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How to Fix the High Unemployment Rate in the United States

Updated on July 11, 2014

Lay Down and Die

I've been following the news regarding unemployment benefits as I'm sure many of you have. I wonder who all of these people are who are unemployed. I can only imagine that they encompass all walks of life, young, old, singles and families. I wonder what will become of them. What do we want to happen to them? I mean, the politicians sent all the jobs away through NAFTA and GATT, then they spent trillions of dollars on phony wars and gave trillions more to companies and banks deemed to big to fail, bankrupting the nation. And now we are left with millions of people who have no job, who have used up all the unemployment insurance available and who can't get work. What would they like these people to do, just lay down and die? It's not as if people have land that they can work and many of them do not have family that they can go to. My heart goes out to them.

I suppose we should expect to see a steep rise in the crime rate. I mean what would you do if your back was against the wall with no recourse? If I were in their position I think I would march on Washington, what would you have to lose?

Now, what should be done? What I would do if I were in charge are the following:

  1. Provide monies for small businesses up to $5,000 (this would be given out by local committees who would determine whether the idea was worth the grant and they would also be paid for their time and made up of unemployed people).
  2. Give out land that could be worked either for growing crops, sustainable living or harvesting timber. (have you driven across country lately, we have a lot of land)
  3. Encourage inventions through grants as well. Inventions have provided a lot of jobs and wealth for this country and we are good at them. Think Internet!
  4. Create a task force whose only job it would be is to keep companies in America and lure companies back to America. Why is China rolling out the red carpet while we are snubbing companies who were created here and want to stay but find it fiscally impossible?
  5. Encourage low income subsidized housing provided by certain companies like company towns of old..

How would we pay for these programs? The money would come from a tax on all luxury items made in other countries like boats, SUV's, fur coats or jewelry worth over a certain amount or my favorite revenue building idea legalizing drugs and taxing them or how about getting out of both illegal, immoral wars that were started with lies.

This is what I would do, this is what would be done if our government had any vestige of decency left. Instead, the government seems to want the unemployed, "the useless eaters" as Kissinger called them, to just lay down and die.

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    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      6 years ago from Manhattan

      I agree wholeheartedly, the money they spend..(our tax money) they benefit from. Our system is corrupt to the core and needs to be completely overhauled.

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      CJ Sledgehammer 

      6 years ago

      Another great hub, Brie!!!

      I mean, if the powers that be were going to just give our money to the banks anyway, why not give the money to the people who owe on their houses, student loans, and credit cards, and in the name of these people, pay off their debts to those banks, such that, the people could help to stimulate the economy once again, instead of paying through the nose forever.

      If the banks were going to get bailed out and we were going to pay for it anyway, why not free up a few million people in the process? That's the way I see it. Having said that, what do you think?

      Yes, our government has a ton of money to spend, but they do not want to spend our money on anything useful. Our government seems to think that whatever money they spend, had better profit the wealthy elitists who live here. If they spend our tax dollars on highways, it is probably only to ensure the military has the use of good roads and the wealthy elite enjoy their road trips - what we think about it is incidental.

      Best wishes, behave, and be well - C.J. Sledgehammer

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      7 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks Readytoescape, maybe you should read my other hub about going off grid..based on your name?

    • readytoescape profile image


      7 years ago from Central Florida


      And all those that have commented above,

      The greater portion of the issue and where it all started is being largely ignored. Unemployment, and our economic downturn, all began in the summer of 2008 when John McCain and Barrack Obama clinched their respective nominations. At that time business saw the changes that were coming in taxation and regulation, like Healthcare, Cap in Trade, ect. and that the cost of doing business in the US was going to dramatically increase. With that forecast trillions of dollars in business investment were pulled out of the market and the job slashing ensued.

      More taxation and intrusive regulation are the nails in the coffin of the US economy and that of middle class America, the group hit hardest by unemployment. The secondary part of the equation that no one wants to talk about is the foreclosure storm that has been created by the unemployment of the Middle class.

