It appears that I rarely have a chance to encounter a
Scrantonian who is not working more than one job to make ends meet. It
is mind blowing considering that it is a rarity in most places in
America. The common complaint is that there are NO JOBS in Scranton.
This is strange when you consider that there were 211,000 new jobs
created in November. And the Federal Reserve believes the economy is
strong enough to being raising interest rates. With these indications of
economic strength all over America, why are there no jobs in Scranton?
Hording the Wealth
The amount of money in the city is not being circulating in the city.
Instead, most of it goes to the government and government employees.
While they get to have good salaries and amazing benefits, the average
Scrantonian has to scrape by to make a basic living. To make things
worse, the Scranton government expects the Scranton people to pay higher
fees, higher taxes and more expenses so that government workers can
have more. Now, I am not anti-government employee, but how is this fair?
Housing prices are plummeting all over the city, homes are falling
apart, businesses are closing one after another, and the Scranton
government raises taxes in these conditions? They have even gone so far
as to attempt to sell public utilities to line their pockets.
What Happened To Fairness?
It is not unreasonable for the average person to expect a decent job
with a decent wage. This is the American way. It is not extreme to be
able to want to work reasonable hours and come home to your family. Why
does the Scranton government get to have these things while the rest of
us do not? I say we should have fairness. Scrantonians should not have
to suffer while government employee wages get higher. Let the Scranton
people have a chance to enjoy the stronger economy that is already here
and showing signs of life all over America. The Scranton government
seems to have a policy that the mistakes of the government should fall
on the Scranton people, that the Scranton people should bear the bulk of
the financial mismanagement by the Scranton government. How is that
fair? What did the Scranton people do to underfund the pensions,
mismanagement the city and turn away businesses? The Scranton people did
not decide to give these government employees sky high retirement
plans. In fact, many of the people who vote in Scranton elections are
the unions and their family members. If anyone should bear the brunt of
these outrageous contracts it should be the government and government
employees. They keep saying that they were made promises, but what about
the promise they all made to the constitution and the Scranton people?
We were promised government that would govern with the intent of
providing liberty and justice for all. There is no justice in the
Scranton government hording all the wealth for their employee’s and
employee’s families. It is un-American and goes against the charity
Scrantonian exhibit regularly. #Savescranton #Scranton
Scranton can be a city on a shining hill. It can be the stuff
dreams are made of. The people only need to do one thing in order to
bring this to pass. Before I say what that is, let me tell you a little
about what the future of Scranton will be once the people do this little
thing that they all can do.
Scranton can be a model for other cities. The Scranton people long
for change and it is this longing that will fuel the inspiration to do
better. We have countless of people here begging for work. They are not
lazy! It is usually a problem of people not wanting to work when there
is work available, but this is not a problem in Scranton. I met a young
woman recently who was working a part time job in addition to working a
full-time job to make sure her family had everything they wanted. I met
another young lady who worked three part-time jobs to make ends meet.
The people of Scranton are a hard working people. It is for this reason
that any company would be lucky to employ a Scrantonian. Many people
would have balked at the suggestion of working these tiring hours, but
not Scrantonians. A friend of mine comes diligently to the local bar to
fetch a beer then to go off to bed to wake up and work again. This sort
of work ethic abounds in Scranton. In NYC, where I am from, you will
find countless people who are content without working hard. Many jobs
there are the sort where you can sit around and do nothing all day. I
have met countless Scrantonians who dutifully maintain multiple jobs,
sometimes to the early hours of the night. And somehow, they are not
downtrodden or dejected, but are still able to keep a smile and go on.
Now, imagine Scranton where jobs abound. Imagine a Scranton where
businesses fall over one another to open up here. The streets are paved
and the sidewalks bristling. The gifts of technology are scarcely
utilized in many cities but Scranton can be the first to utilize them
all! Solar powered lamp post with LED lights, new homes that were made
with 3D printers (yes the technology exist!), Drones that deliver you
groceries to you, Markets, Museums, cafes, hotels and restaurants. The
students in the surrounding regions will no longer need to fret about
their job prospects. They will already have internships while they
attend school and after they graduate a job will be insured. Those
without a college degree need not worry because there are currently 3
million high skill jobs that need to be filled that do not require a
college degree. There are programming boot camps that will teach you to
program without charging you a cent! They will only charge you after you
have graduating and obtain a job with the avg programming job paying
between 70-90k. All of these sorts of things will be in Scranton.
Now, I have told you what Scranton will be if the people of Scranton
just do one thing. What is the one thing? The People of Scranton only
need to believe. Yes, that is right. The people of Scranton must believe
these things are achievable and they will be. When I was in Brooklyn, I
saw firsthand how the entire place transformed once the people of
Brooklyn believed. The attitude was “yes we can” and now Brooklyn rivals
Manhattan. I say we can do one better. There was a time when Scranton
was almost as great of a city as NYC. I say we can do one better. We
will make Scranton better than NYC. All we need to do is believe.
Gary St. Fleur