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Labor Day 2011: What Are We Celebrating? The Lack Of Jobs In America?

If you still have a good job, you certainly have something to celebrate on Labor Day 2011.  So far you have survived the decline of the U.S. economy.  But your day may be coming soon.  This weekend, there will be millions of Americans that will not be doing any celebrating.  They are not enjoying a break from their jobs because they don't have any jobs.  In fact, it seems kind of heartless for the rest of us to be celebrating while so many of our countrymen are destitute.  What are we celebrating on Labor Day 2011?  The lack of jobs in America?  At this point, the U.S. economy closely resembles a gigantic game of musical chairs.  Every time the music stops, even more good jobs are pulled out of the game and even more workers are added.  Once upon a time, if you really wanted a job in America you could get one.  But now the competition for even the most basic jobs is absolutely brutal.  If you gathered together all of the unemployed people in the United States, they would constitute the 68th largest country in the world.  It would be a nation larger than Greece.  All of those unemployed people are not going to be taking trips with their families this holiday weekend.  Instead, most of them are going to be trying to figure out what to do with their shattered lives.

With the economy in such a mess, you would think that someone out there would be suggesting that Labor Day 2011 should really be a day of mourning.  This economic downturn has shredded the lives of millions of American families.

Is there any other crisis in recent years that has had more of an impact on a national level?

On Friday, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that no new jobs were created during the month of August and that the official unemployment rate remained steady at 9.1 percent.

Wait, aren't we supposed to be in the middle of an economic recovery?

Actually, we need at least 125,000 new jobs or so each month just to keep up with the growth of the U.S. population.  So it seems odd that the economy would add zero jobs but the unemployment rate would not increase.

But that is what the government is saying.

In any event, things don't look good.  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the civilian employment-population ratio was at 58.2 percent last month.  This is an incredibly low figure.

In a recent article, John Mauldin explained what would have to happen to return the employment-population ratio to where it was in the year 2000....

The US has roughly the same number of jobs today as it had in 2000, but the population is well over 30,000,000 larger. To get to a civilian employment-to-population ratio equal to that in 2000, we would have to gain some 18 MILLION jobs.

Does anyone have an extra 18 million jobs laying around somewhere?  The following is a chart showing what has happened to the employment-population ratio over the last several decades....

What makes this chart even more startling is that the number of women in the workforce was constantly rising for most of the time period reflected in this chart.  So when you take that into account our current situation is far worse.

For example, back in 1969 95 percent of all men between the ages of 25 and 54 had a job.  Pretty much any man in his prime working years that wanted a job could get a job.

In July, only 81.2 percent of men in that age group had a job.

But that is only part of the story.  Another significant trend has been how flat wages have been.  Average hourly earnings fell 0.1% in August.  Meanwhile, the prices in the stores continue to go up.

In this column, I write a lot about how the middle class is being destroyed in this country.  When you look at the ratio of employee compensation to GDP, it is now the lowest that is has been in about 50 years.  In other words, U.S. workers are taking home a smaller share of the pie than at any other time in modern U.S. history.

But at this point those that still actually do have jobs consider themselves to be the lucky ones.

Tonight, there will be millions of desperate unemployed Americans that will blankly stare at their televisions as they try to figure out how their dreams got flushed down the toilet.

Remember how I mentioned at the beginning of the article that unemployed Americans would constitute a country larger than Greece?  Well, 42 percent of all of those unemployed Americans have been out of a job for 27 weeks or longer.

What would you do if you lost your job and you were unemployed for half a year?

Would you be able to survive?

In America today, the longer that you are unemployed, the harder it is for you to get another job.  If you have been unemployed for at least one year, there is a 91 percent chance that you will not find a new job within the next month.

Out of sheer desperation, many Americans have taken jobs that they never even dreamed that they would take.

Only 47 percent of the U.S. workforce is "fully employed" at this point.  Right now there are hordes of Americans that are waiting tables, flipping burgers or stocking shelves at Wal-Mart because that is all that they can find right now.

Sadly, this is all part of a long-term trend.

Back in 1980, less than 30% of all jobs in the United States were low income jobs.  Today, more than 40% of all jobs in the United States are low income jobs.

This middle class is being pummeled out of existence, and most Americans don't even understand what is happening.

It certainly does not help that both the Republicans and the Democrats have stood by as millions upon millions of our jobs have been shipped out of the country.

It also certainly does not help that both the Republicans and the Democrats have stood by as millions upon millions of illegal immigrants have taken jobs away from American citizens.

It also certainly does not help that both the Republicans and the Democrats have stood by as U.S. businesses have been absolutely crushed by mountains of nightmarish regulations and have been taxed into oblivion.

The decade that just ended was the worst decade for job growth in America since the Great Depression.  In fact, even though thirty million people were added to the U.S. population during the decade, there was essentially zero job growth.

Sadly, things look like they are going to continue to get even worse.  For example, the United States Postal Service is in such trouble that it is asking Congress to allow it to lay off 120,000 workers. Overall, the Postal Service wants to eliminate 220,000 positions by 2015.

So is this big speech that Obama is going to give on Thursday going to solve anything?

Of course not.

The reality is that if Obama or any of his advisors had any grand ideas for fixing our situation they would have implemented them by now.

And what is the big deal in making us wait until Thursday to hear these "new ideas"?  Why not just tell us now?

Sadly, the truth is that everything that our politicians do now is about setting themselves up for the 2012 election.

Most likely, Obama is just going to take a bunch of tired ideas that do not work and "spin" them into a grand new plan.

Millions of Americans will actually buy into it.

But it is not as if establishment Republican candidates have anything to offer either.

You know, if Obama wanted to do something substantial, one place to start would be to order the Federal Reserve to stop paying banks not to make loans to individual and small businesses.

But just like all of our other weak-minded recent presidents, Barack Obama is not going to confront the Federal Reserve.

In fact, everything that Obama actually does "for the economy" only seems to make things worse.

As I have outlined before, we know exactly why our economy is losing jobs and we know things that we could start doing right now to reverse the long-term trends that are absolutely killing us.

But Barack Obama is not talking about real solutions and neither are the establishment Republican candidates.

So things are going to continue to get worse.  The number of Americans on food stamps has increased 74% since 2007.  Every month we have been setting a new record.  The middle class is going to continue to disappear as the number of good jobs continues to decrease.

So, no, there are not too many reasons to celebrate on Labor Day 2011.  Our economy is dying and millions upon millions of our fellow citizens are deeply suffering.

Urgent action is required in order to prevent our situation from rapidly getting worse, but right now the vast majority of our politicians are asleep at the switch.

So instead of celebrating this Labor Day, why don't you say a prayer for America instead?

We really could use it.

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  • http://www.placeofrefuge2012.com Sheila

    Back in 1973 the CFR had as one of their goals
    economic parity in the western hemisphere.

    It would seem that they are realizing that goal.

    http://www.placeofrefuge2012.com

  • JD

    Its stunning that the US added NO JOBS at all. Really? Not even One?! Damn. Anyone still believe that were in a Jobless Recovery? WTF is that anyway? Like a wheelless car? Everytime I see the talking head dumbasses talk about “RECOVERY” I just want to evict them from their homes and give them a pink slip so they can feel just a bit of the pain the average american is going through. Ive gotten to the point that I cant watch the business news channels without feeling the urge to vomit. Although Gerri Willis was kinda good the other day on FBN when she was discussing the zero job growth numbers for August. But thats few and far between. Im starting to see now thanks to this website that they arent just ignorant about the economy they are purposely trying to keep the masses calm so we dont go batshit crazy. People are waking up. This is some crazy shit when NOT EVEN ONE JOB IS CREATED IN THE US!!!! Wow. My under-the-table job dosent count but then again it was only for 3 days. I wonder how many people know that they can become independent contractors and get this kind of work. Ive been doing it for over a yr. Its funny after my unemployment ran out last Sept. this is the only kind of jobs I can get. I figure if the illegals can do it so can I. To hell with paying the Govt. taxes. I worked for over 9 yrs straight untill I was laid off in 09′ paid a shit ton of taxes. Oh and if youre unmarried with no kids you get the shaft. So I dont care if people might get mad at me for working under the table. Ive supported the illegals on welfare long enough. God knows Im helping put food on America and the worlds tables now. Im one of those 2%ers who work in agriculture now. There are NO JOBS in town so screw city life. Im going back to my country boy roots. Out here in central Montana is a good place to live on the land. Wheatfields,cows,sheep,chickens, and not to mention abundant wildlife this place seems good to make a stand. Oh theres also several nuculear missiles within 12 miles. You might have to kill a mountain lion once in awhile but hey, it beats zombie hordes of people fighting over food in the city! Not everyone can make it here we had devastating floods in the spring and bitterly cold winters. Good luck tryin North Dakota too. Tons of jobs but no housing.

