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Over The Garden Fence - Some thoughts about the unemployed in America

Updated on June 3, 2017

Where is the "We Want Work" movement?

Can the unemployed finance getting organized?
Can the unemployed finance getting organized? | Source

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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© 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

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      Akhil S Kumar 5 years ago from kerala

      your hub is like a pop up from the heart of Americans. great one.

      America should proceed with some kind of policies that can stop unemployment. but the two years of Obama is not too good for the Americans. the main concern is that if the unemployment becomes worse and the government is not taking care of it , the social and economic balance will be destroyed. Obama who faces the reelection should take care the worries of common men.

      expecting great hubs from you,

      sensing by,

      addingsense

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      addingsense: Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans, especially those currently in office, would like to see a "March For Jobs" on Washington. In a Republic or in a Democracy, if the people don't speak and express the will of the people, nothing happens that should happen. Thanks for your comment. It's not just one party, it's a disfunctional government of both parties with no term limits on how long disfunction continues.

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      Akhil S Kumar 5 years ago from kerala

      hmmmm. So you are saying the system is corrupted. right?

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      addingsense: Here is the function of a good government: to exercise honest, wise, and good administration responsive to the will of the people and the laws. The function of the people is to express their will honestly, with wisdom, and good intent. If the government and the people are not functioning in that way, the government, or the people, or both are not performing their function honestly, wisely, and righteously.

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      Akhil S Kumar 5 years ago from kerala

      hmmmmmm.you are right about that fact..

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      MazioCreate 5 years ago from Brisbane Queensland Australia

      Thanks for sharing your views on what is happening with the unemployed in America. I know in Australia the charity groups are crying out for more help and our economy wasn't hit like yours. Voted up!

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      cynthtggt 5 years ago from New York, NY

      I do not believe the mortgage backed securities (CDOs) that entered our global economy and caused our economic collapse in 2008 was due to a computer glitch, as was alleged by one ratings agency. It was planned (in its contract with the gov't). The shrinking of a workforce also paves the way for more government control. It is capitalism v. socialism v. communism. Capitalism is hated, not because it has failed a people, it fails because there are those on top who hate it for its underlying principles. The uniting of the unemployed will happen. Let's just hope that stirring of hearts united is subdued by a new administration's return to the will of the people, rather than the will of our government.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      cynthtggt: There are always those who seek to manipulate the common will. The common will is to live in peace with opportunity for our children and time to enjoy life.

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      cynthtggt 5 years ago from New York, NY

      Kudos.

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      dear sir, the common working person is not the kind who goes out and protests and cries to government about why they don't have a job. They are out every day trying to find a job. the common man is not a about protesting to the stausqou for some kind of hand out he is out doing what ever he has to do to feed his family.

      The only question is are we going to let the talking heads convince us that it isn't so bad out there, that it will get better if we re elect this man, who has had his chance, and not improved our lives one iota.

      We need a change, even if you look at Rommney and say he could not make it better at least he could not make it worse. He understands business, if you understand business that is capitalism, the man in office now wouldn't know capitalism if it was right in front of him. America, wake up. we need a change.!!

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      MazioCreate: Right you are, lass! Some Americans have moved to Australia for the available jobs and better salaries. We sent a lot of our jobs offshore, and now some Americans are going offshore to find them!

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      klarawieck 5 years ago

      Perspycacious,

      The problem is bigger than that. Many of the unemployed become complacent with the idea of living off the government and agencies that provide them with the most essential needs. It's a real problem, and real scary, too.

      This hub gives way to some interesting conversations. Thanks for posting your thoughts.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      klarawieck: As to your remark about "happy dependencies," I have written elsewhere: "In addition, if times got tough many Americans could still go back to the countryside and provide for themselves. Not simply move to the city and expect an impoverished government to do everything for them." (from "What I Miss About America")

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      klarawieck 5 years ago

      I must read that as well. Thanks.

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