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This year 1,750,000 students will graduate from colleges within the
United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, last year
the economy created only 172,000 jobs requiring college degrees. Or
since the collapse of the economy in 2008, US colleges have graduated
six million and using 2011 as a bell weather less than 20 percent of
those graduates have found a job in their chosen discipline.
Fortunately, for government none of these people are counted or even
considered as unemployed in this American wasteland.

You must have a job before you can be considered unemployed and likewise
once you use up your unemployment benefits you are no longer unemployed
having become a discouraged worker. Think about that for a moment, the
difference between unemployed and discouraged. It gives the clear
implication that it is the worker who has given up rather than the
system having failed the worker.

Everyday we hear the media use the word, "recovery" as every germ of
economic good news is trumpeted as an indicator of great news. The rest
of the "not so" good information is simply discounted or ignored
altogether. There is no recovery, there is only a languishing, this from
last months Bureau of Labor Statistics report

Civilian noninstitutional population -- up 180,000

Civilian labor Force- down 342,000

Participation rate -- down 0.02

Employed -- down 169,000

Employment -- population ratio -- down 0.01

Unemployed -- down 173,000

Unemployment rate -- down 0.01

Not in labor force -- up 522,000

See the recovery? The largest single factor in the falling unemployment
rate isn't people finding employment it is Americans penciled out of the
system. These numbers don't include the tens of thousands of young
people graduating from colleges, trades schools and high schools. What
is the official government policy towards these suffering millions; well
there it is right before your eyes, a policy of ignorism. Ignore them
and maybe they will go away.

Job seekers also face a rising corporate bureaucracy; thirty years ago I
filled out a two sides of a page job application and was hired. Today, a
background check is required, a credit check and a drug test because
deep down inside they really don't trust you. I've known professionals
who could not get hired for a menial job because they had defaulted on a
credit card. Students with college loan debt that can't get hired
because their college loan debt is considered too high. You have no
rights when it comes to corporate America, they can check your finances,
your personal history and even your urine.

Sometimes though, they tell on themselves, I found this on Craigslist
the other day. "If you are not fully qualified for this job, please do
not apply, we've been inundated with desperate jobs seekers." You mean
to say they aren't actually discouraged, but only desperate? Recently, I
have seen new additional requirements added. A driver's license and
valid automobile insurance for a job as a part time store clerk. Then
there are employers who won't hire anyone with a gap in there employment
history. The average (mean) duration on unemployment this month is 42.1
weeks up from 41.4 weeks last April. The highest category of
unemployment counted by government is 27 weeks and over. It's like
standing by a highway and only counting the cars going 0-10 miles per
hour and 10-20 miles per hour giving a totally inaccurate picture of the
labor force.

What Corporate America is doing is building themselves an employment
wall, a sieve to punish the disobedient. Failure to make payments on
your CITI bank card makes you unemployable at the Gap. A DUI in college
makes you unreliable, too much risk involved. I've written before about a
guy I met who had a felony counterfeiting conviction because when we
was twenty years old he photocopied dollar bills and fed them into
change machines, now he's fifty. The theft of a few hundred dollars as a
kid has placed him in employment purgatory. Only the ring is closing,
now it's become merely missing a credit card payment or a DUI. "Hello,
Big Brother?"

I went to the grocery store the other day and just to the right of the
big sign informing me I was under hidden camera surveillance was a brand
new sign. "It is a crime to remove a shopping cart from these

Why thank you, it's nice to be here after making me feel so welcome and
all! First off, anyone who is going to steal a shopping cart isn't going
to be deterred by hanging up a paper sign, anyone not planning on
stealing a shopping cart should be offended. This is their corporate
greeting, "We're watching you! Don't steal nothing!" I understand that
all businesses must try to stop theft and this was after all a grocery
store that sells"food. People steal food because,

A. thrills / kicks

B. social pressure / look cool

C. frat / gang initiation

D. hungry

Either these are the reasons or maybe, they just don't think much of us
as a people. But let's look over the horizon, after Obama is
re-coronated in January will he turn to the left or to the right
politically? This coming January 2nd President Obama will face
sequestration budget cuts. Across the board deep cuts in Federal funding
unless Congress acts, but why should Congress Act? Deep budget cuts to
social programs while Congressman and Senators can all claim that their
hands were tied, "oh it was terrible, I really hated to see it come to
that, but the other side was unreasonable and intractable."

Will the Congress be filled with remorse when those who fund their
campaigns approve of that outcome? And Barack Obama, that friend of the
working man will do exactly what for us? This administration which has
so famously said, "f*ck the UAW as it sold retirees down the river while
sending aid to GM. That's not to say they haven't suddenly become very
socially conscious lately. But is that an indicator of future
performance or is it that other Obama, the election year Obama? If you
were disappointed with Obama's first term just wait and see what his
second term has in store.

"As of early last week, nearly 20,000 people have applied for the 877
new jobs that Montgomery's Hyundai plant created to add a new production
shift. And the applications are still coming. The deadline to apply is
June 2, but Hyundai was so overwhelmed by the initial response that they
suspended the application process on May 18 because of the high volume.
Last week, HMMA issued a statement saying that it would reopen the
application procedure through June 2 but warned that anyone who applies
after May 18 may not have time to be processed." -- The Montgomery

APARTMENT - Craigslist

My name is Rev. XXXXX and I am attempting to find a place for a small
family with a 4 year old daughter. The husband was laid off and they
lost their house and the wife was a homemaker, the daughter is very
respectful. I am aware the father is seeking full-time employment. If
you're able to provide a room for them and they can surely repay you as
soon as he finds work, which will be soon as he is 50 and has a strong
warehousing history, it would be a blessing. Family is quiet and
respectful. Also, if you have something like a project he is able to do
or own a company I'm certain he'd work for you to pay some of the money
until steady work is acquired.


Their eviction date is 5/28/2012 at midnight. - Craigslist

A government which ignores the problem and its people while planning a,
look Ma, no hands approach to cutting social programs. Austerity is
telling the starving they need to go on a diet. A government which
ignores the people telling the poor that you must be poorer still to
help keep the taxes down for the wealthy, to preserve missile systems or
bases in Kazakhstan. It isn't a government at all, it is a corporate
front. You versus the corporation and the only friend in this world
you've got in this whole damn world to stand beside you and against said
corporation is government, which means you ain't got no damn friends.
It is the textbook definition of Corporate Fascism, in the dawn of the
security state.

Part time for economic reasons -- up 181,000

Slack work or business conditions -- up 106,000

Could only find part time work -- up 26,000

"Don't fight it son. Confess quickly! If you hold out too long you could
jeopardize your credit rating." From the film "Brazil" -1985

"And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual
human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight
for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes,
undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or
government which limits or destroys the individual. This is what I am
and what I am about." -- John Steinbeck


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