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Nobody with a job is ‘non-essential’

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From the Boston Herald:

Writing an editorial for the Boston Herald, Howie Carr asked a very good question: Who are these politicians who imperiously decide who is an “essential worker” and who is not?

It really is worth the time to read it, and I wish we could force our political leaders to listen as someone without a job read the piece to them. Here are a few snippets of truth from the editorial:

At long last, finally, working people are starting to push back at these damn-fool silver-spoon politicians who are gleefully destroying the economy for… what, exactly?

I saw a quote the other day from a woman with a “non-essential” small business: “I’m not afraid of losing my life, I’m afraid of losing the life I built.”

A while back the hacks on Beacon Hill even stopped using the word “non-essential” to describe all their cronies and relatives who get a paid day off every time there’s a dusting of snow. It was bad for their self-esteem apparently. The truly non-essential are now called “non-emergency.”

Every time there’s a federal “shutdown,” we are deluged with sob stories about $150,000-a-year bureaucrats living in the most affluent suburbs in America who are not being paid for a few days, even though everyone knows that they will soon be taken care of, after what amounts to a paid vacation.

But what about the 26 million Americans who’ve lost real jobs?

I agree with Howie. Anyone who has a job making a product or providing a service is never “non-essential” because the foundation of this country is supported on the backs of working people. Without them, nothing else is possible.

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Greg Gerber

A native of Wisconsin who moved to Arizona in 2009, Greg Gerber is a DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three grown daughters. He worked as a journalist for many years before pursuing a career as a faith-based writer, author, coach and speaker. Greg is the author of Pornocide: How Lust is Killing Your Faith, Stealing Your Joy and Destroying Your Life.

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