Now, as an addendum to my previous Facebook post that went WAY out of control…
I’ve been unemployed for 6+ months. I have sent out more resume’s & applications than I can count on my hands and feet. There is not a day that goes by that I’m not crossing my fingers that my resume/application will land in the hand of someone who is willing to take a chance on me… and say “Yeah! This this is the guy for us!”
What is most concerting, is that I (after the past 6+months), I am still unable to find decent full-time employment. It wasn’t like this in my younger years. I could find a decent job in a couple months! No matter HOW over-qualified I was…
But, how did we get this way?
40 years ago, my father had a descent job in Cedar Rapids that paid for a house to live in the Marion, IA area. Mom didn’t HAVE to work… she didn’t have to find outside employment! My sister and I were not WONT for anything. Yet, in 2012, it’s impossible for a family of two kids to have one of their parents stay at home to look after them… cook, clean, do laundry, run errands, sweep the house… who cares! As, the list is endless… Yet, they were afforded the opportunity to STAY AT HOME!
WTF? What changed?! What HAS changed… is pure mathematical. It’s a matter of percentages… and the bottom half of the middle-class is rapidly becoming the “top half” of the lower class… smack-dab into poverty. Is anyone paying attention? Who cares if you you made $50K per year… your family is screwed if you weren’t paying attention! You’ve lost your job because of cuts to the company budget! What Now? We hope your 401(k) will bide you some time…
How can this happen?
It happens because we are not paying attention. It happens because we are NOT making our voices heard! We keep thinking that we’ll finally make it… but, everything is stacked against us! I made decent money, but WHY could I not afford a house? Interest rates? NO! It’s because the cost of further education exceeded the cost of finding further stability.
Yes. I may be venting because of my own issues with the law… and how my previous bad decisions have made my life more difficult than necessary.
In our current climate, it is extremely difficult for a family to locate reasonable housing… and, it shouldn’t be that way. Why do both parents HAVE to work full-time to make ends meet? Why? Because the rich keep getting richer… at the expense of the hard-working individuals underneath them.
How do we fix this?
Actually, it’s rather simple. Employers need to hire enough personnel to reduce the unemployment rate from 8.5% to 3%. End of Story! Done! It’s Fixed!
So… why would THAT work?
Let’s start with the new employee. They buy goods and services. Groceries, gasoline, a new TV, an upgraded computer, Internet Access, Municipal Services, Rent/Home Loan, phone, and Holiday Presents. They might even buy a better fuel-efficient car!
Oh, that’s asking business’s FAR too much…
Really? Is that SO much to ask? Actually, not. Yes, business’s would balk at that sort of mandate… yet, the long-term prospects would prove to be financially beneficial. By hiring more… we encourage those “hired” to buy more goods and services. Thus, inherently creating demand. What the What? Yes, the more people employed… the more demand for goods and services for those employed. Done! End of Story! The Lecture is finished… please, leave your comments by the door!
Are you kidding me?
No, I am NOT kidding you. Actually, this scenario would be difficult for either Democratic or Republican candidates to mandate. It’s just too… forward thinking for either party to fathom.
The “fix” for the current economy is for business’s to start hiring. Period. End Of Story.
How could anyone deny that? How could ANYONE deny that logic? It wold really work… and business’s would see the profits in a good 3 or 4 years. Yes. Shareholder’s would “cringe” at the prospect of a few year’s meager prospects… but, their prospects would rebound in the next 3 – 4 years!
It’s a win-win scenario!
Tell me I’m wrong. I dare you!