Sunday, April 19, 2015

Job creation

If I give you money to do something for me, do you have a job?

What if I don't hire you as an employee, but just pay you to do a task.  Do you have a job?

I hire a gal to come in and clean my house every couple weeks.  Does she have a job?

Robert Reich, former secretary of labor, thinks that you don't get to claim that you created jobs if you don't hire employees.  He is, allegedly, an economist.  That doesn't bode well for the reputation of economists.

Specifically he claims that Uber can't claim to have created jobs if they also claim that their drivers are independent contractors.

(Clever aside: As Kevin Williamson so aptly writes:
We all eagerly await his application of similarly high standards to, e.g., the steady stream of outright fabrications produced by Hillary Rodham Clinton, Harry Reid, etc.
but I digress)

Getting back to the main idea, Williamson points out that the leftist default is apparently that you are either destitute or dependent.  You are either the ward of the government or an employer, or you have nothing.  There is no situation where you have a job that doesn't depend on someone else.
I would suggest that there is a third option.  That you find a way to support yourself: not by getting your government cheese each month; not by signing on as a cog in some corporate machine; but by finding something that you can do and for which someone will pay you.   You can be employed and not an employee.  Trust me.  I've been doing it for about ten years now and it is much more satisfying than showing up and punching a time clock somewhere.  True, you have to be responsible for your own actions.  True you have to get out and hustle a little.  But you work on what you want when you want.  How is that not a good thing?

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