      The only solution is for all levels of government, Federal, State and Local to reduce and in some cases eliminate multi-layered regulations and increased taxation on Americans that will create a more business friendly atmosphere, eliminate the current adversarial relationship between government and business and set in place import protections that provide a level playing field in the marketplace.

      As part of the unemployment issue, budgeted, earmarked Pork Barrel programs need to be slashed to continue to pay unemployment benefits and those benefits need to be equally distributed, (for more on this, see the hub I wrote about Unemployment Inequity).

      Big Government, Party Politics, Political Social agendas and the Liberal Progressive transformations have blighted our economic landscape. The weeds and parasites in the garden must be eradicated for real growth to start. Only in this way will people be able to get back to work, as employees or as small business owners and our economic woes will dissipate.

      The Markets and therefore business can not reemerge unless money flows, and that flow must come from the consumer, not the government. Government spending has only once really stimulated our economy, and that event was World War Two.

      Perhaps we should not do that one again.

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      8 years ago from Manhattan

      Good Luck with that megadeth!

    • megadeth profile image


      8 years ago from trolen

      i think the gov is too corrupt to do anything to fix the econ its all about campain funds and favors they make to mutch $$ from theas things.

      i think it is time for a change repeal nafta triple tarifs and start makeing the things we need in america

      and stop sending $ over seas my unemployment has ran out and now i have no $ but they have $ to spend on the banks and to send over seas and to fight a war in iraq

      that should have ended when sadom was hung we will not stop iraq from doing what they are going to do when we pull out so this is just a waist of life $ and time

      this has faild twice befor and will fail a third time

      i think we need to turn our back on washington the way it has turnd its back on us maybe then they will try to fix this great big shitty mess

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      8 years ago from Manhattan

      papalopp: Very good suggestions, I concur. 2010, I also agree, however voting might not have the results you or I want...see my other hub "Throw the Bums Out".

      Thanks for commenting

    • 2010Revolt profile image


      8 years ago from Georgia usa

      First. US Natural Born citizens should have priority over jobs, however that is not the case. Foreigners are cashing in on small Business ownership in USA. Our jobs are taken two and three times over by people that live in the states and are not citizens, I say fire them all, ship them back to whatever country they are from. Give us our jobs back! This would be one giant step to resolving unemployment by creating jobs.

      AND VOTE, go to the poles now and vote all these GERIATRIC congressmen out that have voted no on the Extended Unemployment Bills , this would include all of the Republicans. START NOW, GO VOTE>

    • papalopp profile image


      8 years ago from San Diego, CA

      This unemployment issue is one of the two most interesting and dire issues requiring imminent attention. The unemployed need monetary assistance yesterday or face hunger, no utilities or shelter. The states look for a federal unemployment extension cuz the states are broke. The feds do nothing but play a political game of chicken. Whether you blame NAFTA or the unions for the American exodus of jobs is academic.

      In the short term, you could print all the money you want as long as bond market rates stay low. That's what's SCARY! We are in a deflationary scenario. So if its not inflation, do we face a depression? If the "old company" towns come back, what will they produce and to whom will they sell? Rather than being an oil based economy we must become something else. But what? That's the long term matter.

      The second issue would have to be the gulf oil disaster,its not topical if it isn't fixable. So the longer term goals should mean converting the economy to green. That should have happened 30 years ago but didn't cuz large corps and political entities enjoy having sex together in the beltway. Hi tech, Bio tech, communications/transmissions, and a practical energy is our future. To miss it is to miss our destiny. The labor to do this could come from our unemployed pool for starters, so to keep your unemployment benefits we might as well spend for certs to qualify folk for something in these areas while receiving benes. These are the areas worth government subsidizing, not oil and tobacco.

      A nation raises an army to defend it's currency. To enjoy what that currency might render is constitutionally the pursuit of happiness. Let the rest of the world hijack their camels and abuse their sheep. We cannot afford to police them before rebuilding the homefront.

