Facebook Post: 2021-10-28T14:38:52

I didn’t travel by car, but I saw the same things in multiple states, all across Montana, and everywhere I read online. We’ve known this was coming, we haven’t had enough workers for a very long time. You can read all sorts of articles dating back a couple of decades or more that discuss the coming “labor shortage crises”. Combine that with deliberately suppressed wages and and a year and half in which a lot of middle class or retirement age people are learning new ways to cope on a lower income and here we are.

The narrative and the evidence don’t line up. Any time the evidence doesn’t match the assumptions, you check your assumptions and see where you’re going wrong.

It’s not about imaginary benefits letting poor people live like kings while everyone around them is working 2-3 jobs. It’s not about people that don’t want to work but somehow can still pay historically high rent prices and ever increasing costs of living. And despite those things, we’re still seeing record high profits in some sectors, a stupidly high stock market and a wealthy class that has seen their wealth grow by as much as a 3rd in just under 1.5 years.

If it isn’t the poor, and it isn’t that there aren’t people willing to work, then where do you go from there?

Check the narrative.

By Dan Granot

I chose the Shorter Whitman because of his work, "Song of Myself" and because of my self-deprecating sense of humor. I am under no illusion that I can write successful essays or poetry, but I have been known to write them anyway.

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