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  •  Do any of them care (5+ / 0-)

    I really don't think they do. I doubt very much they understand just what it does to a persons soul to have that much insecurity for so long simply because they never had the experience.

     The vast majority of the people who lived through the depression ever really got over it. My grandfather who built a multi million dollar business, saved string and got terribly upset over things like leaving a light on in a unoccupied room. We will never be the same, there will always be a level of insecurity for the people who got hammered by this even if by some miracle the
    comes back better than ever.

    Obama may aid us to keep our noses above water, Mitt Romney will simply stand on our heads until we drown. We will eventually become to tired to tread water anymore in either case.

    Things need to reform radically. We are once again applying macro solutions to micro problems which is more harmful than helpful.

    Find people to sit down and go over a workers resume with them look for transferable skills they might have overlooked help them aquire what is lacking. Do not take a heavy equipment operator who has 20 years experience and train him to be a delivery person (yes they are doing that) train him to be a surveyor, or an inspector,or a consruction company manager or a teacher of heavy equipment operation. Teach him to work on the equipment like the lazer levels that break down frequently. Better yet start burying all the power lines and ust put him back to work in the long run it will save us a ton of money.

    One thing that might work is or was already in place in the state of washington. People were given money to go back to school to upgrade their job skills. If they had no real skills they were sent to college to train for jobs which are predicted to be short handed in the future.

    I would also suggest something they do in disabled worker retraining which is to pay all or part of a persons wage for the last half of unemployment time. This could be a boost to small business may need an extra employee but are not  able to afford one and a boost of getting someone current job experience or hopefully a new long term job.

    Both of these things are problems now. A friend of mine has a huge contract and needs workers but the recession has depleted his reserves, banks won't loan to him because he is in rough shape after the recession. That would all be changed by just this one contract and even if he didn't get another for awhile would create several jobs for a year.

    It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is not what he has -Henry Ward Beecher

    by PSWaterspirit on Tue May 29, 2012 at 12:01:40 PM PDT

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    •  About that program in WA state... (0+ / 0-)

      when I was unemployed and asked to be part of that program, I was told I wasn't eligible because I already had a college degree, and those programs were set aside for people who only had high school diplomas or GEDs.

      Never mind that I still couldn't get a job with the degree I had....

      "The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is like the difference between lightning and the lightning bug." -- Mark Twain

      by Brooke In Seattle on Tue May 29, 2012 at 09:23:23 PM PDT

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