August 30, 2011
Where are the 2.5 Million Jobs, Mr. President?
A job is not something you defer thinking about, when you don't have one, Mr. President. Now that you're back from vacation, I'm not looking forward to your jobs speech. I lie awake at night worrying about my two cousins and a friend of thirty years -- one lost a small business, the second is watching his business go down the tubes, and the third, who supports her handicapped daughter, can't find a job. Another friend tells me her son who graduated college a year ago can't find work. He feels like a total failure in life as only a 22-year-old can, and she is worried about him. One of his jobless college friends recently committed suicide. None of these people I love and worry about show up in the unemployment statistics. Unemployment at 10% barely indicates the number of people in serious trouble, and the depth of the trouble they are in. I also know two people who benefitted from the stimulus project. A mentally ill...(Read Full Article)