Only twelve years into the new century and the whole world has run afoul. It really is a shameful time we live in. On a personal level, I am taking jobs out of desperation, which atrophy the skills I was trained to do. On a macro level, the European Union is on the brink of breaking apart due to the unchecked greed and naive optimism of those fluent in jargon. Everywhere you look, youth employment is pitiful (though there's no shortage of Baby Boomers and Gen X'ers arguing laziness is the cause).
Canada's Finance Minister Jim Flaherty spoke out recently about putting strict conditions on Employment Insurance -- yes, insurance that employees and their employers pay into. He seems to think it's a government welfare program. Hey, Jim? Rather than forcing people to take jobs that are across the country for shitty pay, why don't you increase the minimum wage so people don't have to rely on desperate measures? What an SOB.
This is Canada, for fuck's sake! The land of hockey, maple syrup, and... uh, political cronyism, apparently. I can't believe this is the country I grew up in: The authoritarian rhetoric, the corporate shenanigans, the anti-environmental discourse, and the place where wealthy investors (rather than immigrants with actual skills) are welcomed. Ugh ...
As general as this sounds, I've always maintained the 1980s is to blame. Those were the formative years for people now in charge and its values -- work hard, play hard -- stayed with them long past its expiration date.