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  •  Agree, I think there IS a problem with (8+ / 0-)

    people being out of the workforce for longer than 2 years. I have a member of my family in this predicament. Finding work  as a grocery store clerk is still hard, especially when you are over 50.

    In this climate where there is no work, rather than just a check in the mail, the govt should make work for those unemployed more than 1 year, or provide mandatory training for another line of work, if one takes a check, or require one to work at agovt provided job. Help at daycares, build roads, help at the IRS, teach. You get the drift.
    I think people do drift into a pattern of not working, and thinking of themselves as unemployable.

    A temporary govt job helps the unemployed person say he has been employed recently to a prospective employer, so it is easier to get a job, helps his/her self esteem, and helps the country.
    2 years unemployed says something is wrong with you to an employer. Something needs to be done to break the cycle. In this environment, I see the govt as the only party able to.

    Today's problems are yesterday's solutions. Don Beck

    by Sherri in TX on Wed Jun 16, 2010 at 05:28:39 PM PDT

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    •  I would gladly... (8+ / 0-)

      I've been floating on (mostly) mediocre part-time 1099 work for the past year. It's paycheck-to-paycheck, and not sustainable. If work dries up for more than a month or so, I'm basically screwed.

      I would gladly, gladly work temporarily full-time for the government.

      Hell, I would work full-time for virtually anyone if they would hire me.

      DiFi is profoundly out of touch. People are hardly ever on unemployment, or SNAP, or whatever because they want to be. I'm not part-time freelancing because I want to be.

      There just isn't anything.

      Putting people to work as part of their benefits, as you suggest would be welcome by so many people.

      It is curious to see the periodical disuse and perishing of means and machinery, which were introduced with loud laudation a few years or centuries before. -RWE

      by Gravedugger on Wed Jun 16, 2010 at 05:34:11 PM PDT

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    •  And I'd take that in a heartbeat, too. n/t (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:

      "Fighting Fascism is Always Cool." -- Amsterdam Weekly, vol. 3, no. 18 (-8.50, -7.23) Need steady work, Maryland Eastern Shore.

      by Noor B on Wed Jun 16, 2010 at 06:36:10 PM PDT

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