I Wonder if I have a Green Job?

I heard a new story this morning that hasn’t really sat well with me all day. It seems that our government really stretches things sometimes to make other things seem better. This morning the news story was Issa: Obama administration classifies jobs with political purpose:

The Obama administration on Wednesday acknowledged a wide-ranging definition of “green jobs” that includes bus driver, bicycle-shop clerk and other unexpected lines of employment, which the chairman of the GOP-led House oversight committee said is being done for “clearly political purposes.”
Read more: Fox News

Now I am not here to argue politics, there are plenty of blogs for that. But as I thought about how far they stretched this, someone who sweeps the floor at the bike shop, or pumps gas into the bus, it seems it was stretching the “green job”

If the government wants to find “green workers” maybe they are looking at the wrong place. They are missing the mark. The real green workers are moms. More so Stay at Home moms.

Green jobs , according to the Bureau of Labor are either:

  1. Jobs in businesses that produce goods or provide services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources.
  2. Jobs in which workers’ duties involve making their establishment’s production processes more environmentally friendly or use fewer natural resources.

Have you met some of these moms lately. They may not be in “paid positions” but you all know how much moms are worth.  These stay at home moms thrive on ways to benefit the environment. Moms are using cloth diapers, breast-feeding, and using natural products.

Mothers of young children are increasingly turning to cloth diapers, a trend that’s making Country Save Powdered Laundry Detergent one of the best-selling detergents on Amazon.com, says company president Kris W. Anderson.

The are planning more and keeping with in budgets. They are working to keep their house simple and using products from local businesses. They make less trips to the store and try to condense trips to one or two days out a week. These are the moms who are cleaning with simple things like vinegar and baking soda.

Dear Government, it’s time you said bravo to the moms who are staying at home to raise their kids-these are truly your green workers. Who are the ones using less to give our kids more of us. Enough with the war of who is right or wrong. Stop trying to create “super green jobs” for someone who sweeps floors. I sweep floors too, big deal. I pump gas also. It is time to give credit where credit is due. These are the moms who are not adding to the already over stressed daycares-who are struggling to provided amazing care to the kids that need it. These are the moms who work all day long, who care for their kids, teach their kids, instill morals and values to their kids. These are the families that choose to make it on one income. These are the families that may even have sacrifice a car for this.

These are the “Green Moms.”


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