    • SC

      JD, all the best to you. Your are doing the right thing. We must look out for ourselves. It is just sad that we don’t have many choices anymore.

      I’m in TX, so people here are really clueless to all of this. Our economy has been pretty good through all of this, but it’s starting to happen here and NOBODY sees it coming. There are not an abundance of good jobs here at all but everyone seems to think that. Maybe because Rick Perry wants everyone to think that?

      At my company, they are only hiring temps. A lot of them were on unemployment and only applied because they had to in order to keep unemployment. They were really hoping that they wouldn’t get the position. When they get the temp. position, they do a terrible job so that the assignment won’t be extended so that they can go back and sit at home and collect their check without working. It has become a revolving door. I’m not saying that everyone on unemployment is doing this, but a lot of them are here. They take for granted that when their “benefits” run out, that they will be able to then settle down and get serious about a job. Little do they know, that the opportunities are not going to be there. I think the people here will be worse off then anywhere when everything falls apart, because they think that everything is business as usual here. A guy at work the other day actually said ” We won’t ever have any REAL problems, because we can just print more money.” Wow…

      • Gary2

        I thought Perry was so wonderful-Texas miracle and all that BS. Texas-home of low wage jobs.

        Perry says jobs, I say Wages.

        F all these low pay shit jobs.

    • Joe P.

      A Country Boy can survive!!!

    • 007

      No net jobs gained. No net jobs lost. What are the odds that is right? Sounds like Obama and company are spinning the numbers big time. That means there were really a ton of net job losses.

      The Secretary of Labor puts these numbers out. She is a die hard socialist appointed by Obama.

      I guess all these people dropping out of the work force are taking some time off in Martha’s Vinyard munching on tea and crumpetts.

  • JohnT

    It is very true that neither party has a clue about what to do. That is primarily because neither believes in the free market but only believe in getting re-elected at the expense of the public. That means big government in the form of either social or corporate welfare. In the late 19th century and early 20th century (before 1913), the US allowed for the free markets and prospered. Even in terms of providing help to the needy, private enterprise in the terms of mutual aid societies providing a structure for those who needed help getting back on their feet. And when they prospered, they in term helped others through these organisations as well. But the key is that by piling on regulations, providing protections to organisations from competition and taxing people and organisations to extinction, government has stifled any possibility of jobs being created in either the short, medium or long term. Only when we eliminate the federal reserve, reduce drastically the amount of regulation, reform government to allow for people to have greater control through referendums on a local, state and national level and above all respect the constitution will we return to the wonderful prosperous place that we once were. The only politician who realises this is Ron Paul. Which is why the mainstream media is so scared of him.

    • McKinley Morganfield

      I agree with your comments, except I think Gary Johnson is the more pure libertarian. CNN is so scared of GJ they refuse to allow him to participate in the ‘debates’.

  • http://lastdayrapture.blogspot.com/ TK

    This post has perfect timing.

    I know many who have no work, or the work they do have does not pay. The upcoming election will surely be about “jobs”.

    I agree that the ideas congress is working on to increase jobs are mostly a waste. A whole lot of money will be spent to produce very few jobs.

    What will it take to put a whole lot of people to work? A huge fundamental change in the way our economy is heading.

    Will it happen? Probably not. It appears that there are powers stronger than us who want America to be the next 3rd world country.

    I will say a prayer for America, that the wicked will repent.

    http://lastdayrapture.blogspot.com/

  • Tatiana Covington

    Prayer won’t work. We all know that. If we want anything, we must rely on ourselves.

    There isn’t anyone else.

    • Tom

      Well said, Tatiana. To quote a line from a movie, “Waiting on help from above is a long wait for a train that never comes”.

  • r.bitting

    Michael,will God listen to the prayers of an unrepentant nation. Look around you. You are living in a land filled with murderers, thieves and adulterers. A land whose leaders are as corrupt as any in history. A nation where mass shootings in schools and businesses have become commonplace. Your living in the midst of a people who have for the most part lost their moral compass, who gladly sit in front of their TV.s every night a fill their souls with reality tv, desperate housewives or whatever other garbage Hollywood chooses to put out to control the minds and shape the worldviews of the masses. Here’s an interesting little stat for you Michael that perfectly illustrates my point ( I know you love stats ). Back when President Bill Clinton finally admitted his affair with Monica Lewinski, his approval ratings went up. Of course they did, because the people want a leader that’s just like them. This nation turned it’s back on God and now he’s turning his back on us. I told you in responce to your last article, that ( as controversial as it sounds ) God was already judging this nation. It’s happening in many different forms, natural disasters that increase in frequency and intensity, removing his hand of protection from between us and our enemies, and giving society over to it’s own destructive behavior ( read Roman’s ch. 1 ). God would love to again bless this nation, but this nation is going to have to repent and return to God first. I for one am not holding my breath for that to happen. Jonah’s probably sitting on an island off our shore waiting for the other shoe to drop….. or Katia..

    • half full

      Good preaching bro. I am with you!

    • http://lastdayrapture.blogspot.com/ TK

      Very good point r.bitting!

      Very good!

    • Gary2

      Dude-I don’t care who was servicing Clintons johnson, I made WAY WAY more money then as opposed to now.

      Yeah I know clinton also sucked, NAFTA etc.

  • Jeremy

    Thanks for this article Michael. After looking under every nook and cranny, I will start jobs cataloguing files for a chain pharmacy, tutoring a friend in Chinese, and as a handyman for the elderly citizens of our neighborhood. I feel very grateful for this, and I just graduated from law school. In two weeks I have an interview for a law clerk position. Pray for me, but it is was a Hurculean effort to get this stuff.

    Dang guys, it is getting rough. Just from my observations from my part of the US, there are very few people traveling on Labor Day.

    • Michael

      Wow I am really sorry to hear that.

      I applaud you for hanging in there. The competition for law jobs is really tough these days.

      Michael

    • 007

      Hang your own shingle out. Go into bankruptcy, credit work outs, representing financially distressed clients. There is plenty of business out there. Find a lawyer to mentor you in these areas and you will do great. Good luck.

  • nobodyatall

    I am sick and tired of reading that our politicions are asleep at the switch, or Obama has no idea what to do. Don’t any of you writers get it? This is happening GLOBALLY for a reason. This is BEING DONE TO US. The men we NEVER see—-The Rothchilds and bankers want ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT!!!!! If you spend some time searching, it’s all there on the internet. This collapse could have been prevented by those that control our world. This was PLANNED

    • half full

      There is a spirit of evil-the devil that works in the world. It is also called anti-christ. The “new world order” must happen. That spirit is leading our leaders with a hook in their mouths to make way for the return of Christ.

      • Gary2

        Really???do you really believe that??? Really???

    • D

      I also find it ironic that some readers (of this website even) still blame the democrats or republicans for “this mess.” They should know by now that none of it matters. The D vs R battle is the greatest illusion ever made by the Elite (international bankers who own and control the government). All it does is break apart our nation, which is what they want. Cheers, everyone.

      The Elite, who created this collapse, will offer us a solution when things are crumbling: One-world government (New World Order). This is called “Problem-Reaction-Solution.” The elite have been using it for ages, except this time it will be global.

      The one-world government will not happen unless there is a major world war (WWIII). We are heading there now – it will happen after the US financially collapses and the other countries domino in place.

      When death tolls tally, food is scarce, and people are desperate, a leader (politician who is controlled by the elite) will offer a the solution of the 1 world government. This was predicted in the bible and various other religions. I’m generally not a very religious person, but I have read the bible and I cannot deny the irony of what’s happening right now when comparing the old and new testament script to and modern times.

