Barack Obama by Petr Kratochvil
The time comes and it overtakes us all, a time when all, which we thought, could never be so, is so. All of the things, which once seemed impossible, have now come to pass. The world as we once knew it is gone; our lives as we once knew them are inverted, contorted and pulled inside out.
On the streets of any American city you can find a near endless supply of dangerous drugs. Theses drugs are made illicitly and smuggled into the United States, billions upon billions of dollars change hands and yet no one, except low level dealers ever winds up in jail. In the malls and strip malls of America, pharmaceutical manufactures peddle new drugs, not to cure disease, but merely to maintain the disease.
Our nation has now been at war for a decade; with no end in sight. The children of this nation have no understanding of a single day of peace in their lives. The children of this nation; do not know a day of a fully funded educational system, and in their youth, they do not know yet understand that their futures are being exported, expropriated and extinguished.
For more than a decade we have witnessed high crimes and misdemeanors perpetrated against the people. We have seen stolen elections, questionable returns capped with court decisions, which invalidate even the appearance of legitimate democracy. The political process has worked for the exclusive benefit of the few at the expense of the many; there is no respite, no relief and no expectations of relief or respite.
Stereotypes are common; but too easy to fall back upon. However, I have been in Portland for a week now and I have seen dry pavement only once. I know enough, to know, that I don't know anything about this place yet.
I have learned that I am a flat lander; I am unfamiliar with elevations and with mountains.Portland is picturesque, nestled tightly among the hills and valleys. A city dominated by rivers, punctuated by mountains, which so far, have been completely obscured by rain clouds. I am an Easterner, that is a new identity for me, but I am in the far West and that is also a new identity. It is a time change and a sea change and a change in mindset.
Some things are the same everywhere I go, I have met the unemployed and they are me and they are you. The unemployed are the young veterans and the older guys like myself. This is my third city in a year, I've been to the South and to the North and now to the West and it is all the same and what will Obama say tonight? He will say that everything getting better, and then he will take credit for improvement which hasn't occurred while he ignores the truth.
Number of Americans employed November 2011, 240,441,000
Number of Americans employed December 2011, 240,584,000
No longer in the labor force November 2011, 86,503,000
No longer in the labor force December 2011, 86,697,000
A gain of 143,000 new jobs, while 194,000 Americans dropped out of the labor market, but remember, December was hailed as a great month and yet, in reality, it was a terrible month.
December 2010- 8,995,000
December 2011- 7,691,000
On temporary layoff
December 2010- 1,547,000
December 2011- 1,385,000
Not on temporary layoff
December 2010- 7,448,000
December 2011- 6,306,000