By John Hubbuch
Almost every day the Republican Party and the news media remind us that millions of Americans are unemployed, and that situation is worse than the bubonic plague. Now if you don't have a job that is a bad thing. I get that. But for most people it is a temporary thing, and while you are unemployed you can get up to $300 a week for up to 99 weeks to ease the misery.
So while 8 percent of us don't have jobs, 92 percent of us do. Pretty good. It's like the people who have latex, bee sting and peanut allegeries. If you have one of them it is not a good thing, and can be a really bad thing. But for the majority, it's not a problem. Just look at all those people in all those restaurants , going on all those vacations and buying all that junk. Life is pretty good for many.
I'm surprised that the unemplyment rate is only 8%. It's much higher in Europe. It was 25 % in the 1930's. Globalization has sent millions of jobs overseas. In Springsteen"s " My Hometown": " Foreman says these jobs are going boys and they ain't coming back." Computers have been gobbling up jobs for years. The ratio of secretaries to lawyers was once 1:1, now it's closer to 1:3. Just wait until the robots come on line. Then there's the reality that a large aging work force gets pushed out of their jobs as the more efficient, lower paid tech savy youth take over.
And let's be honest there are some people who are always going to have difficulty finding and keeping a job. In my law firm there were at least 8% really angry, or weird, or lazy or crippled by personal issues people that made them not very good employees. The evening news focusses on the poor fella crying because he can't support his family. the networks don't show the employee who got drunk at lunch and punched the boss. Both are unemployed.
Again I feel bad that some Americans are out of work, but the political parties and ratings-driven media have a clear and obvious interst in making the unemployment picture seem a lot worse than it actually is.
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