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    BigOkie, Dirtandiron, Brian B

    I never said you should be in the position you're in.  

    The reason I applied for this job was because my last one was outsourced.  So thank you for the advice, but I'm well aware of how disposable my corporate overlords think I am.  I'm not sure why my refusal to internalize their abuse bothers you.

    And no, it's not luck.  Luck is pure chance.  Your unhappiness doesn't change the fact that I wouldn't have been called for the interview if I hadn't already been doing that type of work for years.  Does that mean I was the only qualified person who applied?  Of course not.  I'm sure plenty of qualified people didn't even have their resumes glanced at.  I went through plenty of that  myself before I got this job.  But that doesn't make me less qualified, or less skilled, and I don't deserve the recommendations any less.  It's not like I'm Luke Russert -- I worked for it.  (So did the other candidates.  And they all should be working, and I hope they are.)

    But it's about time people stopped thinking "I'm so lucky, I'm so grateful." Because that leads to "Well, they cut my pay, but I'm grateful I still get my benefits."  The following year, it's "They cut my benefits, but I'm lucky they didn't cut my hours."  Then it's "They cut my hours, but I'm lucky I have a job."  Like the proverbial frog in the pot of steadily heating water.

    What if employers hadn't been able to get away with that all this time?  What if people did what Wal-Mart workers have started doing, or what Occupy Wall Street started last year?  What if they'd started fighting back?  Maybe there'd be more people getting paid better now, resulting in a stronger economy, and fewer people like you getting fucked over.  That's what I want, and what I hope might happen.  

    But it won't even start until people stop saying "I'm so lucky," like they themselves have accomplished nothing and are only working because the benevolent corporate gods chose to rain good fortune on them.

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