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Great Recession Workers

Updated on December 6, 2013

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An Issue for the Working Class

The economy is the number one issue in America. The reason it's stagnant is that there is not enough demand for the products and services available in the free marketplace as it exists today.

When computers came onto the market, there was a tremendous demand both by personal users and businesses. This accounted for the great economic activity that we experienced from the mid 80's and all through the 90's.

Cell phones also were a wonderful invention and helped to spur the economy.

But we reached a point where enough was enough. Now the computer and mobile phone producers pathetically attempt to continue their upswing, trying to stay alive by adding frills, hoping people will upgrade their existing products and buy new ones.

The sad fact is that nothing completely new has come along by way of products or services, which would create a tremendous, spectacular new demand.

Assuming that every enterprising business person would love to find such new items to sell, but can't, is there any other way out of the recession besides the nearly impossible task of inventing something that everyone will want, thereby revolutionizing the economy?

The way out, instead of sitting on our hands and waiting for new inventions, is to put people to work giving relief to others who are suffering physically and psychologically. There are millions of reasons plaguing millions of people with suffering in one form or another, and therefore millions of jobs to be done. But who will pay for it?

The only entity large enough to organize agencies to provide services designed to alleviate personal problems of individual Americans is the federal government. Private industry has failed to come up with a new miracle product or service, through no fault of their own, so the government must tax people sufficiently to create agencies, employ millions to help Americans in need, and get money circulating again throughout the economy.

People who are able-bodied and have skills will find work in these agencies. They won't be working in factories making tangible products to sell, but rather will be using intellectual, physical, and emotional skills, performing personal services. It's good old-fashioned sweat and labor, but it's going to benefit a lot of people receiving the services.

Just keeping homes, vehicles, sidewalks, and public places clean and disinfected would be enough to keep millions of government workers busy. That's just one example.

The tax money used to pay the workers would be put back into the economy when they spend their paychecks. Meanwhile, the work they do will be helping millions of people with real current and potential problems, who will be glad to receive the benefits of such labor provided by these government programs.

It's not socialism, it's common sense. When the day comes that we have a new invention that's going to be in great demand, then private industry can step back in, and with the spirit of competitiveness that made American business great, do the job they do best: marketing, smart production and management, and dynamic partnerships characterized by good, healthy business spirit.

On that new day, many government workers can start to switch over to being private industry workers. There should be enough private companies willing to do well providing the personal services formerly provided by government agencies, to allow many of those services to continue in abundance in the private business sector, while at the same time, orchestrating the new productivity of the business world to chime in with its manufacturing of newly invented equipment and merchandise salable all over the world.

It's easier said than done, but it's an idea that could work.

During the Great Depression of the 30's labor was used for building parks and public works. But with a more educated workforce, we now can do what was done in the 30's and even more.

That's where personal services come in, with more courts and arbitration panels to solve child custody and support issues, for instance, or more teachers to give individualized attention to those with special needs, more physical therapists and home nurses for the elderly, and many more specific examples easily imaginable to enhance the quality of life in America.

Great Depression Labor

Migration Work

People desperate to find work won't be fussy about where they live. They will become migrant workers if necessary.

Farm workers typify the migratory characteristics of those who move from place to place in search of work. It's a stressful life because moving itself is stressful.

America, strangely enough, has had a history of depressions. The Great Depression of the Twentieth Century is conceived as one that lasted a decade in the Thirties, but history shows that it lasted much longer, probably more than twenty years including the late Twenties and early to mid Forties.

The climate often was at fault for sending people off to strange places in search of work. Hurricanes in southeastern United States and the famous Dust Bowl in the Central states sent people hundreds or thousands of miles from what they used to call home. Locust and fruit flies could mean the difference between security and panic for the working class.

In the mid Twenties, banks became very distrustful of what people now call commercial paper. Some banks distrusted paper money even. The gold standard was respected.

If people had to keep moving, they weren't to particular about their domiciles. Houses could be thrown together from debris found in dumps. The level of hygiene and health care was terrible by today's middle class standards.

But the adventure and gaiety that accompanied talk of work in another town or state made life worthwhile. Hope springs eternal in the human breast, as the British poet Alexander Pope once wrote.

Because there's a cultural difference among various regions of the country, most workers in the depression, recession, or normal times will stick to where they feel comfortable with the climate, both weather-wise and community-wise.

For the more philosophical workers, depression times weren't so bad when compared with times of war. The so-called Great Depression occurred mostly between the two World Wars, although the latter years coincided with the Second World War, during which times were hard due to rationing, fears, and uncertainties.

Families have been uprooted in the recession but nowhere nearly as violently as was done often in the Great Depression when children were moved from town to town with new schools ever six months sometimes. There is less stability during hard economic times.

In fact, there's less of everything during an economic downturn. People become minimalists and live more within than without psychologically, placing more value on the intangibles like thoughts and ideals, ethics and morals, and the greatest irony, money itself, which now is an intangible measured by feelings of hope for the nation that issues the money. When money is sorely needed for food and clothing for children, this is a sign of a sad recession or depression. That probably has not occurred for most in the Twenty-First Century yet.


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