of self-righteousness.
We have ten insulation
factories around the country and never before in our over four decades of
experience have we had a labour shortage at all of our plants at once.
Last year, for the
first time and after the doling out of the Trumpian supplemental welfare
payments, we could not get enough workers at all our plants, at once.
When the Federal
payments ceased later in the year, lo and behold – a miracle, the labour
shortage ended…everywhere…all over the country…all at once!
Alas, now again,
after the implementation of the Bidenian supplemental welfare payments, we
cannot find enough people who want to work at all ten plants around the
I wouldn’t be bold
enough to suggest that there might be a pattern here but, after reading story
after news story of other industries having the same plight, maybe the whacky
wizards ought to sit up and take notice.
For example, from
the New York Times: “Restaurateurs say many former employees are choosing not
to re-enter the work force at a time when they can make nearly as much or more
by collecting unemployment benefits.”
It used to be
otherwise (governments didn’t pay the able-bodied to NOT work). In fact, the first governmental statutes
regarding throwing money at the able-bodied poor were directed at enforcing
In 1349 The British
Statute of Labourers, issued by Edward III after the great plague of the Black
Death, outlawed private charity to the able-bodied:
“And because many sound beggars do refuse to labour so long as they
can live from begging alms, giving themselves up to idleness and sins, and, at
times, to robbery and other crimes-let no one, under the aforesaid pain of
imprisonment presume, under colour of piety or alms to give anything to such as
can very well labour, or to cherish them in their sloth, so that thus they may
be compelled to labour for the necessaries of life.”
Then: Plague, followed by government outlawing
welfare to the able-bodied, they need to work.
Now: Plague, followed by government disbursing
welfare to the able-bodied, no need to work.
just does not repeat itself.
interesting and intriguing ideas of work can we dig up from the past?
Well, going back
thousands of years ago, God gave Moses the Ten Commandments in the Old
Testament, one of which included the command “Six days you shall labor and do all your work.”
Paul, following in
the New Testament, admonishes early Christians to “aspire to live quietly, to mind your own affairs, and to work with
your hands, as we directed you…” 1
In fact, all through
the Bible, images of just about every trade and craftsmanship are used,
demonstrating approval of work – Bleaching with fullers earth, irrigating dry
lands, pottery making, refining fire, the forge for metal working, building
allusions galore, etc.
glorifies work starting right at the git-go when God created the cosmos and
found it to be good. Likewise, we are to
create the products of our artisanship, whatever they maybe, and they should be
found ‘good’ as well.
This places Christianity
at odds with pagan ideas of work and technology. For example, in Greek mythology Prometheus
has to steal the technology of fire from the gods in order to give it to
But the Christian
view is that our creativity is a gift given to man by God and since we are
created in His image and He is the master creator, we are to create good things
with our giftings.
Hence, to work is to
pray, to work is to declare the glory of God, to work is to exercise our freely
given gifts as the means of creative self-improvement in keeping with the
designs of divine providence.
“Marvel not at the works of sinners; but trust in the Lord, and
abide in thy labour: for it is an easy thing in the sight of the Lord on the
sudden to make a poor man rich.” Ecclesiasticus 11:21
democratic regime corrupts millions with unearned income, creating a sense of
entitlement, debauching the very image of God and perverting the recipients
very purpose, self-respect and self-worth.
Edward III would not
be very pleased, God probably isn’t either.
By Terry Applegate