      The people who have decent jobs, of course, are in disbelief of the dire economic status. They believe it will all magically heal. You can’t even talk to these people about other opinions outside of mainstream media. Textbook Sheep. All it will take is for them to lose their job in order to wake up. It won’t take long for this to happen.

      Thank the Lord I’m not living in a city when it fully crumbles, like cheap cookies in fattening milk.

  • Mark

    There are some changes we should make today.Get rid of most of the regulations strangling our small business. Obama wants to stop teenagers from working on family farms. They want to stop the teens fron using tractors and other equipment. They want to try to make me have a CDL to operate a tractor on my own property. These progresives are just control freaks. Obama claims that he wants to cut back on regulations when speaking to the public, but at the same time they keep coming out with more and more. I sure hope that the american public is not stupid enough to buy this bull. We really need a change of leadership.

    • Gary2

      Yeah those pesky regulations that if they were enforced would have prevented the WALL Street meltdown and things like the gulf oil spill.

      If anything business needs to be so regulated that the CEO would have a max wage.

  • http://www.planorperish.com/ Gutter Economist

    Labor Day is a US federal holiday that celebrates the economic and social contributions of workers.

    Since most US politicians believe that we can acquire prosperity by increasing debt, I would like to propose a Debt Day holiday to celebrate the economic contribution of debt. On this day we should honor our politicians by giving them early retirement.

    No more bank and wall street bail outs – We should bail out main street by reducing all home mortgages by 10 percent (or more) and send the bill to the Federal Reserve.

    Does anyone remember the good old days? After I graduated from college in 1972, I drove to Silicon Valley, California. On Sunday I circled 5 help wanted ads in the local newspaper. On Monday I drove to all 5 companies and received 3 instant interviews. By Wednesday I had 2 good job offers and more interviews.

    Does anyone have an extra 18 million jobs laying around somewhere?

    You bet – they are all offshore waiting to return to America after we get some leadership in Washington.

    Taxes of businesses that manufacture offshore including importers should be increased (tax hikes). Taxes of businesses that manufacture in the USA should be decreased (tax cuts).

    Replacing taxes with debt (Reagan / Bush stimulus) or debt based spending (Obama stimulus) are both a hoax and will never create jobs in the US.

    • prosperity for all

      Guttereconomist wrote;”Does anyone remember the good old days? After I graduated from college in 1972, I drove to Silicon Valley, California. On Sunday I circled 5 help wanted ads in the local newspaper. On Monday I drove to all 5 companies and received 3 instant interviews. By Wednesday I had 2 good job offers and more interviews.Does anyone have an extra 18 million jobs laying around somewhere?You bet – they are all offshore waiting to return to America after we get some leadership in Washington.Taxes of businesses that manufacture offshore including importers should be increased (tax hikes). Taxes of businesses that manufacture in the USA should be decreased (tax cuts).”
      Oh yes, I remember the good ol days.TV was wholesome and didn’t pollute and corrupt the mind. If you wanted to view filth you had to be old enough to get into the theatre to see it! Nowadays filth is openly displayed everywhere for young innocent minds to be corrupted. Jobs were aplenty and a teen could get a job within walking distance. Big pharma wasn’t allowed predatory advertising to con the masses into believing they were all ill and needed westernworld overpriced prescriptions. Most everything bore the made in usa lable. Music actually said something and didn’t dull the mind with electronic pulses and repetitive brainwashing lyric. Instead, Musicians taught the world to sing in perfect harmony. We lived free for the most part without devices tracking our everymove and uniforms groping us before boarding the then friendly skies. Speaking of, nature was beautiful and in balance delivering glorius starry nights and seasonable predictable weather inspite of the big heavy america cars we all drove. And the air was FRESH and clean. Carbon wasn’t contrived to be public enemy #1 in order to create a carbon tax. Mostly, America minded her own business instead of trying to conquer the world and all it’s people to dominate global resources. Pay phones were everywhere and if you needed to call someone while out and about 10 cents would get you through. People
      had hobbies and clubs and played together instead of being taught to war amongst themselves. Yes, I remember, those were the days my friend, we thought they’de never end, we’de sing and dance forever and a day. We’de live the life we choose… and I had a brand new pair of roller skates..
      Labor day for me is a day of mourning, because I dearly miss my country, America the Beautiful.

      • Franktruth

        We need to refresh this particular memory “Mostly, America minded her own business instead of trying to conquer the world and all it’s people to dominate global resources.”

        In 1971 Richard Nixon closed the gold window reneging on (sorry foreigners only) holders (of the world’s reserve currency) the promise to deliver gold for U.S. Dollars. It was a repudiation of the Bretton Woods agreement of 1944 that established the Federal Reserve Dollar as the virtual world’s “gold” reserve currency.

        The United States’”pacification” business in Vietnam served to conceal monetary policy that was imperial, draconian and installed unconscionable, irredeemable debt service to all third world nations. Actually, come to think of it, Nixon’s servitude to global banking installed global irredeemable debt service on us all.

        It isn’t the U.S. seeking domination of the world’s resources – it’s transnational banking interests using the U.S. military to secure debt service. Then and now.

        But there’s good news. We can turn this around. Ron Paul has introduced H.R. 1098: Free Competition in Currency Act of 2011. While Dr. Paul has no cosponsor to this bill as yet, it will be harder for his colleagues to ignore this free market solution to bad, no, make that evil, monetary policy.

        Congressman Michelle Bachmann really should be a cosponsor, then we’d know whether she meant to do anything substantial about the economy. She is in a unique position as an active U.S. Representative among the announced candidates to challenge the Federal Reserve’s monopoly on currency issue. That would restore much needed hope in the future for generations x, y and millennials.

        Without H.R. 1089 generations y and beyond are likely to be doomed to unsustainable debt service to elitist remote unaccountable global bankers.

        I urge everyone reading this to tell their U.S. Representative to cosponsor and support H.R. 1098.

        If that bill were to become law it would do more to restore the U.S.(and global) economy than electing Ron Paul to the Presidency. I wouldn’t mind seeing both happen actually.

  • mondobeyondo

    Labor Day? Huh? Oh yeah, that three day weekend festival where we all get to barbecue, go out of town, head to the lake, go fishing and camping, etc. etc. You mean we are actually supposed to be celebrating something? (*sarcasm)

    Labor Day has become just like what every other American holiday has become. It has lost nearly all of its original meaning, and has succumbed to commercialism and a celebration of good times.

    Just like Memorial Day (3 day CAR EVENT!! Buy yours today! No money down, no interest for 36 months!) And the Fourth of July (all fruits and watermelons on sale, this weekend only! Savings hotter than a firecracker!) And Thanksgiving Day (enjoy your turkey dinner while you watch the Detroit Lions play whomever they’re playing this year). And Christmas – let’s not even go there!

    I fear Martin Luther King Day may be next. Some greedy store or chain will eventually come up with some bizarre perverted sales pitch… “You have the RIGHT to SAVE on clothes at Our Clothing Store. One day only! Your wardrobe will be Free At Last!”

    Get ready, it’s coming. Could even be next year.

    • mondobeyondo

      Ugh. No Jerry Lewis this year on the MDA Labor Day telethon! And it’s only 6 hours long this year? What am I going to watch at 3:30am Monday morning??

      My holiday is ruined.

      (*more sarcasm)

    • http://n/a jgouig

      Yep, you’re right!

  • http://homecomputer fremlick

    amazingly you would think the 74%increase in food stamp assistance would have set off some type of jobs plan or job growth and expansion plan with congess in 2009. or earlier ..most of that 74% increase happened in o8 ando9 and now its ever increasing obama is now a day late and dollar short… they can cut foodstamps to the bone but it wont help its a nightmare all around. out of the dozen or more people in my immediate circle only one not on the snap assistance program these were very hard working folks too. burger king sure dont pay the bills

  • 99er

    When was the last time we had a good old fashioned sixties style MARCH ON WASHINGTON? One would think with over 9% of the workforce idle and at least that many more underemployed and with 45 million Americans on foodstamps we could summon the gumption to react. Let’s get it together and turn all of the negative poll numbers Congress and the White House don’t seem to care about into action. We can become their worst nightmare : a visible wave of American human outrage like nothing they’ve ever experienced. What better way to spend Labor Day than coming together to organize the largest demonstration against our self-serving leadership’s apathetic treatment of the jobs crisis we’ve all spent the last decade living through?

