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A day in the life of an unemployed American.

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by J.Woolsey, Jan 1, 2010.

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  1. J.Woolsey

    J.Woolsey Member

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    John Smith started the day early, having set his alarm clock ( made in Japan) for 6:00 A.M..
    While his coffee pot ( made in China) was perking, he shaved with his electric razor (made in Hong Kong). He put on a dress shirt (made in Sri Lanka), dress jeans (made in Singapore) and Tennis shoes (made in Korea).

    After cooking his breakfast in his new electric skillet (made in India) he sat down with his calculator, (made in Mexico) to see how much he could spend today. He then set his watch (made in Taiwan) to the radio (made in India). John then gets into his car (made in Germany) filled with gas (from Saudi Arabia) and continued his search for a good paying American Job.

    At the end of another disgusting, fruitless day, he checks his computer (made in Malaysia). He decides to relax a while. He puts on his sandals (made in Brazil), pours himself a glass of wine (made in France), and turns on his TV (made in Indonesia) and wonders why he can’t find a good paying job in America.

    John is now hoping he can get help from a President (made in Kenya).
     
  2. Sigraph

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    Don't know about my alarm clock, but I along with my wife own a 4WD Dodge pickup, 2 Jeep Cherokees, a Buick Regal, a Saturn, a 74 455 Trans Am and a 57 Chevy Belair hardtop.

    Factory I worked at for 20 years closed 6 years ago and moved to Mexico, and I lost my job as Tooling Engineer at an automotive stamping facility in May.

    I'm still looking for a job - 50 years old and unemployed is a scary place to be.
     
  3. vdt

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    where did Bush go
     
  4. Sigraph

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    I never took Ross Perot very seriously.
    He was dead on about NAFTA and the giant sucking sound.
     
  5. Bocephas

    Bocephas Well-Known Member

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    I feel for all those that have lost their jobs.

    About four months ago I watched the law set a family out of their home into the street.

    Some people seem to think,it's not my problem no big deal.

    With the people we have in Washington now,this could end up being a lot more of the peoples problem.

    WELCOME TO 2010.

    Bo
     
  6. crusha

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    My dad called me this morning & told me he saw in the paper that our old house, the one I grew up in, just got put up for Sheriff's auction.


    GM employee, laid off...same old story.


    How much you want to bet that if/when jobs start to come back...it will just be another "bubble?"
     
  7. merlynstrapguns

    merlynstrapguns Well-Known Member

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    Our outsourcing and political greed have all but broken the backbone of America. What has happened to import duties? While the government collects the import taxes and pisses them away with everything else, at least out factory workers would have a fighting chance of delivering a marketable product at a competative price.. There used to be bumper stickers that said "Hungry? Eat your import"! and we are all guilty of not looking for the union label. If an imported shirt was a little cheaper, we bought the import and Mary at the shirt factory lost her job. Just what the hell can we do that can't be done cheaper by outsourcing? Maybe we could outsource POLITICIANS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!....merlyn
     
  8. Indyrun

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    And most union workers were the worst about buying the cheapest, no matter where it was made, as long as it wasn't a product that they made.

    I'll never "look for the union label" again. I will buy American. It's not the same thing.

    If you are a union member you need to take a good hard look at the Marxist leaders running most unions today. They nearly all support anti-gun liberal politicians. The unions need to clean house first before telling the rest of us about our elected officials, they helped elect most of the bad ones.

    Mark
     
  9. crusha

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    Amen Mark.
     
  10. omgb

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    I was a union worker three times in my life, first as a member of local 770, retail clerks. I got paid well at the time and they got a hunk. I had no reason to complain. Then I worked as a warehouseman in Oregon while going to college. I was a teamster and made $15 per hour in 1983 with full benefits and no deductible. My union was rife with mobsters no doubt but, it took care of me so I didn't complain. Then I became a teacher and had to pay dues to the California State Teacher's Union and to the NEA. Both unions took my money and spent it on political agendas I did not support. I opted oput and went non-union. I still think unions are a good idea for the average worker but I'll never be a member of the teacher's union ever again. Friggen socialist anti-American idiots.
     
