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Job growth critical for private sector | Letters | Jan. 22
Given the national imperative to create jobs in this troubled time, the ability of members of Congress to understand the importance of private-sector job growth is critical.
Accordingly, I think it is appropriate to dispel a misimpression found in these pages created by a quote from a political candidate.
Contrary to his assertion, I have had private-sector jobs where I have driven bulldozers, cement trucks and dump trucks, practiced both civil law in a small firm for 18 years and prosecuted criminals, painted houses and large buildings, advised small businesses, washed dishes, waited tables, waxed floors at a mental health care facility, ran a jack hammer, refereed basketball games and moved furniture, all for pay, and all performed with all the energy I could bring to the task at hand.
I have been around. During those jobs, I came to believe that hard work is in the pantheon of the higher human virtues and that the people who do this work are deserving of a decent shake from their government.
These folks, who sometimes face real challenges, both economic and job related, are in my thoughts every day in Washington, D.C.
Congressman Jay Inslee