  • Colin

    There was an article released recently which refutes the Republican claim that regulations are killing the ability of small businesses to hire. Here is the article:

    http://www.kansascity.com/2011/09/04/3120228/regulations-taxes-arent-killing.html

    For the last job report, it wasn’t that we didn’t create see a hiring increase; it was that there was no net job gain. 17,000 government jobs were lost, and 17,000 private sector jobs were created – no net job gain.

    Mick Lofgren, a Republican Congressional staffer, wrote a scathing critique of the modern GOP. Here is the article:

    http://www.truth-out.org/goodbye-all-reflections-gop-operative-who-left-cult/1314907779

    • Jake

      Colin, You’ve obviously never started and run a business that was eventually strangled by FEDERAL regulations. I have. It hurts to have some faceless beaurocrat slowly squeeze the life out of a business that you dreamed of, started, and poured every $ available into. For 10 years it ran profittably and was well regarded in our community. Hiring regulations killed my successful business model. King George made up so many regulations that Thomas Jefferson included this burden among the grievances in the Declaration of Independance. Some days I feel like we need to have another Declaration of Independance from the federal regulations coming out of Washington

      • Michael

        Great comment!

        Michael

      • Colin

        Did you read the article Jake? These are business owners like you who saying that regulations aren’t the problem. If you have a disagreement with that refutation, take it up with them.

        • 007

          I am a business owner and the taxes, insurance, regulation and litigation are definitely keeping me from hiring. I am staying in my fox hole because Obama is trying to shoot my head off. He is a madman and this goose will not be laying any more golden job eggs unti Obama quits hurling hand grenades.

      • Gary2

        I think business needs more regulation like a max wage the CEO can make as a multiple of the lowest paid worker. Any more then no tax write off.

        I want business so regulated that scum bag CEO can’t take a crap w/o permission.

        The lack of strict regulation of business is what helped cause the mess we are in.

        Let me cry these pathetic business owners a river.

  • rufus13

    Don’t forget that approximately 30M non-Americans are present in the USA. Could they be contributing to unemployment? If we escorted 17M Mexican nationals to the door, and a few million more after they serve their sentences in our prisons, wouldn’t there be a bunch of jobs immediately available?

    There is no such thing as a job that an American will not do for a fair wage. Bringing in foreigners to do a job for half is not a way to prosperity, it is the path the Hell.

    Unemployment compensation should NEVER last more than 26 weeks, let alone 99+ weeks. That’s nearly UK-style lifetime dole. The unemployed should be prepared to move to where the work is, and work where he is needed. This is a war economy and we need every loyal hand to win.

    As a tip to the soon-to-be-unemployed: when the pink slip comes, write a note to your credit card company explaining that they “will be receiving a token payment until full time employment can be secured” and you expect that interest will be forgiven and no additional charges will be made, give the underwater car back, cancel the cable TV, cancel the deluxe cellular/data plan, stop paying the 35% of (former) income mortgage on the underwater house. Buy some used good bicycles. Withdraw all of your money except for the current bills from the bank in cash. Apply for food stamps and any other aid that will help you not spend the precious cash. Buy silver and gold coins with half of the cash: hide them well. Fill the cupboards with long-term shelf-stable good food and rotate it so it’s fresh. Get to know your neighbors, who are also unemployed and at home a lot.

    Pay your power and heat bill, but conserve HARD. Pay your water/sewage bill. Cancel the trash service (without shopping, you hardly make trash!). Keep your land line telephone. Get a used travel trailer or medium-sized RV with working appliances. Fix it up while you have a driveway and garage to work out of. Re-seal the roof and windows in the older RV. Practice “boondocking” without hookups in the trailer or RV to find out what works and what needs fixing. How long does a tank of water last? How long does the battery last without running the engine or generator? How long will the refrigerator/freezer run on a tank of propane?

    There may be jobs that pay good money, somewhere. But, there may be no where to sleep in that town. The RV means that you sleep in a bed and have a good job, perhaps in North Dakota. Cellular telephone, wireless data, access to an extension cord and hose in a driveway for $200 a month might be a very good thing that allows for some saving to occur without much deprivation.

    Get a rifle and a shotgun for each person in the family who can use one. Prefer military-pattern weapons, not just our military. Take some lessons on defense with a long arm. Case purchase of ammo is the best deal and it goes quickly when shooting. Having 2000 rounds per weapon is not unreasonable. This is an investment as least as important as precious metals, food, water.

    This is war, and the stakes are the future.

    Cheers.

  • Jase

    When your neighbor is unemployed it is a recession. When you are unemployed it is a depression.

    If there isn’t a major economic collapse in the next few years, the bible thumpers and doomseekers are wrong (again) about 2012, then we’re looking at a situation like Japan from the 80′s were an entire generation grows up, is educated, and works through constant recessions.

    Labor day really was strange this year. We didn’t drive out for vacation, but the traffic seemed to be fairly normal. Mall was packed with people trying to snap up labor day specials. Went to one restaurant for lunch that was mostly deserted, but went to an inexpensive, but very nice Italian place for dinner and it was packed solid.

    The past three years have felt the same way. One good thing about being unemployed (if you have some savings) is traveling during non-holidays and mid week. All you see are retired people, foreign vacationers, and honeymooners. The money savings is also incredibly substantial.

    Hope everyone is having a fun and safe weekend.

    There are good things about the current situation. People do go back to basics, cut back on non-essentials, and appreciate the things that are the most important in life that money does not buy – health, love, family, friends and being able to enjoy things like camping while learning some good skills vs staying in $200-600+ per night overpriced resort hotel rooms.

    People cook and eat more at home. Start home gardens. They plan driving trips to take care of multiple errands at once in one outing and packing the car full. They have family and friends over for dinner. We look over expenditures and cut out or cut back things that are nice to have, but not critical.

    No matter what happens the fact has always been that the best things in life are free and money can’t buy them. Money may rent a shallow illusion of love, friendship, or prolong a life, but it is not the real thing.

    The rest of the materialistic crap only matters to materialistic people and people are better off without those types being around their own lives.

  • http://DumbOldDad.blogspot.com Dedicated_Dad

    It amazes me that ANYONE can still believe that switching to the other branch of The Government Party will accomplish ANYTHING!

    NOPE.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’ll go vote too, but only because The Ballot Box must be exhausted before we’re morally entitled to turn to the last of The Four Boxes bequeathed to us by Our Founders.

    The destruction of our Republic is DELIBERATE, and can never be reversed until the TRAITORS responsible are decorating lamp-posts around the Capitol (after their fair and speedy trial, of course…

  • VegasBob

    As I recall, I moved to New Orleans and arrived there on the first Sunday in December 1979. I read the want ads in the Times Picayune on Sunday, went to a professional employment agency on Monday, was interviewed by a decent company on Tuesday, got a job offer on the spot and started work the following Monday.

    I thank the Almighty that I am now retired and do not have to look for a job in this economic environment!

  • http://n/a jgouig

    Really tough if you’ve got kids and there’s no jobs out there–good luck to you all! :(

  • SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE

    Watch the news this Labor Day. You will have the unique opportunity to hear and see politicians, robbers, thieves and human strip miners tell you about how they have the best interests of “working” American men and women at heart.

    There is an insidious disease eating America’s guts out. The infection took hold years ago and has spread slowly but surely as the light of day.

    The patient is now critical.

    Something has to be done my friends.

    Something radical, because the patient is dying on the stretcher and the ambulance driver with hope and change tattooed on his forehead is a Wall Street drunkard.

    There are few things I can ever say with 100% certainty, but this is one of them: All those speeches you will hear today and the leeches saying them, they are all liars, each and every one of them.

    When you have the pleasure of joining your friends and family for a traditional Labor Day barbecue this weekend, you might consider raising your glass to toast the men and women who built this country with the following solemn words: Screw you Washington and Wall Street.

    .

  • shypuffadder

    The President is going to announce more shovel-ready jobs! Do you have experience shoveling money at Wall Street and too-big-to-fail banks? Come on down!! But this time – after they receive the money – they promise to double-cross their hearts that they will help grow the economy.

