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Ben Stein Blames Unemployed for Poor Work Ethic

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The fruitless Craigslist searches. The awkward interviews. The whole soul-crushing, Sisyphean process. Looking for a job is one of the most depressing ordeals in anyone's life -- let alone during a recession. But to hear a Hollywood celebrity claim it's generally your own fault, well...

Deadpan actor, Nixon apologist, and anti-evolutionist Ben Stein recently wrote a piece for the American Spectator wherein he gives his thoughts on the current recession and job market. Between lamenting the fates of some of his "upper middle class" friends and offering tough -- albeit prudent -- advice, the 65-year-old actor shared his opinion on why most people are unemployed.

The people who have been laid off and cannot find work are generally people with poor work habits and poor personalities. I say "generally" because there are exceptions. But in general, as I survey the ranks of those who are unemployed, I see people who have overbearing and unpleasant personalities and/or who do not know how to do a day’s work. They are people who create either little utility or negative utility on the job. Again, there are powerful exceptions and I know some, but when employers are looking to lay off, they lay off the least productive or the most negative. To assure that a worker is not one of them, he should learn how to work and how to get along -- not always easy.

(This brings to mind an idea I have long had: that high schools and colleges should have a course on "how to get along" and "how to do a day’s work." This would include showing up in clean clothes, smelling well, having had a good breakfast, dressed in a businesslike way, calling the other employees "sir" or "ma'am" and not talking back. This would include a teaching of the fact that the employee is not there for amusement, but to help the employer make money and to get a job done. It would include the idea that once you are at work, you are not at play. It is an idea whose time has come.)

Productive workers with real skills and real ability to get along are also sometimes unemployed, but they will be the last fired and the first hired.

So as you tearfully look through the dearth of job opportunities, remember that Ben Stein believes you have no one to blame but yourself.

And besides, this is barely a recession at all! You should realize, as Stein did in March and August of 2007, that "the economy is still very strong," "the credit crunch is way overblown," and "this will all blow over and the people who buy [in March 2007], in due time, will be glad they did."
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