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Labor shortage continues

School bus drivers, at least in my area, aren’t full time jobs. The job is only for 4 to 5 hours a day, 180 days a year. A half time job, at best. In Orange County, they are offering a $3500 sign on bonus, and they still can’t get enough applicants, no one even showed up to the hiring event. It’s not just a Florida problem. There is a nationwide shortage of school bus drivers. Massachusetts can’t get enough school bus drivers, so the Governor has activated the National Guard and is forcing them to drive the bus.

School bus drivers aren’t the only shortage. Substitute teachers are short as well.

It isn’t just the public sector. A restaurant in Winter Park has closed its doors after 35 years. Not for lack of business, but for lack of employees. There were only 4 people left who worked there, and no one was even applying for jobs. I have eaten there before, the food was actually quite good.

The left claims that no one wants to return to work because wages are too low. I just don’t buy this one. How can people afford to simply sit at home with no money coming in? The answer is simple: they don’t need the money.

If they don’t need the money, the next question is: Why don’t they need the money? Logic follows that they must either have no bills, or have another source of money to cover those bills. We all know that they must have SOME bills. Food, the cell phones that everyone seems to have, etc.

That must mean that employers have competition. Someone is paying them enough that they don’t need to work. Welfare, combined with food stamps, the $300 a month tax payments for having children, and other monies issued from the public dole are removing the main incentive for working: they don’t need more to live on.

The US government is practically pouring bags of cash out of helicopters. Even businesses are catching tons of cash. Selected businesses, that is. The Biden administration is handing out $482 million to aircraft manufacturing companies, even though they are making trillions.

Here comes the inflation.

4 replies on “Labor shortage continues”

Current pay for school bus drivers here is $16.50 per hour and full medical benefits. My neighbor figures it brings in $27,000 to his bottom line. He is a contractor and with his wife’s health issues medical insurance was a bill he could not afford.

It is Government 101 – if you want to discourage something, tax it to death (or, as the British Conservatives once put it, until the pips squeak). If you want to encourage something, subsidise it.

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