  • Lennie Pike

    You did not mention the millions of legal aliens that have taken jobs away from American Citizens.

    It’s easier to understand why American Citizens have allowed their manufacturing jobs to be shipped overseas than why they have allowed foreign workers to be imported to take their jobs. It is more difficult to see what is happening when one day your company says to you – “you are being laid off”, or – “we are going out of business”. That employee is rarely told – “we are moving our factory overseas to give your job to a slave that we are going to abuse the shit out of – something we would like to do to you, but there are laws against it in the U.S.”.

    But when and American Citizen’s job is taken by either a legal alien or an illegal alien, the next day, the American Citizen can see who took his job and why, and will just sit there and do absolutely nothing about it.

    In the case of legal aliens taking away the jobs of American Citizens, Congress did not just stand by and allow it to happen, they actively caused it to happen – but then again – they don’t represent American Citizens and in reality the people that Congress does represent caused it to happen.

    Congress also has a lot to do with actively causing illegal aliens to take jobs away from American Citizens – not just standing by inactively and allowing it to happen.

    Many years ago in Jamaica, many Mexican construction workers were brought in to build a large housing complex. The poor unemployed Jamaicans allowed them to finish it, and then burned it to the ground.

    Because we are a country of mice, no one deserves a job or a life, and soon everyone will have received what they deserve, so if you still have a good job, don’t be so thrilled – your job will soon be either exported, or given to a legal or illegal alien.

    Our country, Canada, Europe, South America, Australia, etc. are under a planned intentional attack and the resulting devastation and change of command is not much different than a military attack.

    Another reason for the massive amount of immigration being allowed by all of the countries that I mentioned – is for citizens who have been used to living and getting along well with only people of their own culture or race, to get used to living with people of all countries – not that that is a bad thing it is a good thing. But take a guess why the people allowing this immigration want all people to feel like they are all one big happy family?

    The end result of this is not going to be pretty – read the Bible to find out what it will be.

    • Kevin2

      The proposals to increase employment in the US revolve around the employee receiving less compensation across the board (pay and benefits) while working more, harder, longer, faster and potentially more dangerously.

      At one time the US brought the world up in the destroyed post WWII nations we had influence over. Now the third world drags us down. All the while a significant percentage of the population nods their head to the globalist “we’re a global economy” and suffers accordingly not questioning how and why we got to this position. The, “Repeat a lie loudly enough and often enough and it becomes the truth in peoples minds” is very true.

  • JH

    God is very real! He answers my prayers. Thank you, Jesus!

    Our nation is in real serious trouble and I don’t expect politicians to fix it. We need a national revival.

    I check your site often. Very helpful. Thank You!

    • Gary2

      I am still waiting for the million dollars I pray for> WTF less bs and more action.

  • PatriotRider

    You know it’s bad when your neighbor, living in a upper income area, who has taken three salary cuts in three years, is his mid 50′s with little to no job prospects, and has been recently told that 2012 may see his job eliminated altogether; packs up his family, walks away from his house/mortgage and moves to Sydney Australia.

    The land of opportunity (USA) no longer exists…

  • Chief

    You stated: “For example, back in 1969 95 percent of all men between the ages of 25 and 54 had a job. Pretty much any man in his prime working years that wanted a job could get a job.”

    In 1969 the prime working young men were in Vietnam experiencing Tet. The war industry employed the rest. Death and dismemberment was the game of the day.

    Labor Day celebrates Labor, aka Socialism. We have all labored and now we permanently have the socialists. Bah, humbug.

  • Just me

    I always go to a couple county fairs over the Labor day weekend and expected to see hardly anyone there this yr because of Irene and the economy instead, I saw the same unemployeed obese people eating the same over priced garbage that all the fairs sell,the parking lot was full of new SUVs, also between the horse pulling events I took a trip down midway and saw all the usual unemployeed people standing in line to go on the dopey rides and holding a ten dollar pk of smokes.They must be getting money from some place, oh I forgot, this in upstate NYS where 50% of the people on a social program of some kind, another 40% work for the state, then you have the people like me who want to get out but can’t even if I sold my land and home for half its value as who would want to come here?

    • http://www.povertylinejournal.blogspot.com/ the optimist

      Wow, you are an amazing person, to be able to tell by looking at someone’s weight that they are unemployed!

      Don’t be a jerk. What goes around, etc. Not only that, being judgmental is just ignorant.

  • John

    Ron Paul is the only sane choice for our next president. However, he would have to double his secret service protection if elected.

    • xander cross

      @John. Really??, Aren’t politicans the problem in the first place?

  • Falling Civilization

    Imagine if things go from bad to worse and it gets so bad here in the USA that they rename the labor day holiday
    “unemployment day”

  • William

    There has been no “recovery”, there will be no recovery, and there will be only misery for a very large percentage of US workers, even those with jobs, due to inflation. All of this is because very large financial institutions and very large corporations have purchased the US Congress just as one would buy a calf at an auction. Since the days of Adam Weishaupt in the late 1700s, this has all been planned. If you do not know of the Bilderbergers, or BIS, or the Rothchilds, or the Illuminati, you do not have a clue, and probably will not survive the collapse these people have engineered. Find and buy and read THE SIGN OF THE SCORPION by Juri Lina.

  • Plato’s Pug

    There is one healthy job sector of this fake economy-military contractors. In the D.C. area, there are nearly 200,000 contractors, many of whom make obscene salaries, and for doing what? “Supporting” illegal wars, charging 5K for one toilet seat in the green zone, tech development on the latest drones that kill civillians…you name it.
    Th Pentagon budget is bloated, and the taxpayer has no say in where the money goes. Isn’t it interesting that back in 2010 when Obama announced the hiring of 40,000 federal workers? Well, guess what-they were mostly IRS collectors making sure that every last soon to be worthless dollar would be squeezed out of the average person to support these military ventures of a fading Empire.

  • sharonsj

    We did add a small number of jobs (23,000) but we lost the same number; they canceled out each other and that’s how we ended up with zero.

    God is not punishing us. We are screwed because the average person is uneducated, ignorant, and believes what is seen and heard on TV and radio. The corporate media gives us entertainment, not news, so most people have no idea what’s going on or why.

    During Hurricane Irene, while I spent 48 hours with a battery radio listing to local shows for information, I heard hours of conservative talk shows. Those hosts made fun of the media coverage of the storm and claimed that media hype was a liberal plot to make Obama look good. Does this make sense to anybody? Of course not, but you fools out there parrot every stupid Republican talking point instead of actually using what’s left of your brains.

    Unless we have a revolution in the way Congress operates and how the media gives (or doesn’t give) information, this country is doomed.

  • http://YAHOO.COM a.p.

    The total collapse of the U.S. Postal Service begins on September 30th, 2011, as that is the date when they will no longer be able to meet
    payroll, and they are simply too big to be bailed out by Congress and the President.
    With the collapse, 550,000 jobs inside USPS will
    be vaporized, along with 7 million other ones connected to the U.S. mailing industry. This is the final death blow to our economy (how ironic that an agency older than the country itself will be the last straw), unless every
    American helps save it with two simple steps
    that anyone can do:

    1) Pay all bills by mail, not online. It will only cost you 3 or 4 dollars a month. A small
    price to pay to save us from complete economic
    collapse. One bank, ING direct, even pays the postage, so you can pay all your bills through
    the mail for FREE! Just click send a payment on
    the ING website, after logging in. You can send anyone in the USA
    a check without having to pay for the checks or the stamps. Best deal on the Planet!

    2) Write your 2 senators, one congressman, and
    the President a simple letter stating:

    a) You want 5-day mail delivery effective
    October 1, 2011.
    b) You want all mail boxes, except apartments
    and businesses to be curbside, within 90
    days.
    c) You want all Postal delivery vehicles to
    be electric within 90 days.

    If every American does this, the economy can be
    saved. If you do not, we are doomed. All solutions by anyone other than ourselves (stock
    market, banks, bailouts, politicians) simply will not work. Individual action is the only solution. I am taking these two steps TODAY!
    Please do likewise, if you love America.

