Ben Carson on Jobs


College job: supervised highway cleanup crews

When I was in college, one of my summer jobs was supervisor for highway cleanup crews. It was quite a difficult job because the weather was so hot and there was very little shade along the expressway. I began to think of ways to give them incentives. I said, "Why don't we start when it's cool out? How about 6 in the morning?"

"6 in the morning?" they shot back. "You must be crazy. What are they teaching you at that fancy school?"

I then went on to explain that they could work much more efficiently during the cool weather, and that I would pay them for 8 hours of work if they could fill 100 bags with garbage in 7 or even 6 hours. Well, you have never seen people work like these young men worked from that point on. By 8:00 in the morning they would have filled more than 200 bags with garbage and cleaned whole stretches of highway.

Those in charge of the program were flabbergasted. They were always saying, "Carson's crews are amazing, but we never see them."

Source: America the Beautiful, by Ben Carson, p. 71-72 , Jan 24, 2012

Unions bad when they focus on power & not future generations

In the early days of the Industrial Age, the advent of unions brought about the kind of collective bargaining that resulted in fair wages and reasonable working conditions. Unfortunately, with time, many of the union bosses began to concern themselves with power and influence. By threatening strikes to further their causes, they were able to exact excessive wages and benefits from companies such as General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler, in the long run crippling these companies and rendering them noncompetitive. Essentially they were strangling the goose that laid the golden egg.

One of the themes you may have begun to notice is that those entities that are bad for our nation tend to want what they want now, without thought to how it will affect future generations. If you use that principle as a measuring stick, in most cases you can easily determine which unions and other entities are good and which are deleterious to the prosperity of our nation.

Source: America the Beautiful, by Ben Carson, p. 92-93 , Jan 24, 2012

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