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      8 years ago from Manhattan

      2besure: Thanks for the vote of confidence ...and I hate to burst your bubble but personally I think there is no hope for the U.S. Anyone who could even get close to the power needed to make changes would be killed as was Kennedy, King and Bobby Kennedy. No, I'm afraid that it might be too late for our beloved country....we are riding on fumes these days. My hope is in the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ.

    • outdoorsguy profile image


      8 years ago from Tenn

      I tend to agree Christianity has done alot of good over the years. and I cant honestly say about atheist orgs. they dont register on my world view. Sorry if I misunderstood what was said above. I like christianity. I just have no love for organized religion. historically the leadership of organized religions becomes corrupt and self serving.

      that aside. its still a great hub. maybe people should start sending their suggestions to their elected officials maybe sooner or later those pin heads will use some of the really good ideas people have.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 

      8 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      You seem like you have done a lot of thinking about it. Ever though about running for a local office in your town? Many politicians don't care about the people. They have their fat check, high end medical benefits and double pension. Shame them.

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      8 years ago from Manhattan

      I don't have time to look through all the comments. I just know that there was no mention of religion in this hub. I suppose that religion for the most part does no good however, however, Christianity, when practiced as Jesus taught, has done much good including the building of schools, hospitals, charity houses and taking care of the orphans and homeless. I haven't seen very many atheist organizations that have done these things.

    • outdoorsguy profile image


      8 years ago from Tenn

      umm the comments above, that talked about it. or did I misconstrue the meaning. not my intention to offend either.

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      8 years ago from Manhattan

      Outdoorsguy: What does religion have to do with this hub?

    • outdoorsguy profile image


      8 years ago from Tenn

      well as much as I like some of what you said. I have to disagree. Religion wont fix a thing, never has never will. when religion ran things in the west, the west was the poorest place in the world. now religion runs much of the middle east, Africa and indochina and those areas are poor as all get out.

      Church leaders of any faith spend their money first on themselve, then building newer bigger fancier buildings then eventually it trickles down to the charity work.

      Define imports. most of the items you mentioned are built here in factorys employing American workers.

      How about we stop letting local, city and state governments from charging excessive taxes, fees and licensing costs. do away with most of the small business regulations that keeps them from actually competing with larger business's. Lower small business taxes.

      Lower taxes on American made goods and Services. have a law passed that an American registered companies have to employ 75 percent of their employees here in america and of those employee's 99 percent of them have to be American Citizens. also sixty percent of the manufacturing has to be done on US soil and in exchange their tax rates are lower.

      then have real legilsation passed inhibiting uncontrolled price rises. a product costs a dollar to make it can cost no more than two hundred percent base cost by the time it hits a shelf. period no if's and's or butt's. along with that, the government keeps prices deflated, and passes a law to keep American citizens making Cost of living wages.

      in addition the idiot bulk buying rules should be outlawed. every company needing a product should pay the same price for it. so small business's can actually compete with larger business who can out bulk buy them.

      last abolish all credit period. no more. if prices are affordable then credit isnt needed.

      banks should have to pay account holders a dividend for using the account holders money for investments. account holders read as investors. Banks should no longer be able to charge fess for services since they are using your money to enrich the bank in the first place.

      Small business should be bailed out before the To large to fail business's since at the minimum 85 percent of all employees are employeed by a small business.

      finally LOL. all school teachers, police officers, fire fighters, doctors, nurses, EMT's and Paramedics, national guard and active duty military. should be Tax excempt from both state and federal taxes. as well as given a minimum finance rate of 2 percent on home loans for serving their communitys.

      Im sure that theres more but thats all I can think of at the moment. either way great hub, gets people to thinking.

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      8 years ago from Manhattan

      Too bad the Prez isn't doing anything!

