[tabi] Re: attitudes toward the unemployed

  • From: "Cliff Roberts" <redroosterroberts1@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 17 Jul 2010 12:47:35 -0400

it took me 10 years!
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Darla J. Rogers 
  To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Friday, July 16, 2010 11:46 PM
  Subject: [tabi] Re: attitudes toward the unemployed

  Being unemployed makes me feel pretty useless, actually.

  Darla & Precious Roxy
  P.S.  Wonder how long it is taking a blind person to find a job?

  Darla J. Rogers

  Skype Username:  wildflower0628
  "Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere."---Martin Luther King, Jr.
    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: Chip Orange 
    To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
    Sent: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 2:33 PM
    Subject: [tabi] attitudes toward the unemployed

    some of the article below is just unbelievable, and not at all good news 
for those seeking jobs:

    Back to web version
    Wednesday, Jul 14, 2010
    Posted on Thu, Jul. 08, 2010
    Unemployed need support from Congress
    The Kansas City Star
    They are our neighbors and our kids' schoolteachers. They are the people 
who in better
    times built our houses and highways, manufactured the goods we use and 
stocked the
    shelves in our stores.
    Meet the long-term unemployed. There but for some fortunate breaks go many 
of us.
    So why are they being vilified?
    Congress is dithering on extending unemployment insurance benefits. The 
longer the
    debate goes on, the more it encourages the false but deep-rooted American 
    that if a person is in need, it's got to be his or her fault.
    And so we have senators and think-tank types opining that extended 
unemployment insurance
    presents a "disincentive" for people to look for work. As if living on 
    and an average of $310 a week is now the great American dream.
    We have Rand Paul, the GOP senatorial candidate from Kentucky, lecturing on 
a radio
    show that ". ultimately we do have to sometimes accept a wage that's less 
than we
    had at our previous job in order to get back to work and allow the economy 
to get
    started again." Like people desperate for jobs haven't thought of that.
    We have people using the Internet's cloak of anonymity to express insulting 
    "The great unasked question in the face of bad unemployment numbers is, how 
    of these people weren't performing well even in the 'good' times?" a reader 
    in response to a piece by journalist Rod Dreher on beliefnet.com.
    And we have some employers specifying in their job listings that 
"unemployed candidates
    will not be considered" or applicants "must be currently employed." And no, 
    against the unemployed is not prohibited by law.
    We have in our nation a tendency to want to blame people for their own bad 
    It reared up in the health care debate, when uninsured people were maligned 
as handout
    It's social Darwinism in action even if some who exhibit it don't subscribe 
to the
    theory of evolution. And I will agree that actions and behaviors can and 
often do
    play a role in one's circumstances.
    But right now we have five job seekers applying for every opening. Those 
are lousy
    odds, even if employers aren't stigmatizing the unemployed.
    Who are the long-term unemployed? I asked Christine Owens, executive 
director of
    the National Employment Law Project, a research and advocacy group.
    They tend to be older, she said, usually 45 years and up. A majority are 
men. Many,
    but by no means all, have less than a college education. Many worked in 
    manufacturing, banking, and retail. They have been out of work at least 26 
    often much longer.
    I know some of these people. Many of them have worked for decades and took 
    pride in doing so. They are people who volunteer in their communities, send 
    kids to college and care for elderly parents.
    The notion that they're using their unemployment checks to finance an 
extended vacation
    would be comical except that some people actually believe it.
    Conservatives tell us that "the overwhelming majority" of studies show that 
    postpone looking for work if they're receiving unemployment pay.
    Don't buy it. Newer research is finding that it's not the lack of trying 
that's keeping
    people out of work. It's the lack of jobs.
    One example: Economists Rob Valetta and Katherine Kuang at the Federal 
Reserve Bank
    of San Francisco analyzed the experiences of workers who left their jobs 
    and received no unemployment benefits, and workers who were laid off and 
    unemployment insurance.
    They found little difference in the length of time it took the two 
categories of
    workers to find new jobs. For both groups, the search took too long.
    Of course Congress should extend unemployment benefits. The money will act 
as a stimulus,
    stave off foreclosures and keep people from needing other forms of aid.
    Agree or disagree, but can we at least not make unemployed people the 
villains of
    this debate? They don't need the hassle.
    They need jobs.

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