unemployment

Open Thread: Debt Ceiling or Credit Limit and Other Nonsense

  • Posted on: 1 August 2011
  • By: Roxy

I got a letter from my credit card company the other day ... it said:

Congratulations! We have increased your credit limit to $XX!  

Apparently they thought increasing my spending limit was a good thing -- the CONGRATULATIONS! part was heavily emphasized (see below).

CONGRATULATIONS!

They didn't tell me that I could only spend the increase on DingDongs and that I had to curtial my spending at Old Navy. No, the letter simply said I could now spend more money.

Michael Collins: Questions for The Money Party - Negative Job Growth for 11 Years

  • Posted on: 21 June 2011
  • By: MichaelCollins

The Money Party is a very small group of enterprises and individuals who control almost all of the money and power in the United States.  They use their money and power to make more money and gain more power. It's not about Republicans versus Democrats.  The Money Party is an equal opportunity employer. It has no permanent friends or enemies, just permanent interests. Democrats are as welcome as Republicans to this party. It’s all good when you’re on the take and the take is legal. Economic Populist

Negative job growth for eleven years is the best evidence concerning our economic troubles.  There were 135 million jobs in 2000 for a workforce of 144 million.  Today, there are 139 million jobs for a workforce of 154 million.  That represents negative job growth when you factor in population growth.

"Structural" Unemployment Debunked

  • Posted on: 14 May 2011
  • By: MichaelCollins

Michael Collins

“The last unemployment report said that for the first time in my lifetime, and I’m not young…we are coming out of a recession but job openings are going up twice as fast as new hires. And yet we can all cite cases that we know about where somebody opened a job and 400 people showed up. How could this be? Because people don’t have the job skills for the jobs that are open.” President Bill Clinton, September 2010

Former president Clinton took the lead in selling the notion of "structural unemployment" - a gap between employer job requirements and inadequate skills on the part of workers. Clinton's sales skills are considerable. The thoroughly unsupported notion stuck in the minds of the corporate media and some business leaders.

Blame the workers, those who lost jobs since the start of the recession. Clinton and the other representatives for the financial elite asked that we believe in just two short years of the recession, job skill requirements changed so much, workers couldn't be hired back. That was nonsense then and is nonsense now.

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Seen "Unemployed Need Not Apply"? I need your help.

  • Posted on: 14 January 2011
  • By: Kitsap River

Originally posted Thu Jan 13, 2011 at 03:26:02 PM PST over on DailyKos. Reposted with permission on the author's behalf.

There are a lot of unemployed people here on DKos, including quite a number of long-term unemployed. I've seen mention here and there from people who have come across listings that actually, blatantly say something like "No unemployed need apply". I'm trying to track down where those listings are, what state(s) the companies posting them are in, what sorts of positions they are for, the names of the companies, and other such details.

Why? Because I've brought up to my state legislators the problem of people seeing such listings. Frankly, it's a form of discrimination that I feel ought to be illegal, especially in a Great Recession such as this one. I may be able to instigate the passage of legislation forbidding this practice, at least in Washington State, but it would help a lot if I knew where these things were taking place and who was doing this.

 

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The "skills shortage" lie on unemployment DEMOLISHED

  • Posted on: 10 October 2010
  • By: MichaelCollins


Robert Oak at Economic Populist has rebutted the notion that hiring is stalled due to a "skills shortage." The latest news from the masters of disaster is that there are 5 million jobs in the United States open because of a skills shortage. Not so! as Oak skill fully demonstrates as he demolishes that claim empirically.
See: Blame Employers for the Jobs Crisis - Economic Populist

There is no skills shortage, there never was a skill shortage. There is a shortage of good employers who do not discriminate, age discriminate, ship jobs to India, China, Brazil and treat their workers like cannon fodder. There also is a shortage of jobs, pure and simple. Put U.S. workers first. Demand these employers quit their inane, harsh, wage repressing, discriminatory labor practices. Put a few of of these traitorous employers in jail and sue 'em. Deal with trade and offshore outsourcing, invest in America and Americans. Then and only then will we might actually get somewhere to putting people back to work. Robert Oak

The Myopia of the Masses: My Own "Better Off Dead" Experience

  • Posted on: 1 October 2010
  • By: GreyHawk

Crossposted at DailyKos.

If you haven't read the diary "...is surely better off dead" by Auntie Neo Kawn of DailyKos yet, go read it now -- I'll wait.