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      Howard Schneider 

      8 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      I appreciated your Hub. I agree with your giving out funds to companies for innovations. We need to stay on the cutting edge so we can spark growth in our economy. This would in turn help to build jobs. I would also invest more in innovative education methods. Any money for the unemployed is great also because you know they need it and will spend it. I wrote a Hub about a second stimulus that would do much of this. But not a pork spending bill like the last one. Keep writing. We need new ideas.

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      8 years ago from Manhattan

      I agree, thanks for writing!

    • LRCBlogger profile image


      8 years ago

      some good points. I can tell you as a small business owner, one of our challenges is health care costs. Traditionally they have been very hard to predict. The new HC reform should help with that, we'll see when it's fully implemented. Regarding grants and monies for innovation, I like your luxury tax idea. I would take it a step further. End all subsidies for oil companies (currently in the billions) and make that money available for alternate energy research.

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      8 years ago from Manhattan

      I don't know about courageous as much as outspoken, there is a difference.

      Thanks for the comments.

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      fred allen 

      8 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

      You are very courageous! I stand with you concerning the plight of the unemployed. Your line "what are they supposed to do lay down and die" is classic! There needs to be action or these people will resort to drastic measures. How about cutting the pork to feed the unemployed? We can spend all that money on programs that are meaningless yet not extend benifits to those who find themselves out of work through no fault of their own?!

      So with you on this! Thanks.

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      8 years ago from Manhattan

      Awww Foreignpress my number one fan! Nope, I wont be running for office anytime soon, sorry.

      Blackreign: I think these people do have a's called Satanism. Thanks for commenting, hang in there!

    • blackreign2012 profile image


      8 years ago

      There are so many things I could say about this subject, I don't wanna write another hub within one lol Many ppl are witnessing the superstructure function for the first time so its confusing and hard to wrap your mind around. Most of us have been conditioned to believe that the government cares about your safety and well being. In reality they could care less if you can put food on the table or make ends meet. to the elite; we are nothing. To The Creator we are everything..The government will lie to you quicker than a cat can lick his own ass because whether you live or die their world isn't impacted. Sure they sound good in sound bytes screaming across "the isle" at one another. Behind closed doors they are all profiting from our misery.

      Bin Laden is dead... been dead since 2002.. President Bhutto or should I say the late President Bhutto. Her letting that little tid bit slip out during another conversation got her assasinated. These elite ppl (for lack of a better word) do not care. They have no religous beliefs, they care not about humanity or being humane. Everything in the superstructure has a purpose; everything. THe formula for how government works is as follows: Create a situation(disaster, or war), Stir public emotion (generating an outcry of some kind), Then applying a fake solution( a new law which will have no effect, etc) Great hub brie sorry I was so long winded lol ~hugs~

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      8 years ago from Denver

      During the violent G20 Summit clashes a protestor held a sign that read "No one is illegal!" Said Obama recently, "A strong and durable recovery also requires countries not having an undue advantage . . ."

      And so it goes. Everything that is happening is an unstoppable drift toward a world citizenry. But first countries must achieve parity. That's why Obama is here. His successor will carry the mission foward.

      One night recently I awoke with a startling thought: We could avoid Armageddon! Earth could be a utopia living under God's will! Is it possible to rewrite Revelation?

      Regardless, your ideas require that federal government step aside thus allowing local governments to control their destinies. That won't happen unless YOU run for public office. Now, get to work and create a platform. You have at least one vote.

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      8 years ago from Manhattan

      Moonchild: First of all I think we need to return to Jesus Christ as a nation, barring that the only way to get rid of despots in a tyranny is through bloodshed. Seeing that these are the End Days that Jesus spoke of, not even that will work...sorry to sound so pessimistic, in the flesh there isn't much we can do, but greater is HE (the Holy Spirit) that is in me than he (Satan) that is in the world. I think we are in for a terrible time...turn to God before it's too late.

      Shona Venter: Yes, there is always money for wars and whatever else suits the NWO agenda.

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      Shona Venter 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      very good ideas, Brie. I find it so annoying that in many cases, funds can always be found for sporting events and totally non essential items, yet these people are unsure as to where their next meal is coming from!

