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  •  And beyond unemployment... (17+ / 0-)

    Also, the media applauds people getting jobs. But if those jobs are for minimum wage, does the media promote any understanding of what that means? We could, in this country, have 0% unemployment but still possess a rampant and nationally embarrassing crisis of transient housing and mass childhood disadvantage. That's the nature of our labor market right now.

    So are we, as a country, about celebrating work? Or are we trying to promote well-being? Is it about abstract numbers, or about some single mother raising kids on $14,500 a year? Is it about just having people act as cogs in a machine or about people's well-being?

    Unemployment benefits are crucial towards bridging the gap, but for God's sake can't we as a country agree that if we're going to value work, we can value work?

    It's not like the solution to all this is unknown.

    it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses

    by Addison on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 06:54:58 PM PST

    •  seems to me it's a country celebrating dreams (6+ / 0-)

      about having work and working hard for those who have neither work nor dreams of work left.

      •  I work damn hard and consider myself (8+ / 0-)

        lucky in many ways. One of them is giving a shit about someone less fortunate and being willing to share.
        It's hard enough being unemployed, especially during these times of no corporate loyalty.
        If you're a company cutting costs, you pick someone who has been there long enough to be paid a higher rate than an entry level salary, has an employer paid pension fund and health benefits. Get rid of them for a kid right out of school, who's panicking because their student loan payments are kicking in, offer a rock bottom salary and voila', you have a loyal cheap wage slave.
        Meanwhile the laid off employee is faced with worrying if the unemployment is going to run out along with trying to keep his/her head above water.
        I like the idea of one-stop Public Unemployment Service with no expiration of unemployment benefits and real training and counseling.
        Why should we pick an arbitrary figure of 7.3% unemployment that signals a stop to extensions. The more people employed, the more the insurance is funded.

        "If you tell the truth, you won't have to remember anything", Mark Twain

        by Cruzankenny on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 07:30:34 PM PST

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