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Written by Jim Jordal   
Thursday, 12 June 2014

JOBS REACH PRE-RECESSION LEVELS

By Jim Jordal

Woe to him who builds his house by unrighteousness and his chambers by injustice, who uses his neighbor’s service without wages and gives him nothing for his work.”                                                                                            Jeremiah 22:13 NKJV

And I will come near you for judgment, I will be a swift witness against sorcerers, against adulterers, against perjurers, against those who exploit wage earners and widows and orphans, and against those who turn away an alien---because they do not fear me, says the Lord of hosts.”                                                   Malachi 3:5 NKJV

The news recently trumpets that new jobs added by the economy last month have now completed the recovery of the 7 million jobs lost during the last recession, and we are now back to normal in number of jobs available. How nice, especially now that an election is coming.

Try telling this to the long-term unemployed who have dropped out of the labor market in hopeless disgust. Or the single mother working two entry-level jobs just to pay for a scuzzy apartment, a junk car, and school expense for her kids. Or the college graduates who find they must accept entry-level jobs just to exist. Or the college adjunct professors who have no tenure, no insurance, no retirement, no right to continued employment, and salaries (if you can call them that) low enough so that they must compete with students for available campus jobs. Or the seniors who are illegally retired because of age and find all doors to new employment now closed.

What the politicos don’t want to tell us, although we already know, is that most of these vaunted replacement jobs are in service industries paying far lower wages and fewer benefits than the jobs lost to outsourcing and the recession. And many more are part-time with absolutely no benefits.

Another thing they conveniently don’t mention is that population growth during this period would necessitate creating millions of other new jobs just to stand still.

The problem with all this is, as I have said before, that labor is now treated merely as another factor of production to be obtained as cheaply as possible and discarded when its efficiency declines. The old alliance between management and labor, with labor treated as a valuable resource and avenue to better community relationships, is gone, at least in massive multinational corporations.

Again, it’s relatively common knowledge that 95 percent of the gains in wealth during the “recovery” have gone to the top few percent of wealth holders. Why? Because the game is rigged to reward owners of capital rather than owners of labor. It got rigged over the past generation or so because the “good” people were seduced into acquiescence by the lies and misrepresentations of their so-called leaders; the addictive cesspool of modern entertainment; and by the quiet complicity of the religious sector as it transformed the simple gospel of Jesus into a dogmatic set of rules aimed only at getting individuals to heaven and leaving no place for national righteousness and justice here on earth.

Is the situation too far gone to save? Will the laboring class ever get their just rewards? Not as long as we keep worshiping modern economic and political theory at the expense of God’s word.

The Bible verses above indicate God’s expectation that workers be rewarded fairly for their input into the productive process. They are not to be manipulated or coerced into accepting sub-standard wages, nor is their relative powerlessness in the market to be exploited. They are vital factors in producing what consumers need and should be treated accordingly.

God promises as we recently celebrated at Pentecost that he will at the proper time pour out his Spirit on all flesh, and will cause Ezekiel’s “dry bones” to surge with new life. That outpouring of his Spirit is not far away. In fact, it is available now to those choosing to follow God’s word in Spirit and in truth. That’s the final answer, folks! Nothing else will provide the deliverance this earth cries for