Sunday mornings are devoted to the Post-Gazette. In last Sunday’s issue, from the story about Obamacare vs. jobs in the news section to the letters in the opinion section, everyone agrees that what Americans need are jobs, jobs, jobs. And everyone is wrong, wrong, wrong! What Americans need are food, shelter, clothing, self-respect and the other necessities of life. Jobs are one way of obtaining those necessities. A job is a means to an end, not an end in itself.
But those jobs are not here right now and will not be here for the foreseeable future. They are being sent overseas or made obsolete by advances in technology or eradicated because they destroy the planet. They’re gone. So we had better start facing reality: We need an alternative to universal employment. Unless we find it, millions of Americans are headed for agonizing extinction.
Can we find those alternatives? Of course not. In order to do that, we’d have to vote hundreds of progressive, forward-thinking, humane politicians into office. But we won’t; we’ll continue to vote for the anti-abortion, pro-gun, pro-business, kill Obamacare, cut down on food stamps, don’t protect pensions, right-wing politicians who tell us what we want to hear.
So, as we continue our relentless hearings on Benghazi, take comfort: You’re getting what you voted for. (Unfortunately, those of us who didn’t vote for those clowns also have to suffer from their antics.)
PAUL A. ALTER