    • Colin
    • a cruel accountant

      Post Office = FSA (free ****** army)

    • MarkD

      We want to save our economy by supporting an outdate lumbering lazy government giant that cannot compete with companies in the real world. No thanks! They are not to big to fail quit bailing out failures.

    • Otown Right Guy

      a.p. clearly you are a postal worker. The postal service is largely obsolete. I am not a post office basher. I think they do a good job. Still, there is not much need for mail these days. But I do feel badly for the hundreds of thousands who may lose their jobs.

  • http://www.youtube.com/safearmsreview SafearmsReview

    EVen more jobs are going to be in jeopardy – check this out… http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/09/05/postal-service-facing-default-shut-down-without-congressional-intervention/

    The postal service is on the verge of default!

    “… the service will be unable to make a $5.5 billion retiree health care payment later this month and is expected to run out of money to pay workers and other expenses early next year. This could force a shutdown in delivery.

    Averting that outcome doesn’t necessarily mean a bailout. One thing the service wants from Congress is a law to effectively nullify a contract prohibition on layoffs — part of Donahoe’s plan involves laying off 120,000 workers, but he needs Congress’ help.
    Some in Congress are also looking at letting the organization recover billions in supposedly overpaid pension payments.”

    So I think besides bailouts, tax cuts there will also be pension fund restructuring. Heck the Army is considering doing away with their pension system & going to a 401K type of retirement. Problem is its too late – the damage is done & we are too far in debt.

    Better have your supplies in order… emergency water, food, medicine, guns, ammo, etc. If your not a prepper now, you better get on board.

    ;)

  • SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE

    Labor Day is an anachronism. It should be renamed Corporation Day or War Day to celebrate the success of Bush/Obama in eliminating labor unions as a countervailing power to corporate power and the elevation of War as the highest goal of the American state.

  • http://YAHOO RICHARD

    ONE OF THE BLOGGERS CAUGHT MY EYE BY SAYING CORPS. ARE SITTING OFF SHORE WAITING TO COME BACK TO AMERICA. BEFORE THEY DO, YOU WILL HAVE TO SEE CORP. TAX RATE DROP TO NEXT TO NOTHING. MIN. WAGE DROP TO NOTHING. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AG. DISAPPEAR. THE ENDING OF UNEMPLOYMENT INS. AND WORKERS COMP. WITH PEOPLE LINING UP AT THE FENCE WITH SIGNS SAYING I WILL WORK FOR FOOD! THEN I THINK THE CORPORATIONS WILL RETURN. ESPECIALLY IF FOOD STAMPS RUN OUT. OUR MODERN DAY BREAD LINE.

  • http://selfsip.org Kitty Antonik Wakfer

    It cannot be said often and forcefully enough that government is the cause of the economic problems being seen in the US (and likewise the same for all other countries). Michael Snyder’s list of “10 very obvious reasons why the devastating U.S. jobs famine is going to suck the hope right out of America….” (linked from “As I have outlined before”) can be reduced to simply government interference in the mutual voluntary transactions of individuals, many of whom want to be an employer or employee or contractor.

    All the numerous regulations that government at all levels imposes on people greatly restricts their choices regarding selling, purchasing and hiring – and extends onto what a person is permitted to do with/on his/her own property and even own body!

    Politicians are adept at spouting words and it’s the rare one who truly is interested in anything more than getting and staying in power. However there is something vital to keep in mind. The government decrees/regulations/mandates/laws passed by legislators and “executed” by executives/bureaucrats are nothing but words – written or spoken – without those willing to initiate physical force, the ENFORCERS, and they are key! The politicians (including the President), their high-level appointees and their behind the scene moneyed promoters (?major banking families) do not get out among the people and do the enforcing; few have even been in the military and if so, never got their hands dirty. No it is their henchmen, the enforcement agents, including the military, who make those words real via clubs, tasers, bullets, bombs, and every other weapon devised.

    Therefore I first recommend by those who find government enforcement “work” abhorrent and/or long range counterproductive to a voluntary society, to attempt to persuade by way of reasoned logic those enforcers they actually know in some manner to get truly productive jobs. For those who instead continue on as enforcers, the logical step is to withdraw all voluntary association with them – no sales, service or camaraderie – no anything!

    I’ve pointed out many times on the Internet that shunning, with a long history of use as a method of social persuasion, has not been given its due in mainstream media. It is included by Gene Sharp in his 198 Methods of NonViolent Action – part of Ostracism of Persons under THE METHODS OF SOCIAL NONCOOPERATION: http://www.aeinstein.org/organizations103a.html
    Also, “Tax/Regulation Protests are Not Enough: Relationship of Self-Responsibility and Social Order”, http://selfsip.org/focus/protestsnotenough.html
    A more foundational explanation is included in “Social Meta-Needs: A New Basis for Optimal Interaction”: http://selfsip.org/fundamentals/socialmetaneeds.html

    • Gary2

      “government interference in the mutual voluntary transactions of individuals”

      This is one of the dumbest statements I have heard.

      Yeah like those pesky derivatives that the gov did not interfere with for just the reason you stated.

      Dude-you are nuttier than a squirrel turd.

  • Gary2

    Why Inequality is the Real Cause of Our Ongoing Terrible Economy

    People the gross wealth and income inequality is causing most of the economic pain.

    Unless and until we wake up and tax the rich HARD and spread the wealth nothing will change period.

    Fortunately more and more are seeing things the way they are and agree that we NEED TO TAX THE RICH HARD and SPREAD THE WEALTH.

    Chant of ‘tax the rich’ growing louder in nation!

    Working folks on the front lines have found a common mantra as the economy continues to sputter and the 2012 election approaches: “Tax the rich.”

    More and more people are saying “Tax the rich and spread the wealth”

    Sorry baggers, my side will win on this one.

    Tax the greedy to help the needy.

    ook back over the last hundred years and you’ll see the pattern. During periods when the very rich took home a much smaller proportion of total income — as in the Great Prosperity between 1947 and 1977 — the nation as a whole grew faster and median wages surged. We created a virtuous cycle in which an ever growing middle class had the ability to consume more goods and services, which created more and better jobs, thereby stoking demand. The rising tide did in fact lift all boats.

    During periods when the very rich took home a larger proportion — as between 1918 and 1933, and in the Great Regression from 1981 to the present day — growth slowed, median wages stagnated and we suffered giant downturns. It’s no mere coincidence that over the last century the top earners’ share of the nation’s total income peaked in 1928 and 2007 — the two years just preceding the biggest downturns.

    Sorry doltish baggers, you may have your own opinions but not your own facts.

    http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/661450/why_inequality_is_the_real_cause_of_our_ongoing_terrible_economy/#paragraph3

    Just as a rising tide lifts all boats, the ebbing tide is now threatening to beach many of the yachts.

    • Otown Right Guy

      Gary2 let’s start the redistribution with you. You have a place to live with a computer and internet connection and electricity. I bet you even have HOT running water. Therefore, you have more wealth than most of the world and we need to take some of what you have and give it to others. Just like your god Karl Marx would want. Envy is not a virtue.

      • Gary2

        See absolute vs relative poverty

  • nepenthean

    Illegal immigration is getting worse. I work in healthcare in Phoenix, Az. Obama has ordered the director of ICE to not immediately deport illegals. Arizona/US should cut entitlements by 50% in short order and require everyone to speak English.

    An official from the Federal Office of Refugee Resettlement came into my office the other day with an Iraqi national. He said 100,000 Burmese and 100,000 Iraqis have arrived within the last few months–all paid for by the US taxpayer.

  • Gary2

    Out of sheer desperation, many Americans have taken jobs that they never even dreamed that they would take.

    Thanks for this outstanding article. One of the best!

    It is totally demoralizing to be working for 10 less per hour than I used to make.

    WTF??? This really pisses me off!

    • 007

      You just need to be taxed hard and be made to pay your fair share. You have a job. Others don’t. Sounds like you need to share the wealth.

  • Nostradamus

    It is amazing I am still reading so much blame on the government for the massive loss of jobs. As if they were fired or laid off by Obama or the state governors.

    At the risk of insulting the unemployed, they were fired or laid off by the CEO of private enterprises. The private sector is the one who has downsized employment and pay. They did it for profit. MAXIMUM PROFIT that is.