This diary is an additional build upon it -- my own experience as one of those who the comment "better off dead" refers to.

When you're ready and you've tipped, rec'd and commented over on Auntie's piece, feel free to drop below the fold to get my take. And thank you for your time.

 

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Open Thread - Putting Unemployment In Perspective

  • Posted on: 12 July 2010
  • By: Connecticut Man1

Just a very small excerpt from a very long post on the unemployment issue overall. This little part is just to put the size of the problem in perspective:

2,181,500 long-term unemployed Americans have now lost their unemployment benefits.

53,500 more will join them each day, which amounts to more than

350,000 people each week, who will be losing what could be their only source of income for housing, utilities, food and health-care for themselves and their kids.

To put those numbers in perspective...

2,181,500 is slightly more than the population of Chicago.

350,000 is roughly the population of cities like: New Orleans, St. Louis, Tampa, Santa Ana and Cincinnati.

53,000 is approximately the population of places like: Flagstaff, Sarasota, White Plains, Cheyenne and Battle Creek.

And, should the filibuster continue... In one month we're looking at the population of

Manhattan, Philadelphia and Detroit...combined!

There are some suggested actions you can take in ridemybike's diary. There is more open thread after the jump.

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BRILLIANT! Pelosi forces vote on Tax Cuts for Job Outsourcers, Idiots fall for it hook line & sinker

  • Posted on: 2 June 2010
  • By: MinistryOfTruth

Speaker Pelosi pulled a brilliant move at the end of the last weeks legislative session.

House Democrats are home for a long Memorial Day break with a gift-wrapped wedge issue delivered just in time for district campaigning. One of their final actions before adjourning late Friday was passing a measure that would strip tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas by a 215-204 vote.

talkingpointsmemo.com

The Grand Outsourcing Party. Expect Dems to run on this come election time.

More brilliance below the fold.

"Capitalist Tool"

  • Posted on: 28 January 2010
  • By: MichaelCollins

promoted by roxy. Originally posted 2010-01-27 17:20:57 -1000

Michael Collins

Just a few cynics doubted the magnificent procession of then Senator
Barack Obama to the highest office in the land. He was the redemption
of our past sins, the proof that we were a better nation than we had
been. After all, race has been at the center of American politics since
Bacon's Rebellion was crushed in 1667 but we were  moving beyond that.  And we did.   Race was set aside for most of those who voted.

Nick Benton's Corner: Consumerism Vs. Human Capitalism

  • Posted on: 13 October 2009
  • By: carol white

Posted with permission of author, Nicholas Benton owner/editor of the Falls Church News Press.


As the official U.S. unemployment number approaches 10 percent, the ravaged economy is veering toward its much-feared "second dip" associated with credit card debt, rising commercial real estate vacancy rates and a major up-tick of unaffordable residential adjustable rate mortgage re-sets.


The G-20 Announces the "New World Order"

  • Posted on: 29 September 2009
  • By: MichaelCollins

bailoutpeople.org

Citizens Respond

Michael Collins

PITTSBURGH
-- A new world order is emerging at the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh with
a decision by the group to become the premier coordinating body on
economic issues.  Radio Free Europe, Sep. 26, 2009

Open Thread: What's Happening in YOUR State

  • Posted on: 6 July 2009
  • By: carol white

The latest figures on unemployment have prompted VP Biden to admit that the Administation was rethinking the state of the economy. They would do well to look at the economy of states. With unemployment now officially hovering close to 20% there is a lot to worry about. 


While I ordinarily would not accord the UK's pundit Ambrose Evans-Pritchard much credibility, in a recent piece in the Telegraph, The unemployment timebomb is quietly ticking, he put together some useful statistics.


Will Obama forfeit a second term because of Wall Street?

  • Posted on: 15 May 2009
  • By: Tony Wikrent

With the defeat of the bill allowing judges to force mortgage restructuring on reluctant creditors, and now the defeat of the bill reintroducing limits on usury, the momentum toward real reform of the American financial system has clearly been stopped. There is now a rapidly growing danger that the lack of reform, coupled with the growing consensus in “the Village” that multiplying signs of economic “green shoots”signal that “the bottom is near” (see Arianna Huffington’s May 12, 2009 post, Wall Street, DC, and the New Financial Euphoria),  will leave the majority of Americans who are not rich dealing with prolonged economic hardship.