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28 million Americans had to make due this Holiday season, and its not the first time, in fact for many Americans it was the 4th Christmas Holiday in a row we had to do with less or even without. If only the margin on election day had been 28 million votes, but it wasn't

U6 Unemployment finished the year 2012 at 14.4%. The Civilian Workforce was at 155.5million, so this recent Holiday season saw 22,392,000 ( nearly 22.4 million) people who would take a full time year round job if offered.

The U6 Unemployment metric doesnt count everyone, At the deepest part of the recession U6 was 17.2%, about 26.48 million. Various estimates toped out at 30 to 32 million. In President Obama's first term he created 4.25 million jobs. But after the Recovery Act the House GOP voted against every jobs bill.

This great nation has about 28 million people looking for jobs, for the last 4 years. Will we allow extremists to steal another 4 years of our future?

When Occupy Wall St. got started I had been looking for work for about 10 months. I organized a food drive in my town of Montclair NJ. The response was great, many of the food donations came from near 1%ers. Some people volunteered to drive in to deliver the food. Many times hot platters, that were still hot after driving for 30-40 minutes. I delivered about 500 meals over 5 weeks, culminating on Thanksgiving day 2011. I ate Thanksgiving dinner at Zucotti Park and helped to hand out something like 3500 meals that day.

During this period I met Jesse LaGreca, Tool and OllieGarkey. After conversations with those 3 and many other Occupiers, I ended up with a take away point. They've stolen our future. We've played by the rules, went to school, went to college and had our homes taken away, our jobs taken away.

I'll be 55 years old at the end of the month, my unemployment ran out last summer and had to ask my Mom and Stepdad if I could move in with them in Connecticut, they said yes of course. So I've been sleeping on a couch since June. In the summer I helped out at the family Nursery, I designed and built a drip irrigation system for 1500 Chrysanthemums. then just before Thanksgiving I found work at a small Ski area in Woodbury Ct. $8.25 an hour, I usually work about 20-25 hours. I've recently applied to work at 2 other much larger ski areas, if I can get another 3-4 days that would be great.

I'm not married, I have no girlfriend, I need to get some dental work done, the entirety off all my belongs fit into my 1996 Dodge Minivan in 2 trips from NJ to Ct.

I'm more fit than many men 10-15 years my junior, I'm enormously fortunate my legs still work. I've battled Depression and won, I know what a depressive trigger is and have learned to recognize when one occurs, and what to do about it. I've shared these tips with my Mom, she recently got a new hip, and it was hard on her at age 77. I've trained my Mom to say "Damned straight Skippy" when I tell her what she should be looking forward to. I make her smile.

I'm mentally and emotionally stronger than at any time previously in my life. I'm smarter, more knowledgeable than at any other time in my life. And never before in my life had I had 4 years stolen from me, with the prospect of another 4 years being stolen from me by the Oligarchy and their paid for minions, the GOP.

If they haven't broken me by now, they won't ever. This is the way I stand my ground.


Originally posted to The Royal Manticoran Rangers on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 06:35 PM PST.

Also republished by Unemployment Chronicles.


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  •  Stop..... thief.... ! ! ! (22+ / 0-)

    FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

    by Roger Fox on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 06:34:44 PM PST

  •  A great country should take care of its people (5+ / 0-)

    including you. It is a shame that we make 50-year-olds sleep on couches in their parents' house, or worse. They say "takers" I say "give them a job, for G-d's sake".

    Please hold on, together we can grind the bastards down.

  •  It's interesting how we're past election season... (7+ / 0-)

    ...and any kind of jobs bill has been forgotten in Washington.  That's on both sides of the aisle, by the way.

    I wrote a diary last week.  It was a good day.  Today wasn't such a good day.  So it goes.  

    Most of us do what we can, and hang in there day-to-day.  I wish you the best.

    "Mitt who? That's an odd name. Like an oven mitt, you mean? Oh, yeah, I've got one of those. Used it at the Atlas Society BBQ last summer when I was flipping ribs."

    by Richard Cranium on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 07:17:30 PM PST

    •  I've marched before, I'm ready to do it again. (1+ / 0-)
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      I've got every reason to be in the dumps about my life, but I keep my eye on the target. I take all that negative energy and turn it around on them.

      I'm a super weapon, the more you try to hurt me, the mnore I feed off of it, and I become stronger.

      FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

      by Roger Fox on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 07:51:01 PM PST

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    •  Both sides of the aisle doing the opposite... (2+ / 0-)
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      chuckvw, Roger Fox

      It is worse than no jobs bill. So far, nothing but anti-jobs bills.  We have had austerity starting with the deal to avoid the fiscal murder-suicide pact.  And, what is everyone talking about now... More anti-jobs austerity bills.

    •  "jobs", "poor", "homeless", "hunger" (1+ / 0-)
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      Roger Fox

      Just a few of the words seldom spoken on either side of the aisle

      Perpetual crisis means never having to say you're sorry.

      by chuckvw on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 11:28:29 PM PST

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    •  Did BO even talk about (0+ / 0-)

      jobs in his speech?  

      I don't think he even bothered-yet he sure mentioned alot of other topics per the headlines I saw  [I don't watch these dog and pony things]

      The banks have a stranglehold on the political process. Mike Whitney

      by dfarrah on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 08:54:53 AM PST

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  •  Gotta deficit problem? Jobs is the fix. (9+ / 0-)

    Got too much of a drain on the social safety net? Jobs is the fix.

    I just want to know why exactly all the Very Serious People of the Braindead Beltway treat the deficit and safety-net as issues to focus upon, but nobody is talking about the one obvious fix for both of them?

    GOP won't let it happen? Sure, but then why not talk up, relentlessly, daily and hourly, the thing American voters want more than anything else?

    Let the GOP oppose it, and change the makeup of Congress next election. Plus, pressure the sitting members right now. Plus, force the media to talk about something other than the crisis of the deficit and the imaginary troubles of Social Security.

    Part of it, I know, is the Neo-Liberal disease. Counting themselves realists, they accept the current situation and see only that we here in the States must "be able to complete in the global marketplace."

    Which means wages must go down. So, boo-hoo, we lesser sort just have to put up with high unemployment for a decade or more, until wages can compete.

    But the competition for labor in the global marketplace is slave labor, or pretty damned close to it from our standpoint.

    So where's the Manhattan Jobs Project up front each and every day? I appreciate the Administration has done some really good things, especially in contrast to what went before or what Republicans would do ...

    ...but if anything is true it's that the Inadequate is the enemy of the Necessary.

    So just like you would fight every second for air, because it's necessary, politicians have to fight for Jobs. Every second. Where is it?

    Markos! Not only are the Gates Not Crashed, they've fallen on us. Actual Representatives are what we urgently need, because we have almost none.

    by Jim P on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 07:40:20 PM PST

  •  Join the club :) (6+ / 0-)

    I am in my 40s and trained for a teaching career. Got my credential (what my state calls a teaching certificate) in 2010, and I have no prospects in sight. I have student loans due, on formal training I cannot even use. I am starting to wonder if I made a colossal mistake.

    It's the ugliest it's been in our lifetimes. It's, "Brother, can you spare a dime?" all over again. And the thing is, it didn't happen overnight, in 2008. Don't kid yourself. We've been working up to this for decades. The middle class has been steadily eroding at least since Reagan's presidency, if not before.

    I read in the paper that the job market is "improving." Yeah, really, for whom? For 25-year-olds with engineering degrees, who don't mind working 10 hours a day, 7 days a week, for $14.00 an hour for "great experience." Oh, and WalMart greeters. That's who's getting jobs.

    Don't believe for a moment that it's you. YOU are not lacking; the system is sick.

    All the best to you.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 08:05:37 PM PST

    •  Right on Karmsy (3+ / 0-)
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      Its the economy thats broken, and they cant break me, I'm a fooking Democrat. I dont break.

      Yeah I no longer work in my field of academic endeavor, at my peak in 1990 I made 44k, which is 74k today.

      Somebody stole my future, call the cops !!!

      FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

      by Roger Fox on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 08:16:47 PM PST

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  •  It's outrageous that (0+ / 0-)

    none of the politicians are talking about jobs--when jobs alone would solve so many problems, from low tax revenues to various social issues.

    It's outrageous that BO doesn't even talk about jobs, and now people are trying to build him up as some sort of 'transformational' president.  What a joke.  He's getting all pivoty about the climate crisis now.

    We need jobs now, you blankety-blanks.

    The banks have a stranglehold on the political process. Mike Whitney

    by dfarrah on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 08:48:52 AM PST

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