Part I discussed the current clash in Washington and how conservatives shouldn’t even have to fight this, but do because they’ve lost control of the language to the class warriors of yesteryear who are now running government. There were suggested some replacement terms that would more closely model reality and allow conservatives to have a conversation that the American people would find more readily accessible than trying to couch it in their enemies’ terms. They were: job holders, job creators, and job destroyers.
Job holders can be of any class or income level. They trade their time and labor for money, regardless of how much, then spend or save that money as seems appropriate to them. In times gone by, they might have been thought of as the working class, but they extend far beyond that. Some amass wealth and become job creators themselves, others barely get by in a day-to-day, hand-to-mouth existence, but all of them fall into this class of economic participant, and this class represents the great majority of the country and of any economy.
Job creators are those who, well, create jobs, either by directly hiring someone or by providing someone else the means to do so. Every job has a monetary cost entailed for him who creates it. Most would think of this in terms of salary, but in reality it costs much more than that, in paid vacations, sick days, insurance, 401(k) matching, pension funds, other benefits, and above all, taxes. All of these are regarded as the necessary cost of doing business. What employees care about is their take-home pay, how much they’re getting after the government takes its cut in the greatest extortion racket of all time. When all’s said and done, it will frequently cost a job creator at least twice as much to create the job as the job holder receives in his paycheck. Because of this, job creators will typically be wealthy individuals or collections of individuals with enough financial clout between them to hire additional people (i.e. businesses).
That’s where job destroyers come in. Job destroyers destroy jobs. That’s what they do, even though they frequently don’t realize it. Frequently figures in government at some level, destroyers advocate policies that raise the costs of employing someone. Job creators do not exist as ships floating on vast oceans of currency. Rather, they exist as boats traveling a river of coin. Siphon some of the money out, and the vessels with deeper drafts will ground out, founder, and sink. Suck out more, and those with shallower drafts will have the same issues. Suck out too much, and no one will want to try floating on that river for fear of the snags, once safely gotten around or over, now lurking just below the surface to destroy the unwary.
In siphoning the river away, job destroyers frequently have the best of intentions. They’re in public service after all, never mind their eye-popping benefits and cozy retirement packages. Job destroyers are typically disconnected from the world job holders and job creators live in, oblivious to the obvious and capable of unwitting but extreme damage. Many are wealthy beneficiaries of their parents’ hard work and good investments, and sometimes of their own. Many others are lifetime politicians who have never really lived in the real world. But be it by money, by power, or by their position at the public teat, job destroyers are one and all blinded to the life the rest of us live.