sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Unemployable Senior and Minors

There is a direct relationship between age and the difficulty people experience as they try to get hired these days. The older/younger you are, the more difficult it is to find work. Yes, I know that we're in a recession/depression I don't have to read the tea leaves. All I have to do is drive around town and look at all of the closed businesses.

In order to allow senior citizens to become more attractive to potential employers, we need to consider eliminating payroll taxes for senior citizens -- over 60 -- and also for minors, under 18. This will help seniors (and minors) to get into the work force by reducing the cost of labor for companies. 

Various politicians have suggested these measures from time to time, but the plan never seemed to have the traction that it needs to be implemented. There are a lot of unemployed kids who are looking for work. Young people need skills and discipline that work offers in order to develop their lives and focus themselves on the future. 

This is not the call for a "jobs program" of the sort that government usually proposes, funds at disproportionate expense and then doesn't work. It simply levels the playing field slightly for our oldest and youngest who are out there trying to compete and get hired.

Think about it.