ARE YOU NEW HERE? NOT LOGGED IN? PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO REGISTER FOR AN ACCOUNT AND LOGIN TO REMOVE THIS WINDOW
Welcome to PatsFans.com. Do you have an account? If not - please take a moment to register for our forum and experience a much smoother experience with fewer ads, along with no longer having to see this notification window. Also learn about how you can receive a free Patriots T-Shirt from the Patriots Official ProShop by CLICKING HERE. Please enjoy your stay here, and Go Pats!
RECEIVE A FREE PATS T-SHIRT AND SAVE 15% OFF WHEN YOU BUY FROM THE OFFICIAL PROSHOP!
Free T-Shirt & Save 15% Off!
Like Our Site? Please help support our site and server costs by DONATING TO PATSFANS.COM and receive a FREE PATRIOTS T-SHIRT and SAVE 15% off EVERY purchase you make from PatriotsProShop.com. You'll also receive added benefits to your account including Removing All Ads During Your Experience Here At Our Forum.
NEEDED YEARLY SITE DONATIONS: 345 | CURRENT # OF SUBSCRIBED SUPPORTERS: 98
No, there has been a decline in work ethic. An increase in the number of foreign workers supports this. They see "bad" jobs as opportunities and will take them and any other not so bad jobs while what State and the journalist observed with young Americans plays out.
One thing is for sure: the OP is no "roving reporter" whatsoever, as he lacks any semblance of journalistic foundation.
If he was any kind of "reporter," he would have done a bit of research and known that P-town no longer has a high school due to state budget cuts and school zone consolidation.
He would also know that young people are leaving the Cape in droves, and have been for decades, as the largely CONSERVATIVE Cape Cod Commission does all it can to drive them away. There is no night life there, no commercial zoning, ... and most towns have a hard-enforced business curfew.
Response from an Internet board regarding the chances and logistics of landing a summer job in Cape Cod.
The people who work at the restaurants and retail stores in resort communities usually can't afford to live there. As a result, many operators have bought houses and cram them with foreign workers who will live in such cramped conditions.
There are plenty of jobs that average $10 an hour but a studio apartment will often cost $1,000+ a month and often more - if you can even find one.
I lived in Provincetown for many years and finally had to move when the building that had my apartment was sold and the rent doubled. Even as the owner of the retail store, I couldn't afford to live there.
... The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism, that capitalism sows the seeds for its own destruction. The paradox is that by its success capitalism teaches people values that undermines the continuance of the system.
This part of the thread actually could be interesting.
What values are those that theoretically would undermine the long-term success of capitalism?
If [State] was [sic--should be "were," the subjunctive mood] any kind of "reporter," he would have done a bit of research and known that P-town no longer has a high school [no, not true. It sends kids to a neighboring school; happens all the time in New England.] due to state budget cuts and school zone consolidation.
I guess Titus Pullo, who emotes rather than thinks, didn't get my more recent point that it makes sense for a native-born teenager from 40 miles away to do the work that someone on a J-1 or H-2B visa from Bulgaria, some thousands of miles away, is currently doing.
Aren't there thousands of students attending university in the Boston area? The construction industry isn't what it used to be. If one is willing to work very hard, even in retail, one can make decent money.
An area's newspaper, the Cape Cod Times, doesn't even list jobs. Businesses would rather pay low-wages to foreigners who don't kvetch and work hard, than roll the dice on native young people.
In his March 14th “Job Destruction Newsletter,” Sanchez forwarded a story from the Cape Cod Times by reporter Ethan Zindler titled “Foreign Worker Quota Filled.”
As the story goes, 700 Cape and islands summer businesses that “rely” on H-2B visas to fill 5,000 hotel and restaurant worker jobs will be hurting because, according to the United States Citizen and Immigration Service, the annual quota of 66,000 visas has been filled. No more cheap labor will be available to the Cape’s tourist industry.
Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Wendy Norcross (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org), acting on the advice of immigration lawyer Matthew Lee (e-mail: email@example.com), has urged chamber members to contact Congress to lobby for an increase in the numbers of H-2B visas. Lee is distressed because unless the cap is lifted, several of his clients won’t get their cheap labor, and will be forced to hire Americans. And, of course, nothing is more painful to an immigration lawyer that losing out on fees.
My blood pressure soared because, as someone who owned and operated restaurants and bars, I know that jobs in resort areas as lifeguards, busboys, dishwashers and fry cooks are coveted by college kids—and for good reason. You can make decent money. Even those lower skill jobs in restaurants where tips are shared can be lucrative. And they are the first step toward the better jobs of table waiting and bartending. Best of all for the kids, when you’re not working, you’re at the beach or on the tennis courts.
How hard can Cape Cod be trying? A search for dishwashers and fry cooks the very same Cape Cod Times job link showed no postings.
New England is home to thousands of universities well stocked with potential employees.
At the Smith College website, a summer job link leads students to “jobs at resorts, beaches, cruises, and other fun places.” Job openings were posted for Santa Cruz, CA. and Amelia Island Plantation, FL but nothing on Cape Cod.
At the Harvard website, employers are encouraged to post job opportunities. Apparently it never occurred to Cape Cod to try Harvard. Again, nothing is posted.
Casting light on the local labor surplus, Professor Andrew Sum of Boston’s Northeastern University reported in his new study “Youth Shut Out of Labor Market” that the job market for 16-to-19 year- olds is as low as it has been since the government started tracking statistics in 1948. Some of those teenagers could most certainly fill the Cape Cod jobs.
If Titus knew English a little better he'd be ready to do a job I once did. Drum roll. I worked as an honest-to-goodness newspaper reporter!