Opinion

Google Takes YUGE Step Toward Making Americans Employed Again

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Chuck Muth President, Citizen Outreach

Back in March, anti-Trump columnist Martha White of NBC Fake News took a shot at the president’s proposed budget…

Donald Trump ran for president on a platform of creating good jobs for American workers, but his inaugural budget would siphon resources away from many of the people and programs that do just that.

Naturally, White tossed in the requisite liberal accusation that “vulnerable populations” – code for “Democrat voters” – would be at greater risk.

What’s so laughable about Ms. White’s report is how clueless she is on how the real world works.  She is a textbook example of what today is unaffectionately called an “IYI” (Google it).

First, the government doesn’t create good jobs.  The private sector creates good jobs.  Government jobs are funded by taxes from good private sector jobs.

The president’s position – based, unlike Ms. White’s, on actually creating good jobs in the private sector – is to get the government out of the way of the private sector so the private sector can do what it does best: Create good jobs.

Let’s pause a minute to allow our liberal readers to catch up…

OK, back to Planet Reality.

Google is a private company.  Google provides good jobs in the private sector.  LOTS of good jobs.  And last week Google announced a new private sector service to help others find good jobs.  It’s called “Google Search for Jobs.”

Here’s how Google Project Manager Nick Zakrasek explains this revolutionary new service…

Whether you’re a student looking for a part-time job, an electrician seeking work closer to home, or a teacher moving to another state to be close to family, finding a job can be difficult.

With job postings scattered across the web, newspapers and help wanted signs, it’s not always easy to find ones that are a good fit based on your unique needs and skills. As a result, many job seekers feel like they can’t find the job they’re looking for or apply to roles that aren’t the right fit.

At the same time, 46 percent of U.S. employers face talent shortages and have issues filling open positions with the right candidate. . . .

(Google has) a long history of using our technology to connect people with crucial information. . . . Today, we’re taking the next step in the Google for Jobs initiative by putting the convenience and power of Search into the hands of job seekers.

With this new experience, we aim to connect Americans to job opportunities across the U.S., so no matter who you are or what kind of job you’re looking for, you can find job postings that match your needs.

Starting today in English on desktop and mobile, when you search for ‘jobs near me,’ ‘teaching jobs,’ or similar job-seeking queries, you’ll see in-depth results that allow you to explore jobs from across the web.

For many people, a job needs to satisfy some key criteria, like commute time, job specialties they’ve honed or the hours they have available to work. For many jobs, you’ll also see reviews and ratings of the employer from trusted sites, right alongside the job description, and if you’re signed in, for some jobs you’ll even see how long it would take to commute to the job from home.

We’ll continue to add additional filters and information in the future. Looking for jobs is a personal and complex journey, and one that we’re trying to support in this new search experience.

Amazing.  And free.  And without government involvement.  And without taxpayer funding.  And get this: Even “vulnerable populations” can use the service!

Heck, I wouldn’t be surprised to see some entrepreneurial spirits learn and perfect this new Google Search for Jobs service and start hiring themselves out to technology-challenged job-seekers, thus creating even more new good private sector jobs.

Of course, no discussion of this subject would be complete without adding a few quotes from President Ronald Reagan.  And since Reagan loved to deal in threes, here are three good ones…

  1. “The best possible social program is a job.”
  2. “Government is not a solution to our problem, government is the problem.”
  3. “Government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector.”

That wisdom, Ms. White, is at the heart of President Trump’s job creation plans.  And Google is right there with him, stepping up to the plate as a private sector partner.  Without government money.  Without government coercion.

Thanks, Google, for helping to make America great again!