Over The Garden Fence - Some thoughts about the unemployed in America
Where is the "We Want Work" movement?
There is strength in numbers, but the numbers of unemployed Americans have to be heard!
15,000,000 to 23,000,000 Americans (depending on how many of the currently unemployed and under-employed we are) is a bigger group than many well-organized groups that are vocal and squawking every day...sometimes ad nauseum.
Why isn't this larger group of Americans being heard?
Why aren't they at every political stop the responsible politicians make, with signs and banners saying such things as:
We want work!
My family is hurting!
Bring back my job!
You've got a job to do! I want one now!
Etc., Etc., Etc.
Unemployed and under-employed are at the root of our country's problems in America. They don't pay Social Security. They don't pay taxes. They are dependent on unemployment insurance (if it hasn't already run out.) They aren't raising the gross domestic product. They aren't saving. They aren't even shopping like they did when they were employed. They have drawn down their savings, their 401-K, their IRA, and even their pensions. They can't get a loan on their remaining assets, if any, because they don't have a job that says they are "gainfully employed". So far, they are almost silent!
Some could be organized into a new, active, political group we might name J.O.B.S. representing Just Overwhelmed By Sadness, or some similarly catchy acronym, but they haven't been.
They don't need to lack funds, because there are foundations and charities with grants to give for worthy causes, and what could be more worthy than getting these fellow Americans back to work.
Yes, "there is strength in numbers." Yes, 15-23 million Americans is a big number. But the numbers have to be heard.
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