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Thoughts On Ivanka Trump’s Job Statement

I don’t know about anyone else, but my job is more than the paycheck or the reason I get up at the crack of dawn five days a week. I feel like I am giving something back when I have a job.

Earlier in the week, Ivanka Trump stated the following about jobs:

“I don’t think most Americans, in their heart, want to be given something. I’ve spent a lot of time traveling in this country over the last 4 years. People want to work for what they get.”

Of course Americans want to work, we don’t want to take a handout from the government. The Federal Jobs Guarantee that Ms. Trump is responding to is not handout. It is a guarantee that every American has access to a good job that provides a reasonable living wage and benefits to (healthcare, retirement savings plan etc).

Not that Ms. Trump would understand what it takes to get a get a job and keep it. She is an heiress who was born with a silver spoon in her mouth. If she decided to retire tomorrow, she could with more than enough money in the bank to not worry about paying the bills and keeping a roof over her head. If I quit my job tomorrow, I would be seriously concerned about making sure that I can pay my bills and stay in my home.

We should all have access to good paying jobs. Unfortunately, we live in a world in which jobs (like many things) are distributed unequally. If Ms. Trump truly cares about the American people, she will do something to fix this inequality.

But, given that she is a Trump, she probably never will.

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