Labor Day 2011
Today is the annual USA Labor day. Federal, State, and (some) private businesses reward their labor force via a paid day off (paid is italicised for effect). Unless you've been under a rock, the global economy has seen a rough patch dating back to the year 2006/2007. Economists say that we had a full-blown recession; it officially ended in 2009. Wait a minute, is that entirely accurate?
The country lost several million jobs. It doesn't take a rocket-scientist or a Harvard-educated economist to know that many of these gigs won't return...at least not in its former state or configuration. Many underemployed workers. Sure, many gamed the system--collecting UE instead of actively seeking and/or accepting work. Yet many simply could not find anything; why, because there was nothing there to seek.
The Present Mood
I was reading that Conservative politicians are calling for an end to extended UE benefits. The mood is to boot the freeloaders off the dole and get back to work. We want a balanced budget, lower corporate & personal income tax, easier access to credit, extended UE benefits, subsidized health care w/o socialist overtones, and...oh yeah--Free Education. Seems like we want the farm without the associated early morning farm chores.
I was unemployed this year x7weeks; I did not receive UE. I was fortunate...BLESSED! I secured a great position working as a Bureaucrat---I Love It! However, my situation was atypical. I have a graduate degree, am a Honorably-discharged Veteran, and lived in a geographic location conducive to an increased military-industrial hiring need. Call it Luck, Divine providence, or simply Synchronicity; I call it love. I'm grateful and fortunate.
So here is this blogger's final thoughts on the subject--for this labor day. To the US Taxpayers, Conservative Politicos, and the Employed: Don't hate da Playa; Hate da Game!