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The unemployed need not apply

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It's a story that you hear all the time on this site of people trying to find a job, but can't because of the shit economy that has gone to hell and is prepared to take a dive even deeper. Of course, I'm one of the people who can't find a job, despite the many (automated) results I get on any job board, but that is just the end result of the entire crisis.

I look at the news, and I see all these different stories of my generation looking anywhere to find a job, only to be turned away because of a lack of work experience or, and this is a disturbingly growing trend, because of the length of time they've been unemployed. Most places now automatically reject applications where the person in question has been unemployed for over six months. Right now, it's the biggest and most consistent topic amongst my generation. People who graduated high school or college can't find work in their fields for one reason or another and have to find work elsewhere, who won't hire them because they're overqualified, or they never held a job before, but god dammit, they want to work.

That message seems to be lost on our government and representatives, who continue to claim that the unemployed just want to slack off and do drugs and use their food stamps and unemployment checks for drugs and trips to Hawaii. And their idea of a proper jobs bill is to destroy labor laws in this country and tell the unemployed to "get a job", a phrase that has almost no meaning at this point to a demographic that got shafted by the economy or greedy Wall Street execs.

I started watching Star Trek: Deep Space Nine recently, and there was a two-part episode which disturbingly dealt with this issue that blights our society. An episode made in 1995 that takes place in 2024 rings very true in 2013.

It infuriates me that we don't have a solution regarding the rising unemployment in this country aside from numerous attempts to economically hamstring those that need help while giving tax breaks to the richest corporations in this county.

To what end does this all lead to? What end justifies ruining an entire generation, nearly collapsing the world economy, and ostracizing everyone who falls off the wagon, usually not of their own doing? The end is just money, most of which will never be used. Most of which will just sit in a bank somewhere, inert, probably in a nebulous form considering most money is electronic nowadays, and slowly decreasing in value.
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Added: 5 years, 3 months ago
 
Wakka
5 years, 3 months ago
I hear ya and throw thumbs down since this is me all so. no job and can't find a good enough paying job to get my own place to live and iv tried to get a job numerous times but was either not qualified or over  qualified. makes joining the army sound good right about now. :/
Lost
5 years, 3 months ago
Don't. Right now the Department of Veteran's Affairs is an outdated mess that can't get disability checks to veterans because of the staggering amount of claims backlog because they are working on cutting edge 1912 technology. Linking to the Daily Show's take on this case, because it's too depressing otherwise.

In fact, most of the homeless people in this country are veterans. It's a death sentence.
soggymaster
5 years, 3 months ago
What disturbs me the most is that this destruction of the American way seems planned.
Hornybunny
5 years, 3 months ago
I wish we could fave journals.

Those automated responses are annoying, but it's even worse when they call you to tell you that they only want someone that has had a job in the last year. how much experience is needed to assemble cabinets.
sonicrainboom
5 years, 3 months ago
And the government wants to legalize illegal immigrants instead of kicking them out. (if they have a job and we kick them out there is a job opening!)
Honestly tho, I bet they don't want to be legal cause then they have to pay taxes.
Lost
5 years, 3 months ago
You shouldn't talk about things you're uninformed about. Especially here.

Unauthorized immigrants do, in fact, pay taxes, equal to $11.2 billion in 2010. The two big reasons immigrants come here illegally is because of jobs and family. Workers come here for jobs that pay a lot better than in a lot of parts of Mexico, and eventually bring their families over as well because, well, they want to be with their families.

Undocumented workers also tend to be in jobs that break all sorts of labor laws, not the least of which is being paid under the minimum wage, and due to their illegal status and the lack of union protection and unemployment insurance, the people who holds all the cards and leverage are the ones who hired them in the first place. We don't have a system in place to regulate companies from hiring cheap, undocumented labor, and companies are more than willing to hire inexpensive labor (the lobbies to destroy labor laws in this country are a testament to that), and as long as the benefits outweigh the risks, they'll continue to do so.

In the end, the issue comes back to unmitigated greed by the people who have all the money in this country.
Wakka
5 years, 3 months ago
i think its just going to come down to an all out war with the poor vs the rich and im betting on the poor if it does come down to that. :/
sonicrainboom
5 years, 2 months ago
I don't care why they come here or why the bring their families.
If we secure our borders it's going to be harder for these places to hire them.
With Obama care it's going to be way harder to find a full time job cause of the price jump of "free" health care. I had to quit my last job cause of it, and my new boss already warned us that our/their rates will go up and that it's fucked up.
Norithics
5 years, 3 months ago
It's so very ironic that Ronald Reagan declared victory over Communism, which he swore would destroy the United States of America, while setting into motion a series of events that would bring Casino Capitalism to a capricious peak unseen since it brought the entire country to its knees in the 1930s. What lessons were learned of Roosevelt's trust-busting? Nothing, it seems. Nothing at all.
Lost
5 years, 3 months ago
There are large similarities and differences between what happened in the 1930s and what's going on now. The lesson learned was that if you buy out the government with enough money, you can get away with quite literally anything. Laws can be made null if no one enforces it, or you put up a sacrificial lamb. HSBC was found to be consorting with terrorists knowingly for years, and told them exactly how to evade detection by the government in their activities. They were not fined in any real sense.
ButtercupSaiyan
5 years, 3 months ago
this is depressing..........
ButtercupSaiyan
5 years, 3 months ago
Retrospecter
5 years, 3 months ago
I saw a vid where a professor was talking about the systemic dismantling of the US by corporations, I'll link it when I find it. I listen to rdwolff.com often, which goes into a lot of economic analysis and stuff like this.
Retrospecter
5 years, 3 months ago
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