As the current boom continues to hit San Francisco like a financial and social earthquake, debates over current issue such as wealth and inequality tend to fracture into name-calling by people whose powers of speech have grown faster than their powers of thought. One notion that has regained currency for the first time since America’s previous Gilded Age is that rich people are rich, and poor people are poor, because the rich work harder.
I now present one such lazybones.
Hardly working? Hardly. More like working hardly.
Sometimes it seems to me as if each and every American has grown completely isolated, incognizant and oblivious to the worlds and lives of every other American. I am not so stupid that I will claim that the rich are a bunch of lazy bums who let someone else do their bidding whilst they complain of how much harder they work than everyone else. But I hire people for a living, and I assure you that poor people work much harder to get jobs than anyone else. They are the only job applicants who follow up with phone calls asking about the status of their applications and what else they can do to improve their chances. The applicants who apply for jobs paying in the six-figure range? Not so much. Hardly ever.
Too many people see what they want to see and disregard the rest. Come on, folks. Let’s let go of we vs. them. We’re all working hard.
Vonn Scott Bair