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<<This conversation reminds me of some friends I had back in my more radical days. They observed that most jobs consist primarily in pushing paper. Moving paper from your in box to your out box. No other contribution. They would have insurance at the top of the list of that sort of thing, but most government, and, indeed, most "jobs" if you examine them closely spend an inordinate amount of "work" time moving paper. They felt that most real goods and services are provided by a very small fraction of the “work” force. The others are the work farce. Seen in this light, there is room for some of the drones we have. They aren’t likely to produce any valuable work in any case, so shrug them off.

Sorry, but this is an absurd prejudice.

A general principle of the law is that "a workman is worthy of his hire." Most jobs produce useful goods or services or they are or should be eliminated. But whether that involves pushing paper or not isn't relevent.

At one time I worked as a customer service rep for a utility company, dealing with questions customers had with their bills and arranging to have the gas service turned on or off. Just pushing paper.

But suppose there was no one there to arrange for the gas service to be turned on? You'd have customers with no heat who want to pay for service and employees available to do "real" work by turning on the gas, but with no idea who wanted the gas turned on. Would eliminating that paper pusher be useful?

Or how about the person who has a question about their gas bill? Should they just be expected to pay it whether it's right or wrong because we don't want to employ paper pushers?

Eliminate jobs that don't produce useful services ---- but a prejudice against jobs that involve pushing paper is absurd.

Seattle Pioneer
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