      One would wonder where all of the lottery money goes? A lot of that could be used to help some of the unemployed masses as well.

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      8 years ago

      I liked this Hub very much. I think you had several excellent ideas and hit the nail on the head about why our country is in this mess in the first place. It is and has been run by ruthless criminals for I don't even know how long...So it seems to me that in order for anything positive to happen we would have to clean out the criminal element first. How does a country do that with it's government when we cannot seem to trust anyone labeled "politician"? How will we get any useful and productive ideas into action? You see, this is when I get discouraged as it seems virtually impossible for any real change to occur when all the players remain the same.

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      8 years ago from Manhattan

      I'm not at all surprised. In fact, I could have guessed as much. The problem EnLydia is not that we don't have any money, the problem is that we have criminals running our government, serious ruthless criminals. They probably stole most of it and what little they used went to places you mentioned so that they could say "oh here it is, your money at work". The schools are nothing but propaganda tools for them so really they are using that money as well to warp the minds of the kids who attend.

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      EnLydia Listener 

      8 years ago

      I have much to say on this, but I will keep it limited to just a few thoughts...I followed the money trail for stimulus money in our zip went two places...the public schools...and a private college that is very well endowed financially already...not one cent went to "jobs" or creating a job. This college is not hiring anybody with their stimulus money...and I don't see that the public schools are hiring...I am unemployed and would love there to be some new jobs open in our town.

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      8 years ago from Manhattan

      Matt: 5k could help many people start their own small businesses. I know I have many ideas to help. I am the last person for more bureaucracy but something has to be done. And I don't hear any original ideas from YOU!

      The last stimulus did nothing for the average person really..and you are right and I should have said that more clearly about the regulations and taxes killing the private sector jobs...I inferred it in the part about China.

      Vladimir: I agree wholeheartedly, it is a spiritual problem too.

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      Vladimir Uhri 

      8 years ago from HubPages, FB

      Brie, I have to say something. We never will solve anything by reasoning and criticism. All things are spiritually rooted.

      By the way I am against war. I went through one. But one cannot win without war. In Iraq especially in Curd's area thousands churches spring up. I heard that one Muslim boy was healed from being born deaf. As a result entire city received Jesus.

      Thanks Brie for this Hub.

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      Joni Douglas 

      8 years ago

      I see your point Brie.

      The last stimulus did not help the private sector much at all. This is where the help is needed. JOBS!!!! It isn't that hard to understand. Not government jobs - private sector jobs. The regulations and taxes imposed on businesses are killing it.

      Great hub!

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      8 years ago

      Unfortunately, at some point we do have to stop paying money out. We're leaking like a sieve. I'm all for raising taxes if it will make a difference, and cutting out BS spending (i.E. $500,000 grant for a study that determined men are attracted to women. Well, shit.)

      However, $5,000 won't do crap for a business. That's maybe a months salery for 2 employees earning a crappy wage. (Remember to double the cost of wages for Workers Comp and taxes) A "Task Force" = more bureaucracy. Fund programs like the Federal Highway's project and Americorp before creating more task forces which never do anything.

      Legalized weed is cool...legalized meth and freebase, not so much.

      Iraq = immoral, yea. Totally against it. But we f-ed up, so we have to make sure that something exists before leaving. Afgan war = not immoral. That's where Bin Ladden was being harbored, remember? Maybe gone now, but again, we f-ed it up, so now we gotta fix it, or just pull another UK load of garbage.

      An SUV tax? Get off you're high-holier-than-thou "I look so awesome in my stupid prius" horse. Many people need them. Will there be a sports car tax and a 4-door car tax? And a car gets worse mileage than a motorbike, so I guess you have to tax all cars more now....or something.

      And what about the poor people in the villages in Alaska, where fur is what keeps them from dying? You're going to tax them, when they already pay $8.00 a gallon for diesel to keep their shitty shacks warm? Please.


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