The front page headline in last Wednesday’s Aiken Standard, “Thousands apply for Bridgestone,” with the sub-headline, “More than 4,500 applicants for 200 jobs in two days,” will come as a shock to some people. Twenty-two persons have applied for each job opening at Bridgestone. This should destroy the widespread belief that our fellow citizens don’t want to work.

The problem is not that people aren’t working because they are lazy and don’t want to work. Most of them would rather work than collect a meager amount of food stamps and unemployment benefits; the problem is that there just are not enough decent-paying jobs to go around.

Businesses aren’t hiring because people aren’t buying, and people aren’t buying because they don’t have any money. What’s the answer? We can debate the right answer, but the wrong answer would be to cut government spending and benefits in a weak economy. The needs of real people should be more important than perpetuating a flawed ideology.

Anthony J. DiStefano