    To achieve MAXIMUM PROFIT, it is actually quite simple. You hire the absolute minimum number of people to get the business going. You make money, but of course, it is not the maximum possible amount you can make. You wait until opportunities – opportunities to replace your people that is. You look around for M&A, for overseas talent. The M&A game has been played to the max during much of the 80′s & 90′s, so there’s not much left. Besides, M&A requires regulator approval, always a pain. So you look overseas. As education and skills in America decline steadily over the past 2-3 decades, while those of Asia takes on the opposite path, it is a no-brainer to just pack up the whole show domestically and setup shops over there. So US companies by the thousands packed up, dumped their ex-employees to the streets, and leave the whole human mess to the government to take care. MAXIMUM PROFIT achieved. It takes no brain, but you gotta have no heart and social value other than profit.

    And now, the whole human mess sits around blaming the government for getting fired. Sorry, this situation is brought to you by private enterprise and only a change of private enterprise culture can fix it.

  • Kevin2

    Gary2

    “Why Inequality is the Real Cause of Our Ongoing Terrible Economy”

    I agree with your statement but not in entirety of the substance.

    The problem is inequality. The people manufacturing the goods in the developing world cannot afford to purchase the goods they make thus create a huge imbalance in demand that was filled as a stop gap measure in the developed world with debt. Henry Ford seen it when he doubled the pay of his workers in the 1920s and stated, “If my employees cannot afford to buy me cars who can?”

    The bottom line is that the more people making 50 cents /hr manufacturing goods the less people their are making $25 /hr to buy them.

    Oh your correct; adults do the jobs kids did a couple of decades ago.

  • Franktruth

    I hear that sucking sound Ross Perot mentioned. I should have voted for him instead of Bush 41. Abolish the FED!

  • JC

    I have complete FAITH in Jesus Christ and KNOW that by the power of the Holy Spirit God’s faithfulness is exceedingly abundantly beyond what any human has to say or think… 1 Samuel 2:30 – God says ” I will honor those who honor me”… DO NOT get caught up in the doom in gloom of this broken down world – WE ARE the Righteousness of God through Christ… Grab some of that Swagger!

    • Gary2

      How’s it workin out for you? Sitten back waiting for the world to end and doing nothing to help fix things.

      Christians need to focus much more on this life and much less on the next life.

  • JD

    Ha! Just watched the nightly news. Obama was in that hellhole Detroit in full campaigan mode touting that more infanstructure jobs are on the way. Oh I thought shovel ready jobs was having one guy dig a hole and have another guy behind him to fill it in. LOL. Well the truth about infanstructure jobs such as highway work crews they get federal funding every year no matter what. Even in good economic times. Can anyone tell me how the hell are we going to pay for this new stimulus spending? With the post office going out of business I thought America is broke. Its ass backwards in this country. If you work hard and start a business you get the shit taxed out of you. If you stay at home (if you got one) and dont work you get food stamps, medicaid, and unempolyment checks. Now theres cops on tv whining about losing their jobs. I hope the ones in St. Pete FL lose theirs. Im refering to the Nazi bastards who cut up those homeless peoples tents. Maybe they will have that happen to them.

  • The Unicorn

    Its all just a diversion.Everyones running around with blinders on racing down the same path unable or willing to see whats going on around them.

  • El Pollo de Oro

    “When people get hungry and desperate, things get ugly. And I’ll tell you where it’s really going to get ugly: crime is going to go to levels we’ve never seen before.” —Gerald Celente

    I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’m a huge Gerald Celente fan. When it comes to describing just how perilous things are in The Banana Republic of America (the collapsing Third World hellhole that used to be Los Estados Unidos), Celente gets it. And Celente has often made the same point that I’ve been making: that the more Americans find themselves living in Third World conditions and suffering Third World desperation, the more they will resort to Third World crime. If you want a glimpse into this country’s bloody, violence-plagued future, just take a look at Ciudad Juarez and other parts of México. Countries without a middle class tend to be violent, unstable places, and that is where the BRA is going. Just ask Felix Batista.

    Who is Felix Batista? He was an expert security consultant who specialized in preventing kidnappings. So what happened to him? Ironically, he got kidnapped in México. Desperate people do desperate things, and there is plenty of hardcore desperation in México just as there is going to be more and more hardcore desperation in the BRA.

    “It’s not free trade, it’s slave trade.” —Gerald Celente

    “When the money stops flowing down to the man on the street, the blood starts flowing in the streets.”—Gerald Celente

    There will be major growth industries in the BRA: drug trafficker, kidnapper, carjacker, home invader, hit man. And there will be plenty of desperate people to fill those position. Gerald Celente is right: destroying the American middle class was a very bad idea.

    Happy Labor Day. And God help The Banana Republic of America.

    • William Henry French

      I couldn’t agree more. Gerald Celente is right on target. He also said that one of this country’s major problems right now is the inequality of wealth where too much wealth has accumulated at the top of the socio-economic structure of thie country. The white shoe boy money junkies on Wall Street have run this country straight into the ground. The bottom line according to Gerald Celente is that far, far too few, have far,far too much and far, far too many have far, far too little. Things are going to turn ugly fast unless something is done about this situation. Because as Gerald Celente says, “when people have nothing left to lose they lose it!”

      • El Pollo de Oro

        William Henry French: In dangerous places like Ciudad Juarez and Caracas, many of the carjackers, drug traffickers, professional kidnappers, etc. believe that they’re just doing what they have to do to feed their families and keep a roof over their heads. And that’s what we have to look forward to in The Banana Republic of America. The BRA has Third World inequality, which will bring with it Third World crime and violence. Gerald Celente is absolutely right: things are going to get really nasty in this country.

  • Colin

    I saw and heard this quote recently.

    “Many companies have simply come to the conclusion that labor is just too expensive. We are moving increasingly into a labor-less society.”-Bernard Baumohl, Chief Global Economist, The Economic Outlook Group

    If people are too expensive to hire and train, then what does a nation do with this surplus population?

    “If they would rather die,” said Scrooge, “they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.”

  • http://alipac.us VivaLaMigra

    Anyone with HALF a brain…which description aptly fits politicians…knows exactly what’s wrong; it’s all laid out neatly in this piece. They could reverse the trend tomorrow, but that wouldn’t suit the Big Money backers who buy them off. The irony is that the so-called “smart money” won’t be making ANY money once what remains of consumer purchasing power is 100% tapped out. Henry Ford was no fan of labor, but he did pay his workers $5 a day…a lot of money back then. He did it partly to fend off demands for unionization, but the cash in workers’ pockets made Detroit boom and car sales along with it. Barry Hussein Soetoro may be holding 60% of GM, but he fails to understand that ILLEGAL ALIENS don’t buy many new cars.

  • Banderman

    Barry just loves to party with his people. Solving problems of the Nation? He never heard of it. Obama entered office in January 2009. This is September 2011. He is ‘just’ getting around to jobs? All hail Barry.

    • Gary2

      Obama is a HUGE disappointment. I was expecting another FDR and this guy has been a cold turd on a paper plate.

      Bernie Sanders for President.

  • joell

    @Mark….”There are some changes we should make today.Get rid of most of the regulations strangling our small business.”

    I’ve heard this dozens of times from the talking heads on TV. Suppose all of these regulations are eliminated. You’re still left with a $7.25 minimum wage versus less than $1 in China.

    The sad truth is that many small business owners prefer illegal immigrants. Its more profitable and in some sectors, the only way to remain competitive is to hire a crew of Mexicans.

    There is no solution to this country’s current economic problems, because whats happening now was planned. We will likely have a permanent REAL unemployment rate of 30%, more if you factor in pat-timers.

    And a significant decrease in the standard of living for the vast majority of Americans.

  • Banderman

    I just had a brainstorm. Since Obama and his looney tune left supporters seem to ‘love illegal and undocumented’ individuals so much; and the price of cars in the United States is so high, here is a great idea. Let’s HIRE all illegal immigrants to work in the auto industry factories, and other heavily unionized businesses!! They’ll no doubt work for half the wages and probably do a better job; it’s a win-win. If the liberals do not embrace my idea, it will be indefensible. They want it both ways. They want illegal immigrants to have the same rights as everyone else, as long as they don’t lose ‘their’ job.

