Saturday, November 7, 2009

Let's Put Some Congressmen on the Unemployment Line

From The New York Times:

In all, more than one out of every six workers — 17.5 percent — were unemployed or underemployed in October. The previous recorded high was 17.1 percent, in December 1982.

This includes the officially unemployed, who have looked for work in the last four weeks. It also includes discouraged workers, who have looked in the past year, as well as millions of part-time workers who want to be working full time.

The official jobless rate — 10.2 percent in October, up from 9.8 percent in September — remains lower than the early 1980s peak of 10.8 percent.
The Dems are making a big show of meeting on a Saturday to vote on a bill that amounts to a government takeover of one sixth of our economy. While the Dems preen in front the cameras, one out of six Americans has lost the job that pays for the roof that they put over their family's head. While the Dems pontificate about this "historic" bill, one out of six Americans has lost the job that pays for the food they put on their family's table.

Those grinning Dems aren't thinking about those unemployed citizens who are struggling day in and day out. The citizens aren't their priority. To say that Dems lack empathy for the American worker is an understatement. Perhaps if our Congressmen found themselves of out of job their priorities would change.

h/t Memeorandum

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