Do you still have your job? An almost unprecedented number of Americans do not, with an official government unemployment rate around 9.5 percent. Because this rate only reflects those unemployed who are collecting unemployment benefits, the actual number of unemployed is far higher.
Indeed, the official Department of Labor report states in June 2010, that the number of Americans who are purely unemployed is 14.6 million. Americans who are involuntarily employed as part-time, due to cutbacks, or because that is the only employment they can find adds an additional 8.6 million. These are people who are not adequately employed.
Then we must add another 2.6 million people who are considered as marginally attached to the labor force. These are people who are not counted as unemployed, because they have given up and had not searched for work in the 4 weeks prior to the survey.
The truth is, there are more than 25.8 million Americans who are jobless or inadequately employed. It is an astounding figure, and it makes any boast of jobs growth to the tune of a hundred or two thousand jobs seem utterly ridiculous, if not absolutely insulting.
Economic conditions seem to be improving somewhat, but unlike recoveries of the past, this one is occurring without a simultaneous improvement in available jobs for the unemployed. That means that companies that have survived the difficulties of the economic recession have stabilized and may have even increased output slightly, but they are not expanding.
Without private sector expansion, there are no significant new jobs. This is on top of an already serious shortage of employment opportunities that exists for a variety of reasons. Some of these are hidden in that unspoken territory that average Americans never get to consider, because biased news agencies do not want to work counter to the liberal big government agenda.
The bulk of new jobs that are reported, pitiful in number anyway, are in the public sector, not the super job-spawning private sector. When the enormous economic machinery of American small business is in gear, jobs are created like wildfire.
But the uncertainty created by the Obama Administration’s gargantuan health care reforms, the lack of capital available from a scared banking and investment industry, and the ongoing threat of new and higher taxes has placed the American Small business machinery in neutral at best, and in many cases in reverse.
A bloated federal government cannot, and God help us, should not even try to create jobs on the backs of American taxpayers.
Immigration is all the rage today in the news. Indeed, the outcry from the liberal media in league with our liberal federal government is concern about racial profiling. There are approximately 11 million or more people in this country today who do not have a legal right to be here.
Average Americans do not want to persecute people, and so the very sound of racial profiling brings precisely that to mind. Unfortunately, for most, that is as far as they will get when pressed to comment or vote according to the subject.
Common sense will prevent any mass rounding up of 11 million illegal immigrants. The cost of deporting them would seal the destruction of our economy. Common sense should also state that illegal immigrants, who are here to commit crimes, should be apprehended and removed.
One argument in support of an open attitude about these immigrants, especially those from Mexico, is that they are doing the jobs that Americans don’t want to do. I would argue that on face value these days, because even I might be interested in some of those jobs.
But what is not thought about, is that these 11 million illegal immigrants are having children, and those born here are not illegal immigrants. They become citizens, are educated by the same school systems as all children are, and then they naturally are going to need jobs.
These children of illegal immigrants are not taking the jobs that Americans don’t want. They are legitimately taking the jobs that unemployed Americans need desperately, and their numbers are far greater than the 11 million who remain illegal.
So the deeper issue is not one of compassion that the average American has empathetically swallowed, but rather; it is one that screams for action in sealing the borders and enforcing tough but fair immigration laws. The ability for you and of your children to keep and maintain employment is at stake.
Jobs lost to foreign workers have also not been helpful. It is unfathomable to me how so many Americans were drawn into the computer field during the 1990’s, largely in response to the perceived Y2K threat. That in conjunction with the exploding internet phenomenon created a virtual black hole of opportunity. Companies could not hire enough programmers and support personnel during that time.
Unfortunately, high-tech companies like so many others have been drawn to low cost workers on the other side of the globe. Corporations have dumped their American software and customer service operations, and replaced them with contractors working from India and elsewhere.
Such thinking is absurd to say it mildly. Sure, the current bottom line is improved and that is what drives those decisions. But emaciating the American workforce, previously known as the most affluent consumers in the world, was much akin to killing their own milk cows, as if they didn’t know where milk comes from.
I hope that people are waking up. This attitude amongst adults that they are tired of all the political bickering and politics in general is self-destructive and more importantly, it threatens to endanger the very continuation of the America that we have known, and have always assumed would be there to embrace our children and generations to come.
Philosophies and ideologies now at work in Congress and in the White House have dealt more than a few deadly blows to this nation. I pray that the damage is not already too great, but by any measure of common sense, those philosophies and ideologies must be removed. There are elections coming that will allow Americans to do exactly that.
Copyright ©2010 by Phil Harris