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  •  It is a fair question. (2+ / 0-)
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    Lujane, mommyof3

    Any discussion of national identity must include a discussion of national opportunity.  People should be both willing and able to move anywhere in the country and find work.

    Calculated Risk: State By State unemployment rates

    I hear that Omaha is nice this time of year...

    -7.75 -4.67

    "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose."

    There are no Christians in foxholes.

    by Odysseus on Tue Sep 06, 2011 at 02:39:35 PM PDT

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    •  How about..... (9+ / 0-)

      ....moving costs more than rent, so if someone's not able to meet their basic needs, they're even less likely to be able to move?

      How about the fact that you're expecting people to uproot their lives and head to a region where they don't know anyone, and have no family or other support structure?

      Just to list off two reasons off the top of my head?

    •  Its a thing that sometimes has to be done (9+ / 0-)

      but it atomizes us even more.  I've spent most of my life nearly 2000 miles from the rest of my family.  Its a steep price.

      "I said, 'Wait a minute, Chester, you know I'm a peaceful man'" Robbie Robertson

      by NearlyNormal on Tue Sep 06, 2011 at 04:04:34 PM PDT

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    •  People asked me that (7+ / 0-)

      when I couldn't find work for a year. I never considered it, until one day I started feeling desperate and decided the time had come to consider it.

      But then it made no sense. Where would I go? I had no guarantee I could get a job anywhere else. If I tried to find a job in another city before I moved I would have to pay my own transportation, and my savings were dwindling fast. If I just moved to some other city in hopes of finding work when I got there, I would have to pay to get there and then pay for a short-term furnished rental. I'd either have to put all my stuff in storage and pay for that, or else get rid of it all and end up having to buy it all again.

      This would have been reckless for me. I would be risking running out of money a lot sooner, and I would be somewhere away from my friends and support systems.

      I guess it would make sense if you had family or friends you could stay with for an extended period, or if you had someplace you were sure would hire you. But the days are gone when you could find out that a particular Ford plant was hiring, say, and just go there and be sure of a job.

      Any discussion of national identity must include a discussion of national opportunity.

      Not sure what you mean by that. I'm sure many people are able and willing to move to where there is work, but do we want to encourage becoming a society of migrant workers? I hope not. Roots put down, extended families, old friends, community ties are important parts of people's lives.  We lose when we move away and so do those we leave behind.

      We decided to move the center farther to the right by starting the whole debate from a far-right position to begin with. - Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay

      by denise b on Tue Sep 06, 2011 at 06:45:34 PM PDT

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    •  Omaha IS nice this time of year... (4+ / 0-)
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      Lujane, Odysseus, mommyof3, kurt

      And perhaps a private university like Creighton, which is Jesuit in fact, might have money available for a returning student. I know when my husband went back for a degree in his late 30's, Loyola in Los Angeles was making all sorts of stuff available for adult students. Creighton then gave him a whopping scholarship to pursue an advanced degree. That brought us here.

      There are a few other state universities that just might find it hip to have a "life experienced" student from the East come to flyover country.

      I'd be happy to help if you relocate to the "Good Life" in Nebraska!!

      (PS -- companies here are advertising on TV for workers. Our unemployment is very low.)

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