I hear the term “job creators” spoken a lot on the news lately.
The Republicans are always going on about this moniker, and how we must keep the Job Creators happy, or they will not create jobs, and our economy will start to sputter even worse than it is now… and then God knows what could happen.
Apparently, we will all fall into a peril so horrifying; it will rival the famous lines from Ghostbusters: “Dogs and cats, living together—mass hysteria!”
I don’t really know what a Job Creator looks like, though.
I envision it to be the late Steve Jobs, or possibly Bill Gates, or someone else… but always someone in a suit and tie who works in a high-rise and makes salaries in the seven-to-eight figures.
This person is faceless; and I am a very visual person, so I need to know what the Job Creator looks and acts like.
Because, from what Republicans tell me, it sounds to me like they are perpetually unhappy, and that we must somehow vote only for people who will appease them.
But appease them how?
Are the Job Creators a new version of the Mayan God, Quetzalcoatl? Shall we travel up the Yucatan and throw them a virgin or something? I simply cannot be of service to these people, and therefore my country, if I don’t know what they want.
No, I only know that they've been given everything recently, and I know what they don't want. The Republicans often give me a list of things which will displease the Job Creators; things like: Do not repair the infrastructure, do not support unions, do not impose “big government” regulations on industry and banking, and do not raise the taxes of the Job Creators (for fear that they will be sour).
Furthermore, I imagine that we should not get them wet or feed them after midnight.
Because if one thing will make the Job Creators go from Gizmo-to-Stripe, it’s cold pizza at dawn.
But, despite all these efforts to placate them, they are not creating jobs.
They are in dereliction of their duty, and reports show them hoarding cash as profit. For the better part of a decade now, the Bush (and, to some degree, the Obama) Administration had time and money to molify these people, and we still have slow economic growth and unemployment close to nine percent.
So, at the very least the results do not justify the means. The appeasements and sacrifices to our national prosperity on their behalf apparently have not worked.
I’m not a hippie. I’m not a dreamer. I’m a teacher.
So forgive me if I don’t understand this whole thing.
It does seem to me, though, that if we’re going to have an ethereal discussion about who really creates jobs, we might want to consider the idea that teachers are, in fact, actual job creators.
Because I’m pretty sure that, even before they were myths and legends, the Job Creators were students. And our society seems to not treat these two professions equally.
Wait. What am I saying? That’s crazy. A teacher isn’t someone who, if they lose self-worth, might not harm an entire generation of the workforce.
They really don’t have an impact on society, by teaching people the skills that the other, more-revered Job Creators might one day hope to hire. Right?
Or maybe they do. Maybe we’ve got things ass-backwards, and we live in a society where we fear what a private-sector, mythical Job Creator will do when unhappy; while taking for granted that a public-sector teacher would never be so cold-blooded as to undertake a similar dereliction of duty by dismissing a student because they no longer feel it’s lucrative to deal with them; or that a quality teacher would ever become so exceedingly unhappy about their paychecks or the government who is supposed to defend them, so much that they stop doing their job.
Maybe things are a bit topsy-turvy when the teacher is demonized by an entire political party for somehow “sucking money” from society with their middle-class paychecks AFTER coming home from a job where they are expected to wholeheartedly and unflinchingly push future Americans to be the best, both now and forever, by learning something that will make them valuable to our society.
Maybe our society would be better off with balancing the focus and reverence that we currently give the CEOs of a company — even though those CEOs haven’t earned that worship even when being given all of the breaks a government can afford to give them — to professions whose benefits are actually repaid to that society.
I guess I am a bit of a dreamer.