  11. tallpaul

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    I grew up in a hard working family of second generation immigrant parents. They worked hard to send me to college, which was the goal of most baby boomer parents. I worked hard in high school and college, got my B.S. from a major university, and spent the last 25 years dedicating myself to a career in my chosen field. Although things were thick and thin during these years, I always managed to do okay in spite of the fact that I worked in the private sector, and always did better when a Republican was in the Oval Office. I was laid off in July of 2009. Was I working for a good company? No, I was not. Was it a company that valued hard work and dedication? Again, no. The sad truth is that this economy has all but destroyed the small businesses of the land. Regardless of whether these companies were a great place to work, they still employed people. Now that push has come to shove, these companies just can't survive. The point is, I have never been without a job, and I don't like it. Those of us who believe in the American Way judge ourselves by how we make our way. I am 48 years old, and I am angry. I made the choice years ago to try and make my way working in a private industry that created a product. Looking back, i should have gone down to the town hall the day after I graduated high school and got a job sweeping the floor. In addition to all the money saved by not going to college, I'd now be a retired civil servant with full medical benefits and a pension that would pay me more years than I actually worked. The current bunch of politicians in D.C. have brought this country to its knees. It might have been worse during the depression, but this is the worst that I have personally experienced. When the only people getting raises are those working for the state and federal government, you know the end is near. When will any of these people realize it is not sustainable?...
     
  12. no5shooter

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    Mark, you said a mouthful. Got it exactly right. And omgb, just extend that anti-teachers' union philosophy a little farther and you'll have it dead-on too. Damn unions have done more to elect the current crop of politicos than any other group, and look what we have. Thanks, guys.
     
  13. Hollywood Marine

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    I remember, some years ago watching the tv news, reporting the very last steelworkers strike in Pittsburgh. There was this steelworker, standing in front of the mill gate holding his picket sign and shouting ," We're gonna shut this place down!"......... Well, they did. Grass grows where they used to make steel. I wonder, what does that guy do for a living now?
    Doug Humble
     
  14. Don Steele

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    Well said Mark...
    "Big Labor" provided a huge amount of the cash that launched the "Karl Marx Express"...(aka: the Obama Administration)...
    Hope all you "union brothers" are enjoying this nightmare..and btw: they're just getting started..!!
     
  15. Joen

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    That fact is if you are a Dem or Rep. it makes no different the biggest problem with the USA is the WE is gone and only I remains, Example the CEO's making $50,000,000.00 and cutting the work forces pay and benfits (union or Non-union) mades not different. When labor is a small percent of all projects. I have a freind that works at Alcoa his statement that hits the nail on the head is the foregin owner do not give a shit about USA all they what is our Money and that is hard to swallow but true
     
  16. halfmile

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    The unions were transformed by a few greedy bastards at the top.

    The banking industry was transformed by a few greedy bastards at the top.

    The mortgage industry was transformed by a few greedy bastards at the top.

    America was transformed by a few greedy bastards at the top.

    After greed for money comes greed for power and control.

    Someday we might figure out who/what the real enemy is.

    HM
     
  17. Setterman

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    Our economic system has always paid top execs big bucks due to their experience and competition. Sure, some execs get big $ because of who they know rather than what they know, but by far, top execs live and die by their decisions and how they make money for their company. If their company doesn't make money, they are history, and there are so few that carry a long track record of success. That success causes competition for their employment and drives the salary base.

    Success and profit has driven our economy for 200 years. So don't blame those execs for their big salaries, especially if you own stock in a company that hired one of those big boys, cause he is responsible for you stock's increase in value.

    Remember, unions and politicians don't create jobs. Business and profits create and manintain jobs. No profit, no business.
     
  18. Bocephas

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    (Nero fiddled while Rome burned)

    This is what we have in the White House.

    Bo
     
  19. Joen

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    As a employer of 9 full time employee's and in the busy season 15-20 the boss is no better than his employee's, so when you start paying Peanuts you get monkey's, it is very simple no not kept the help that is not worth there pay around, union or non- union you can get read of them. We need good paying job's back in the country $50,000.00 with benfits and up, if we do not get them we are done. The people have to see that. Again the WE is gone and Only I remains, have to get WE back to the USA. simple
     
  20. Bvr Tail

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    Our Governor announced large cuts to the state school budgets. The local newspaper reported this will effect the local schools. Within this story, the local school superintendent was quoted that teachers and personnel would be the last to be cut, even though their salaries made up a full 83% of this county's school budget!!!

    83 Percent of the budget!!

    Danny
     
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