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-partepisode 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.