  • William Henry French

    US companies are being “absolutely crushed by nightmarish regulations and taxed into oblivion”? That is what the author said. I would like to ask him just one question what and that would be what have you been smoking or what planet do you live on? Corporations have been making record setting profits like never seen before in US history in the last two or three years and corporate CEOs are making record setting salaries and bonuses like never before seen in US history and you called that being crushed by nightmarish regulations and being taxed into oblivion? Give me a break! Gag me with a spoon, comments like that are enough to make me sick!

    • Gary2

      Don’t be too hard on Michael. He does have a few blind spots but is otherwise OK. You are 100% Correct in your post.

    • samseau

      Corporations are making tons of $$$ because of regulations.

      Regulations KILL competition and favor the big boys on the block.

      Big Business LIKES Big Government

  • wayne

    The solution:

    1. stop unregulated free trade.

    2. stop illegal immigration.

    3, stop the immigrant visa work programs

    4. Bring the troops home

    5. Stop foreign ownership of our media

    6. Restore competition in media ownership

    7. Stop foreign control of our congress – end AIPAC

    8. End the privately owned Federal Reserve and replace it with a citizen owned national bank.

    7.

    • bravo

      RON PAUL

  • Rex

    I’ve been saying for quite some time that the 2-Party System is (2 Wings on the Same Bird). They BOTH dutifully serve the FED RESERVE-BANKSTERS and CORPORATIONS who are working towards a GLOBAL GOVERNMENT.

    They BOTH refuse to secure our borders and enforce our immigration laws and force LEGAL CIITIZENS to pay for ILLEGAL ALIENS,(especially their ANCHOR BABIES) and look where we’re at now. They refuse to end BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP or force E-VERIFY on employers.

    TERRORISM and Unsecured Borders and Unenforced Immigration laws and forcing Legal Citizens to pay for ILLEGAL ALIENS……….Yea that makes sense, right? Actually it does when one considers that BOTH PARTIES are working the NAU (NORTH AMERICAN UNION) to merge: Canada, the USA and Mexico together.

    JOBS: Our jobs seem to be going the way of a fire sale, given to: VISA WORKERS, ILLEGAL ALIENS and to foreigners via: NAFTA, CAFTA, GATT and the WTO.

    HILDA SOLIS of the USA Labor Dept is a strong supporter of ILLEGAL ALIENS! What’s wrong with this picture?

    BIZ and Chambers of Commerce and other Biz groups are demanding MORE VISA WORKERS despite the fact that (Millions of Legal USA Citizens are either Unemployed or Underemployed)!

    BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES must really think we’re turnip farmers that just fell off the truck and they think we’re that stupid!

    The Treacherous and TREASONOUS POLITICIANS should strongly consider this: Once the dust is settled and the GLOBAL GOVERNMENT is set in place, what makes them think these Elites will trust them? These political snakes are expendible and besides these elites are notoriously insatiably greedy and power mad.

    How long before these politicians are caught in their cross hairs as well?

  • Rex

    Well Nostradamus, the “Government” can indeed end the tax breaks for ALL businesses who: Offshore, outsource and hire VISA WORKERS and ILLEGAL ALIENS.

    They can stop forcing us to pay for ILLEGAL ALIENS who have NO right to be here and end BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP to their Anchor Babies and force E-VERIFY.

    They can end the tax exempt status for any religious entity in this nation who promotes ILLEGAL ALIENS and that goes for Non Profits and other organizations as well: Including the Ford Foundation, La Raza, MEChA, etc.

    The FED also needs to be ended and GLASS-STEAGALL should be reinstated.

    And we should get out of perpetual war.

    These are things they should do but refuse to do.

  • Owen

    Tariffs before it’s too late!

  • Paul

    Even if there were jobs – who would pay the salaries and wages?

    Cheap is chic.

  • http://twitter thomas mcguire

    We have given up 3-4 million manufacturing jobs to the global economy. Each of these manufacturing jobs created 5-10 service jobs.This equates to at least 18 million jobs lost forever. This is the key jobs problem in America. The only solution is to drop the Global economy or give up our standard of living.

  • MountainHome

    It will be most interesting to see what Obama’s speech on Thursday will be offering. I’m sure the Republicans are not going to support it and rightly so since we don’t need more government intervention in our lives. Great article. Thanks.

  • Jim Hallard

    The Mancession

    The striking point is that women’s employment is growing. Effectively, socialist models implemented by the federal and state governments for workforce inclusiveness and unrelenting immigration policies brought an over-abundance of workers to the job market so that for every available job there are almost an unlimited amount of qualified applicants, this brought wages down AND capitalistic competitiveness gave away jobs to countries with cheap labor.

    As a result, we are in a MANcession. This county will have an abundance of unemployed men as our school systems now prioritize female over male achievement. feminist academic control rivals the scariest aspects of George Orwell’s 1984.

    The net result will be the decline of the US currency and competitiveness in the world market, and probably in increase in social issues like crime and family unit deconstructionism, which in turn will put more burden of the federal government.

    The cycle has begun.

    • Dariya

      You, Jim Hallard, confused something. Yes, “Socialist models” do a lot of regulations, but the benifits of it go to the native nation, not to aliens or foregn people. Classic Socialism is meant for its own society.
      Foregn people for Socialism is strangers.

  • ANTI-CON

    WHY,.. I ask you at a time when Americans need jobs badly does the Republican controlled Congress REFUSE to bring Bills forward for a vote that would CREATE JOBS for THOUSANDS of OUT OF WORK AMERICAN?

    A: Their plan is obvious,they want to make Obama look as bad as they possibly can and blame him for not creating jobs.
    ___________________

    People should be demanding that the Republican controlled Congress STOP THEIR POLITICAL PARTISAN STONEWALLING and do what’s right for the American people instead of what they feel is good for their GOP AGENDA !

    • Highspeed

      You are joking, right? I hope the tea party backed republicans block any more spending period. We have a spending problem.

      What bills are you refering to? Are you talking about the new trade agreements? Thats what started this mess to begin with. No more free trade agreements.

      Raise taxes instead on companies that outsource our jobs, and lower taxes on companies that bring back jobs to the US. Also,eliminate many of the regulations that force some companies out of business. Thats a real start. Obama’s plan is pure lunacy.

  • Gary2

    I am starting to agree with the other posters that both parties suck and we need a thrid, fourth, fifth party.

  • Helix

    What we really need is an 8-day week.

    Monday
    Tuesday
    Wednesday
    Thursday
    Friday
    Saturday
    Sunday
    Funday

    See, that way, employers still get a 5-day work week and workers get a 3-day weekend — every weekend!

    And think about unemployment! With an extra day per week to be covered, the unemployed would be sucked up in vast numbers.

    And that extra day would be devoted entirely to having fun! Something that’s been in pretty short supply lately.

    I think it’s an idea whose time has come.

  • Michelle
  • KS

    Unable to read this yet, but the headline speaks for itself! AMEN!

  • http://www.luckydayhats.com rishthedish

    Ya Know Michael, I was thinking the same thing. Labor day meant something, then when unions formed the fat cats decided to ship production overseas where they wouldnt have to deal with union organizers, US labor laws or the EPA. And Look at us now!

  • xplic57

    Tax corporations and the wealthy, provide incentives to business to hire and train Americans, learn how to live with less (profit, life-style,etc…), provide free online certifications and training for all those american citizens who are willing to learn work and apply that knowledge gained, provide penalties for businesses that ship jobs outside the country, limit exposure to countries that leave us with trade deficits, re-invest in Americans and american infrastructure, develop green and sustainable technologies and energy, don’t automate everything so people with few skills can make a living also, secure our borders and limit our exposure to non-tax payers draining our tax paid public services, keep lobbyists from influence peddling in our capital, limit all terms for congress and the senate, make all donations to political parties public knowledge, and take pride in being an American in the best country in the entire world.

  • http://www.livefreenow.ws Joe

    The current job market is terrible as corporations see no reason to hire job seekers. U.S. corporations are sitting on $ 2 trillion dollars (idle). The government and congress will not create jobs only entrepreneurs can. To decrease unemployment check out the website below

    http://www.livefreenow.ws

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