Open Thread - Putting Unemployment In Perspective
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.
I'd almost love to see this person run, if only for the guarenteed comedy gold but I know that would probably wind up being bad for the country considering how many Americans voted for Bush jr. twice.
Here is what is likely a lose lose for the average American, since if Axelrod and Emmanuel get their way there will be disastrous cuts in spending and probably more tax cuts that will not trickle down, again. And when I see the name Geithner on the side of spending I know his ideas to "create more jobs" will probably just lead to more looting of the nation by the banks. It is all a political game that is killing the nation, regardless of the grain of truth to it.