A very interesting development. In addition to landscaping, housework, and construction, a new industry has decided to start hiring Mexicans. Now, most blue collar folk wouldn’t mind working an $18/hr starting wage, but apparently in eastern Kentucky people are too shiftless, lazy, and drug addled to become coal miners (that’s what Charlie Bearse, the guy at the mining company said). Perhaps Charlie ought to meet a few folks in Estill county and pop open an Ale-8-1 and negotiate with them instead of threatening to bring in Mexicans. I pity the Mexicans that go down the wrong hollow, if you know what I mean.
Bearse does have a point, however. And although Kentucky is the #3 producer of marijuana, and make up 9% of the total US market for pot, this is not a problem endemic to Kentucky alone. There are many able-bodied men in Louisiana, in their 30’s populating bars or trailers all day long. Ask them what they do for a living, and chances are they’ll tell you they got a settlement from an oil company, since their “something hurts”. Now, these aren’t guys like my uncle, who saved his crew from a fire offshore and lost both pinky fingers and was out of commission for a year. No, these guys are perfectly able-bodied, and gaming the system.
I’m not saying working offshore or in a coal mine is for everyone. But when not enough Americans are willing to bust their ass to feed their family, there is a serious problem with our society. I know enough about Kentucky to know the people Bearse is talking about, and I bet there were less and less of those types thirty years ago.
Posted at 06:13 pm by Johnny B