Economists might come out now and try to fool the American public that the “Great Recession” ended over a year ago, but with some of the highest unemployment seen in my lifetime, it is obvious we are anything but recovered.
Politicians running to stay in office or challengers wishing to replace them are all speaking of jobs, but what is actually being done? Not much, other than calls from conservatives to get government out of the way to let private industry create much needed jobs.
Industry is ready to create jobs for us and have been blocked by government, especially when it comes to hundreds of thousands of jobs in the petroleum industry and millions more related in supportive industries.
In spite of all of the calls to do away with petroleum right now from wacko environmentalists and other leftist kooks, we remain heavily dependent upon petroleum for energy needs and much more. Alternative fuels just haven’t yet been perfected to supply our needs in as economical a manner as does petroleum.
And still, government continues to turn a blind eye not only to our energy needs, but to the critical need of putting Americans back to work.
The American Petroleum Institute recently took a “bull by the horns” attitude and carried out a series of Rallies for Jobs in several states concerned over lost jobs by petroleum drilling moratoriums and drilling bans.
While primarily directed at jobs drilling for oil, it cannot be forgotten that several other job creating industries benefit from getting our petroleum industries back to work. Auto mechanics, restaurants, auto supplies, clothing manufacturers, you name it. Almost all industry somehow benefits when we have the petroleum industry working, either directly or indirectly in some supportive capacity.
Several people were able to attend and speak out for jobs at the rallies, but they were unable to be in every city. To that end, the American Petroleum Institute has now began the National Virtual Rally for Jobs where you are invited to stop by and leave a short message on why jobs are so important to us.
You do not need to be directly connected to the oil and gas industry as increased jobs in that sector can only spread to increased jobs in other sectors in support of them and begin getting us back to work, earning decent salaries to feed, clothe and care for our families.
Along with us returning to work comes revenue growth to the treasury to fund the current bills government is raising taxes to pay for, eliminating the need to raise taxes, which ends up only costing more jobs to disappear.
The demonizing of the oil and gas industry and subsequent lost jobs, numbering hundred of thousands, if not millions is getting old. So called “Green Energy” is years away from being perfected into a substantial alternative and even then, it ends up eliminating more jobs than it save, as has been discovered by Spain when they commissioned a study and discovered they were losing two jobs to every one being created.
Bottom line, we need jobs. We cannot afford to have so many people jobless for so long with no plans to allow the private sector to create them. Without those private sector jobs, the jobs government speaks of to rebuild infrastructure cannot be paid for. Tax dollars must be brought in to pay for those and those taxes must come from the private sector if they are to be paid for.
Visit the the National Virtual Rally for Jobs and leave your message telling government, regardless of which party, we are fed up with being out of work. We do not want hand outs, just the ability to work to care for our families.
Contact your representatives and urge them to end the moratorium on oil drilling and drilling our own known oil reserves within our own country now.
Americans working together, rebuilding our own oil industry is not only good for job creation; it is the only viable way to end our dependence on foreign oil.
We will still perfect alternative energy sources and the free market will invent viable “Green Energy” sources. But in the meantime, we need jobs and the Oil and Gas Industry is sitting on hundreds of thousands of them that the government has long blocked.
It is time the government got the hell out of our way.