The best kind of work pays in two ways: with money, obviously, but also with status. That doesn’t always work in the most straightforward manner: The people working at Starbucks are doing a job very similar to what people do at McDonald’s, but working at McDonald’s carries a stigma. I think that explains some of the paradox in having a country with relatively high unemployment and many jobs that go unfilled unless they are filled by illegal immigrants. The jobs done by illegals are not necessarily paying less than minimum wage; one finds examples of illegals making perfectly average wages. Many of those jobs are physically unpleasant, but many of them are simply jobs that Americans would be ashamed to have. Every time a politician speaks with contempt about “McJobs,” every time a person of influence uses ditch-diggers and janitors as examples of life’s losers, he is doing our country a disservice. There is dignity in all honest work.
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