So...how long are we going to be doing this "Socialism" thing...
...because I'd really like to move on with my life already.
I moved here to El Paso, Texas in 2/2003 when my mother informed me my half-sister, who was military at the time was stationed at Ft. Bliss could be going to Iraq. There were my sisters three kids to be taken care of, so we moved down here. It is this city that single handedly turned me into a Freemarket Anarchist and shown me why government always fails and stymies the growth of its people.
Now that thing that you have to understand about El Paso is this is a city that basically lives on the dole. I don't say that to mean the whole city is on welfare, but that almost this whole city relys on some form of government to survive.
The largest employer here is the US Army. As I stated previoulsy, there is an army base here. There is also the University of Texas at El Paso, a state run university, as well as EPCC (El Paso Community College) which is funded by property taxes. Then there are the public schools, the courts, Job Corps (a division of the Department of Labor) and the city government. Basically, if you are unable to get a job for the government you are basically forced to live a life of minimum wage work because all the other businesses here are things like resturants, hotels and other jobs that service those who do work for the government. With us being literally eyeshot of Mexico, there are so many Mexican nationals, as well as Americans, competeing for the same jobs that finding one is nearly impossible.
Once I moved here, I looked for work for six months and found nothing. I had worked as a management team member for a US fast food chain for four years and I couldn't get a job as a cashier for that company here in El Paso. I finally enrolled at EPCC where I ended up getting a workstudy position working as an office assistant to the college's Chair of the Nursing department. In 2007 I transfered to UTEP where I was an "Undergraduate Assistant" to the PC Support team with the universities IT department. In other words, until I was in a position where I was involved with the government through recieving work-study funds, or being employed by one of the government run schools, I was unable to find a job in the private sector between '03 and '10.
Due to the general welfare state that exists here, there also has been a minimal (if any) growth in the private sector. Just about the only thing you can open here is a resturant, because the government holds so much of the job market that only a small part of the population has any acquired wealth to do anything with it. However, these are often beauracrats or tenured university professors. These are generally not the ones who are looking to start a new business. This leaves jobs scarce and the number of unemployed high. And in turn, raises the number of the amount of people who are on welfare. Socialism breeds dependence and it's taking over the country. MSNBC recently rated El Paso as one of the 15 strongest metros in American right now, but I'd like to suggest that the reason is El Paso has always been as broke as most of the country is right now. The numbers aren't dropping because they can't go any lower.
So, as I find myself sitting here in a bastion of Socialism, I remember why I have become a Freemarket Anarchist. I did everything I was told to to fullfill "The American Dream" and yet I here I sit with $30k of student loan debt staring me in the face and have been unable to find a job since earning my Bachelors in May. The government cannot raise or sustain the economy and the more we depend on it the more it will continue to fail us. Get rid of the fed, get rid of the government overhead, get rid of all the taxes and we'll see if, maybe, this country isn't beyond saving.