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The Reality of Long Term Unemployment

unemployment_5In his “Mission Accomplished” moment, Barack Hussein Obama ended his jobs council on Thursday, January 31, 2013.

Despite the fact that more than 12 million people in the U.S. are still out of work.

Obama’s allies will point out that when the jobs council began two years ago, unemployment was above 9 percent and has since improved to 7.8 percent.  What they conveniently overlook is that the unemployment number has shifted downwards in large part due to people who have exceeded their unemployment benefits are no longer being counted.

So, if you are a middle aged worker who has experienced long term unemployment, you have forever lost what for most people were the peak earning years of life.  A time when under normal circumstances, the opportunity to save for retirement was most feasible financially.

Instead you were drawing unemployment benefits worth less than half what you used to make.  As the result, instead of saving for retirement, you reduced your expenditures (read: standard of living) by half.

Not to mention the loss of medical, vacation, 401k and other employer provided benefits.

Then to add insult to injury, the self-imagined, self-appointed “progressive” intellectual elite ruling class decide that the expiration of the unemployment benefits that sustained your Spartan existence means that for the purposes of their statistics, you are no longer out of work.

Even if you have honestly sought work for years and have been unsuccessful thanks to an economy crippled by their “progressive” economic policies, have used up all your personal savings and are a month or two away from living on the street.pelosi_obama_reid

The reality of long term unemployment is not being accurately portrayed by the Obama administration, their “progressive” political allies, or their devoted supporters within the institutionalized “progressive” left.

The economy is not growing.  Jobs are not being created.  If you are unemployed, prospects for future employment look bleak.

Their big government “stimulus” spending was devoted primarily to helping their “progressive” allies in blue states that needed the money to balance their own indebted balance sheets.

Every dollar spent on “stimulus” was obtained through a tax on the private sector.  Instead of the private sector having the money they earned to invest in growing business and creating jobs, it was sent to Washington DC, where the cost of an ever growing, bloated bureaucracy was first removed, then redistributed to those deemed fit by the same self-imagined, self-appointed “progressive” intellectual elite ruling class that has shown through their handling of the nation’s unemployment statistics that they are far more concerned with retaining their own grip on power than truly helping the little guy.

If you have a job, thank God and pray to keep it.

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  1. I am weary of calling the Democrats incompetent so let me just cut to the chase THEY DON’T HAVE THE SENSE GOD GAVE A GOOSE! Nobody can be this stupid so I am left with no other choice but to think it is a purposeful plan to destroy this nation from within.

    There is not one thing this administration has done or even proposed which would grow the economy and provide jobs. Yet, the citizenry voted for another four years of the same. Gotta wonder??????

    1. Citizeny brainwashed by kindergarten through advanced college degree anti-American indoctrination voted for four more years. What they see on TV, in Hollywood movies and in the “news” media reinforces their brainwashing on a daily basis.

  2. Michael, you about said it all. I did notice that not a single soul has mentioned that the economy has always & will cycle through ‘bad times’ when pretty much left to its ‘natural resource.’ However, when too many cooks start throwing in a stimuus, tax increase & stir the pot…the stew is spoiled…..Man seems far to capable of ‘adusting’ to surroundings & sadly ‘doing nothing’ is almost the new ‘norm’ (I Hate that term) or have a built in excuse to shrug, sigh & oh well, go with the flow. Some seem ‘born’ to it….And Ronni, I, too have met a goose or two with more sense.

  3. I’ve never had a full-time job my entire life…I was either working temp or part-time jobs just to make money to pay the bills, etc. Because of my education and what skills I do have, things are very difficult when looking for employment…I have also been on unemployment off/on for years, with still no luck with a real job…No matter how hard I try when looking for work, nothing ever comes of it.

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