Did you offer them a well-paying job? Chances are, neither has anybody else.
Who's responsibility is it? Is it the responsibility of the person who has a job opening to personally ask each person on the planet if they want to fill it, or is it the responsibility of the potential employee to look in standard places where such offers are made public?
I bet exactly no employer is driving down to that park and saying "I'm hiring". I bet a lot more employers are putting ads in the newspaper, and a lot more are using the publicly-funded state employment bureau's job listings.
Of course nobody is going to walk up to them and offer them a well-paying job. It is also true that anybody hiring somebody for a well-paying job is unlikely to hire most of the folks you were complaining about.
The days when you could tell whether somebody was capable of getting a job ended with the development of automation.
That's absolutely correct, because once a person learns to do a job there is absolutely no way that he could ever learn to do a different one, and anyone who would suggest that he do so is just suppressing the proletariat. Once a specific job at one plant is taken over by automation, everyone who ever did that job is now unemployable in any other job.
Most people performing tasks that are replaceable by automation will not be capable of performing any job which is not also replaceable by automation. Of course, some will be, but that minority is unlikely to be unemployed.
You would have a much stronger argument had you said that what prevents someone from knowing is the vast array of medically disabling conditions that allow disability pensions.
Actually, I am asserting that they're disabled, though not in any form that currently is granted a disability pension in most societies. The disabilities vary, but they're mostly mentally disabled, in the sense that their intelligence is not fairly well above-average, which is what is required to obtain a well-paying job. Granted, there are also many well-paying jobs that depend less on intelligence and more on other attributes, but for the most part those attributes are also fairly rare.
Take somebody who is completely paralyzed and unable to move, and also completely mentally retarded and unable to do more than maybe digest food spooned into their mouth. They lie on one end of a continuum. On the other end would be somebody with the intelligence of Steven Hawking and the prowess of an Olympic athlete. Virtually everybody falls somewhere in-between. At all points in time there has been a boundary below which people were simply unemployable. As technology advances, that line moves - people who were perfectly employable 1000 years ago are not employable today, because the jobs they were able to do are automated. For example, somebody who was mentally disabled and unable to even remember their name might still be able to earn a living wage by digging ditches 500 years ago. Today that would be unlikely - there is so little demand for manual labor that employers looking for such work can be more picky about who they hire.
At some point in time automation will get to a point where no human is employable - we'll simply be weaker and dumber than machines.
Think of the average kid you went to high school with (assuming you went to an average public school as I did). Do you REALLY think they're capable of holding down a job in the modern world?
Yes. They may not be rocket scientists, doctors, or lawyers, but thank goodness those aren't the only jobs available. And I'm even more sure that the average kid who just left high school is capable, because I see a lot of average kids holding down jobs in the modern world today.
First, I said "well-paying jobs" and not "jobs." I'm not interested in how many average people can hold down a minimum wage job. Such persons are going to require the public assistance you seem to be decrying in any case.
From my observation, it does not seem like most average kids are getting well-paying jobs these days. With the general advance of technology it seems likely to me that the bar for getting a well-paying job will continue to rise, as it should. It doesn't make sense to hire people to do work that a machine can do more efficiently. The problem isn't with the fact that many are unable to work productively, but rather with those who insist that they should be punished for this perfectly normal condition.