One of the complaints of Occupy Wall Street is college loan debt and the other is lack of jobs.

Apparently unable to recognize how elitist this is, Democrats have embraced OWS. But there are jobs out there and well-paying ones at that. But they might not appeal to an Occupier: They do not require a college degree.

I’ve come across several articles on this subject recently. The first was a blog post (“When Good Paying Jobs Go Unfilled”) on Hot Air. Blogger Jazz Shaw is commenting on a Wall Street Journal report on how difficult it is to find people to fill jobs that require skills but not college degrees. The WSJ story begins:

Ferrie Bailey's job should be easy: hiring workers amid the worst stretch of unemployment since the Depression.

A recruiter for Union Pacific Corp., she has openings to fill, the kind that sometimes seem to have all but vanished: secure, well-paying jobs with good benefits that don't require a college degree.

But they require specialized skills—expertise in short supply even with the unemployment rate at 9%. Which is why on a recent morning the recruiter found herself in a hiring hall here anxiously awaiting the arrival of just two people she had invited to interviews, winnowed from an initial group of nearly five dozen applicants. With minutes to go, the folding chairs sat empty. "I don't think they're going to show," Ms. Bailey said, pacing in the basement room.

Shaw tells the story of a neighbor’s son who finished high school and became an apprentice for a trade. He is not hanging out at Occupy Wall Street:

Within six months of graduating [from] high school he had a secure, full time job which is bringing in some seriously good pay and benefits. Yes, the job involves hard work, finds him coming home covered in dirt and dust, and he frequently has to deal with irate, if not panicking homeowners. But he had no outstanding debt and at the age of 25 was already purchasing his first home.

The Wall Street Journal has another story today on the middle-class jobs that Austin, Texas has created by attracting entrepreneurs. These are jobs that don’t require a college degree. Some pay a median wage of $17 an hour or $38,000 a year.

Many find room for advancement: Douglas Kanneman was a bored retail clerk who became a computer technician and now earns $90,000 with overtime. He owns a four-bedroom house and his income allows his wife to work part-time while their children are young.

But Occupy Wall Street types would very likely turn up their noses at these jobs—and, indeed, at these people. Thomas Edsall had a piece in the New York Times the other day reporting that the Obama coalition is writing off the white working class in favor of a coalition of lower-income voters and the educated elite. Rod Dreher has the best succinct summary of this position:

Dems to white working class: Drop dead

Democrats prefer people who have degrees in women’s studies and took courses on such pressing matters as Lesbian filmmakers. But it seems to me that the white working class could be attracted by a philosophy of hard work and upward mobility.