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dajoki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-16-10 10:50 AM
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America's Loud Desperation
Allison Kilkenny's blog
America's Loud Desperation
by Allison Kilkenny | July 15, 2010 - 12:16pm
http://www.smirkingchimp.com/node/30112

Ive been wondering lately if anyone in Congress has an idea of what the breaking point looks like the time when the oligarchy will acknowledge the loud desperation of Americans, say enough is enough, and vote to ease their suffering. Thus far, the elite clearly think citizens can agonize a little longer before societys foundation completely collapses.

People like Rand Paul and Sharron Angle frequently deride the unemployed as being lazy and unmotivated, but moderate politicians also participate in this stigmatization. Even though Americans primary concern is unemployment, the House failed to extend benefits, and it is uncertain if the Senate will vote to help the 9.5 percent of citizens who remain jobless (6.8 million people or 45.5 percent of the total are long-term unemployed, or jobless for 27 weeks or more.)

Its probably difficult for politicians, individuals who generally enjoy the rewards of privileged lives, to imagine the utter hopelessness and desperation of the long-term unemployed particularly individuals who have zero job-hunting resources at their disposal.

For nearly two years, Coleman says she has filed an average of 30 job applications a day, but remains jobless.

People keep telling me there are jobs out there, but I havent been able to find them.

Coleman, 58, a former manager at a telecommunications firm, said the only jobs she found were over the Ohio state line in Kentucky, but she cannot reach them because her car has been repossessed and there is no bus service to those areas.

After her $300 a week benefits ran out, Freestore Foodbank brokered emergency 90-day support in June for rent. Once that runs out, her future is uncertain.

Im not sure what someone in Congress would tell Coleman. Rand and Sharron would probably tell her to start hitchhiking to job interviews, show some initiative, and stop mooching off the state. Of course, politicians only have the nerve to act so inhumanely to a common serf. No one in the plutocracy would dare allow a CEO or COO to remain out of work (Congress would probably give them a couple bailouts just to avoid any undue suffering,) but the former manager of a telecommunications firm isnt exactly a high priority for Washington.

And if thats how they treat a former manager, you can imagine how much Congress cares about the people earning minimum wage.

What is a person who is unemployed, broke, starving, and unable to get to job interviews supposed to do? I guess Coleman could start stealing food, but then shed probably be shot by police, or if shes really lucky, tasered.

A while ago, Alan Grayson gave our Serious Media a case of the vapors when he said the Republicans health care plan was, Dont get sick, and if you do, die quickly. Now, it appears as though Congresss economic recovery plan is, Dont lose your job, and if you do, die quickly.

Id love to know what Congress thinks the end game is here. What do they think giving desperate people zero aid, and zero resources, will result in?

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Phoebe Loosinhouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-16-10 10:55 AM
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1. When more and more people get desperate we will have an uptick in crime
along the line of Les Miserables - people who steal due to desperation.

We will be happy to jail them where they will find (surprise!) a job at slave wages. So then they will have: shelter, food and a job.

That is the end game. We will escalate our already gigantic prison population. We will also have a huge surge in suicides. People will drive into bridge abutments, take overdoses, etc.

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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-16-10 11:19 AM
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2. Recommend
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lib2DaBone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-16-10 11:36 AM
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3. The Oligarchs don't know and they don't care....
The only thing they understand is pitchforks and torches... and the persuasion of a baseball bat...
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-16-10 11:49 AM
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4. Wall Street used TARP money for bonuses.
Meanwhile, millions are living in the streets or in fear of foreclosure.

Something's not right.
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Karenina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-16-10 12:34 PM
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8. And of course there's that little thing called "blowback."
Go right on ahead! Demonize those impoverished by your policies as lazy, drug-riddled (*n-word EVEN if you're WHITE! OMIGOD!) free-loaders. Yeah, THAT'S the ticket.

As you know, my dear Octafish, I've asking for many years, "WHAT WILL IT TAKE?" :shrug:
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dajoki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-16-10 01:42 PM
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10. That's the million dollar question n/t
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-16-10 12:04 PM
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5. We should all be defending and fighting for the unemployed -- the homeless --
soon Congress will be off on vacation --

This is nuts --

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butterfly77 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-16-10 12:08 PM
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6. Kicked&Recommended!!!
:kick: :kick: :kick:
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HCE SuiGeneris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-16-10 12:26 PM
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7. "the time when the oligarchy will acknowledge the loud desperation of Americans"
The desperation and suffering is a contrived event.

The outcome of their (the oligarchy) plotting may not end in its intended manner.
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closeupready Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-16-10 12:37 PM
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9. K&R
They simply MUST extend unemployment benefits until hiring picks up.
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leftstreet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-16-10 02:33 PM
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