US Unemployment 17%, California Unemployment 22%
The Face Of Homelessness In America
US Unemployment 17%, California Unemployment 22%!
A recent edition of 60 minutes got my attention. It stated that the US unemployment rate now stands at 17% with California coming in with a rate of 22% unemployment! Government statistics put the unemployment rate at just 9%, but of course they do not factor in people who no longer draw unemployment checks, or the people who gave up looking for a job.
Imagine being unemployed for over 2 years, you are between the age of 40-60, and you have used up all your savings, retirement funds, and even sold your home, (if you were lucky to and at a deep discount too). That’s exactly what is happening to millions of Americans, especially middle aged and older Americans who thought they were set for life and now have to start all over again.
Too young to retire, too old to hire!
Let’s face it, if you are older, employers do not want to be stuck with your medical and health care costs, so it is an uphill battle to get hired.
Imagine you are somewhere between the age of 40 –60, you have a college degree, ( PhD or Masters) and you cannot find a job, not just a job in your field of expertise, but ANY JOB ANYWHERE!
All over the country college educated people are now LUCKY to get a job at Walmart and Target for 10.00 an hour with no benefits, because that is the ONLY job they can get! And worse yet, because they have used up all their savings, all their resources, they can no longer afford to send their children on to college. Kids that were college bound are now going into the military because it is the only place where you can get a job and some kind of an education, (if you are lucky enough to live through it all).
California’s Silicon Valley is one of the hardest hit places in America. It is like the Katrina of Unemployment. 60 minutes found a full 22% are unemployed in California. Once again we see well educated people down and out, unemployed and sometimes even homeless!
Silicon Valley was supposed to be leading the country in job creation. The government told us all the new jobs would be in technology and finance. BUT WHERE ARE THOSE JOBS? Silicon Valley should be booming! These two fields would fill all the jobs shipped overseas to China, Mexico and India. That, obviously has not happened. Worse yet, America no longer has a manufacturing base, the same component which propelled America to a super power after WW2 is no longer a part of the financial picture. And we can blame our government for that. Both parties promoted free trade agreements. Now all that free trade is coming back to haunt us, and may even bring our country down to third world status. All those jobs shipped overseas and out sourced so fat cats can get even fatter have a lot to do with the unemployment picture of today. America gives and gives but what are we getting back? Free trade my butt...BUY AMERICAN! If American companies went overseas and they could not sell their wares back to America we would see far less jobs being moved overseas.
People are livid, and they have a right to be! What is the government doing to get our jobs back that were sent overseas? NOTHING! That’s right, NOTHING!
What should be done to make America strong again? We need to get our factories back, we need to produce things. We need to support our American made products and shun the shoddy Walmart fare. Oh sure, its less expensive, but can we afford to buy from China anymore? The real price we pay when we buy products from China is astronomical!
So, what can we do?
People need to band together and help each other. We, the American people are like no other the world over. People need to pool their money and start building factories again, EMPLOYEE OWNED factories so that it never moves overseas. If the factory were employee owned people would bend over backwards to produce the best product possible, because job security is a sacred thing. Not only would dad have a job, but so would his son and grandson. Its high time people enjoy the fruits of their labors instead of some super rich stockholder. The American worker deserves some security, and employee owned would do just that.
Times are tough and they will probably get tougher, but sometimes adversity can bring tremendous positive change. We need to use this time wisely, so that we grow stronger, and we the American people will!
And, there is one other thing we need to do. We need to trust God, we need to pray everyday that the good Lord will bless us as he has so richly blessed us before. Now that the Republicans won big again, things will perhaps get back to normal, but I am not holding my breath. I just hope they have the sense to make JOBS their number one priority. Without financial security its difficult to do much of anything else. This is AMERICA where everyone should be free of hunger and homelessness. Anything else is a disgrace.
Would you like to know what the Bible says about this time we live in?
If you would like to know what the Bible says about what we are going through check out this hub by my friend HighVoltage Writer http://hubpages.com/hub/The-Final-Harvest-Season-The-Return-of-Jesus
HighVoltageWriter was once into the dark arts, he even had his own church Divine Darkness, but one day a seed of faith, planted by his mother, bloomed, and HighVoltageWriter discovered the gift Jesus had waiting for him.
These days HighVoltageWriter is a powerful force for good and Christ. He is an avid Bible scholar and his hubs tell all about his life before the intervention of Jesus. Are we living in the last days? Check out the above hub to see what HighVoltageWriter has to say about it. His journey through darkness into the light will keep you reading long into the night!