Daily Archives: January 2, 2014

And Still, We Stagger On…


Date: January 2, 2014

01) Congress must take urgent action to extend unemployment benefits

“Today, our economy still has fewer jobs than when the recession began in 2007. American factories have been relocated off-shore or closed and many jobs that were outsourced have not been replaced. Wall Street looting and big banks caused this crisis, but it’s the millions of Americans who still can’t find work who are paying the price — a price that would be even greater without the federal Emergency Unemployment Insurance program.”

This is a petition calling upon the US federal government to extend emergency unemployment benefits, yet again…for over two million people [and their families].

I question just how long this can keep going on…and I just about feel like I did some five+ years ago…when I was outright begging that “the authorities” even just acknowledge the insane economical problem[s] with the US economy…You know…the one[s] that 90% [or more] of us are being run through the meat grinder over?…and have been chronically living with, for at least a decade?…Yeah, that one [several, actually]…

I have just about been calling for them to let the bottom fall out…stop with this artificial, “smoke and mirrors” propping up of the economy…At least then, when the masses of us hit the bottom, we will know where our footing is…As things stand [as they have for the past decade or more], we are trapped in a controlled, slow, painful economic death spiral…The majority of us in the US are, yes

They keep putting these legal band-aids on, and giving us reports of “our” economic status… through rose colored glasses, which rely almost entirely on the statistics concerning wealthy people and how much their own capital worth increased… Which in reality, have utterly nothing to do with the majority of us in this country… Oh sure, in theory they are “creating more jobs” with this gain… In reality, these jobs are poor jobs [on many levels] or no jobs at all.

The ugly truth is…these gains [record gains, amazingly] are only benefiting a small minority, and they are not helping to pull up the overwhelming rest of the country…And it is the rest of the country, where attention is most desperately needed.

We have been forced to live under this economic death spiral for far, far too long… and I want it to end, now [years ago, actually]… Like so many others, I am sick to death of dealing with it… but they just keep subjecting us to it, right along with its long list of ill consequences and negative impact on us, as human beings having to live under this relentless, insanely long term stress…

…That is what the US has devolved into…an atmosphere defined by economic stress, and inability to gain financial stability.

…And now, here we are again…Over two million jobless people [many with families and children who depend on them], with the US federal government getting so close to letting their financial lifeline lapse…If they are left in free fall, this will be a massive problem for this country…And a mark of shame, for our country [for a number of reasons]…

…But at the same time, any extension is going to be a Band-Aid, which allows this treachery to continue on, by placating those who are in most desperate need [well…aside from the homeless, who are not even in the system]…So, you see my frustration?…

This nonsense needs to end…We have a do nothing government, which thinks nothing of forcing us to compete with countries that lack human and workers rights laws…You might as well say, industrially…we have been fused with a range of other countries, as if they have become part of the US, and its own market…only, we are not demanding that they function by our standards…Instead, we are being dragged down to theirs…This has outright devastated the US.

Why do we keep going on, year after year…talking about this exact same problem, without any honestly positive resolve?…We just keep getting placated, as things continue to get visibly worse and worse.

There is no recovery…As a country, we [the US] probably should have collapsed by now…And if that had happened, maybe we could have finally gotten about reinventing ourselves and our economic structure…and maybe we could have been well on our way, to rebuilding a new system and bouncing back to something healthy for all of us?…

But no…That is not cruel enough…Lets just ignore the problems, even longer…

I hate that they are dragging this meltdown out, to an agonizing long, slow crawl…forcing it to last all of this time, and presumably for even more years to come…I guess, they presume dragging it over years, will make the bigger picture of loss and suffering less immediately recognized?…Did they not factor in, the extreme economic meltdown fatigue that so many of us are suffering from today?…Did they not imagine, that a lot of us would become angry, over being ignored and not listened to?…Have they no care, that this chronic state is inflicting psychological damage, and other stress injuries, on so many of us out here?

It has gotten to the point, where it feels more cruel that we have not been allowed to go through the collapse [which is still on the horizon], and gotten past it to something…at least we can understand, and which is at least stable [hopefully]. This cloud being held over our heads, needs to go away.

You know…I’ve been contemplating going back to college, and getting some sort of degree [even though it would be excruciating on me, to get through it]…But it honestly scares the hell out of me, this whole idea of running up deep financial debt, and then still ultimately having no way to pay it back…At least right now, I know the crumby situation in which I stand…After college, there is an excellent chance I will still stand here, while having to contend with crippling debt…They claim “college is the way”, but reality is…there are few of these professional jobs in existence, and they are being fought over by a huge surplus of college graduates. What is happening in todays “college economy”, is that hordes of young people are being duped into massive debt, just for a degree that is proving to be worthless in the real world…

And so…I remain paralyzed, while mulling over my horrible options…There is no clear path, here…It all looks bad…

…Is anyone laboring under the presumption, that I am alone in this?